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FIBROMYALGIA

When to Seek Medical Care

Call your doctor if you have symptoms of fibromyalgia. If you have already been diagnosed and your pain is getting worse, call for a follow-up visit. Some new treatments may have been discovered since your last visit.

It is rare that a person with fibromyalgia would need to visit a hospital's emergency department. If you feel that you need an injection to help control the pain or the pain is different this time, check with your doctor before going to the hospital.

Self-Care at Home

Although there is no cure for fibromyalgia, home treatment can relieve some of the symptoms.

The most important therapy for muscle pain is regular, low-impact exercise. Keeping muscles conditioned and healthy by exercising three times a week decreases the amount of discomfort. It is important to try low-stress  exercises such as walking, swimming, water aerobics, and biking rather than muscle-straining exercises such as weight training. Besides helping with tenderness, regular exercises can also boost energy levels and help with sleep.

Other home care techniques that can help include these:

i. heat applied to sore muscles,

ii. stretching exercises (Pilates is one form of exercise that may be beneficial.), and

iii. massage.

Prevention

There is no known way to prevent fibromyalgia because the cause is not fully understood. Adopting a healthy lifestyle, getting enough sleep, and maintaining a positive outlook are ways all people can work toward optimal health.

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