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Is there anything to help with flare ups of my fibromyalgia and pain?

Is there anything to help with flare ups of my fibromyalgia and pain?

Yes: Studies support the benefits of exercise in reducing pain from fibromyalgia. Other non medication options include but not limited to stress reduction, meditation, acupuncture. There are currently three drugs that are fda approved for the management of fibromyalgia: Pregabalin (lyrica), duloxetine (cymbalta), and milnacipran (savella). Other medications such as tramadol (ultram) may be helpful too. ...Read more

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Widespread pain and tenderness on palpation of specific muscle points, associated with variety of other symptoms that include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, ...Read more


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I have fibromyalgia and i get flare ups twice a month. Not able to move. No doctors in the cleveland area believe me, what am i to do with this pain?

I have fibromyalgia and i get flare ups twice a month. Not able to move. No doctors in the cleveland area believe me, what am i to do with this pain?

Ask 4 help: Fibromyalgia is a widely misunderstood and misdiagnosed condition that causes pain and fatigue. There's no magic surgery or medicine that can fix your condition, but there are treatments that can really improve your quality of life. It can be provided by your pcp, neurologist or pain management specialist, mental health provider. ...Read more

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I am having a fibromyalgia flare I usually take 2 Neurontin at night, but pain is severe can I take another Neurontin or what else can I do to help.

I am having a fibromyalgia flare I usually take 2 Neurontin at night, but pain is severe can I take another Neurontin or what else can I do to help.

Several actions: 30's female w. fibromyalgia has pain in bed & neurontin ineffective; uses Vicodin. Savella, Cymbalta, & Lyrica approved for FM, which can be associated with Hypermobility Syndrome & pelvic ligament strain when reclined is common. Soft mattress, cannabis, yoga, & aquatherapy oft help FM patients. Opiates are discouraged. Muscle reconditioning paramount. Cannabis topical lotions useful for many. ...Read more

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I'm not coping with fibromyalgia flare-ups. I'd love advice on how to deal with symptoms.?

I'm not coping with fibromyalgia flare-ups. I'd love advice on how to deal with symptoms.?

See details: Are you under the care of a rheumatologist? If the flares are frequent, medication adjustments can be helpful. The major thing is that no therapy is 100% effective so there will be periods of increased pain and fatigue. Speak with the doctor treating your fibro and see if any changes in meds are indicated. ...Read more

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What can help fibromyalgia flare up after having surgery ?

Consider Lyrica : A dose (higher dose) of Lyrica or Neurontin may help. If possible do this before surgery and into post op period. ...Read more

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Can fibromyalgia suddenly get a lot worse? Feel like I'm in the worst flare I've ever had, and my energy levels and pain ones are terrible

Can fibromyalgia suddenly get a lot worse? Feel like I'm in the worst flare I've ever had, and my energy levels and pain ones are terrible

Fibromyalgia s: there will be flare ups due to change of weather, but , more likely increased stress in your life.The signs of stress /depression are insomnia, fatigue, irritable, physical symptoms(fibromyalgia). Short term acute care would be prednisone -Medrol pack. The main treatment for FMS is usually the SSRI's-Lexapro, Cymbalta , Zoloft, etc. Lyrica is medicine that can somewhat help symptoms,not the cause ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed fibromyalgia, not on meds and unsure if i want them. Any suggestions for relief from achy flu like flare ups? Exercise, etc?

Recently diagnosed fibromyalgia, not on meds and unsure if i want them. Any suggestions for relief from achy flu like flare ups? Exercise, etc?

Natural therapies: ? Newly dx'd fibromyalgia (FM) seeks non-pharmacologic Rx. FM's multifactorial cause needs rehab of chronic soft tissue injury. OSTEOPATH: for major joint laxities (injuries, childbirth, hypermobility). NUTRITIONIST: if overweight. EXERCISE: aquatherapy, walk, gentle yoga. PAIN: trigger point Rx, massage, topical & ingested cannabis. MENTAL FOCUS: mindfulness Rx's & survivors' reports (Amazon). ...Read more

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Is there a better pain relief for fibromyalgia I take tramadol but only at night or if I have a bad flare up I exercise to try and ease the pain?

Several: Tramadol is a mild narcotic agent and is used for treating many different types of pain. There are currently three drugs fda-approved for treatment of fibromyalgia: lyrica, cymbalta, & savella. Others used include neurontin, elavil, & effexor. They are not habit-forming like narcotics & are better for longterm use. Exercise is effective pain control & also keeps you functional. Cheaper too! ...Read more

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Possible for fibromyalgia to go into some type of remission? I have fewer days and more time between flare ups, as if it's tapering off

Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is poorly understood and probably has multiple causes. I am hopeful your symptoms will continue to improve, but don't get discouraged if they worsen as the disease can wax and wane. Try to focus on eating healthy (probably organic/non-GMO) and getting as much exercise as you can without causing a flare. ...Read more

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