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Can Alternative Treatments Help Fibromyalgia? continued...

In addition, people with fibromyalgia often wonder if medical marijuana, which can be prescribed by physicians in some states, can help their chronic pain and fatigue. While medical marijuana doesn’t cure diseases like fibromyalgia, some pain experts say it may work against pain, help people sleep better, and improve mood. Other pain specialists see no role for medical marijuana in pain management and express concern that "you don’t know what you’re getting when you buy it."

To learn more about alternative treatments for fibromyalgia, see WebMD’s Fibromyalgia and Alternative Treatment.

Also see WebMD’s Fibromyalgia and Medical Marijuana.

What Is the Long-Term Outlook for People With Fibromyalgia?

As with many conditions, people with fibromyalgia often have good days and bad. With proper fibromyalgia treatment, including regular exercise, most people have good symptom relief. However, typically the pain will come back, especially when life is stressful. Over time, you will learn what helps you work through these painful episodes and how to help prevent them.

People who continue to stay active socially as well as physically, despite their pain, end up doing best.

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Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on August 09, 2012
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