Huntsville Medical Doctor Dr. Eric Beck Explains Why Aerobic Exercise Can be More Effective Than Drugs in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia

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A recent cross-sectional survey  involving fibromyalgia patients found that when participants were asked to list the top 10 most beneficial therapies for fibromyalgia, no drugs were mentioned, and when asked to list the 10 most harmful therapies, only approved drugs were named.

“The biggest problem with drugs is that although they may help, their effect is only felt as long as the patient is taking them consistently,” said Dr. Beck in a recent interview.

“On the other hand, aerobic exercise and other non-drug approaches seem to produce more sustained effects, and patients feel more causative over their condition.” he added.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by muscle pain accompanied by tiredness as well as sleep, mood and memory problems. It tends to amplify painful sensations by affecting the way the brain processes pain signals.

“One major disadvantage of medications is the fact that prolonged use tends to have a negative effect on the mindset of the patient, in addition to physical side-effects.” said Dr. Beck.

“Being constantly depending on medication reminds a person he is still ‘sick’ and he feels and acts that way. In contrast, non-drug therapies like aerobic exercises make them feel they are doing something actively to regain back their health.” Dr Beck added.

Though medications have its use and need, especially in treating serious forms of fibromyalgia, Dr. Beck spoke about the need to treat each patient’s case individually and not just prescribe medication or keep the patient on prolonged periods of taking medication.

To encourage patients with fibromyalgia conditions to take a healthier recovery approach, Dr. Beck advocates an active lifestyle and to set positive goals to attain in life.

“Many patients appreciate the approach to depend less on drugs and more on changing their lifestyle.” Dr. Beck said, “Deep inside their heart, they know they are not just treating a condition but re-establishing the goal to be healthier.”

The Huntsville medical doctor offers advanced treatment for a wide variety of muscle and nerve disorders, including, fibromyalgia, at the Valley Center for Nerve Studies and Rehabilitation. For the last 25 years, he has been servicing the residents of Brownsboro, Normal, Birmingham, Fort Payne and Huntsville and cities near and far.

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