Fibromyalgia is a disorder that is characterized by constant tiredness and sleeplessness. You may find it hard to know exactly this disorder apart from the normal stress and also tiredness that you feel at the end of the day therefore it's far better to be mindful of what the symptoms of fibromyalgia are. Constant fatigue, sleeplessness, waking up stiff in the morning, muscle knots or cramping, weakness, headaches, digestive disorders, itchy or burning skin are the common symptoms including pain that's felt all over the body. At times, the symptoms can include balance problems It's hard to tell whether you have this disorder by yourself because it comes with so many symptoms. Having yourself checked by a doctor is always best, especially if you suspect that you have this disorder.

There is no single treatment for fibromyalgia but you can deal with the disorder by treating the symptoms. For people whose indication of this disorder is primarily lack of sleep, the best thing to do is to stay away from any triggers that could compound the condition. This usually means staying away from caffeine, eating food that can assist induce sleepiness, and getting the right amount of exercise. Trying relaxing activities might additionally help fight the symptoms that come with this disorder.

Fibromyalgia is a known disorder and is deemed diagnosable by the US National institutes of Health but the fibromyalgia causes remain unknown. There are a few health professionals which declare that the disorder might be genetic and that individuals who are afflicted with the disorder might have a greater sensitivity to pain or a lower threshold, nevertheless there hasn't been evidence to back up these reports at this point. While the treatment for fibromyalgia doesn't mean completely eliminating the disorder, its many symptoms can still be treated individually to help the patient cope and maintain his or her good health.

Impaired concentration or what they call 'brain fog' is among the most distinct symptoms of fibromyalgia. A patient being affected by this condition would often have a difficult time recalling both short term as well as long term events and might have a decreased attention span. These indications do not manifest all together. On the other hand, they steadily appear plus accumulate as time passes and do not often need a triggering event. This does not mean there is no treatment for this disorder despite the fact that there is still no cure. Treating the symptoms will go a long way in aiding the patient cope with the disorder just like many other diseases.

Stress reduction activities, relaxation, exercise can be used as treatment for fibromyalgia. You might have to try different variations of treatments to find the ones that work best for you, but with a little patience and research; you're certain to receive the rest and peace of mind that you simply require despite the condition.

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  1. Big Rob

    Could anyone tell me what are some good treatments for fibromyalgia?
    I’d like to know what are some good medications or treatments I can do for fibromyalgia besides going to the doctor. Thanks

  2. CSmom

    Has anybody had any luck with fibromyalgia treatments without going broke in the process?
    I’ve had fibromyalgia since 1991 and have been treated with P.T., medications (tramadol, elavil,clonopin, & lorab), stretching, massage therapy (when I can afford it), and some biofeedback. My neck and back are so tied in knots it feels like concrete. My current regiman barely gets me by. I have worked steadily since diagnosed, and done some pretty physical type jobs. I do believe staying active is much better than laying around feeling sorry for myself. It helps me take my mind off of the pain if I keep busy. I couldn’t afford to live on disability even if I wanted to, lol.
    I have tried tens units, and water aerobics/therepy without any relief.

    I am curious about yoga being a possible help to me.


    Has anyone taken Cymbalta for Fibromyalgia and had it work or not?
    I need to know personal experiences of anyone that has taken this medication. I will be taking it soon and am a little worried about it. I got a couple of answers the other day but am looking for a few more opinions please.

    1. happyjack

      I have had fibro for about 13 yrs now. It took around 8 yrs to get a diagnosis. I’ve been to all kinds of drs and all they wanted to do was write prescriptions. I had alot of problems and side effects with precription pharmaceuticals and stopped taking them altogether. I went with the natural remedies, herbal treatments, yoga and meditation. The thing with fibro is you seem to develop sensitivities to things you didn’t have problems with before. Try Nature’s Way Alive! multivites they are very good. I also take olive leaf extract every day , probiotics, digestive enzymes, fish oil, Calcium/ magnesium,B complex, msm, malic acid, coq10. I have alot more info from using alternative therapies and treatments. Contact me if you’d like and I’ll help you with it. I would seriously consider the side effects of prescription meds before taking them. One of the biggest things that makes fibro worse is overloading your system with toxins.

