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Fibro: Flare Ups, Remission, and Progression

Question:

Can my fibromyalgia simply go away?

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

Unfortunately, fibromyalgia doesn't just go away on its own. But there is a painless silver lining to the syndrome. Watch this to learn more.

Transcript: Unfortunately, fibromyalgia DOES NOT just go away on its own. But there are steps you can take to control symptoms such as fatigue, sleeplessness and extensive and persistent pain of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Medications, including pain relievers and antidepressants, and lifestyle changes can ease your discomfort. And although there is not a “cure” for fibromyalgia with a comprehensive program people can go into remission. Fibromyalgia remission happens when ALL symptoms of the condition disappear. For some reason nothing is triggering the nerve and tissue pain, and the persistent fatigue goes away. According to a study of 81 long-term fibromyalgia patients, 23 percent reported remissions lasting at least 2 months; the average was 34 months and one person reported remission for 20 years. Six percent had repeat periods of remission. Researchers don’t know what causes these remissions, but they believe participating in treatment and making lifestyle changes and avoiding triggers such as stress, can help. For more answers to your fibromyalgia questions, checkout other videos in this series. More »

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