Fibromyalgia Treatments: Ways to Alleviate Pain

As the origin of the disease is unknown, the treatment of fibromyalgia [1] can be difficult since there is no curative treatment. Despite this, treatment can improve symptoms and provide a better quality of life for patients. Not all doctors are familiar with the treatment. Family doctors and rheumatologists are, in general, the reference specialists in the treatment of this disease. Sometimes, the management of FM requires a multidisciplinary treatment in which several professionals from different disciplines are involved: rheumatologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, physiotherapists, nutritionists, specialized nurses, among others. In all cases, a great involvement of the patient in the treatment of their disease is essential. The patient has to take an active role in their treatment. Passive attitudes, hoping that “a miracle pill will cure us”, lead to worse results. There are no “miracle” treatments.

Role of Relatives and Close Friends

For the treatment of fibromyalgia to be successful it is essential that the patient better understand his/her disease. On many occasions, it is necessary to clarify the doubts not only of the patient but also of the relatives, so that they understand them better and can give them the necessary support. This is because often the veracity of the symptoms is questioned by the relatives and people close to the patient. By doing this, the rheumatologist is able to re-assure you that you are actually experience symptoms and they are not figment of your imagination and or the consequences of a more serious illness.

What are the present treatment options?

Currently the pillars on which the treatment is based and rigorously following the best science and medicine are:

  • Pharmacotherapy;
  • Psychological therapy;
  • Therapeutic physical exercise;

The treatment of fibromyalgia is performed through the use of drugs and other non-drug measures.