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.
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Celeste 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.
Jacob Teitelbaum, Integrative Medicine, answered
The good news is that chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia are very treatable. The bad news is that most physicians are not yet trained in proper treatment. Because of this, you want to see a physician who knows how to help you, beyond simply using the few FDA approved medications.
Our published research has shown that 91% of patients can improve, with an average 90% increase in quality of life, by treating with the ”SHINE Protocol”. SHINE stands for Sleep, Hormonal support, Infections, Nutritional support, and Exercise as able. This requires a comprehensive approach. To find a physician who knows how to treat you, I recommend the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers nationally. In addition, there is a free "Symptom Analysis" that can analyze your symptoms (and, if available, even analyze your lab testing) to determine what is causing your CFS/fibromyalgia. It will then tailor a treatment protocol to your specific case using a mix of natural and prescription therapies. You can then work with your local physician using this protocol.