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Nonpharmacologic Care of Patients With Fibromyalgia

Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH

Published: August 15, 2010

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A key long-term goal for patients with fibromyalgia is for them to become experts in understanding their own symptoms and treatment responses to further successful self-management of their condition. Patient education about fibromyalgia is key, as are several nonpharmacologic strategies such as encouraging the patient to have a realistic, positive attitude and outlook; engage in a regular, paced program of physical activity and exercise; and adopt positive sleep hygiene practices. To meet their goals, patients with fibromyalgia will need support and understanding from the clinician and other treatment team members.


Volume: 71

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