Patient Comments: Fibromyalgia - Treatment

Please describe treatments that have been effective for your fibromyalgia.

Comment from: Vicky Vale, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 22

I use acupressure spike mat for my fibromyalgia. This is a life saver for me in the mornings when I can't get out of bed due to back pain. Ten minutes on the mat, and I'm ready to go. I am not saying the mat is a miracle cure and that all pains just disappear, but at least it helps me when the pains are at its worst, and I can function in everyday life. The mat also gets your blood flowing, so it is kind of 'exercise light'.

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Comment from: Sallie, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 03

I was diagnosed with costochondritis three years ago by two different doctors in two different states. Both doctors said they knew how to treat it and both prescribed Meloxicam. One doctor gave me a prescription that orders the 7.5 mg and the other doctor gave me a prescription for 15 mg tablets. My symptoms go away for several months but eventually return.

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Comment from: Ann, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I have found that taking from 400 to 800 mg of ibuprofen on my worst days, really helps. I also want to suggest to others that I have been juicing along with my strict nutrient based meals. Also, I have found that a low paced exercise regimen has been extremely helpful. I walk every day and jog when I can. I also do low weight training. Keeping a positive outlook in life is very important. Assisting me with this important factor is meditation, I try and meditate every morning. Good luck to all.

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Comment from: nikki, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at age 11 and I am 35 now. During the time of the diagnosis I was in extreme pain and was hospitalized because I was in too much pain to walk. My body had seized and tightened up and I couldn't straighten it out. I was on crutches and then did physical therapy and learned to stretch and walk again. Through the years I have been on so many medications off and on. Different muscle relaxers, anti-depressants even prednisone. For about the last 2 years I have chosen one pain medication and that's tramadol. I have 50 mg and the bottle says take every 6 hours as needed for pain. I do not take that much. The medicine only helps mask the pain for a little while but it never goes away and never has. One doctor wanted me on muscle relaxers 3 times a day which would have led to kidney damage I'm sure, not to mention walking around like a zombie. At this point the pain is natural, I literally cannot remember life before it. Stiff neck, back pain, fatigue, chronic headaches and recently eye problems (pars planitis) that require me to see a retina specialist maybe even steroid eye shots. Anyway, I try to stay positive, fight the fatigue by walking every day. I used to have severe depression but throughout the years I have also learned to recognize the symptoms early on and fight them with positivity and patience remembering these feelings aren't forever. I use heating pads for the neck and back, icy hot for knees and muscles, ibuprofen for headaches and tramadol for the really painful days. This disease is confusing and difficult to live with, but it could always be worse. Hang in there don't give up!

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Comment from: LovesSFGiants, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I recently had an experience where I drank a substantial amount of water for a 3 day weekend. I urinated at least every hour and my urine was a very pale yellow. After that weekend and continuing for the last 3 weeks, my fibromyalgia is 75 - 80% better. I have been on Cymbalta for a couple years, which definitely has helped make my fibromyalgia more tolerable. But my water drinking binge has helped far more. Regular massages and daily stretching also helps, but hydration is the answer. I'm feeling that the reason this helped so much is that fibromyalgia has something to do with waste products in your muscle cells not being properly removed by your body. When you do a water flush, this removes the waste products and decreases the pain. Please do some research on this idea. I honestly think I'm on to something.

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