Treating Depression or Anxiety to Improve Fibromyalgia Symptoms

By Roland Staud, Christine Adamec

Part of Fibromyalgia For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Dealing with the painful symptoms of fibromyalgia can be so distressing it drives people into depression or anxiety and may actually worsen your symptoms. Talk with your doctor about the emotional difficulties you’re dealing with and the use of medications for these disorders which may also improve your fibromyalgia symptoms.

  • Antidepressants may help you sleep better, which will improve your fibromyalgia symptoms.

  • Anti-anxiety medications may help you to relax, decreasing your muscle tension and pain.

  • Progressive relaxation exercises can improve fibromyalgia symptoms, as well as your symptoms of anxiety.