Why don't aspirin and ibuprofen seem to help with fibromyalgia?

In general, drugs used to treat musculoskeletal pain, such as aspirin, non-steroidals (e.g., ibuprofen) and cortisone, are not particularly helpful in people with fibromyalgia (FM). As in any chronic pain condition, education is an essential component that helps people understand what can or can't be done as well as teaching them to help themselves.

Drugs such as aspirin and Advil are not particularly effective and seldom do more than take the edge off FM pain.

Aspirin and ibuprofen are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. These drugs can be quite effective when treating conditions that cause inflammation, but fibromyalgia doesn't cause any inflammation. As a result, NSAIDs aren't very effective at treating the condition. However, in some cases, they can be effective when used in combination with other medications. Talk to your doctor about what medications you should be taking to treat your fibromyalgia.

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