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Fibro: Flare Ups, Remission, and Progression

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Will fibromyalgia get worse as I age?

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

Worried fibromyalgia may get worse as you age? Well, you may not have anything to worry about. Watch this to learn more.

Transcript: Many people with fibromyalgia worry that the condition will progress as time goes on. Typically it does NOT. Researchers have found that overall worsening of symptoms -- deep muscular aching, throbbing, shooting, stabbing, or intense burning -- is rare. However, there may be moments in which the condition flares up, causing crippling pain and tenderness at specific points on the body. And then there will be moments when the symptoms mellow out, leaving you with only moderate aches. Some people manage to dramatically reduce their symptoms or even enter remission as time goes on. This is often achieved by participating in conventional medical and alternative treatments and making lifestyle adjustments While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, it does not damage your muscles, tendons, or ligaments, and with the right treatment you can lead a fulfilling life. For more answers to your fibromyalgia questions, checkout other videos in this series. More »

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