Although there is no exact treatment for fibromyalgia, but some
preventive measures can be taken to get rid of it. Presently doctors are
concentrating on managing pain, relaxing muscles and reduced depression.
Doctors prescribe patients, low-stress exercises such as walking,
swimming, water aerobics, and biking rather than muscle-straining
exercises such as weight training. Some other measures are heat applied
to sore muscles, stretching exercises (Pilates is one form.) and massage.
As there is no specific medicine for fibromyalgia, doctors try to reduce
the pain and increase the sleep. In order to achieve that following types
of medicines are prescribed:
Analgesics: Acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) may reduce the pain and
stiffness caused by fibromyalgia. However, its effectiveness varies with
individuals. Tramadol (Ultram) is a pain reliever medicine that may be
taken with or without acetaminophen. Doctors often recommend nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) - such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil,
Motrin, others) or naproxen sodium (Anaprox, Aleve) - in combination with
other medications, but NSAIDs haven't proven to be useful in control the
pain in fibromyalgia when taken by themselves. Antidepressants:
Doctors advise antidepressant medications, such as amitriptyline,
nortriptyline (Aventyl, Pamelor) or doxepin (Sinequan) to help deep and
uninterrupted sleep. Fluoxetine (Prozac) in mixture with amitriptyline
has also been found efficient. Sertraline (Zoloft) and paroxetine (Paxil)
are also effective for the patients suffering from depression. These
medications may be beneficial by affecting serotonin levels in the brain.
Muscle relaxants: Taking the medication cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) at
bedtime may help to take care of muscle pain and spasms. Doctors
strictly oppose consumption of sleeping pills and pain killers. Patients
sometimes take them for quick relief, but the effect is very short term
while the side-effect lasts for a long term. These medicines are type of
narcotic, so these are very harmful for the patients. Some self
made measures can also be effective to prevent fibromyalgia. These
procedures can be exercised in home. The measures are: *
Proper workout include walking, swimming, biking and water aerobics. A
physical therapist may help you develop a home exercise program.
* Stretching, Free-hands, Good posture and relaxation workouts are also
helpful. * Develop a plan to avoid or limit over-exertion
and poignant stress. Give yourself time each day to rest. *
Exercise stress lessening techniques, such as deep-breathing exercises,
meditation and Yoga. * Leading a very healthy and simple
lifestyle can also help to prevent fibromyalgia. Find tips about
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