Fibromyalgia Treatment...Methods Using Available Medicines

NEWTON, MASS.-- Fibromyalgia (also known as fibrositis) is a chronic condition causing pain, stiffness, and tenderness of the muscles, tendons, and joints. Fibromyalgia is also characterized by restless sleep, awakening feeling tired, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and disturbances in bowel function.

While fibromyalgia is one of the most common diseases affecting the muscles, its cause is currently unknown. The painful tissues involved are not accompanied by tissue inflammation. Fibromyalgia affects predominantly women (90 percent) between the ages of 35 and 55. In the United States, over 3 percent of the population have fibromyalgia.

Since the symptoms of fibromyalgia are diverse and vary among patients, treatment programs have to be individualized. Treatment programs are most effective when they combine patient education, stress reduction, regular exercise, and medications.