What are the Best Fibromyalgia Therapies?

K. Gierok

Fibromyalgia is a common pain condition that can make daily activities very difficult. Though it can sometimes be difficult to diagnose fibromyalgia, treatment methods are typically relatively successful. Fibromyalgia therapies include increased amounts of sleep and exercise for those suffering from the condition, as well as alternative therapies such as physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, and aromatherapy. These alternative therapies should be used only with physician approval.

Many people with fibromyalgia experience headaches and lethargy on a regular basis.
Many people with fibromyalgia experience headaches and lethargy on a regular basis.

One of the most common fibromyalgia therapies involves the use of medications for pain management. Professional organizations that govern the quality of medications typically recommend Lyrica®, Cymbalta®, Savella®, and other similar medications for patients who are suffering from fibromyalgia. In addition, antidepressants and steroid injections may occasionally be prescribed for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Often, physicians and patients must work closely together in order to find the best combination of prescription medications for the treatment of fibromyalgia.

Stress may be responsible for aggravating fibromyalgia symptoms.
Stress may be responsible for aggravating fibromyalgia symptoms.

Common fibromyalgia therapies also include recommendations for adequate amounts of sleep. Often, those who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia have a difficult time getting enough sleep, and because of this experience high amounts of fatigue during the day. This can create an unending cycle, as high amounts of fatigue typically contribute to worsening symptoms of fibromyalgia. Obviously, sleep plays a very important role in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Those who have a difficult time falling asleep are often encouraged to try techniques designed to promote good rest. In some cases, a pharmaceutical sedative may be required for those who have an especially difficult time falling asleep.

Aromatherapy is one treatment used to treat fibromyalgia.
Aromatherapy is one treatment used to treat fibromyalgia.

Another of the common fibromyalgia therapies includes exercising on a regular basis. Research has found that exercise is one of the best ways to effectively treat fibromyalgia. Unlike other conditions, which may require relatively intense forms of exercise in order to produce results, studies have shown that those who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia can have great success with relatively low intensities of exercise. In addition, participation in a regular exercise program is very effective in the promotion of a good night's rest.

Alternative fibromyalgia therapies have also be found to be highly successful in the treatment of the condition. Examples of alternative fibromyalgia therapies include the use of physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, aromatherapy, and even the use of different herbs and vitamins. These methods should always be used in conjunction with traditional medical practices.

Changes in life and work habits can be recommended as part of a fibromyalgia treatment plan.
Changes in life and work habits can be recommended as part of a fibromyalgia treatment plan.

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