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Study: UV Rays for Fibromyalgia Pain

By January 20, 2009

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NEWSBRIEF: Ultraviolet light may help alleviate fibromyalgia pain, according to a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

Researchers used tanning beds to expose fibromyalgia patients to UV light 3 times a day for 6 weeks. The control group was exposed to non-UV light. Participants then reported on their pain levels and mood.

Researchers concluded that the UV group showed some improvement in pain, well-being and relaxation compared to the non-UV group.

This was a small preliminary study and researchers say this area of treatment needs to be explored further to determine whether it's a viable treatment option.

Related Content: Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia; Light Therapy for SAD

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July 17, 2013 at 4:58 pm
(1) Sally Gift says:

I moved to sunny AZ from from the gloomy IL weather 3 years ago, already having learned that sunshine (aka dry warm weather) had a huge impact on my Fibro pain level. Today I continue to use sunshine as a remedy for days when fibro body aches and pains flare to higher levels. By getting myself outdoors and into the sun for an hour or two my body responds accordingly, pain level lowers, aches go away, shooting pains disappear, muscles tension relaxes. An hour or so of sunshine and decompressing in the pool can put me entirely back on track even on the worst of days.

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