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Treatment for Fibromyalgia?

Feb 2014
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What is the treatment for Fibromyalgia?
Posted Sun, 2 Jun 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta 18 minutes later
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Treatment of fibromyalgia is symptomatic. There is no specific treatment available as no specific cause is identified. Pharmacological and non pharmacological measures are used in combination to get a good control of pain and for a long symptom free period.

Non pharmacological measures
Psychological therapy
Relaxation and stress management technique-as stress is the responsible for the worsening of the fibromyalgia symptoms.
Yoga and pranayama- for anxiety and stress relief
Physical massage
Wax therapy, ultrasound and infra red technique- to relieve pain
Acupuncture and acupressure in some cases may relieve pain and discomfort
Muscle stretching and strengthening exercise- this if overdone will cause increased pain and stiffness
Aerobic exercise and swimming-offer some improvement in the pain and muscle stiffness
Diet – a good nutritional balanced diet is required fish oil, magnesium and malic acid has some advantage in reducing the severity of pain.

Pharmacological measures
Pain reliving drugs- NSAID’s are the initial drug of choice followed by short course of low dose steroids when needed
Antidepressants- SSRI and SSNRI are used in selected cases
Anti seizure drugs- gabapentin and pregabalin are used for the relief of pain
Dopamine agonists-pramipexole and ropinirole
5-HT3 receptor antagonist tropisetron and guaifenesin.

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Wishing you good health...

Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Orthopaedic Surgeon.
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