Plan to treat fibromyalgia pain in advance tells us, “When fibromyalgia pain or fatigue is severe, you might not be thinking clearly… Having a plan to follow gives you a sense of control over your signs and symptoms.”


  • The Mayo staff tells us, “Set aside time for relaxation on your daily schedule. Add more relaxation time on days when your fibromyalgia symptoms flare.
    • Deep-breathing exercises
    • Progressive muscle relaxation
    • Meditation
    • Visualization

The bottom line?

The authors concluded, “The more often you use coping strategies, the easier it becomes. Different strategies work for different people. Something that’s worked in the past may not work today, so be flexible and try the next thing on your list.”

3/30/11 21:13 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.