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Treatment of Fibromyalgia

Cost for treatment

Diagnostic tests for fibromyalgia
1596.28
Diagnosis and conservative treatment of fibromyalgia
3902.47

University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

10/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Endocrinology, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Infectology and Angiology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich is regularly ranked among the best medical institutions in Germany! The hospital is the largest multidisciplinary medical facility, as well as a leading research and training center in Germany and Europe. The hospital is proud of i
Diagnostic tests for fibromyalgia
4532
Diagnosis and conservative treatment of fibromyalgia
8679.96

University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Nephrology and Rheumatology

The University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich was founded in 1834. It combines long traditions with the very latest advances in modern medicine. The medical facility includes 33 specialized departments and 20 interdisciplinary centers, where patients can receive top-class medical care in all medical fields. The hospital annuall
Diagnostic tests for fibromyalgia
3726.03
Diagnosis and conservative treatment of fibromyalgia
8826.12

University Hospital Ulm

8.7/10
location_onGermany, Ulm

Department of Hematology, Oncology, Palliative Care, Rheumatology and Infectology

The University Hospital Ulm started its activities 35 years ago and during this time it has become one of the most prestigious medical institutions in Europe. The hospital is famous for its numerous discoveries and the world-class achievements in medicine and pharmaceuticals. The medical facility has 29 specialized departments a
Diagnostic tests for fibromyalgia
3576.74
Diagnosis and conservative treatment of fibromyalgia
8310.38

University Hospital Heidelberg

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Heidelberg

Department of Hematology, Oncology, Adult and Pediatric Rheumatology

According to Focus magazine, the University Hospital Heidelberg ranks among the top five hospitals in Germany! The hospital is one of the most advanced and reputable medical institutions not only in Germany, but throughout Europe. There are more than 43 specialized departments and 13 medical institutes, which cover all fields of
Diagnostic tests for fibromyalgia
0
Diagnosis and conservative treatment of fibromyalgia
0

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10

Department of Hematology, Oncology, Hemostaseology, Rheumatology and Infectology

According to the reputable Focus magazine, the University Hospital Frankfurt am Main ranks among the top German medical facilities! The hospital was founded in 1914 and today is a well-known German medical facility, which combines rich traditions and scientific innovations. A medical team of more than 6,500 employees cares about
Diagnostic tests for fibromyalgia
3402.39
Diagnosis and conservative treatment of fibromyalgia
7996.14

University Hospital Jena

8.9/10
location_onGermany, Jena

Department of Nephrology, Rheumatology, Osteology and Endocrinology

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital Jena regularly ranks among the top German medical facilities! The hospital has positioned itself as a multidisciplinary medical facility with a long history of more than 200 years. Since its foundation, the hospital has been constantly developing and modernizin
Diagnostic tests for fibromyalgia
3769.88
Diagnosis and conservative treatment of fibromyalgia
8638.2

University Hospital W├╝rzburg

9.2/10

Department of Gastroenterology, Hematology, Oncology, Hepatology, Infectology, Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology

According to the Focus magazine in 2019, the University Hospital Würzburg ranks among the top national German hospitals! The hospital is one of the oldest medical facilities in Germany. The centuries-old traditions of first-class treatment are combined with the very latest achievements of modern evidence-based medicine and
Diagnostic tests for fibromyalgia
3183.15
Diagnosis and conservative treatment of fibromyalgia
7597.33

University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Hamburg

Department of Nephrology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology and Kidney Transplantation

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf ranks among the top ten hospitals in Germany! Since its foundation in 1889, the hospital has taken a leading position in the European medical arena and still occupies it until today. A highly competent medical team of more than 11,000 employees takes care
Diagnostic tests for fibromyalgia
4216.71
Diagnosis and conservative treatment of fibromyalgia
9936.93

University Hospital Bonn

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Bonn

Department of Oncology, Hematology, Rheumatology and Immunoncology

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the University Hospital Bonn ranks among the top ten medical facilities in Germany! The hospital was opened on January 1, 2001, although in fact it inherits the medical facility, which operated at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bonn. The hospital in Germany combin
Diagnostic tests for fibromyalgia
3744.82
Diagnosis and conservative treatment of fibromyalgia
8921.12

University Hospital Halle (Saale)

9.6/10
location_onGermany, Halle

Department of Nephrology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology and Diabetology

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital Halle (Saale) ranks among the top German medical facilities! The history of the hospital has more than 300 years, and during this time it managed to earn an excellent reputation not only in Germany, but throughout the world. The hospital positions itself as a s
Diagnostic tests for fibromyalgia
3390.91
Diagnosis and conservative treatment of fibromyalgia
8017.02

