Philip J. Mease, MD, discusses treatment selection in fibromyalgia, highlighting combination therapy as well as the importance of a holistic approach to care.
This is a video synopsis/summary of a panel discussion involving Philip J. Mease, MD.
Fibromyalgia may raise concerns for physicians regarding time consumption and emotional burden. Addressing these concerns requires upfront communication, explaining the neurobiology behind fibromyalgia to reduce stigma, particularly associated with psychological perceptions. With improved treatment approaches, managing fibromyalgia becomes more rewarding, especially when patients respond well to their treatment regimen. When patients have comorbid conditions, such as autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, it's crucial to control both conditions concurrently. Employing current medications, biologics, and targeted synthetic disease-modifying drugs to manage inflammation and symptoms is essential. Simultaneously, acknowledging the presence of central sensitization or fibromyalgia is vital, fostering acceptance through patient-friendly language. Using terms like "central sensitization" can mitigate the stigma around fibromyalgia. Collaboratively pursuing nonpharmacological approaches alongside prescribed treatments enhances patient acceptance and makes the overall treatment approach more rewarding for both the physician and the patient.
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