If you have fibromyalgia and are facing a surgical procedure, you may be more concerned than the average patient because you have heard stories about post-operative fibro flares and long, painful recovery periods. While it’s true your recuperation period will likely be a little longer than it would be for most people, there are steps that can be taken to reduce your pain levels and minimize your chances of a severe flare.
Take these suggestions with you and discuss each item with both your surgeon and your anesthesiologist at your pre-surgical meeting. Don’t wait until the day of your surgery to bring them up. Ideally make a copy to give to each that can be kept in your file. Do not assume that they know how to deal with fibromyalgia patients. It may not be something they come across very often in their practices.
Precautions for Fibromyalgia Patients Having Surgery:
Fibromyalgia causes “central sensitization” which results in pain amplification. The precautions suggested below are all designed to prevent triggering the central sensitization process.
While no one can promise you a pain-free surgical experience, patients whose surgeons have worked them and followed these procedures report a better recovery experience than they had anticipated.
“Guidance for Fibromyalgia Patients Who Are Having Elective Surgery. Oregon Fibromyalgia Foundation. 2002.
Squires, Sharon. “Some Important Considertions for Fibromyalgia Patients About to Have Surgery.” National Fibromyalgia Association. 2003
© Karen Lee Richards
Hello i am new on the january surgeries list, well i want to say i work in a pharmacy and people who have fibromyalgia are taking a medication called LYRICA. Most people said that it is controlling the pain so i just wanted to see if that was an option you have tried........