  4. dcigary

    Would a massage chair help with the pain from Fibromyalgia?
    My wife suffers from horrible pain from Fibromyalgia, often getting worse and worse as the day goes on. Would a massage chair help with this pain, or exacerbate it?

    1. Georgie

      Bless you, fibro is a horrible condition and having good support from partners & family really does help.

      It certainly is important to have clear concise diagnoses, so you both can make decisions to help make life easier for her, this could be a mix of medication, massage, heat/cold packs etc. I have included a few links which has some really good information about fibro and the different treatments, the top link has a heap of info.

      Everyone is different in what works for them, when it comes to dealing with or managing pain, I find a relaxing massage helps, but deep massage has me bouncing off the table, and will cause flare up for a few days, which is not what your wife will want.

      Does you wife like massages or is she touch sensitive, go have a look the different types, and get your wife to spend at lest 5 minutes in them, most places do have a massage chairs set up for people to try, some chairs have a number of settings, such vibrating, heat, Shiatsu Massage etc. But be wary of sales people telling you that they are good for all sorts of medical conditions, especially Fibromyalgia as most of them would not even know what fibro is, and insist your wife tries them a few times before she makes a decision. As these chairs can be quite expensive depending on what your wife likes.

      I have fibromyalgia myself and I like a gentle massage, which my daughter is very good and she has some qualifications in relaxing & remedial massage. I also find heat helps, I love fairly warm showers, and baths (I can’t get out of the bath, if the pain is really bad, so my hubby has to help) and I also take a number of different medications specifically for fibro, which does help some what.

  5. bnccostarica

    Does anyone know of treatment or medication for fibromyalgia?
    My wife suffers from Fibromyalgia and no one and nothing has helped thus far. She has tried Celebrex, and other meds. All Doctors seem frustrated by this. Any help would be gratefully appreciated!

    1. JaneofAllTrades

      I have had Fibro since I was 16 and am now almost 36. I have seen more doctors over the years than I can count from Neurologists to Rhuematologists to Chiropractors to Psychiatrists to Pain Specialists. In my experience pain medications do not work. A muscle relaxant is much more helpful. I have also tried biofeedback, steroid shots, trigger point injections, two sleep studies, nerve blocks, accupuncture, foot braces, wrist braces, carpal tunnel release surguries, and so much more. All just torture and I felt like a guinea pig.

      My best advise is to get as much rest as she can. Nap if she needs to and sleep when she can. Try delegating some responsibilities to others whether it’s at work or at home.

      Taking a muscle relaxant (I take Zanaflex) is more helpful than pain killers. Have her take a good multiple vitamin, a B Complex supplement (helps in dealing with stress), keep active in at least low impact sports, and consider Magnesium and Malic Acid supplements (consult the doctor or a nutritionist to have her Magnesium level checked- it is a simple mouth swab and not painful), meditation does help some in keeping the pain back if you can seperate your mind from the pain. You may want to learn some home massage techniques for people with Fibro.

      Have her try to take at least 2-3 warm Epson Salt baths a week (Epson salt contains Magnesium and soaking in a warm tub of it helps to get the mineral into the body. Magnesium aids the muscles in using oxygen and when the level is low which is typical in Fibro it can cause are cramps, spasms, and pain.)

      Also, Fibromyalgia is a neurotransmitter disorder and certain foods can trigger similiar symptoms to Fibro. Try eliminating Monsodium Glutamate from herr diet. I did and some of my symptoms (chronic headaches and nausea) went away. It is in everything from Doritos to chicken soup. A few key finding’s of an FDA study found MSG to cause a “burning sensation in the back of the neck, forearms and chest”. Otherwise, help her learn herr limits and pace herself.

      The last source below is a study that shows how Fibromites differ from “normal” people in their reaction to pain. I found it very interesting and it helped me verify that this is all real and not just “in my head”.

      Good luck!

