Fibromyalgia Specialist London
Fibromyalgia is a physical condition where pain can be felt anywhere in the body or just localised to certain areas, such as the hands, feet, neck or joints. Many people experience different sensations such as general aches and pains, burning sensations, sharp digging pains and feeling extremely tired, or sometimes so fatigued that it feels like you have the flu.
If you think you are experiencing any fibromyalgia symptoms, you shouldn’t hesitate to see your GP who can examine you and rule out any other possible conditions. Once a diagnosis of fibromyalgia is suspected by your GP, he/she can then refer you to a professional rheumatologist, such as Dr Naveen Bhadauria, a consultant Rheumatologist, with an expertise in diagnosing and treating the condition.
Getting a fibromyalgia diagnosis isn’t at all straightforward. You will need to have your medical history looked at and have investigations to rule out any other causes for your symptoms. A Rheumatologist is the best placed specialist to diagnose this condition.
How common is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is thought to affect almost one in 20 people, so is considered to be quite a common illness. Although a lot of people suffer from the condition, a person’s symptoms can vary greatly from another, which makes it quite difficult to diagnose.
Sometimes a person’s symptoms can ease or go away for a while, but most will see a return of their symptoms and most suffer from long-term issues. Symptoms can often be made worse when people are affected by anxiety, depression or stress, the onset of cold and damp weather, overdoing exercise or physical activities.
Unfortunately, at present, there is no cure for fibromyalgia, but patients can get treatments that can help to greatly reduce their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?
There are many different symptoms of fibromyalgia, the most common being muscle and joint aches and pains as well as extreme tiredness and fatigue, but more symptoms can include:
- Sleep problems
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Memory and concentration problems (brain fog)
- Depression and anxiety
Do not hesitate to see your doctor if you are worried about your symptoms, especially if they seem to linger and don’t ease with time. You can also directly see a rheumatologist, like Dr Naveen Bhadauria, and they will help to diagnose and treat this condition.
Diagnosing fibromyalgia and ongoing treatments
As fibromyalgia has been recognised as a common central pain-related syndrome, there has been a lot of research into the condition and many new treatment advancements made in recent years.
The key to successfully managing fibromyalgia involves a combination of multidisciplinary approaches, including medical, physiological and psychological treatments.
Dr Bhaudauria and his team offer fibromyalgia patients an individualised treatment package based on their symptoms and support needs. Ongoing fibromyalgia management programmes can include a combination of therapeutic approaches, including:
- Analgesia modalities: Anesthetic for neuropathic pain, electrotherapy, cryotherapy and therapeutic heat
- Gentle physical exercise: Low impact daily aerobic exercise and stretching without increased pain
- Psychological strategies: CBT, relaxation training, biofeedback, stress management
As fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that typically presents in young to middle-aged women, a diagnosis should never be ruled out for men or people of any age.
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned here, you may initially be hesitant to see your GP. However, they will more than likely refer you to a chronic pain specialist such as Dr Bhadauria for a proper diagnosis.
If this is the case, you may not want to wait for many weeks before seeing an NHS specialist. If your chronic pain symptoms are becoming unmanageable, then you can save a lot of time and worry by booking a private consultation with Dr Bhadauria at one of his London practices.
Fibromyalgia Consultant UK
Looking for a professionally trained fibromyalgia consultant to help you manage your condition is a great way to relieve the pain caused by fibromyalgia. As fibromyalgia symptoms can mimic those of other inflammatory health conditions, it is essential that you get a correct diagnosis for fibromyalgia from a trained professional.
Dr Naveen Bhadauria has been diagnosing and treating patients with fibromyalgia with a practical multidisciplinary approach for many years. By working with Dr Bhadauria and his team, you will receive a holistic treatment programme that combines the right balance of fibromyalgia medication along with beneficial mind/body therapy.
Our approach offers the correct diagnosis of your condition and establishes the severity of fibromyalgia and how it affects your everyday life. No one treatment or procedure fits all patients, so we will tailor your treatments to suit your individual needs.
Getting the proper treatment for your fibromyalgia
We use effective medical treatment to help reduce pain and manage your condition. We also include a programme of mixed therapy that aims to help improve your physical mobility and strength while lowering your stress levels and calming your mind with relaxation techniques.
As Dr Bhadauria is a leading UK fibromyalgia consultant, he uses the latest scientific developments with proven results to treat his patients. His training is all-encompassing, so he will be able to help you with all the symptoms that come with fibromyalgia, including poor sleep, anxiety and chronic pain.
When diagnosing Fibromyalgia, other conditions will also be tested for and ruled out to result in a precise diagnosis.