Treatment will depend on your symptoms, your age, and your general health. There's no cure for fibromyalgia, but the symptoms can be managed. Mild cases of fibromyalgia may get better with stress reduction or lifestyle changes. More severe cases may need to be treated with a team. This may include your primary health care provider, a rheumatologist, physical therapist, and a pain management clinic. Treatment may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications, to relieve pain and improve sleep
  • Other pain medications
  • Medications approved for treating fibromyalgia: duloxetine, pregabalin, and milnacipran
  • Antidepressants
  • Exercise and physical therapy, to stretch muscles and improve cardiovascular fitness
  • Relaxation methods
  • Heat treatments
  • Occasional cold treatments
  • Massage

Talk with your health care providers about the risks, benefits, and possible side effects of all medications.

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