By Dan Clauw, M.D.
Director, U-M’s Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center
Living with chronic pain can be overwhelming, but it’s important to understand your fibromyalgia as best you can. Researchers continue to study the condition, and staying up-to-date can help you become a more effective partner in managing your fibromyalgia.
Consider these five tips to take charge of your fibromyalgia treatment:
1. Don’t focus on what caused your fibromyalgia.
Scientists don’t always know what caused your illness or why certain events in your life may have led to the symptoms you feel every day. Work with your doctor to determine the best treatments for you and keep looking forward, not backward.
2. Look for treatments, not cures.
Very few chronic medical illnesses have known cures, including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Many websites purport to have identified a cure for fibromyalgia when in fact they are just trying to take your money. Until researchers find a cure, focus your energy on treating your symptoms.