Ask The Doctors: 07/09

Fibromyalgia...Travel and Meds...Non-Surgery Carpal Tunnel Treatments

Dozens of therapies have been used to treat fibromyalgia. They include, but are not limited to, therapeutic massage, water therapy, acupressure, application of heat or cold, acupuncture, yoga, aromatherapy, biofeedback, herbs, hypnosis, and osteopathic or chiropractic manipulation. Like any treatment for this illness, effectiveness varies with the individual. While some report great success with a particular method, others claim that same method has caused a relapse. Lifestyle changes such as exercise, practicing good posture, stress reduction, dietary changes, and learning relaxation techniques can all help to reduce the fatigue and pain associated with fibromyalgia. Conventional pharmacotherapy to help alleviate the range of symptoms remains the cornerstone of fibromyalgia treatment, but you should talk with your physician about non-pharmaceutical treatments to determine if any might be effective for you.
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