Fibromyalgia can cause muscle pain and weakness. Others problems are:
- Problems sleeping
- Feelings of hopelessness; worrying a lot
- Being sensitive to touch
- Problems with focus, thought, or memory
- Stiff muscles
- Being sensitive to noises, light, or odors
The goal of treatment is to ease symptoms. It often includes a combination of steps. Things that may be helpful include:
Exercise at least four times a week for 30 minutes each time. Strength training exercises and aerobic exercises like swimming are best.
Therapy can help to develop coping skills. It may ease stress and pain levels. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one method that teaches how thought patterns influence pain.
Medicines that may help include
- Antidepressants to ease pain
- Pain relievers
- Anti-seizure medicine to ease pain and help with sleep problems
- Cannabinoids to help with sleep problems
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