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What do I take for fibromyalgia when painkillers aren't enough?

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

Taking painkillers for your fibromyalgia pain, but still not getting relief? Well then watch this for a few tips.

Transcript: If you’ve been taking painkillers for your fibromyalgia pain, but still not getting relief, you need to discuss different options with your doctor. There are treatment options, including drugs now FDA-approved for fibromyalgia that were initially used as anticonvulsants, or anti-depressants. Lyrica, an anticonvulsant, has been shown to reduce painful fibromyalgia symptoms by calming overly excited nerves. Selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors – or SNRIs -- like Cymbalta and Savella may help ease the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia by increasing and regulating levels of the brain chemicals serotonin and norepinephrine. Positive lifestyle choices can also help when painkillers aren’t doing the job. Following an anti-inflammatory whole food diet, which includes vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, nuts, legumes, whole grains, healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids, and nutritional supplements, may help reduce your pain. Some people with fibromyalgia are sensitive to specific foods and avoiding those foods reduces symptoms. Keeping a food diary may help you pinpoint such problems. Other helpful way to break the cycle of stress and pain include cognitive behavior therapy, regular exercise, massage, acupuncture, and relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga. For more answers to your fibromyalgia questions, check out other videos in this series. More »

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