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What are some alternative treatments for fibromyalgia?

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Complementary and alternative therapies for fibromyalgia haven’t been studied in depth. But some people say they can help. Popular treatments include:

  • Acupuncture. Some studies report that it may help ease pain, anxiety, and fatigue.
  • Massage therapy. This may help reduce muscle tension, ease pain in both muscles and soft tissue, improve range of motion, and boost production of natural painkillers.
  • Chiropractic treatment. Based on spinal adjustments to reduce pain, this popular therapy may help relieve fibromyalgia symptoms.
  • Supplements. They include magnesium, melatonin, 5-HTP, and SAMe, which may affect serotonin levels. However, results of studies on these supplements are mixed. Be sure to talk with your doctor before you take any.
  • Herbs. As with supplements, scientific evidence for the effectiveness of herbs is mixed.

SOURCES:

Mease, P. , Spring 2008; vol 18: pp 26-35. The Pain Practitioner

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Fibromyalgia and CAM: At a Glance.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Fibromyalgia.”

WebMD Medical Reference: “What is Fibromyalgia?;” “Fibromyalgia Medications;” “Fibromyalgia and Exercise;" “Fibromyalgia Treatments;” “Fibromyalgia and Alternative Treatments;” and “Herbs and Supplements for Fibromyalgia.”

National Fibromyalgia Association.  

WebMD Health News: "A Blood Test for Fibromyalgia?"

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 27, 2019

SOURCES:

Mease, P. , Spring 2008; vol 18: pp 26-35. The Pain Practitioner

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Fibromyalgia and CAM: At a Glance.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Fibromyalgia.”

WebMD Medical Reference: “What is Fibromyalgia?;” “Fibromyalgia Medications;” “Fibromyalgia and Exercise;" “Fibromyalgia Treatments;” “Fibromyalgia and Alternative Treatments;” and “Herbs and Supplements for Fibromyalgia.”

National Fibromyalgia Association.  

WebMD Health News: "A Blood Test for Fibromyalgia?"

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 27, 2019

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