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Treating Fibromyalgia Pain: Medication Options

5 types of medications help ease fibromyalgia symptoms.

Don’t Forget Lifestyle Approaches to Treating Fibromyalgia Pain

Chronic pain is tough to beat, so you need every bit of help you can get.

Exercise boosts the body's natural production of serotonin (the mood-enhancing brain chemical). It also improves blood flow to muscles, releases stress and tightness, improves sleep, all of which helps relieve pain, Cope tells WebMD.

Other lifestyle approaches also help with fibromyalgia. “Stress reduction, relaxation techniques, prayer, yoga, visual imagery -- those help, too,” Cope says. “Try different things. Find what works for you. These things will make a difference."

But complete relief from fibromyalgia pain is not always possible, Cope admits. “If your pain is moderate but you're living a normal life, going to work, we've made progress.”

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Reviewed on November 10, 2010

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