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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 485272, 7 pages
Review Article

Treatment of Fibromyalgia Syndrome: Recommendations of Recent Evidence-Based Interdisciplinary Guidelines with Special Emphasis on Complementary and Alternative Therapies

1Department of Rheumatology, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, 64239 Tel Aviv, Israel
2Division of Rheumatology, Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit, McGill University Health Centre, Canada
3Department of Medicine, H. Soroka Medical Center, 84101 Beer Sheva, Israel
4Edwards Pain management Unit, McGill University Health Centre, Canada H3G 1A4
5Department of Neurology, Universitätsklinikum Würzburg, 81865 Würzburg, Germany
6Department Internal Medicine I, Klinikum Saarbrücken, 66119 Saarbrücken, Germany
7Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Technische Universität München, München, 90780 Würzburg, Germany

Received 9 April 2013; Accepted 1 October 2013

Academic Editor: Jost Langhorst

Copyright © 2013 Jacob Ablin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. Current evidence indicates that there is no single ideal treatment for fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). First choice treatment options remain debatable, especially concerning the importance of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments. Methods. Three evidence-based interdisciplinary guidelines on FMS in Canada, Germany, and Israel were compared for their first choice and CAM-recommendations. Results. All three guidelines emphasized a patient-tailored approach according to the key symptoms. Aerobic exercise, cognitive behavioral therapy, and multicomponent therapy were first choice treatments. The guidelines differed in the grade of recommendation for drug treatment. Anticonvulsants (gabapentin, pregabalin) and serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (duloxetine, milnacipran) were strongly recommended by the Canadian and the Israeli guidelines. These drugs received only a weak recommendation by the German guideline. In consideration of CAM-treatments, acupuncture, hypnosis/guided imagery, and Tai Chi were recommended by the German and Israeli guidelines. The Canadian guidelines did not recommend any CAM therapy. Discussion. Recent evidence-based interdisciplinary guidelines concur on the importance of treatment tailored to the individual patient and further emphasize the need of self-management strategies (exercise, and psychological techniques).