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Can fibromyalgia be prevented?

Jacob Teitelbaum
Integrative Medicine

Absolutely! Getting good nutritional support, cutting back sugar, getting 8 hours sleep a night, and learning to say “NO!” to things that feel bad to you can prevent many cases of fibromyalgia. Treating subtle hormonal imbalances can also be helpful.

Whether or not fibromyalgia can be prevented is unclear. It is possible that some cases may be preventable, while others are not. For example, if your fibromyalgia develops following a physical or emotional trauma, such as a car crash, there isn't anything you can do about that. However, some cases of fibromyalgia seem to develop as a result of stress or not sleeping well. It seems reasonable to assume that making sure you get a good night's sleep and keeping your stress levels low will prevent fibromyalgia in these cases. Unfortunately, without knowing specifically what causes fibromyalgia, there's really no way of knowing. Either way, fibromyalgia can be treated, so if you begin to develop symptoms, see your doctor about getting the proper treatment.

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