What is the prognosis (outlook) for people with fibromyalgia?

Most people who have fibromyalgia can ease symptoms with medications and lifestyle changes. Sometimes symptoms go away after you take steps to reduce stress. Symptoms may return during stressful times. A small number of people experience pain or fatigue so severe that they’re unable to work.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 11/01/2020.


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