How Can I Prevent Fibromyalgia Flare-ups? (video)

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome characterized by chronic, full-body pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons and other soft tissue.  Researchers aren’t clear what causes it and there is no known cure for the condition.  A few possible triggers have been uncovered and thought to aggravate fibromyalgia in those suffering with the syndrome.

Possible Triggers – It’s possible physical and emotional stress, illness or infection and abnormal pain responses may trigger flare ups.  Some triggers can be avoided by lifestyle changes.  Other triggers are responsive to psychotherapy or managed with medications and complimentary treatments.

Prescription Medications for Managing Fibromyalgia  – There are only three FDA-approved medications for the management of the pain associated with fibromyalgia.  They are:  Cymbalta, Savella and Lyrica.

Lyrica – Lyrica is an anticonvulsant that calms down the accelerated nerve signals associated with fibromyalgia, decreasing the pain messages producing discomfort.

Cymbalta – Cymbalta is an anti-depressant that increases levels of Serotonin and Norepinephrine to help control and suppress pain.  Research indicates that increased levels of Serotonin and Norepinephrine help reduce painful nerve signals associated with fibromyalgia.

Savella – Savella also increases the available levels of Serotonin and Norepinephrine thereby reducing pain and improving physical function.

Alternative Treatments – Yoga, meditation and acupuncture help ease pain for some.  Supplements such as Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, Lysine and Magnesium work for others.  Sometimes people experience pain relief just by eating a healthy diet or soaking in a hot bath.

Each fibromyalgia case is unique.  What works for one person might possibly trigger a flare up in another person.  Work with your doctor to find what preventive therapies work best for you.



This video was created by and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.