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How is light and sound sensitivity treated in fibromyalgia?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Some of the same treatments a doctor can prescribe to relieve pain related to fibromyalgia may also help to reduce sensitivity to light and sound. Many people who have fibromyalgia find that they can't tolerate bright lights or loud sounds. No one is sure why this occurs, but some scientists believe that having fibromyalgia may amplify the senses. That includes the sense of touch, which may be why pain is the major symptom of fibromyalgia.

Scientists are studying light and sound sensitivity in people with fibromyalgia. Some believe that medications commonly prescribed for treating fibromyalgia pain, such as Cymbalta, Savella, Neurontin, and Lyrica, may help to relieve sensory overload from amplified sound and light. Talk to your doctor about treatment options if you have fibromyalgia and feel especially sensitive to light and sound.

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