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what is a good treatment for fibromyalgia ?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology 52 years experience
See details: Treatment include low impact aerobic activity, stretching and medications such as gabapentin, lyrica, Cymbalta and savella (milnacipran).
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Stay active: I always encourage patients to stay active.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
Varies widely: Treatments for fibromyalgia (FM) vary. FM is a multifactorial disorder with different mechanisms of soft tissue injuries evolving in different FM sufferers. Therefore, treatments need to be multimodal & customized to each person. Efficacious treatments include FDA appoved meds for FM, aquatherapy, gentle yoga, massage, topical & ingested cannabis, Vitamin D, & mindfulness therapies.

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Am I a candidate for fibromyalgia?

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It depends: Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects both men and women but a much higher proportion of patients are women. There is specific set of criteria that is needed to make this diagnosis. So if you think that you may have this diagnosis you need to be evaluated by a physician who has the skill and experience based upon your history and physical exam to make a proper assessment.
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What is the first-line therapy for fibromyalgia?

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How would know if i'm a good candidate for fibromyalgia drug trials?

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Dr. Andrew Ho
Dr. Andrew Ho answered
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Fibromyalgia impact: Impact of symptoms is the best measure of disease severity. Dr. Robert bennett published the fibromyalgia impact questionnaire (fiqr) that makes it easy for patients to find out. There is a "fibromyalgia" app that makes using and scoring fiqr easy. Based on your fiqr score, you will know how you compare to other patients. This will give you a good idea whether you have fibromyalgia.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
The unifying genetic relationship in fibromyalgia is probably Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS), a known genetic condition.  I have noted that a good portion of female fibromyalgia sufferers satisfy the Bristol Criteria for JHS, and are able to oppose thumb to lateral radial skin, hyperextended elbows and knees, and can place their palms on the floor with knees locked.  Most could put their feet behind their head and back bridge as youngsters and many can do so as adults.  JHS is a disorder with a spectrum of penetrance; with Marfans and Ehlers-Danlos at the clinical severity end of the spectrum.  My speculation is that the trait is conserved in females because it increases pelvic joint (SIJ and symphysis pubis) flexibility during childbirth.  Many of my patients with fibromyalgia and subclinical JHS delivered their fourth or fifth child in minutes rather than hours.  I speculate that repetitive childbirth, in conjunction with the hormone Relaxin, progressively loosens pelvic ligaments.  This functionality would seem to favor infant survivability.  To my mind fibromyalgia results from the effects of a loose ligament-skeletal system attempting to maintain a medial center of gravity via chronic muscle spasm leading to widespread ischemic trigger points (after the work of Shah at NIH).
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