IS FIBROMYALGIA CURABLE?
Although there are a numbers of medications and non-medication treatments for fibromyalgia, the cause and cure for fibromyalgia are rather unknown. The cause and cure for fibromyalgia are not clearly understood. Fibromyalgia happens to be the second most common musculoskeletal pain disorder, the first is osteoarthritis.
If you are living with fibromyalgia, you already know that there is no cure for the pain and fatigue you feel. Fortunately however, with medications, self-care strategies and lifestyle modifications, living with fibromyalgia can be a little easier.
There are three FDA-approved drugs for use specifically as fibromyalgia treatments and several used off-label (meaning it is used for fibromyalgia but not FDA-approved). Though these drugs were initially and originally developed for other conditions but they have been proven effective for fibromyalgia also.
An epitome of such drugs is Pregabalin (Lyrica) is an anti-epileptic drug originally but has been found to show benefits in relieving anxiety, some sleep disturbamces and pain in people with fibromyalgia. Another medication, gabapentin (Neurontin) is sometimes used as a fibromyalgia though not approved.
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) and milnacipran (Savella) are dual-acting noradrenaline and serotonin reuptake inhibitors that are approved for use in people with fibromyalgia. They are originally antidepressants but also treat fibromyalgia by raising levels of neurotransmitters that prevent pain transmission. Other antidepressants that provide relief to fibromyalgia symptoms are amitriptyline, hydrochloride (Elavil, Endep), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) and sertraline (Zoloft), but they are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration of the US for the treatment of fibromyalgia.
Home treatment is the most important and the cornerstone of treating fibromyalgia. There are many things that can be done to treat the symptoms the result of which depends sole on the commitment and perseverance of the person. Some of these home remedies are: regular aerobic exercise which is the most beneficial in pain relief and other symptoms and improving the overall condition. Another home remedy is to avoid or better still limiting exposure to ‘triggers’ or ‘stressors’ that make your symptoms worse. Common triggers include cold weather, poor sleep, fatigue, physical stress, emotional stress, and being too active.
The Symptom-by-Symptom Approach to Treating Fibromyalgia
In working with a patient, Jones targets the person’s top two or three worst Fibromyalgia symptoms. Common fibromyalgia symptoms include deep muscle pain, fatigue,, morning stiffness, headaches or sleep problems, constipation or diarrhea, memory problems, and anxiety or depression. But not all people with fibromyalgia suffer the same symptoms.
She looks at which symptoms are taking the biggest toll on the person’s life. Then she and the patient try various medications until they find the one — or a combination — that works.
“There’s a bit of trial and error while you’re trying to land on a good treatment,” Jones says. Not every patient will respond well to a particular medication. It’s difficult to know which medication to try first. But working as a team during this trial and error phase is often an effective strategy.