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Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic disease that affects the musculoskeletal system.  Symptoms vary widely among sufferers, but generally include muscle and joint aches, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches and tenderness in several of eighteen specific areas, or ‘trigger points’ on the body.   Sufferers often overlook Fibromyalgia as just everyday stress. It affects women far more often than men, at a ratio of about ten to one.

The first step to get pain relief from fibromyalgia is proper diagnosis.  There, however, is no specific course of treatment.  Most advice is low-intensity exercise, drinking lots of water, and reducing mental and physical stresses caused by saturated fats, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, meat and sugar.

Anti-depressants are often prescribed as part of the treatment, which elevate the mood of the patient.  Muscle relaxants and sleep aids may also be recommended.  Since fibromyalgia sufferers are often found to be low in manganese and magnesium, both of which help balance thyroid function, nutritional supplements may prove beneficial as well.

Physical therapy is another essential component for fibromyalgia pain relief, as it teaches patients methods of walking, stretching, and exercise that reduce muscle tension and fatigue.  A physical therapist will also teach patients how to make use of ergonomic tools in their daily life, like padded chairs and special keyboards designed to minimise muscle strain.

Some patients choose to incorporate alternative treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy into their treatment. Whatever patients decide upon, it must be remembered that there is no simple cure for fibromyalgia.




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