A Supplemental Cause
When looking to find relief from the ongoing, never-ending pain that is fibromyalgia one of the first things an individual needs to do is take time to look over the various treatment options that he or she can implement and then speak with his or her medical professional about their chosen treatment option. Fibromyalgia if left untreated could cause an individual to lose his or her mobility. Muscles begin to stiffen and lose their range of motion. Studies have shown that stiff muscles can be treated with treatments such as massage and physical therapy.
Though there is no known cure at this time for fibromyalgia, there are still things a fibromyalgia suffer can do to help relieve the severe and limiting symptoms of fibromyalgia. When it comes to treating a mysterious condition such as fibromyalgia, selecting a treatment option can be a bit tricky so it is important that the fibromyalgia patient take his or her time and seek the advice and counsel of a medical professional before attempting to treat their condition on their own. When looking to treat fibromyalgia, the patient will find his or herself faced with two choices.
- Treatment Through Pharmaceutical Means
- Treatment Though Natural Methods
Both treatment choices can and will help fibromyalgia patients find relief; however, there are differences between the two and the differences can have a profound effect on the fibromyalgia patients overall health and wellbeing.
What Supplements To Look To
Currently the most commonly used type of treatment is the use of prescription medications. The prescription medications used for the treatment of Fibromyalgia are Analgesics, Antidepressants, as well as Anti-seizure drugs. However, many of these prescription medications have negative side effects that are far too numerous to list that accompany them. So while a patient may begin to find some relief in regards to their pain, they are bombarded by other problems and issues that are sourced from the prescription medications they are taking for their pain relief. There are alternatives to prescription medications that have proven very successful for the relief of those who suffer from Fibromyalgia. The most commonly used supplements for Fibromyalgia treatment are:
Vitamin D – Research has shown that Vitamin D can help with the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. In fact, one specific study shows that individuals who suffer from Fibromyalgia have lower levels of Vitamin D, thus increasing Vitamin D can help to lessen the symptoms caused by Fibromyalgia.
Fish Oil – Has omega-3 fatty acids which are known to be an anti-inflammatory which makes it an excellent source for reducing the pain associated with Fibromyalgia.
SAMe – This particular supplement is a synthetic form of a compound which the body naturally produces. It is needed for immune function and plays a key role in the forming of cartilage and DNA. Research has shown that SAMe can lessen the symptoms of chronic pain as well as boost an individual’s spirits (good for those also experiencing depression).
Capsaicin – When Capsaicin is used on the tender points of a person who suffers from Fibromyalgia a decrease in pain has been notated in some research.
Ribose – Fibromyalgia is often caused because of tight muscles. Ribose can help to ease this pain because Ribose can help to loosen those muscles and help to improve the debilitating symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
Magnesium – Can aid in relief from Fibromyalgia because when taken as an additional supplement it can help to reduce the muscle spasms, weakness, and back pain that are commonly associated with Fibromyalgia.
B- Complex Vitamins – All of the B- Complex vitamins (Folic Acid, Riboflavin, and Thiamine) can help to lessen inflammation that often causes the painful symptoms, these vitamins can also help to maintain muscle tone which is an added bonus to those with Fibromyalgia.
5-HTP – Research has shown that in individuals who suffer from Fibromyalgia when 5-HTP was used as a treatment, individuals reported a significant decrease in their tender points as well as the amount of pain they were experiencing on a daily basis. Other benefits noted with the use of 5-HTP were improvements in sleep, morning stiffness, anxiety, as well as fatigue.
Brown Seaweed Extract – Research is proving that Brown Seaweed extract (a supplement) is proving highly successful in the fight against chronic pain. Studies have shown that taking Brown Seaweed extract can reduce joint pain and stiffness by as much as 52% and individuals notice these benefits within only one week of beginning treatment.