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Reducing the head to toe pain of fibromyalgia is the primary goal of most medications your doctor will prescribe. But not every drug works the same way. Some operate in the central nervous system to filter out pain, while others target the muscles to ease discomfort.
Aside from pain-focused treatments, medications can target your sleep problems and daytime fatigue, not to mention possible symptoms of co-occurring conditions like irritable bowel, bladder discomfort, jaw pain, or migraine headaches. If symptoms of arthritis or peripheral neuropathy persist, your doctor will prescribe medication to target your specific regional pains.
Your fibromyalgia treatment plan must be individualized according to your symptoms and response to previously prescribed therapies. However, a brief sampling of possible treatment options is given below.
People with fibromyalgia wake up in the morning feeling unrefreshed because a night in bed does not restore or rejuvenate them.
After pain, fibromyalgia patients rate fatigue as their second worst symptom.9 It is more severe than what people consider as ordinary tiredness and significantly impacts your quality of life. If fatigue is a factor in your fibromyalgia, talk to your doctor. You may be low on thyroid hormone, which is common in 20 to 30% of fibromyalgia patients and causes extreme fatigue.10 The good news is that this condition can be determined by a blood test and thyroid hormone can be supplemented. However, if your tests are all normal, your physician may prescribe one of the medications below to help reduce your exhaustion.
If the side effects of medications bowl you over or you wish to limit drug use, read about nondrug therapies and self-help strategies for fibromyalgia.
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