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Houston Methodist is a proven leader in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Our board-certified pain specialists have the experience and technology to relieve your symptoms. 

Houston Methodist offers help and hope for people with fibromyalgia. While there is not yet a cure, specialized care can significantly improve your symptoms. Our comprehensive approach includes proven medical and psychological therapies backed by leading-edge clinical research. Your compassionate team of specialists will work together to design a personalized treatment plan to help restore your quality of life.   

Diagnosis & Treatment for Fibromyalgia

How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

Diagnosis of fibromyalgia begins with a conversation about your medical history and symptoms, which may include:  


  • Severe muscle pain in multiple areas 
  • Widespread body aches 
  • Persistent fatigue  
  • Mood swings 
  • Anxiety  
  • Memory issues 
  • Brain fog, sometimes called “fibro fog” 
  • Inability to focus or concentrate 
  • Sleep problems 
  • Headaches 
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders  
  • Abdominal cramping, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)


Your specialist will conduct a physical exam and may order blood tests to help confirm or eliminate underlying conditions that may be causing your symptoms.  

Evidence suggests that fibromyalgia may affect the way the brain processes pain signals. Symptoms can appear after physical trauma, surgery, illness or a period of intense emotional stress. In some cases, symptoms appear gradually over time, without an identifiable trigger.  

What treatments are available?

Currently, there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, and treatments to relieve symptoms must be personalized. A combination of self-care and medication can work together to improve symptoms and overall health.  

Our collaborative team will design a treatment plan to help reduce inflammation and minimize your symptoms. Your plan may include a combination of the following:  


  • Changes to your eating habits 
  • Medications, such as pain relievers, antidepressants or anti-seizure drugs 
  • Meditation  
  • Psychotherapy  
  • Regular exercise, such as walking and yoga  

What if I need advanced care or a second opinion?

Whether you need a precise diagnosis or a second opinion, we can help. Our specialists can pinpoint the cause of your symptoms and design a personalized treatment plan to restore your quality of life.  

Understanding Chronic Pain

Struggling with chronic pain? Explore suggestions for dealing with debilitating symptoms. 

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