Fibromyalgia Treatment Options

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Fibromyalgia is a complex condition in which there is no cure. There are options to successfully manage the symptoms, however, there is no one treatment plan, but rather a multidimensional approach. Here are the fibromyalgia treatment options.

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Fibromyalgia Treatment Options

The first step after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia is to accept one fact about the disease: it has no cure. However, do not lose hope. There are various ways to get relief from the daunting symptoms of fibromyalgia. The difficult part is finding the right combination that works for you and your body.

Natural

Natural remedies involve any form of healing that does not include medication. Natural remedies include:

I have several natural relieving methods. After a few trials and errors, I am happy with my current natural regiment.

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Medicinal

A medicinal option is over-the-counter (OTC) medicine or medicine prescribed by your physician. Medicines to help treat fibromyalgia symptoms include:

OTC medicines

  • acetaminophen: pail reliever, fever reducer (read more)
  • ibuprofen: anti-inflammatory, pain reliever, fever reducer (read more)
  • sleep aids: helps to fall asleep and stay asleep (examples include ZzzQuil, Unisom)

Prescribed medicines

  • antidepressants – helps relieve pain, depression, fatigue, and sleep problems
  • muscle relaxants – work in the brain to relax muscles
  • sleep aids – ease sleep difficulties
  • gabapentin – (read more)

The only prescribed medications approved by the Food & Drug Administration:

  • Lyrica: approved in 2007
  • Cymbalta: approved in 2008
  • Savella: approved in 2009

Physical

Physical treatments are anything involved with moving the body. Physical treatments used to help treat fibromyalgia include:

  • physical therapy
  • exercise (within moderation)

Alternative

Alternative methods are any methods that do not include physical or medicinal. Alternative treatments include:

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Brandi

Hi, I’m Brandi, the writer and creator of Being Fibro Mom and My Fibro Journal. Aside from my work on Being Fibro Mom, I run a group called Fibro Parenting on Facebook. I've been writing for the Fibromyalgia Magazine since 2016 and recently became the Secretary and Fibro & Families program director for International Support Fibromyalgia Network. Facebook-+-Twitter-+-Instagram

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