The initial step is a thorough review of the patient’s history, followed by a clinical examination.
Then a holistic and multi-professional treatment approach will be offered, designed to reduce painful symptoms, and improve physical function and emotional wellbeing.
It is necessary to identify which medications help and which are likely to lead to short or long-term side effects. Opioid medication, prescribed by GPs and other doctors, will be rationalised via dose reduction or rotation of opioid medication to minimise harm in the long-term.
Antidepressants and anticonvulsants can be used for the treatment of some Fibromyalgia symptoms, but not all of them. Your pain management consultant will work with you to identify the most suitable medication in relation to specific symptoms.
To enable you to manage physical activity and build exercise tolerance, your pain consultant will work in conjunction with your physiotherapist to develop a carefully guided programme. Fibromyalgia patients can experience varying degrees of symptoms for periods of time. Your consultant will offer continuous support and will review symptoms upon recurrence, without the need for further referrals ensuring a seamless care pathway.
Our pain management consultants will help with appropriate staging of physical and psychological treatment, as timely engagement is crucial for the successful management of Fibromyalgia.
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