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Can nerve stimulation help my fibromyalgia?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Could a gentle shock to your system jolt away fibromyalgia symptoms? Some scientists believe that nerve stimulation may be an effective adjunct, or add-on, therapy for fibromyalgia. In this treatment, a doctor uses a special device to deliver a low current of electricity to the vagus nerve. This nerve runs all the way from your brain down to your abdomen. Researchers are studying whether stimulating this nerve can relieve fibromyalgia symptoms. Early results look promising, though it's too soon to say whether nerve stimulation is an effective treatment for fibromyalgia.

Nerve stimulation can sometimes be used to relieve pain, but it isn't very effective for treating fibromyalgia. Nerve stimulation involves using tiny electrical bursts to stimulate your nerves. This is more specifically referred to as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS. While this treatment can be very effective at treating a specific area of your body for pain, it isn't nearly as effective for a condition like fibromyalgia that tends to cause pain in a large majority of your body. Talk to your doctor about finding the right treatment plan for your fibromyalgia.

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