Chronic pain is a common reason for patient visits to doctors or other healthcare practitioners. Fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are two of the more common causes of chronic pain, and finding an effective treatment solution is not easy. These two conditions share many symptoms, to the extent that some references believe they are on the same spectrum of a single condition. In FMS, pain is the main concern, while in CFS, low energy is more dominant. Other common complaints are receiving a non-restorative sleep, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), headaches, impaired cognition and mood concerns including anxiety and depression.
A variety of medications are often used to treat these conditions including muscle relaxants, antidepressants, nonsteroid anti-inflammatory drugs, opioids, steroids and even anti convulsion medications. The results are mixed however and no standard treatment is available thus far.