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September 2006: Identifying and Treating Pain Caused by Fibromyalgia

01 Sep 2006

Dr. Michael McNett, M.D., a physician with the APAC Centers for Pain Management at Weiss, is a specialist in the treatment of fibromyalgia. His area of expertise lies in treating patients that experience increased pain throughout their bodies. Dr. McNett has twenty-two years of experience with fibromyalgia cases, has co-authored a book on the subject entitled, “The Everything Health Guide to Fibromyalgia,” and serves on the Medical Advisory Board of the National Fibromyalgia Association.

Identifying and Treating Pain Caused by Fibromyalgia 

APAC Centers for Pain Management
Weiss Memorial Hospital
4646 N. Marine Drive, Eighth Floor
Chicago IL 60640

APAC physicians specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of lumbar and cervical pain through X-ray guided epidural injections and other invasive procedures. Our physicians perform a thorough assessment of each patient to understand and identify the type of pain they are experiencing. If patients are experiencing spine pain, they are seen by one of our pain management physicians: Dr. Randolph Chang, Dr. Naj Beyranvand, or Dr. Krishna Parameswar. If the pain appears more generalized, the patient is referred to Dr. McNett to determine if it is a case of fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes people to experience increased pain throughout their bodies, typically accompanied by severe fatigue and sleep disruption. The discomfort is due to a hypersensitivity of their pain system that can cause pain anywhere (or everywhere) in their bodies.

Possible treatments for fibromyalgia include medication, physical therapy, interventional pain management and behavioral approaches (cognitive therapy, grief work, biofeedback, etc.).

Although in the past some have questioned whether fibromyalgia is a real condition, research has now conclusively shown that there are actual physical changes in these patients. Abnormally high spinal fluid levels of substance P and nerve growth factor, increased spinal cord pain processing and increased activity in cortical pain areas (on PET scans and functional MRIs) have all been documented in fibromyalgia. Reductions in parasympathetic nervous system activity and diminished deep sleep are also typically present.

Other conditions often associated with fibromyalgia include depression, anxiety, restless leg syndrome, irritable bowel, irritable bladder, vulvar vaginitis and insomnia. Dr. McNett effectively addresses these health issues as well.

Dr. McNett is determined to get his patients’ lives back on track by listening to them, providing the most up-to-date treatments available, and engaging them in their own process of recovery. For more information about fibromyalgia or to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. McNett at the APAC Centers for Pain Management at (773) 564-5205.