Treatment for fibromyalgia includes a variety of medications to control pain, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, anticonvulsants, and oral corticosteroids. Corticosteroids may be administered by injection to some trigger points. Other treatments include antidepressants, massage therapy, and mental health counseling.
Treatment options for fibromyalgia includes:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- Tramadol (Ultram) for pain
- Pregabalin (Lyrica)
- Anticonvulsant medication that has been shown to reduce pain in fibromyalgia.
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Antidepressants for fibromyalgia:
- Fluoxetine (Prozac)
- Duloxetine (Cymbalta)
- Milnacipran (Savella)
- Tricyclic antidepressant medications
- Pramipexole (Mirapex)
- Muscle relaxants
- A Parkinson's disease drug that has been used successfully in some fibromyalgia patients
- Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril)
- Local anesthetic injections for fibromyalgia
- Corticosteroid injections for fibromyalgia
- Trigger point injections (areas of tenderness) may provide some relief
- Massage therapy for fibromyalgia
- Mental health counseling for fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of fibromyalgia.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat fibromyalgia:
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