What Are the Latest Treatments for Fibromyalgia?
I've had fibromyalgia for five years and am wondering if any new, better treatments are available. What are the latest treatments for fibromyalgia?
In general, fibromyalgia treatment consists of one or more of the following approaches:
- Lifestyle changes
- Medications (see Fibromyalgia Medications)
- Complementary or alternative treatments (see Alternative Treatment for Fibromyalgia).
As fibromyalgia has shifted from a medically questionable disease that was often assumed to be "all in your head" to a recognized, valid medical condition, more medications have been approved for treating fibromyalgia. Three medications have been approved in recent years. These include:
There has been quite a bit of interest in dietary treatment of fibromyalgia. Specifically, there is some thought that one or more dietary factors (such as aspartame) might cause symptoms in susceptible individuals. In this sense, elimination diets are some of the latest (and perhaps most controversial) fibromyalgia treatments.