Fibromyalgia Treatment

Fibromyalgia Treatment

Fibromyalgia Treatment
Because no underlying disease process is known, doctors aim to treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia. A healthy diet and getting regular, low-impact exercise like yoga, walking or water aerobics are key to maintain your health with fibromyalgia. Your doctor may also prescribe pain medication and recommend support groups or counseling.

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    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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    Amitriptyline probably provides good pain relief for some people with fibromyalgia, but will not work for all of them. There is no evidence that it will improve sleep, fatigue, quality of life, or tenderness. 

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    You may experience an increase in blood pressure as a side effect of taking certain medications for fibromyalgia. In most cases, the increase in blood pressure, if any, is modest. Your doctor will monitor you after you start taking any new medicine. If you have a significant increase in blood pressure, your doctor may recommend switching to a different medication. If your physician prescribes a medication for fibromyalgia, tell him or her if you have high blood pressure or if you are currently taking medication for high blood pressure.
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    A healthy diet can improve your symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Studies have shown that individuals who perform regular exercise and eat well have elevated moods. Additionally, keeping a food journal can help you identify specific food triggers for your symptoms.