Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterized by widespread pain and fatigue. Although no cure is available, treatment can help reduce the severity of symptoms and improve the health-related quality of life.
Treatments for fibromyalgia
Since fibromyalgia is not associated with any particular injury or damage to the tissues of the body, it is often very difficult to find the right treatment. As fibromyalgia symptoms are both physical and psychological, a patient may need help from different healthcare professionals to effectively manage the condition.
For example, a rheumatologist who treats medical conditions related to muscles and joints may be required to treat the pain-related symptoms of a fibromyalgia patient. Similarly, a neurologist who is specialized for nervous system-related problems can help a patient overcome neurological symptoms, such as sleep disturbance, fatigue, and cognitive and memory problems. Most importantly, given the significant impact of fibromyalgia on emotional behavior, a psychologist (specialized for mental health and psychological treatments) plays an important role for improving overall quality of life of a fibromyalgia patient.
Treatment for fibromyalgia varies from person to person, and patients often require a combination of treatments for proper symptom management. Because of the wide range of symptoms, a patient generally goes through a variety of treatment options to find the right combination. Fibromyalgia treatments frequently include a combination of medicines, non-pharmacological therapies, and lifestyle changes. Alternative treatments including acupuncture, massage, aromatherapy, etc. are also effective.