How to treat fibromyalgia without drugs?

Fibromyalgia is a long-term, chronic condition that causes pain all over your body. The pain can be intense and often includes fatigue, sleep disturbances, and troubles with mood or memory. While there are drugs available to help manage the symptoms of fibromyalgia, they often come with side effects. And who needs more stressors in their life? That’s why we’ve compiled a list of ways you can treat fibromyalgia without drugs.

Get Moving

Regular exercise leads to better quality-of-life by reducing the severity of fibromyalgia symptoms including sleep problems and pain (1). Exercise increases blood flow which helps to reduce inflammation – one of the major contributors to joint stiffness caused by fibro(2). Here are some exercises that may work well for people managing their fibromyalgia:

  • Yoga
  • Walking
  • Swimming

Moderate physical activity has little adverse effect on function or intensity levels unlike high-intensity resistance exercise whose effects should be carefully monitored during trials (3).

Mind Your Posture

Postural alignment can impact how our entire bodies move; therefore postural limitations/aberrations could aggravate overall mobility-related stresses related-relatedness (sic). When age-related spinal issues develop alongside mobility management concerns making small changes along with frequent checks throughout an individual’s lifespan benefits whole-body adaptations necessary for improving proximate medium-to-long term outcomes.

Focus on not slouching when sitting at desks or laying down watching Netflix/Jeremy Kyle Life (you know its true) since both affect forward head carriage which puts excess weight beyond cervical vertebrae affecting neck extensors directly(4).


Acupuncture is an ancient practice originating from Traditional Chinese medicine where needles are inserted into specific parts of your body aka acupoints.(5) Some believe that it can help to relieve fibromyalgia pain, however not much scientific evidence backs this theory up(6). As with any treatment option, acupuncture carries some risks – primarily the possibility of infection at the insertion sites or nerve damage(7). Well let’s ‘poke’ (pun intended) until more research is done.

Go for a Massage

Not all massages are made equal when dealing with muscle stiffness and soreness – deep tissue massage work focusing on pressure points has shown very promising results %(8)% (9) (10)”. A couple caveats: always go to a licensed therapist who specializes in treating fibro-related pains; communicate your needs/desires in advance so they can tailor their technique according to whether you would prefer gentle rubbing or skillful knuckle digging %11%(12)(13). Dont forget to ask about add-ons like using hot stones after massaging key areas.”

Get Enough Sleep

We’ve saved the most simplistic tip for last; give yourself enough sleep-hours and don’t feel guilty about prioritizing them versus engaging socially/(or other self-interested escapades). It’s important! Fibromyalgia symptoms worsen when we do not get enough sleep. Getting regular good-quality rest will lead to better energy levels, higher cognitive function during waking hours, and an overall greater sense of well-being^(14)^.


While there may be no cure-all solution for fibromyalgia (“boo”) there is definitely hope in terms of symptom management strategies beyond strict pharmaceutical regimens (yayyy!!) We’ve presented several options above that could provide relief without the troubling side effects associated with drugs plus its optimal action timebeing person-dependent rather than tied down by medication intervals involving chemical reactions occurring at set times/or days per week.(tennis elbow anyone???) Ultimately deciding what course of action to take is up to individual persons+their healthcare support team; as well as checking in with themselves on how their body feels/reacts to what they’re doing. Overall if you’re fibro experiencing….hope ain’t dead nor sewn up permanently (knock on wood). #BAM

Author’s Note: This article was written by a language model developed by OpenAI. The purpose of this exercise is to showcase the capabilities of natural language processing tools and their applications in generating human-like output.

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