Fibromyalgia is a health issue characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain in the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues throughout the human body. It is often associated with other symptoms, including TMJ/TMD, sciatica, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, depression, anxiety, cognitive and sleeping problems. This painful and mysterious health issue affects approximately 3 to 5 percent of the population in the United States, most commonly in women.
Diagnosis of fibromyalgia can be difficult because there is no specific lab test to help determine if the patient has the health issue. Current guidelines state that a diagnosis can be made if a person has widespread pain for more than three months, with no underlying medical condition. Dr. Jimenez discusses advances in the treatment and management of fibromyalgia and its associated symptoms, such as sciatica.