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Fibromyalgia 101

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Can fibromyalgia be cured?

Expert:   Betty Keller, MD, FACR, Board Certified Internal Medicine & Rheumatology »

There may be times when it seems like your symptoms have gone away, and you're feeling almost no pain, but does that mean it's gone away? Find out!

Transcript: There is NO known cure for fibromyalgia — a condition characterized by extensive and persistent pain of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. There may be times when it seems like your symptoms have gone away, and you’re feeling almost no pain, but fibromyalgia is usually a chronic syndrome. The good news is that for some patients, symptoms improve with treatment. And percentage of patients go into REMISSION, usually with the help of medical treatments AND lifestyle changes. The FDA has approved three medications to treat fibromyalgia and other drugs are now in development. Antidepressants, sleep medications, muscle relaxants, pain relievers, and other types of medicines may also be recommended to treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia or coexisting conditions. Lifestyle changes, such as getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, maintaining a balanced diet, and reducing stress can help. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, most people with the syndrome CAN work, but may need to adjust their schedule by reducing hours, switching to a lower-stress job, and avoiding work that involves heavy lifting or sitting in uncomfortable desk chairs. An occupational therapist can be enlisted to help find ways for you to ease pain as you go about your daily work activities. Other non-drug treatments include physical therapy, acupuncture, acupressure, chiropractic treatment, therapeutic massage, counseling and support groups, breathing and relaxation techniques, and aromatherapy. For more answers to your fibromyalgia questions, check out other videos in this series. More »

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