What are the Different Types of Fibromyalgia Treatments?

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

Fibromyalgia treatments will vary depending on the symptoms a sufferer exhibits, and since there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, most of the treatments focus on pain management and lifestyle changes. It is unclear what causes fibromyalgia, so treatments focus on symptoms rather than the condition itself. Excessive pain, for example, may be treated with a combination of medication and physical therapy, but such treatments may not cure the entire problem. Sleep disorders may be addressed through a sleep study or with sleeping aids such as medication, but such fibromyalgia treatments may do very little to address the overall problem.

Most sufferers are interested in relieving the pain associated with fibromyalgia. Pain can be widespread throughout the body, and the intensity of the pain may vary depending on the time of day, stress level, or a number of other factors. Fibromyalgia treatments that focus on pain management may include the use of painkilling medication, physical therapy and exercise, and regular stretching. Acupuncture and massage may also help alleviate the pain associated with fibromyalgia, though in more severe cases, fibromyalgia treatments may include the use of muscle relaxants or other medications aimed at relaxing the muscles.

While no cause has been proven, many doctors believe elevated stress levels may lead to fibromyalgia. Many such doctors might recommend meditation, visits to a mental health professional, or changes to one's daily routines to reduce stress levels and subsequently relieve some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Such treatment may include the use of antidepressants, as depression — while a symptom of fibromyalgia itself — can exacerbate other symptoms and increase anxiety. Depression may also cause or exacerbate sleep disorders commonly associated with fibromyalgia. Memory loss and a shortened attention span are often associated with fibromyalgia, and the treatments for such conditions often include cognitive exercises or guided treatments from a mental health professional.

Analyzing diet and daily routines can help lead to relief from fibromyalgia symptoms, especially fatigue and high stress levels. Some have speculated that certain foods can cause a reaction that leads to the symptoms of fibromyalgia, and a dietitian can help a sufferer design a new diet meant to help energize and refresh the body. Daily routines are perhaps the biggest contributor to fibromyalgia, and making changes to daily routines is one of the more effective fibromyalgia treatments. Alleviating stress on the body and mind often relieves some of the minor symptoms, and it can help improve sleeping patterns and cognitive ability.

Discussion Comments

OceanSwimmer

@boathugger- I completely understand how you are feeling. Many people just don’t understand fibromyalgia. Many doctors will throw the diagnosis of fibromyalgia on anyone without them even having it. Along with my doctor, we were able to pick the best fibromyalgia pain treatment that worked for me. I am glad to hear that you finally found something that worked for you, as well.

BoatHugger

About six months ago, I started having chronic pain all over my body. More specifically, the pain is in my elbows, between my shoulder blades, and the inside of my knees. I also have very bad headaches. I didn’t have health insurance so I was going to a clinic and seeing a nurse practitioner. She said it was probably my arthritis and wrote me an anti-inflammatory.

Since then, I was able to get Medicaid and I went to a regular doctor who diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. She put me on three different medications that I have now been taking for three weeks. It has absolutely changed my life. I am almost pain-free and my energy level has increased. I am able to do things that I haven’t done in months. With the right doctor and fibromyalgia medication, I am now living my life again. I am so thankful to have an understanding doctor.

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      Stress may be responsible for aggravating fibromyalgia symptoms.