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Is ice an effective treatment for fibromyalgia?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Ice acts as a local anesthetic and may allow you to stretch your muscles with less pain. It's not the ice that's helping as much as the stretching that the ice allows you to do, which can reduce knots and help you feel better. Do not stretch muscles to the point of pain.
Cold packs or cold towels can help to relieve fibromyalgia pain. However, many people with fibromyalgia find that heat treatment is an effective pain treatment, too. If you prefer cold therapy, try applying ice packs, cold packs, or cold towels directly to the part of your body that hurts. Ask your doctor how these and other simple pain management strategies can help you control your fibromyalgia symptoms.

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