Fibromyalgia Treatment

Fibromyalgia Treatment

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    Fibromyalgia is normally diagnosed during middle age, but some symptoms - such as morning stiffness -- can become more of an issue with age.

    People with rheumatoid arthritis or other types of arthritis may be more likely to have fibromyalgia, and arthritis is more common in seniors. At any age, if you have concerns about your fibromyalgia treatment plan, talk with your doctor. He or she should help you find solutions that will help manage your fibromyalgia symptoms over time.
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    A Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Muscle spasms can be a real problem if you have fibromyalgia. Some people complain that their muscles feel twitchy or crampy. Let your doctor know if muscle spasms are bothering you. In general, it's wise to get plenty of exercise, take warm baths, and consider getting massages to help with muscle symptoms. If muscle spasms persist, your doctor may prescribe medications called muscle relaxants.
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    A Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    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.
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    There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but it isn't a life-threatening condition, and it won't cause any permanent damage. Even better, it can often be controlled with the proper treatment, and many cases get better as time goes by. Regular exercise and a combination of medications can help minimize the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Keeping stress levels low and staying on a regular sleep schedule can make a big difference as well. Researchers continue to study fibromyalgia in hopes of learning more about the disorder and some day finding a cure.

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    A Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered

    Fibromyalgia is a notoriously challenging condition to treat. However, there are a number of therapies to consider, so look for a doctor who understands the condition and can help you develop an effective treatment regimen. Your plan for managing fibromyalgia may include:

    • Medications. There are three drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating fibromyalgia. They are pregabalin (Lyrica), duloxetine (Cymbalta), and milnacipran (Savella). Your doctor may also prescribe antidepressants, which appear to relieve fibromyalgia symptoms even if you aren't depressed. Over-the-counter pain relievers may help, too. Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may prescribe other medications, in addition.
    • Sleep aids. Fibromyalgia can really mess up your shut-eye. Some fibromyalgia medications can help you sleep better. Following good sleep habits, such as avoiding caffeine and alcohol late in the day, can help you get some rest, too.
    • Exercise. Some fibromyalgia patients worry that exercise will worsen their symptoms, but research suggests that the opposite is true. Ask your doctor what level of physical activity is right for you.
    • Alternative treatments. With your doctor's consent, trying acupuncture, chiropractic, and dietary supplements may help you to keep pain and other symptoms under control.
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    A Jacob Teitelbaum, Integrative Medicine, answered

    Light and sound sensitivity are not uncommon in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia, as it takes energy to sort the pertinent sensory information from the non-pertinent. Adding the medication neurontin (gabapentin) often helps these symptoms. In addition, if taste and smell sensitivity also are present, it is worth looking for carbon monoxide poisoning (from natural gas, gas lights and ovens, etc).

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    A Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered

    A little perspiration on a hot day or while exercising is normal and healthy. But if you break out in a sweat while others are slipping on extra layers for warmth, then you might have a problem called hyperhidrosis. That's just a fancy word for excessive sweating. If you're already coping with the symptoms of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia, having sweaty palms and stains on your clothes is just one more headache.

    Ask your doctor about steps you might take to control your excessive sweating. Using an antiperspirant containing aluminum chloride may help some people with hyperhidrosis. Medications known as anti-cholinergic drugs seem to help control sweating, too. If these measures don't help, a doctor may recommend other treatments, such as Botox injections.

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