Sharecare Live: Our Virtual Doc Talk - Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. EST, Dr. Oz, along with other top health experts, will be taking your questions during a live webchat. To get the ball rolling, Dr. Oz responds below to one Facebook fan's question about fibromyalgia. Click here to submit your question for tomorrow's webchat!
Question From Candi Straub: What are some helpful tips for treating fibromyalgia?
Dr. Oz Responds: Candi, thank you so much for your question. Fibromyalgia is a very challenging condition to treat, but there are a number of different therapies to consider. First of all, look for a doctor who understands fibromyalgia so that he/she can help you develop an effective and appropriate treatment regimen. This may include the following:
- Medications: Currently, there are three drugs approved by the FDA to treat fibromyalgia; these are pregabalin (Lyrica), duloxetine (Cymbalta) and milnacipran (Savella). Your doctor may also prescribe antidepressants, which appear to relieve fibromyalgia symptoms even if you aren't depressed. Over-the-counter pain relievers also may help you. Your doctor may prescribe other medications, as well.
- Sleep Aids: You may have found that your condition affects your sleep. Some fibromyalgia medications can help you sleep better. Also, try to practice good sleep habits, such as avoiding caffeine and alcohol late in the day. This may help you rest, too.
- Exercise: Some fibromyalgia patients worry that exercise will worsen their symptoms, but research suggests that the opposite is true. Be sure to consult your doctor about what level of physical activity is right for you.
- Alternative Treatments: Be sure to ask your doctor first, but acupuncture, chiropractic care and dietary supplements may help you to keep pain and other symptoms under control.
I hope this helps you, Candi. Click here for additional information.
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