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Fibromyalgia: Most used treatments

Updated on November 6, 2014

Poplular Fibromyalgia Treatments


Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition with many symptoms. Treatment consists of treating the symptoms as they appear. When the symptoms are too many, the medical professional tries to concentrate on treating the most troubling symptoms. The most profound symptom in Fibromyalgia is pain. Other common symptoms of Fibromyalgia are fatigue, trouble concentrating, bloating, GERD, acid reflex, tiredness, blurred vision, brain "fog", anxiety, insomnia, tingling in the extremities, neck pain, flu-like pain all over and depression, among others.

There is also the problem with anxiety. I call it the "cycling effect of Fibromyalgia pain". It goes like this: Your pain decides that it is going to cause you problems and increases. You know that this may be the start of a flair up and you start getting a little anxious. The increase in your anxiety actually causes an increase in the pain. So there start the cycle...increased pain = increased anxiety=increased pain=increased anxiety, and so it goes and you end up with a flair-up from hell.

There is no known cure for fibromyalgia, but pharmaceutical companies are researching educational cures for this multi symptomatic disease. Fibromyalgia symptoms are generally treated as they appear. Treatment can be started with one or both of the two, FDA approved, fibromyalgia medications, Cymbalta and Lyrica.


Cymbalta:

Cymbalta is an antidepressant medication that has to be prescribed by a doctor. Cymbalta has not only antidepressant qualities, but also pain relieving abilities. Cymbalta also helps with "fibrofog" and anxiety. Cymbalta is an FDA approved medication for fibromyalgia.


Lyrica:


Lyrica is a medication normally used for seizures, Diabetic neuropathy, and shingle pain. Lyrica is not an antidepressant. Researchers believe that what causes fibromyalgia pain is a high sensitivity to pain stimuli caused by overly sensitive nerve cells. Cymbalta targets nerve cells and helps decrease the number of nerve signals and calms down overly sensitive nerve cells. This decreases fibromyalgia pain. Lyrica is FDA approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia.


Narcotic analgesics:


Fibromyalgia is being treated more and more with narcotic medications. There are different viewpoints between doctors about using narcotic analgesics for fibromyalgia. Some doctors do not believe in treating fibromyalgia with narcotic pain medications. More and more doctors are using narcotics for fibromyalgia nowadays. A few doctors will even give one long lasting narcotic and a short acting one to help with breakthrough pain. A few of the more common narcotics used for fibromyalgia pain are: Duragesic patch, Oxicodone and Vicodin.


Exercise:


Exercise may be the most important thing you can do to help yourself if you are suffering with fibromyalgia. Stretching, aerobics, yoga and walking are a few of the best types of exercise for fibromyalgia symptoms. Exercise does cause a small increase in pain in the beginning, but if you keep exercising and go slow, fibromyalgia pain and stiffness will slowly get better. If exercise is done regularly, you symptoms will keep getting better, but if you stop exercising, you symptoms will come back rather quickly.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that is difficult to treat. Many people with fibromyalgia end up disabled. Treatments needs to be implemented slowly, but once treatment is started, you need to stick with it and be diligent about your treatment regime. Fibromyalgia can be treated. Usually a person with fibromyalgia needs to implement several treatment methods and exercise regularly to decrease their symptoms.

If you think you may have fibromyalgia, the first thing you need to do is consult your doctor. Your doctor will be able to diagnose you and help implement a good treatment plan for you to follow. Treatment will usually involve several remedies at one time. The most important thing is to stick to the treatment plan you and your doctor has agreed upon.

References:

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      Shandria Ball 

      3 years ago from Anniston

      thanks for writing! I think I have Fibro but my doctors say my pain is from uterine fibroids.I am currently on meds for hypertension, uterine fibroids, anxiety disorder,and insomnia. I have most of the symptoms in your hub

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