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What is the long-term outlook for people with fibromyalgia?

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As with many conditions, people with fibromyalgia often have good days and bad. With proper 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, often end up doing best.

From: Fibromyalgia Treatments WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Fibromyalgia Network: "Treatment Studies." Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fast Facts about Fibromyalgia." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.



The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 16, 2017

SOURCES: Fibromyalgia Network: "Treatment Studies." Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fast Facts about Fibromyalgia." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.



The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 16, 2017

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