Unfortunately, there’s no way a doctor can say for sure that someone has fibromyalgia. Instead, they need to rule out a series of conditions with similar symptoms, such as arthritis and lupus, and in doing so, patients need to undergo several blood tests and x-rays. The next step is leveraging a two-part scoring program which helps define the extent to which the patient’s body has been affected by pain and measure the overall effect the symptoms have had on the patient’s life. Only once all results have been compiled can a doctor determine the best course of action to take.
Usually, the best way to treat fibromyalgia is with light to moderate exercise; walking, swimming, light jogging, and by just generally staying active. Low-impact, low-stress activities like yoga and Pilates are also quite common amongst sufferers and some even get involved in tai chi. Overall, exercise has a positive effect on day to day life, driving increased energy, feelings of contentment, and most importantly, helping fight insomnia. Doctors may also prescribe various medications such as Duloxetine (Cymbalta), Pregabalin (Lyrica), or Milnacipran (Savella), and depending on the level of pain present, and the symptoms presenting, they may also recommend any one of various over-the- counter drugs to relax the body and help with sleep.