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Fibromyalgia Treatment

Can fibromyalgia be cured?

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  • There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but it isn't a life-threatening condition, and it won't cause any permanent damage. Even better, it can often be controlled with the proper treatment, and many cases get better as time goes by. Regular exercise and a combination of medications can help minimize the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Keeping stress levels low and staying on a regular sleep schedule can make a big difference as well. Researchers continue to study fibromyalgia in hopes of learning more about the disorder and some day finding a cure.

  • ACeleste Cooper, Rheumatology, answered

    Currently we do not know for sure what causes fibromyalgia. There are several theories and replicated studies showing the same results are encouraging, but we still have a way to go. Until we know the cause, there cannot be a cure, but there are plenty of disorders that we know the cause and still have no cure. In those cases, like FM, the goal is symptom management.

     

    Knowing what factors, including medication, activity, stress, foods, and comorbid disorders make our symptoms worse is the key to improving the way we feel. By exploring aggravating factors and bringing those we can manage under control, we improve our coping skills.

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