Fibromyalgia is a condition that results in chronic, widespread pain and tenderness. It’s thought to be the result of overactive nerves.
Chronic means the pain lasts a long time (at least three months). Many people have fibromyalgia pain for years before being diagnosed.
Widespread means it is all over the body. However, many people with fibromyalgia feel pain in the same places, like the lower back and neck.
Tenderness means that even a little bit of pressure can cause a lot of pain.
If you have Fibromyalgia, these tips might help you feel better:
- Keep a healthy, balanced diet. Good nutrition gives you more energy and generally helps you feel better.
- Getting better sleep can help ease pain and exhaustion from fibromyalgia.
- Tell your doctor if you have problems sleeping.
- Go to bed at the same time each night and give yourself enough time to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep.
- Turn off electronics like your TV, tablet, and phone that make it harder sleep.
- Research shows that regular activity is one of the best treatments for fibromyalgia, although this can be especially hard for those who have it. Look for simple ways to add light activity to your day.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Park at the far end of the parking lot.
- Get off the bus one stop early and walk.
Work with your doctor to make a treatment plan. They might recommend including alternative treatments. Many people with fibromyalgia find one or more of these alternative treatments helpful:
- Physical therapy
- Nutritional counseling
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Hydrotherapy (using water, ice, and/or steam)
Adding any of these approaches might help you. Find more information on conventional and alternative treatments for fibromyalgia.
You also might need to take meds as part of your treatment plan. Often the first drug doctors try is an antidepressant, which helps depression, which is common in people with fibromyalgia, and can relieve pain, fatigue, and sleep problems.
Antidepressants called tricyclics have been used as a treatment for many years. They can relax painful muscles and increase the effects of endorphins—the body’s natural painkillers.
Below are some drugs that your doctor might want to try. These generic options are available to you at your Tier 1 copayment, or in some cases, maybe even at no charge.
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This information is meant to help you save money on your prescriptions. A generic option may not always be the best option, and your doctor will determine what is best for your situation.