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Suffering with Fibromyalgia

I am a 25 year old female suffering with Fibromyalgia. I've tried a lot of treatments like herbal, vitamins and supplements, chiropractic, osteopathy, sports massages, Swedish massages, acupuncture. I have had to leave work 4 years ago. I had an office job but I couldn't cope with sitting as my main problem is my back. I tried steroid injections (Depo-Medrol) a few times, they were the only thing that helped but the relief wasn't much and did not last long. I've tried mind relaxation and yoga and low impact aerobics which haven't helped either. If I was to get a personal trainer and ask him to help me strengthen my core and back muscles would that provide any relief? I have been taking opioids like oxycodone and Butrans patches which have failed. I am taking fentanyl patches currently which also aren't helping with Tramadol and Pregabalin. I researched about Prolotherapy and I found a centre in London but they have refused me because of my condition. What can I do to help myself? I'm bed-bound most of the time and I try my best to spend even 5 minutes a day doing breathing techniques or yoga when I can.

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The answer

There is currently no cure for Fibromyalgia and treatment is based on relieving symptoms to make the condition easier to live with. These treatments tend to be a combination of medications, such as antidepressants and pain medication, counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy can be helpful, and lifestyle changes such as meditation, relaxation techniques and exercise programmes. Exercise has been found to be helpful and have important benefits for people with fibromyalgia. So a personal trainer may be quite helpful for you. In some cases several different healthcare professionals may be involved in your care, such as rheumatologist, neurologist and psychologist. Fibromyalgia has numerous symptoms so there is no single treatment that will work for everyone so you may need to try a variety of treatments to find what works best for you. 

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