  6. violetpikkles

    What is the best pain treatment for fibromyalgia?
    Currently I am taking Savella as well as 5 mg Lortabs for pain. The Lortab is having little to no effect lately. Have any of you fellow sufferers had success with other medication for pain?

    Also, I do light exercise daily to keep my muscles and joints healthy. I also use hot baths to ease pain as well.

    Thanks in advance for you help.

    1. SB22

      I haven’t tried Savella or Lortabs, but I’ve tried a lot of different things in the past. The best thing that works for me (for pain) is Darvocets. I can take up to four a day, but I usually take 0-2. I don’t want my body to get used to Darv’s, so I only take one when I really can’t take the pain. If its mild pain (which it rarely is mild anymore) I’ll take 4 Advil & that seems to help a bit too. I also have been taking Ambien for about 15 years, which is the ONLY thing that helps me sleep at all, if I don’t take Ambien, I don’t sleep, & I feel much much worse, so if you don’t take anything for sleep (most Fibromyalgics have sleeping prob’s) you can ask your doc about taking something to help you sleep. Sleep helps us feel a lot better!

      Take care!

    1. cloud

      Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by fatigue, widespread pain in your muscles, ligaments and tendons, and multiple tender points — places on your body where slight pressure causes pain. Fibromyalgia is more common in women than in men. Previously, the condition was known by other names such as fibrositis, chronic muscle pain syndrome, psychogenic rheumatism and tension myalgias.

      Although the intensity of your symptoms may vary, they’ll probably never disappear completely. It may be reassuring to know, however, that fibromyalgia isn’t progressive, crippling or life-threatening.

      In general, treatment for fibromyalgia is with a combination of medication and self-care. The emphasis is on minimizing symptoms and improving general health.

      Medications can help reduce the pain of fibromyalgia and improve sleep. Common choices include:

      Analgesics. Acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) may ease the pain and stiffness caused by fibromyalgia. However, its effectiveness varies. Tramadol (Ultram) is a prescription pain reliever that may be taken with or without acetaminophen. Your doctor may recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) or naproxen sodium (Anaprox, Aleve) — in conjunction with other medications, but NSAIDs haven’t proven to be effective in managing the pain in fibromyalgia when taken by themselves.
      Antidepressants. Your doctor may prescribe antidepressant medications, such as amitriptyline (Elavil), nortriptyline (Aventyl, Pamelor) or doxepin (Sinequan) to help promote sleep. Fluoxetine (Prozac) in combination with amitriptyline has also been found effective. Sertraline (Zoloft) and paroxetine (Paxil) can help if you’re experiencing depression.
      Muscle relaxants. Taking the medication cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) at bedtime may help treat muscle pain and spasms. Muscle relaxants are generally limited to short-term use.
      Prescription sleeping pills, such as zolpidem (Ambien), may provide short-term benefits for some people with fibromyalgia, but doctors usually advise against long-term use of these drugs. These medications tend to work for only a short time, after which your body becomes resistant to their effects. Ultimately, using sleeping pills tends to create even more sleeping problems in many people.

      Benzodiazepines may help relax muscles and promote sleep, but doctors often avoid these drugs in treating fibromyalgia. Benzodiazepines can become habit-forming, and they haven’t been shown to provide long-term benefits.

      Doctors don’t usually recommend narcotics for treating fibromyalgia because of the potential for dependence and addiction. Corticosteroids, such as prednisone, haven’t been shown to be effective in treating fibromyalgia.

      Cognitive-behavioral therapy
      Cognitive-behavioral therapy seeks to increase your belief in your own abilities and teaches you methods for dealing with stressful situations. Therapy can be provided via individual counseling, audiotapes or classes, and may help you manage your fibromyalgia.

      Treatment programs
      Interdisciplinary treatment programs may be effective in improving your symptoms, including relieving pain. These programs can combine a variety of treatments, such as relaxation techniques, biofeedback and receiving information about chronic pain. There isn’t one combination that works best for everybody. Your doctor can create a program based on what works best for you.

