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  1. Fibromyalgia - Home Treatment

    Although fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, there is much you can do to relieve and control your symptoms. Home treatment is the most important part of treating fibromyalgia. There are many things you can do: Exercise regularly. Of all the treatments fo

  2. Exercise and Fibromyalgia - Topic Overview

    Exercise is one of the most important treatments for fibromyalgia. Regular exercise will strengthen your muscles,increase blood flow to the muscles to promote healing,and increase your endurance. It also may reduce the risk of tiny injuries to the muscles that may cause more pain. Exercise seems to increase the amount of pressure that a person can tolerate at tender points. 1 It may also ...

  3. Fibromyalgia - Exams and Tests

    WebMD provides information on fibromyalgia tests and exams, as well as using tender points, or trigger points, to diagnose fibromyalgia.

  4. Fibromyalgia: Managing Fibro Fog - Topic Overview

    "Fibro fog" is the name commonly given to the cognitive problems that can go along with fibromyalgia syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome. These problems with concentration and memory can lead to confusion,losing your train of thought,or forgetting or mixing up words or details. You can take steps to manage fibro fog. Try some of the following tips: 1 Write it down. Making a note helps you ...

  5. Lab Tests for Fibromyalgia - Topic Overview

    Doctors do not use lab tests to diagnose fibromyalgia. The results of lab tests done on people with fibromyalgia should be normal unless another condition is present. You may have lab tests to rule out other diseases or to determine whether you have another disease in addition to fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia may occur along with other joint and muscle (rheumatic) diseases,such as rheumatoid ...

  6. Fibromyalgia - What Happens

    For most people, fibromyalgia seems to involve a cycle of muscle pain, increased sensitivity to pain, and inactivity that may be made worse by sleep problems and fatigue. Increasing pain causes a person to be less physically active.

  7. Improving Sleep When You Have Chronic Pain - Topic Overview

    If you have fibromyalgia,you may often wake up feeling tired and unrefreshed. Some experts believe poor sleep contributes to fatigue and muscle pain. Getting a good night's sleep may be a big step toward controlling your symptoms. Practice good sleeping habits. Go to bed only when you are sleepy,and get up at the same time each day,whether you are rested or not. Avoid alcohol,caffeine,...

  8. Fibromyalgia - Treatment Overview

    Currently, there is no cure for fibromyalgia, but there are many steps you can take to understand your condition and manage your symptoms.

  9. Pain Relief for Fibromyalgia - Topic Overview

    Nondrug methods of relieving pain may be helpful for people with fibromyalgia. These can include: Applying heating pads or taking warm baths or showers. Gentle massage of painful muscles. Regular exercise to help strengthen muscles,which will make them less likely to be injured. Nonprescription pain relievers are not very helpful for people with fibromyalgia. Small doses of acetaminophen ...

  10. Fibromyalgia - Cause

    Learn about fibromyalgia, a syndrome with a set of symptoms but no known cause.

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