Body Pain Management in Mesa, AZ
When it comes to pain, most people are familiar with localized pain – or even regional pain in an area, such as the foot or arm. But body-wide pain? Symptoms associated with body-wide pain aren’t just physically challenging; they can also lead to anxiety, depression, and stress. As your physician struggles to diagnose the source of the pain, your symptoms may worsen or change, adding to the frustration of the clinical experience.
At the Pain Management Center at Mountain Vista Medical Center, the staff and physicians understand the mental and physical challenges that accompany systemic conditions like fibromyalgia and metastatic cancer. Patients with body-wide/general pain in the East Valley know they can turn to the pain management specialists at Mountain Vista Medical Center for fast, effective, and thorough treatment.
Pain Conditions Treated
On this page, you can learn more about a few of the painful body-wide syndromes and conditions treated at the Pain Management Center at Mountain Vista Medical Center. This list is not comprehensive. Oftentimes, symptoms that do not align with those of a clinically recognized condition may develop. These symptoms may be treated at Mountain Vista Medical Center, as well. If you encounter any treatment options you aren’t familiar with, view our Pain Treatment page, which contains detailed information about therapy options mentioned below.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (Muscle Pain)
Myofascial pain syndrome (also known as Chronic Myofascial Pain, CMP) is a painful condition of the muscles and the fascia, sheaths of tissue that surround muscle. This ongoing condition may affect just a single muscle or an entire muscle group. It is usually caused by repetitive muscle contraction; certain injuries or overuse habits at work or home may cause myofascial pain syndrome.
Chronic myofascial pain may cause the following symptoms: deep, aching muscle pain, pain that worsens and/or won’t go away, muscle knots, difficulty sleeping because of pain. These symptoms can be quite similar to fibromyalgia (see below), which is why CMP is sometimes referred to as “regional fibromyalgia.” (Pathologically, however, the two conditions are quite different.)
Myofascial pain syndrome may be treated at Mountain Vista Medical Center with physical therapy, drugs, massage therapy, or trigger point injections. Myofascial pain syndrome management is usually possible when the condition is properly diagnosed and the patient makes necessary lifestyle changes.
Fibromyalgia is perhaps the most common body-wide pain syndrome; it affects approximately five million adults in the U.S., mostly women. In addition to chronic musculoskeletal pain, the condition has been associated with fatigue, headaches, depression, anxiety, and sleep problems.
The cause behind fibromyalgia is unknown. However, most pain management specialists agree on the following potential triggers: genetics, past physical or emotional trauma (post-traumatic stress disorder), abnormal response to pain by the brain, infection/virus, and sleep disturbances.
There are at least 18 points in the body (nine on each side) that fibromyalgia can affect. Typically, a patient must report pain in at least 11 of these 18 tender points for at least three consecutive months in order to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The points are in the arms (at the elbows), buttocks, chest, knees, lower back, neck, rib cage, shoulder, and thighs.
First-line treatment typically includes physical therapy, exercise, and introduction of stress-relief techniques. If these therapies are unsuccessful, then your pain management specialist may prescribe medication. Muscle relaxants, antidepressants, anti-seizure drugs, pain relievers, and sleeping aids have all been shown to help patients live with the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Metastatic cancer is a cancer that has broken away from the primary tumor and spread into other areas of the body via the lymph system or blood stream. Metastatic cancer can be painful – especially if it spreads into the bones (causing fractures), the brain (causing headaches, seizures, and other symptoms), or the pelvis (causing lower back pain).
Treatment for the pain and other symptoms caused by metastatic cancer can vary, as different locations of the cancer may necessitate different types of treatment. Your pain management specialist at Mountain Vista Medical Center may be able to help you find relief from your pain through the use of opioids and/or other treatment options.
Postherpetic Neuralgia (Pain After Shingles)
Postherpetic neuralgia is a complication of shingles that can last for months or years after the rash and blisters caused by shingles have been resolved. The condition affects the nerve fibers and skin, causing burning pain and irritation so severe that even the touch of clothing can be too painful. Itching and numbness is less common than burning pain. In rare cases, patients may experience muscle weakness or paralysis.
The American Academy of Neurology’s published guideline for treating postherpetic neuralgia recommends tricyclic antidepressants, gabapentin, lidocaine patch, and opioids. Your pain management specialist at Mountain Vista Medical Center can provide you with more information about these treatment options.
Begin Treatment for Your Body-Wide Pain
Want to know more about what specialists at the Pain Management Center at Mountain Vista Medical Center can do for your pain? Call 1-877-924-WELL for more information. Not sure if your symptoms qualify as “chronic pain” or not? Take our two-minute self-assessment. Pain management is possible, but it’s up to you to seek out help.