Cognitive behavioral and conditioning behavioral therapies are among the most effective fibromyalgia treatments. For example, in one well-designed study, 125 people with fibromyalgia were randomly assigned to treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy, conditioning behavioral therapy, or to a control group that received no skills training. Skills were taught in groups of five patients, seen for two-hour sessions once a week for 15 weeks. The control group received general education without any specific training. One year after treatment, people getting either treatment improved more than the control group. In addition:
- Pain levels dropped by at least half in 45% of those treated with cognitive behavioral therapy and 54% of those who received conditioning behavioral therapy, but in only 5% of the control group.
- Disability decreased by at least half for 38% treated with cognitive behavioral therapy and for 58% with conditioning behavioral therapy, but for only 8% of the control group.
- The number of physician visits dropped by 17% after cognitive behavioral therapy and by 56% with conditioning behavioral therapy. In contrast, visits increased by 39% in the control group.
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