The Neurological Connection to Fibromyalgia
If you have fibromyalgia, some of your symptoms might be caused
by a neurological disorder such as a cervical
spinal cord compression (stenosis) and/or Chiari
malformation. It is important for your long term health
and for relief of pain, fatigue, and mental function, to rule
out neurological conditions as part of your syndrome. If
you answer yes to several of the following questions, you should
take the initiative to be examined by a neurosurgeon for possible
pain and fatigue: |
- Do you have numbness and tingling in your hands and
- Are your hands and feet always cold?
- Have you noticed muscle weakness, such as a decrease
in your grip strength?
- Do you feel dizzy when you stand up?
- Do you have blurred vision that has not been helped
by glasses or other optical adjustments?
- Do you have irritable bowel syndrome?
- Do you have bladder problems?
- Do you have nausea and/or vomiting spells?
- Do you have unexplained sweating episodes, which are
- Are you clumsy, either in walking or handling objects?
- Do you have headaches?
- Do you have facial numbness?
- Do you have sleep apnea?
- Do you have hoarseness?
- Do you have neurally mediated hypotension (low blood
- Do you faint for no apparent reason?
Please also check the Comparable
Symptoms pages located on this site for other symptoms
you might have.
Also answer the following questions. Prior to the onset
of your fibromyalgia symptoms:
- Were you injured in a motor vehicle accident?
- Did you suffer from a sports injury?
- Did you hit your head, hurt your neck or injure yourself
in any other way (exercise, fall, etc.)?
- Did you have surgery under anesthetic?
- Did you have dental work done under anesthetic?
- Do other family members, i.e. mother, father, siblings,
aunts, uncles, children, grandparents, exhibit similar
symptoms and/or been diagnosed with fibromyalgia?
- Did you have a traumatic birth (forceps, other)?
Since 1997, hundreds of fibromyalgia patients have been
evaluated for these conditions and have had surgeries. 80%
to 85% of the patients who have had surgery have seen remarkable
improvement in their symptoms. If you have one or both of
these conditions, you can find help in alleviating your pain,
fatigue and cognitive problems as well as other neurological
symptoms including but not limited to: Cold hands and feet,
numbness and tingling in the extremities, irritable bowel
syndrome, bladder problems and more. If you want to be evaluated
for either of these conditions by a knowledgeable neurosurgeon, then
contact one of the doctors listed below for instructions regarding how to get an
MRI and other appointment information. (See MRI Requirements
for detailed instructions to give to your physician).
Milwaukee Neurological Institute
2350 W. Villard Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53209
Phone: (414) 438-6500
Michael Rosner, MD Neurosurgeon
80 Doctors Drive, Suite 4
Hendersonville, NC 23792
Phone: (828) 684-1076