  7. LIZY

    Has anyone else been diagnosed with fibromyalgia?
    I have been recently diagnosed with this very painful condition and am taking three different medications for my pain and nerves. I also do yoga, swim, and some cardio to help strengthen my muscles but it’s still hard and the side effects of the Neurontin is scary. I also take Cymbalta and Day Pro. Once a week, I get a B-12 shot because it’s low and my doctor thinks it would help restore my body.So, please give me some feedback.

    1. JMITW

      education is the best treatment–FMS is highly overdiagnosed by incompetant docs who label any pain as fms–even due to normal lifestyle or another condition—at the same tie many docs won’t diagnose it at all

      be sure you realy have it–otherwise you amy have soemthing more treatable and be suffering needlessly

  8. lady_bowler

    I was just diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. What medications are generally used that are non narcotic?
    I need help learning about Fibromyalgia and what treatments others use for relief I get the feeling that the community thinks I’m looking for Schedule II Drugs, ie narcotics and I absolutely don’t want that. Thank you

    1. Extreme Dude

      Homeopathic Arnica is generally prescribed for pain, tenderness, and stiffness. Take one dose of Arnica 30, 3-4 drops in ¼ glass of water, three times daily for up to three days. Arnica cream or gel can also be used topically. Follow the directions on the product label.

      Bryonia helps ease pain that increases with movement and is better when resting. It also helps with the constipation. Take one dose of Bryonia 30, 3-4 drops in ¼ glass of water, three times daily for up to three days.

      Hypericum is useful for the unbearable prickly pain that radiates along nerve pathways, is worse with movement, and worse when touched. This remedy is especially effective for pain in the extremities. Take one dose of Hypericum 30, 3-4 drops in ¼ glass of water, three times daily for up to three days.

      Rhus toxicodendron is for the individual who feels better after moving around. Take one dose of Rhus toxicodendron 30, 3-4 drops in ¼ glass of water, three times daily for up to three days.

      If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.

  9. myadvertisingname

    How do I write this sentence correctly?
    I am stuck on how to correctly write this sentence.

    Between treatments and medication fibromyalgia will have a backseat to the medical industry until we find out more information on it.


    Has anyone taken Cymbalta for Fibromyalgia and had it work or not?
    I need to know personal experiences of anyone that has taken this medication. I will be taking it soon and am a little worried about it. I got a couple of answers the other day but am looking for a few more opinions please.

    1. Cherokee Billie

      I have Fibromyalgia and I have taken every medication recommended for the treatment of Fibromyalgia including Cymbalta. The only thing it did for me was help me sleep better. I did not find that my pain lessened. I have tried a wide variety of the anti depressant medications for Serotonin uptake and they do help you sleep. If you have severe problems sleeping I would recommend you take this medication.

      I have written an article on Fibromyalgia and I give practical advice about what you can do to help yourself with this condition. I’m enclosing the link were you can read about it.

      If you have any further questions please let me know.

  11. daisy

    How do I get a good night sleep when dealing with Fibromyalgia?
    Does anyone have any sugestions on how to get a good night sleep when you have Fibromyalgia? I take my Ultram and Aleve before I go to bed. I fall asleep fairly easy but within a few hours I am awake and hurting. I have to get out of bed and move around and then I start all over again with trying to get some sleep. Some night all I get is 1 to 2 hours of sleep and it is taking it’s toll on me.

    1. paulamcneil1223

      Inability to fall asleep and stay asleep is a symptom of fibromaylgia. And when your not sleeping your muscles can heal themselves from the days use. If you continue to not sleep the other fibromyalgia symptoms will get worst, (pain, fatigue etc…). I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for 10 yrs now. the doctor that diagnosed me did not know enough about the syndrome to treat me correctly. I am now disabled…….You should be taking a sleeping aid on nights that you are have trouble sleeping either and anti-depressant in a low dose( which also helps with pain) or a medication like lunesta or roserem). Its very important that your doctor is knowledgeable about fibromyalgia and knows how to treat it. Do some research on the internet, there are good sites that explain what you should be on for medications. If your doctor is not willing to listen to you or seems to not be up on the correct treatment, Don’t wait, go to a rhumatologist or a pain clinic, the longer you wait the more damage there is being done. because my doctor didn’t know what she was doing I am permanently disabled…I can no longer do many of the things I once enjoyed. I have to take 2 very strong narcotics 4 times a day to help control the pain and sometimes that doesn’t work so I have to stay in bed. I hope this helps…God bless

