While there is currently no cure for fibromyalgia, better ways to diagnose and treat the chronic pain disorder continue to be developed. Since June 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved three medications for the treatment of fibromyalgia and other FM medications are currently in development. Research efforts have expanded as well. In 1990 there were approximately 200 published research papers on fibromyalgia studies. Today there are more than 4,000 published reports.While many strides have been made in the last decade, fibromyalgia remains a challenging condition. However, clinical studies have demonstrated that fibromyalgia patients can reduce their symptoms through a variety of treatment options. Working in conjunction with knowledgeable healthcare professions, motivated and informed patients can experience significant improvement in their symptoms and quality of life. Developing an individualize self-management plan, from identifying effective treatments approaches to making necessary lifestyle changes, will further improve one’s health.
Whereas in the past people with fibromyalgia were told to have a positive attitude and remain hopeful that the future would bring ways to reduce symptoms, improving your overall quality of life. Today research has provided the fibromyalgia community with evidence based treatments that can successfully reduce symptoms and overall distress. Using an integrative approach (a combination of western medicine and complimentary or alternative treatments) has been found to improve the overall health of a fibromyalgia patient.