1 AnswerHonor Society of Nursing (STTI) answeredEvery case of fibromyalgia is unique, so let your symptoms be your guide to determining how often you need to see your doctor. If your fibromyalgia symptoms are under control, you may only need routine check-ups. But if you are struggling with pain, fatigue, and other persistent symptoms of fibromyalgia, more frequent office visits may be necessary. Fibromyalgia can be a challenge to treat, but receiving the proper medical care is essential for your quality of life. There are new treatments available for fibromyalgia, so see your doctor as often as necessary to get control over your symptoms.
2 AnswersHonor Society of Nursing (STTI) answeredAsk your primary-care physician to refer you to a doctor who specializes in treating fibromyalgia. Rheumatologists are generally thought to have the most expertise in diagnosing and treating fibromyalgia. Rheumatologists specialize in caring for diseases affecting the joints, muscles, and bones. Other options include doctors who specialize in pain management.
If your primary-care physician can't refer you to a doctor who specializes in fibromyalgia, consider joining a support group for people with fibromyalgia and ask other members for referrals.
6 AnswersDr. Celeste Robb-Nicholson , Internal Medicine, answeredBecause no underlying disease process is known, medical treatment is aimed at treating symptoms of fibromyalgia. It can involve muscle relaxants, medications to relieve pain, and low-dose antidepressants to help mood, fatigue, and sleep. Three drugs have been approved expressly for treating fibromyalgia: pregabalin (Lyrica), an anti-seizure medication that blocks pain signals from the central nervous system, and the antidepressants duloxetine (Cymbalta) and milnacipran (Savella).
One of the most effective treatments for fibromyalgia is to take very good care of yourself. A routine of gentle stretching exercises and low-impact aerobic exercise, like swimming or cycling, is very important in relieving stiffness and preserving muscle tone. Adequate sleep, naturally, is also essential to minimizing fatigue. Many women with fibromyalgia have benefited from acupuncture and massage therapy as well as from practicing biofeedback, relaxation, and stress reduction. Finally, the value of psychological support can't be underrated when dealing with an often puzzling chronic condition. You may find a fibromyalgia support group in your area through the National Fibromyalgia Association.
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Finding the right doctor or specialist to diagnose and treat fibromyalgia is an important first step in finding an effective medication treatment plan. The second step is for the patient to develop a close relationship with his doctor. The doctor should have experience working with fibromyalgia patients, take time to listen and consider the patient an equal member of the treatment team.
1 AnswerDr. Mehmet Oz, MD , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answeredIf you have fibromyalgia, you may find that you are particularly sensitive to cold and heat. In particular, you may feel cold at temperatures that others find comfortable. Not everyone with fibromyalgia has these symptoms, but they are not uncommon. Relaxation techniques, especially autogenic training, have been shown to help people with fibromyalgia feel warmer in their limbs. There are no specific medical treatments for temperature sensitivity, but treatment that reduces your fibromyalgia symptoms, including pain, may also help reduce your sensitivity to heat and cold.
You can also develop coping mechanisms, such as bringing an extra layer of clothing to work or on trips, and making sure you don't sit next to drafty windows. If you've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it's your right to have a workplace that accommodates your medical needs, including a temperature that is comfortable for you.
1 AnswerDr. Dawn Marcus , Neurology, answeredThe two vitamins best studied in fibromyalgia are vitamins D and C. Research looking for vitamin D deficiency in fibromyalgia has produced conflicting results. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology found no increased risk for vitamin D deficiency in people with fibromyalgia, and there was no correlation between vitamin D levels and pain severity. Other studies that tested the effects of vitamin D supplementation produced conflicting results for relief of fibromyalgia symptoms, even among people with documented vitamin D deficiency.
A single small study that treated 12 women with fibromyalgia with vitamin C supplements for 1 month found a reduction in disability with vitamin C that was lost after it was discontinued.
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1 AnswerDr. Mehmet Oz, MD , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answeredOne potential side effect of fibromyalgia is a problem called neurally mediated hypotension. That's a mouthful, but it simply means that your blood pressure is a bit too low. If you stand for a long time, your head may start spinning.
The best way to avoid dizziness that comes from this problem is to avoid standing for long periods, if possible. When you can't avoid standing, walk around as much as you can. You can also try wearing compression stockings, which help to relieve hypotension.