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Fibromyalgia (cont.)

Is It Possible to Prevent Fibromyalgia?

There is no known way to prevent fibromyalgia because the cause is not fully understood. Adopting a healthy lifestyle, getting enough sleep, and maintaining a positive outlook are ways all people can work toward optimal health.

What Is the Prognosis for Fibromyalgia?

While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, combining home treatments with your doctor's care will decrease your pain and help minimize symptoms.

There is hope on the horizon as several drug companies are testing new drugs to combat this painful disease.


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Last Reviewed 12/13/2017

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Fibromyalgia (FM) typically presents in young or middle-aged females as persistent widespread pain, stiffness, fatigue, disrupted unrefreshing sleep, and cognitive difficulties, often accompanied by multiple other unexplained symptoms, anxiety and/or depression, and functional impairment of daily living activities.

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