One of the most important factors in improving the symptoms of FM is for the person to recognize the need for lifestyle adaptation. Most people are resistant to change because it implies adjustment, discomfort and effort. However, in the case of FM, change can bring about recognizable improvement in function and quality of life. Becoming educated about FM gives the person more potential for improvement.
An empathetic doctor who is knowledgeable about the diagnosis and treatment of FM and who will listen to and work with the person is an important component of treatment. It may be a family practitioner, an internist or a specialist (rheumatologist or neurologist, for example). Conventional medical intervention may be only part of a potential treatment program. Alternative treatments, nutrition, relaxation techniques and exercise play an important role in FM treatment as well. Each person should, with the input of a healthcare practitioner, establish a multifaceted and individualized approach that works for them.