What is the prognosis for a person diagnosed with fibromyalgia?

The prognosis for fibromyalgia can vary dramatically from person to person. There is a wide range of symptoms, including muscle pain, tender joints, sleeplessness, morning stiffness, and headaches. There are a variety of treatments.

To understand your own prognosis, tell your doctor or healthcare provider what you are experiencing and how it affects your quality of life. You will understand your prognosis better after discussing your condition with your doctor.

Treatments can include a combination of medications and alternative therapies, even massage and changes in diet. There are prescription medications available, and non-prescription pain medications can help if taken under supervision. Your doctor will help you understand how fibromyalgia is going to affect you.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that can last a long time -- in some cases, a lifetime. However, it is not a progressive disease. It won't kill you, nor will it cause any damage to your muscles, tendons, bones, or organs. In many people, the symptoms lessen over time. But fibromyalgia may cause you and your family emotional distress if it alters your quality of life.

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