Pharmacy Clinical Pearl of the Day: Fibromyalgia

Symptoms of fibromyalgia often begin after an event, such as physical trauma, surgery, infection, or significant psychological stress.

Clinical Pearl of the Day: Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.

Insight:

  • Symptoms of fibromyalgia often begin after an event, such as physical trauma, surgery, infection, or significant psychological stress.
  • Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men.
  • Although there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of medications can help control symptoms. Exercise, relaxation, and stress-reduction measures also may help.
  • Symptoms may include widespread pain, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties.
  • Causes may include genetics, infections, and physical or emotional events.
  • Risk factors may include gender, family history, and other disorders.
  • Treatment may include pain relievers, such as Tylenol or ibuprofen, antidepressants such as Duloxetine, Savella, or anti-seizure medications such as Gabapentin and Lyrica.
  • Other therapy options include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and counseling, especially for stressful situations.

Sources:

Fibromyalgia - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic

fibromyalgia - Google Search