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Treatments for Fibromyalgia

Conventional medicine usually offers people with fibromyalgia a combination of antidepressants and graded exercises. There is some evidence that managing your day through the sorts of techniques taught by “cognitive behavioural therapists” may be of help. On the whole, however, fibromyalgia is a very difficult illness to treat. There are several approaches that we use in complementary medicine that may be of help to people with fibromyalgia.

Patients with fibromyalgia may have a variety of nutritional deficiencies, in particular low magnesium. Measuring an individual’s nutritional status and then correcting it, either with oral supplementation or sometimes by injection, can be a real help.

There are several clinical trials showing that acupuncture in the tender points of the muscles can be helpful, although it can be quite uncomfortable.
We sometimes find that patients with fibromyalgia suffer from food intolerance, and trying to identify the foods that inflame the muscles can sometimes be of real help.

Our treatment plan is to try and build a range of very individualised treatments in order to try and help someone with this very difficult and debilitating condition. The whole benefit of an integrate medical approach is that a number of different approaches are brought together to support the patient and where possible to enable them to throw the condition off. We should stress that each treatment plan is designed individually and may consist of one or more interventions mentioned here.

Interestingly, there is more evidence that various complementary medical approaches are helpful for this condition than for conventional medicine.