Features May 2010 Issue

Alternative Therapies May Miss Key Aspects of Fibromyalgia

Instead, a Cleveland Clinic expert says opt for education, exercise, and proven drug combinations to treat this complex condition.

Due to its wide array of diverse symptoms, fibromyalgia is among the most enigmatic of medical ailments. It can be mistaken for other conditions and, as a result, may be misdiagnosed and treated incorrectly. Frustrated and desperate, many patients turn to any number of alternative therapies that promise relief. However, a Cleveland Clinic rheumatologist cautions that the evidence supporting many of these treatments is inconclusive, while research has shown no benefits for others.

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