Complementary Health Approaches for Fibromyalgia Symptoms

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Fibromyalgia symptoms such as widespread pain, tenderness and fatigue can interfere a great deal with your life. Here’s a quick summary of what we know about the effectiveness and safety of complementary health approaches for fibromyalgia:

  • Tai chi, yoga, mindfulness meditation, and biofeedback may help with symptoms, but we don’t have enough good evidence to know for sure.
  • It’s unclear whether acupuncture is helpful for fibromyalgia pain.
  • Mind and body approaches generally have good safety records. However, some may need to be adapted to make them safe and comfortable for people with fibromyalgia.
  • Vitamin D supplements may reduce pain, but only if you’re lacking in this vitamin. Some natural products studied for fibromyalgia may have side effects or interact with medications.
  • Preliminary research on transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for fibromyalgia symptoms has had promising results. Headaches sometimes occur as a side effect. TMS and other procedures involving magnets may not be safe for people who have metal implants or medical devices such as pacemakers.

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