New research, funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (one of the National Institutes of Health) shows that the anticonvulsant medication gabapentin (brand name Neurontin ), which is used for certain types of seizures, can be an effective treatment for the pain and other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia . In this randomized, double-blind clinical trial of 150 people (90 percent women) with fibromyalgia, Lesley M. Arnold, M.D., director of the Women's Health Research Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and her colleagues found that those taking 1,200 to 2,400 mg of gabapentin daily for 12 weeks displayed significantly less pain than those taking a placebo. Patients taking gabapentin also reported significantly better sleep and less fatigue. For the majority of participants, the drug was well tolerated. The most common side effects included dizziness and sedation, which were mild to moderate in seve...
Acupuncture - pain relief; Hypnosis - pain relief; Guided imagery
Alternative medicine refers to treatments that are used instead of conventional (standard) ones. If you use an alternative treatment along with conventional medicine or therapy, it's considered complementary therapy.
There are many forms of alternative medicine.
For many people, acupuncture is an effective means of relieving pain. This may be particularly true for back pain and headache pain. Acupuncture may also help relieve pain due to:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Musculoskeletal injuries (for instance, to the neck, shoulder, knee, or elbow)
How acupuncture relieves pain is not entirely clear.
Hypnosis is a focused state of concentration. Self-hypnosis (in which you repeat a positive ...
Since there is no known cure for fibromyalgia (FM), treatment efforts are directed at relieving symptoms and improving quality of life. A multi-disciplined approach using prescription medications, alternative therapies, gentle exercise and lifestyle adaptations seems to work best for most patients. Unfortunately, what works well for one individual may not work at all for another. Finding an effective fibromyalgia treatment program is usually a matter of trial and error. It requires the doctor, patient, and perhaps other health care professionals working together as a team to develop an individualized plan. Prescription Medications Thus far three drugs, Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella have received FDA approval for the treatment of fibromyalgia. A number of other medications are also used to treat fibromyalgia symptoms but must be prescribed off-label. Because people with FM are sometimes highly sensitive to many drugs, medications should be prescri...
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