  12. Natalie

    What is your treatment for fibromyalgia?
    My doctor says he beleives that I have fibromyalgia. My mom has suffered from this for 20 years also so I guess it is hereditary. I am wondering what other people do for the pain and what they have tried out and what works best to help.

  13. krystle l

    What treatment options for RA do I have other than drugs?
    I am 24 years old and I just found out that I have RA (rheumatoid arthritis). I don not want to take medications for the rest of my life and am just wondering if I have any other approaches for treatment options.

    1. MishMash

      Your answer is food !

      Medical researchers have found that there are some foods that promote inflammation (bad – do not eat) and other foods that reduce inflammation (good – eat these).

      Top of the list of foods that promote inflammation and must be avoided are of course processed foods. Anything in a packet or box with additives.

      Anything white – white bread, white rice, white pasta, white flour…

      The alternative is of course wholemeal. Wholemeal bread, brown rice, wholemeal pasta, wholemeal flour…

      Wheat is not tolerated well by some people, so if that is you find an alternative bread such as rye or spelt bread…

      Dairy milk products are another inflammation promoter. Cheese, cream and butter are the worst as the milk is concentrated. Natural potset yoghurt made with no fruit is the best as it is already partially digested by the billions of good bacteria it contains.

      Omega 3 oils found in oily deep sea fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna are inflammation reducers. They are also found in almonds, linseed oil and other foods.

      Brightly coloured fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants which are also very beneficial for you. Blueberries, raspberries, sweet potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, artichoke…

      All this information and more is in a book written by Immunologist and Toxicologist William Joel Meggs in his book “The Inflammation Cure”.
      These foods and all the information in the book will benefit any autoimmune condition as well as some heart conditions and cancers, Type 1 and 2 Diabetes, obesity and ‘Fibromyalgia’.

      The book can be read online at Google Books. Chapter 9 deals with diet starting at page 101.

  14. jfreake2004

    For people suffering with Fibromyalgia: How well does Savella work for you?
    Hi there. If you have fibromyalgia and are taking Savella, please tell me if it works well for you. Are there any unpleasant side-effects?

    I took Lyrica a few years back and it helped with the pain, but it also made my hands and feet swell up so I had to stop taking it.

    Any information will be helpful.

    1. Jared

      I do not personally suffer from fibromyalgia, but am familiar with Savella. It is a SNRI class of medication. Which is a Serotonin and Norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. This essentially allows more of both Serotonin, and Nor-epinephrine to circulate through the brain, across the synapse(s), to improve mood, cognition, pain, alertness, etc.

      A medication very similar in action to this would be Cymbalta. Yes Cymbalta is an Anti-depressant (but it also used for fibro, and other conditions).

      The Savella is an antidepressant essentially as well.

      It was developed in the early 90’s, and was released in the mid 90’s in Europe for Depression. Fast forward 15 years and it has been approved here in the US for fibromyalgia (but not depression). Go figure, but that is how things work.

      There are side effects with every medication, especially medications of this type.

      That said, one person may have unbearable side effects while the next wouldn’t be able to complain of any side effect. So it is definitely worth trying if you’ve tried other treatments and they have proven ineffective.

      Fibromyalgia is poorly understood, and is just recently gaining enough proof that mainstream medicine is accepting it and starting to treat it ‘seriously’ so to speak. So unfortunately patients well.. have to be patient. It may be another decade before really good treatments are available for the disease.

      The likely side effects from an SNRI like this are largely stimulatory. IE: Increased heart rate, energy, restlessness, agitation, sweating, and so on. Again, not everyone will have problems.. and some will have alot, some will have next to none.

