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Q: I have suffered for two years
with this pain in my neck and shoulder (fibromyalgia)
and been to every kind of doctor and still no results.
Fibromyalgia can be treated successfully but requires
focused, determined, patient participation. Fibromyalgia
is often associated with emotional anxiety or depressive
states. Periods of inactivity and depressive emotions
appear most common in patients I've treated with fibromyalgia.
A person with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia must exercise
appropriately on a daily basis and often receive psychological
counseling to assist in resolving the emotional difficulties.
Exercise may initially seem to make you worse, but
with perseverance, in 6 to 8 weeks, exercise should
become quite tolerable and is ultimately the key to
Therefore, fibromyalgia appears best treated by a
multifaceted approach with exercise, counseling, and
especially in acute phases, possibly pain management.
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