University Hospital Marburg UKGM

8.6/10
location_onGermany, Marburg

Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology

The University Hospital Marburg UKGM offers patients modern diagnostics and comprehensive therapy at the international level. As a maximum care hospital, the medical facility specializes in all fields of modern medicine ranging from ophthalmology to traumatology and dentistry. The main areas of specialization of the hospital are
Diagnostic tests for fibromyalgia
3187.33
Diagnosis and conservative treatment of fibromyalgia
7499.19

Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Infectology and Rheumatology

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the Charite University Hospital Berlin occupies the first place in the rating of the top German medical facilities! The hospital is one of the largest and leading university medical complexes in Europe. The hospital in Germany provides modern diagnostics and treatment of patients, a
Diagnostic tests for fibromyalgia
4838.94
Diagnosis and conservative treatment of fibromyalgia
11251.33

University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Muenster

Department of General Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Hypertensiology and Rheumatology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Muenster ranks among the top German hospitals! The hospital belongs to the most prestigious medical institutions in Germany. The hospital is distinguished by a high professionalism of its doctors, state-of-the-art technological equipment and the availability of the most ad
Diagnostic tests for fibromyalgia
3434.76
Diagnosis and conservative treatment of fibromyalgia
7962.73

University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Dresden

Department of Rheumatology

According to the reputable Focus magazine, the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden ranks among the top five German hospitals! The hospital is the benchmark for modern high-quality medicine. Positioning itself as a maximum care medical facility, the hospital represents all medical fields. There are 26 specialized depart
Diagnostic tests for fibromyalgia
4226.11
Diagnosis and conservative treatment of fibromyalgia
10110.24

HELIOS University Hospital Wuppertal

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Wuppertal

Department of Nephrology and Rheumatology

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the HELIOS University Hospital Wuppertal ranks among the top medical facilities in Germany! The hospital rightfully enjoys the status of the maximum care medical facility and provides its high-quality services in all modern fields of medicine. The hospital operates on the basis of the
Diagnostic tests for fibromyalgia
3300.08
Diagnosis and conservative treatment of fibromyalgia
8007.62

University Hospital Saarland Homburg

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Homburg

Department of Oncology, Hematology, Bone Marrow Transplant and Rheumatology

The University Hospital Saarland Homburg is the largest hospital in the city of Homburg and the most important medical facility in the region. The hospital, which currently has 30 specialized departments and 20 institutes, was founded in 1947 and operates on the basis of Saarland University. The hospital plays a leading role in
Diagnostic tests for fibromyalgia
3192.55
Diagnosis and conservative treatment of fibromyalgia
7457.43
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About the disease

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that affects the muscles and skeleton. Pain signals are sent to the brain in the absence of any injury, making it difficult to diagnose and assess. As a result, the emotional state of the sufferer can also be affected, causing mood swings, depression and fatigue.

Although fibromyalgia is believed to be caused by previous physical trauma or great emotional stress, there have been cases where the onset of symptoms could not be attributed to any apparent conditions. In this case, fibromyalgia could be attributed to a genetic predisposition caused by certain genetic mutations, which disorganize the muscle signals that are sent to the brain. There is also a theory stating that fibromyalgia can be caused by low levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates pain threshold in the body. If there are low levels of serotonin in the body, sensitivity to pain is increased.

Fibromyalgia mostly affects women and is usually accompanied by headaches and general irritation. Men tend to produce much higher levels of serotonin and do not suffer from as many hormonal and biochemical changes as women do. This could perhaps explain why only 10% of all cases of this disease are attributed to men. According to WebMD, almost 12 million people are affected by this disease in the USA alone. 

Symptoms

  • Lasting dull ache in the muscles, which lasts longer than 3 months
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Cramps in the lower abdomen
  • Problems with bowel movement 

Diagnosis

  • During a general examination, the doctor presses specific points on the patient’s body to locate where the pain is. Another indicator for a diagnosis of fibromyalgia is pain that is present for more than 3 months and is not related to any other disorders or traumas.
  • A blood count test is used to rule out other causes of pain, such as an infection or rheumatism, which can affect the same areas of the body and cause similar symptoms. 
  • An X-ray can be used to see if fibromyalgia has affected or damaged the skeleton.

Treatment

  • Doctors generally use conservative treatment to alleviate the pain and reduce the symptoms as much as possible. Pain relievers are prescribed to ease the patient’s pain and to improve their sleep. Drugs that are specifically designed to treat nerve pain are currently used for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Some of these drugs were primarily designed to treat shingles and spinal injuries, but have been reported to help with fibromyalgia as well.  Antidepressants and sessions with a psychologist are also commonly used to help patients deal with this condition and to balance their emotional state. Acupuncture and several courses of professional massage can also ease the pain.  

Authors: Dr. Nadezhda Ivanisova, Dr. Sergey Pashchenko




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