      With these types of medications the side effect profiles tend to lessen considerably after a few weeks of allowing the body to adjust. So what you feel in week one is very unlikely to be what you feel a month into treatment.

      Lyrica (and its dad Neurontin) work in completely different ways for pain so there is really no comparison for these two medications. About the only good comparison for Savella is Cymbalta. (which is new , relatively, itself). Even there they can have drastically different results on the same person. On the same principle that Prozac might work for Joe very well, but Celexa and Paxil are intolerable.

      If your doctor recommends it, do your research (as you are), and give it a fair shot if you decide to try it. IE: Give it 6 weeks at least before ruling absolute judgement. (Unless, of course, the side effects are just SO drastic you couldn’t possibly continue).

      Good luck!

  15. Thinkfirst

    How long can a person stand to be in constant pain with no relief?
    I am in constant pain and nothing helps. I can’t sit, stand, walk or move around without being in pain. No pain medication helps. I am seeing a doctor already and I am waiting on seeing a specialist to see if there is more that can be done. I may need an epidural spinal injection to block the nerves in my spine to help with the pain, but in the meantime, I am suffering. I am going crazy laying around the house with nothing to do, nothing I can do. Any suggestions to keep me sane?

    1. imsety

      Sorry, the only thing you can do is wait, until all the tests comes back. In the meantime, both rest and if you can do exercise are important for musculoskeletal problems. A regular, adequate sleeping pattern seems essential for many people with these problems, Try to relax and gently stretch the involved areas. Warm baths, massage, and stretching exercises should be employed as frequently as possible.
      Fibromyalgia, also known as fibrositis or fibromyositis, refers to a disorder of unknown cause that is characterized by recurrent pain in the joints, muscles, or tendons. Often small, specific areas called “trigger points” are tender to the touch. Physical strain and cold or damp weather can make the disorder worse. Frequently, the pain is associated with other symptoms, such as insomnia, fatigue, or anxiety. Laboratory tests are usually normal. There are several treatment: physical therapy, warm or cold compresses, anti-inflammatory medication, and sometimes an anesthetic or cortisone injected directly into the trigger points. The symptoms can wax and wane over many years.
      BenGay, like other muscle-ache and arthritis rubs, provides relief by acting as a counterirritant. It produces a mild local inflammation that crowds out pain messages from nearby muscles and joints. Arthritis rubs also create heat by increasing blood flow to the area; because of the risk of a burn, they should never be used together with a heating pad.
      Fibromyalgia may be managed with regimens such as amitryptyline (Elavil) an hour or so before bedtime and Prozac in the morning. The goal of medication here is to improve the quality of sleep without causing drowsiness during the day. I hope this helps you. And good luck.

  16. DS

    What are good remedies for Fibromyalgia?
    I have fibromyalgia and possible rheumatoid arthritis. What are some good treatments/remedies that you or someone you know has found to be helpful?

  17. THOMAS F M

    What type of medication do you take for Fibromyalgia?
    I know most of you probably don’t even know what this is, but it’s a disease that effects the joints and muscles, and it is very painful. My doctor has me on Altrum & it barely takes the edge off the pain. I have heard that many patients are on much stronger medication, so I thought I’d see what others are doing.

    1. JMITW

      do you mean ultram..and if this is all your doc gave you your doc is incompetant and you may not really have fms

      thr 1st course of treatments include SNRIs and Anti seizure meds…..pain killers are secondary–and i’ve tried many–they usually don’t touch teh pain

  18. mcneelyins

    What is the best treatment for Fibromyalgia?
    I also have high blood pressure and thyroid trouble. my sysmptoms are leg pain and daytime sleepiness. I had a sleep study done and was told that I have the Fibromyalgia. I am on meds for depression , highblood pressure and thyroid. I already take the zanaflex and ultracet and voltarin. Along with klopin wellbutrin synthroid and topral xl and a baby asprin. What else can be done? What type of dr should I go to to have this treated? Any help would be great.

    1. bettyboop

      Sounds like you are taking enough medication already. You should be seeing a rhumatologist. Are you sure you don’t have CFS or something else? Have they tested for anything else?

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