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    Fibromyalgia Treatment for Children and Teens
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    ras25 posted:
    Children and teens with debilitating fibromyalgia should consider enrolling in a treatment program for amplified musculoskeletal pain syndromes (AMPS). These intense physical and occupational therapy programs last on average 2-3 weeks, are research based, and are used by some of the best children's hospitals in the nation. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Boston Children's Hospital, Kansas City Children's Mercy, Children's Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, Legacy Emmanuel Randall Children's Hospital in Portland, and the Hospital at the Children's Institute in Pittsburgh are some. There are often long waits to get into these programs, but that's because they work so well.

    When diagnosed with fibromyalgia (or other amplified pain syndromes), the prognosis for children is much different than the prognosis for adults. One study (published in a peer reviewed journal) has shown that 92% of children leave these programs pain free and five years later 88% are still pain free. Another study showed 89% leaving the program pain free. Even if children don't fully resolve their pain, they do almost invariably regain their function and are able to return to school and normal everyday activities.


    There is no similar program for adults (a combination of intense physical therapy, occupational therapy, and counseling) so physicians and researchers don't know how adults would respond to this kind of treatment. The New Brunswick program takes patients up to 21 years of age though. It would be really neat to see a program like this created for adults...
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