Fibromyalgia Specialist

Christi M. Kenyon, M.D. -  - Rheumatology

Christi M. Kenyon, M.D.

Rheumatology & Internal Medicine located in Seattle, WA

There are certain conditions that you just can’t test for. Fibromyalgia is one of those unusual afflictions that has no determinable cause or definitive cure, but it creates overwhelming waves of generalized pain and discomfort. Christi M. Kenyon, MD provides specialized care to the Seattle community. She has a long history of treating patients who have fibromyalgia and demonstrated knowledge of best treatment practices. Call today to learn more about your treatment options.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic syndrome that affects the muscles and soft tissue. The condition manifests itself through generalized muscle and joint pain and tenderness, exhaustion, and bouts of mental distress.

It’s often thought of as an arthritic condition but doesn’t cause inflammation or joint damage. That’s why it’s often misdiagnosed, and no precise treatment has been identified to remedy it.

Fibromyalgia is manageable with various lifestyle changes and medication regimens. It affects people of all ages, and it triggers unique symptoms depending on the individual.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia has many symptoms, but they aren’t to be confused with those of arthritis: Fibromyalgia affects soft tissues, not joints. Generally, symptoms include:

  • Muscle pain, burning, twitching or tightness
  • Tender points throughout the body
  • Debilitating fatigue and insomnia
  • Concentration problems
  • Memory issues
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Morning stiffness
  • Irritable bowel syndrome and bladder issues

These symptoms might be related to a pain signal misinterpretation in your brain caused by a chemical imbalance.

What causes fibromyalgia?

Doctors don’t know the cause of fibromyalgia, but they’ve identified a few factors that could influence it:

  • Infections
  • Genetics
  • Traumatic events, especially in childhood
  • High-level stress

Who is affected by fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia affects 3%-6% of the global population, primarily women between the ages of 40 and 75. But it also affects men and children, especially teenage girls.

Your chances of being diagnosed with fibromyalgia increase with age.

How do you treat fibromyalgia?

There are multiple treatment options for fibromyalgia, as it affects many areas of the body with no definitive cause or pattern. After an initial consultation, Dr. Kenyon will find the pain management regimen that makes the most sense for you and your lifestyle.

Most effective treatments are more lifestyle-related, such as regular moderate exercise — like yoga, walking, and Pilates — to release the endorphins that will fight pain, stress, and depression. 

Some of the most common medical treatments include pain relievers, antidepressants, muscle relaxers, sleeping medication, and antiseizure drugs. 

With nearly three decades of experience developing caring therapeutic practices, Dr. Kenyon works with patients to craft individualized coaching solutions to alleviate symptoms and hardship.

Call or click today to book an appointment.

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