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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can fibromyalgia go away with walking regularly?

    If the person in my family who has this walks regularly, will this condition eventually go away with the decreased sedentary lifestyle?
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  • Dr Don Williams


    Don WilIiams has worked and studied internationally in rehabilitation and sports injury management. His career started out in the late 80s with a move toward … View Profile

    Fibromyalgia is a somewhat complex condition which most commonly starts as a result of a signficantly stressful event or series of events. Generally speaking it fits into the category of central sensitisation syndromes, whereby the body reacts inappropriately to stimulus or input. Put simply, too much activity will cause the patient to suffer more than they should. Progressive increase of activity from a low level (under the threshold or timeframe for irritation) and slowly increasing the time and intensity of the exercise program can help the patient to improve. Waling can form the basis for this program. It can often be helpful to engage a pain psychologist to understand sensitisation and to develop pain coping strategies. We have treated many cases of fibromyalgia previously with great results and outcomes by taking it slowly and methodically.

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