The goal of treatment is to ease symptoms. Choices are:
Exercise at least four times a week for 30 minutes each time. Strength training exercises and aerobic exercises like swimming are best.
Therapy may help a person cope. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one method that teaches how thought patterns influence pain.
These medicines may be given:
- Antidepressants to ease pain
- Pain relievers
- Anti-seizure medicine to ease pain and help with sleep problems
- Cannabinoids to help with sleep problems
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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