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This pilot study followed fibromyalgia patients who added coaching to their current fibromyalgia treatment plan. These patients were taking no medications, aside from the three approved by the FDA for fibromyalgia (Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Savella).
After one year of coaching, the severity of their pain decreased by 31%.
More importantly, their pain interfered with their lives almost half as much. (44% reduction in pain interference)
They had a dramatic reduction in doctor appointments. (11 vs. 1.5 provider visits per year, a 86% reduction in health care utilization)
This reduction was estimated to save patients $855 per year. (9.5 fewer appointments at an average of $90 per appointment)
Working with a coach reduced the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQR) scores for study participants by 35%. The three FDA-approved fibromyalgia medications were less effective, even when used together. (Lyrica 17.2%, Cymbalta 20.4%, Savella 32.8%, Lyrica + Cymbalta 34.1%) Even acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) only brought about a 27.4% improvement.
A Certified Fibromyalgia Coach® is trained in fibromyalgia treatment and management and has direct personal experience with fibromyalgia. We understand what you are going through every day and can give you guidance from our own experience. While the participants in this study met with Certified Health and Wellness coaches, they did NOT meet with a Certified Fibromyalgia Coach®. When working with an IFCI-trained coach, this critical difference will help you achieve even more impressive results.
In fact, our July 2022 graduating class was able to lower their FIQ scores by 62% on average. One graduate lowered her score by a whopping 74%! These students spent three months (9 sessions) working one-on-one with their own Certified Fibromyalgia Coach®, plus three months in our Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor® training program. View replays of our Stories of Hope and Healing graduation events here.
For more studies and statistics, download a copy of our Founder’s book, Take Back Your Life: Find Hope and Freedom from Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Pain. In her chapter titled, “Would Working with a Coach Be Helpful?”, Tami outlines the results you can expect from working with a Certified Fibromyalgia Coach®.
- "The Science Behind Coaching as a Treatment Option for Fibromyalgia with Dr. James Fricton." Fibromyalgia Podcast. Apr 30 2019.
- "What Is Fibromyalgia Coaching?" Fibromyalgia Podcast. May 7 2019.
- Hackshaw, Kevin V., et al. “A pilot study of health and wellness coaching for fibromyalgia.” BMC musculoskeletal disorders 17.1 (2016): 457.
- Okea, Remigius. “Milnacipran (Savella) for Fibromyalgia.” American Family Physician 82.8 (2010): 901-904.