Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Fibromyalgia can be a debilitating condition that persists for many years if not properly treated. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about the treatment of this condition in todayís 60 Second Housecall.
There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but treatment, including medication and self-care, can help people live a normal life. The emphasis is on minimizing symptoms and improving general health.
The first step is to realize that you have a chronic disease and that you must change your life to appropriately care for yourself. Medications can help reduce the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia and improve sleep. Many people are improved and achieve better sleep with antidepressant medications. Medications designed to treat epilepsy are often useful in reducing certain types of pain.
Specific exercises can help restore muscle balance and may reduce pain. Daily, low impact exercise such as brisk walking, stationary cycling or swimming makes a significant difference for most fibromyalgia patients, as well as aerobics and yoga. Massage, acupuncture and stretching can also be beneficial.
You must be diligent to get adequate sleep and avoiding stress is also important.
If you suffer from fibromyalgia consider these lifestyle changes. You must take control of your disease.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.