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Fibromyalgia – Drugs vs. Herbs & Supplements?

Fibromyalgia (FM) is characterized by a whole body, widespread pain that affects millions of people and continues to be a challenge for both doctors and patients to manage. This is probably because there is no one cause that can be clearly identified with the onset of FM. The “best” approach to managing FM requires a “team” of healthcare providers and a multi-modal treatment approach including (but not limited to): medications, chiropractic adjustments, exercise training, relaxation techniques, proper nutrition/diet, and structured sleep habits. The focus of this month’s article is on various oral treatment options, both prescription and non-prescription varieties that focus on deep muscle pain, sleep problems, anxiety, and depression.

DRUGS: The following is a partial list of medications commonly prescribed for FM, according to WebMD. Please consult with your medical doctor as to which medication(s) may be best for you, if any: Cymbalta, Lyrica, and Savella.

HERBS/SUPPLEMENTS: Last month, we discussed getting enough vitamin D, avoiding food additives such as MSG and aspartame, consuming omega 3 fatty acids, avoiding caffeine, eating veggies, taking anti-oxidants (such as vitamin A, C, and E, and coenzyme Q10), and avoiding gluten. Additional considerations include:


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