Avoiding Prescriptions For Fibromyalgia Treatment
Fibromyalgia is a highly frustrating condition. It is frustrating because Fibromyalgia it is so often misunderstood and extremely difficult to find a diagnosis. Many individuals, who have been dealing with pain and fatigue, go years without ever having been given a diagnosis for their symptoms. Fibromyalgia is most often diagnosed by a process of elimination where other conditions are ruled out. Another process in the diagnosis takes place when a specific set of criteria must be met where individuals have experienced (1) widespread pain lasting at least 3 months, and (2) Pinpointing at least 11 (of 18 total) positive tender points. Once Fibromyalgia has been officially diagnosed the next step comes in treatment and commonly prescription medications such as Anticonvulsants and/or Antidepressants are used for treatment. The problem with these commonly used prescription medications is that often times they will bring about negative side effects than any amount of positive relief they might be providing. However, the good news is that relief and treatment for Fibromyalgia can take place while avoiding these prescription medications that can cause negative side effects.
Alternative Treatment Options
Alternative treatment options for Fibromyalgia can be found in taking the proper steps to lifestyle changes that can help to lessen the symptoms (such as pain and fatigue) that Fibromyalgia sufferers complain of. Fibromyalgia sufferers must also learn to implement certain lifestyle changes to effectively be able to deal with reducing stress, properly receiving enough rest and exercise, as well as getting proper nutrition which are all critical for the improvement of symptoms. Many times a combination of these techniques that provide a more whole body wellness plan in regards to nutrition, exercise and overall health can bring about much more relief to Fibromyalgia sufferers. A few of the most commonly used alternative treatments for Fibromyalgia sufferers are:
- Massage – Stress is one of the highest contributing factors to Fibromyalgia sufferers. However, stress management, and more specifically the use of massage can greatly diminish some of the symptoms produced by Fibromyalgia.
- Acupuncture – another form of therapy that can assist in Fibromyalgia relief is the use of acupuncture. This therapy can provide relief from Fibromyalgia for a few days up to a few weeks, depending on the patient.
- Biofeedback – a technique in which the individual can begin to gain more control over their nervous system, thus aiding in more relief from the Fibromyalgia. The most common method of Biofeedback used for the treatment of Fibromyalgia is electromyography (also known as EMG).
- Supplemental Therapy – There are quite a few supplemental therapies which have been recognized as highly positive for Fibromyalgia treatment. Some of the most frequently used supplements are Vitamin D, Fish Oil, SAMe, Magnesium, B-Complex Vitamins, 5-HTP, as well as Brown Seaweed Extract.