Don’t Feed Into The Frenzy
Have you ever seen the series Storage Wars? The auctioneer opens up an abandoned storage unit and the bidding begins. The bid may start low based on the contents of the unit but then one of the bidders may begin to raise the bid because he or she thinks they spot something of worth that they can turn a profit one, all of a sudden a bidding frenzy occurs people just start throwing out bids because they have gotten caught up in the excitement without even knowing what they may be bidding on. Isn’t life like that at times? We just go with whatever everyone else is doing without taking time to think, ask questions or even research.
When looking to treat a condition such as fibromyalgia one needs to think and ask questions verses jumping into a treatment that he or she virtually knows nothing about. Many fibromyalgia sufferers use the most trendy of treatments because it seems to be what everyone else wants so surely they must have it, but is it the safest form of treatment?
What Are You Getting Yourself Into?
Fibromyalgia patients can take a preventative type medication that will help reduce the amount of symptoms experienced. However, there are not any prescription medications that are specifically designed to help with fibromyalgia symptoms. Because many studies have been done on prescription medication and fibromyalgia, doctors are able to use prescription medications as an off-label treatment. The prescription medications are used to bring pain under control, improve sleep, increase energy and help improve the mood of fibromyalgia sufferers. While doctors can use a whole range of medications, this article is going to focus on four.
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Anti-depressant medications
- Muscle relaxant medications
Anti-inflammatory medications are available both as prescriptions and over-the-counter. These prescription medications can help reduce the pain that fibromyalgia sufferers go through as a result of excessive physical activity among other conditions. However, because of the side effects those anti-inflammatory medications have on the lining of the stomach they should only be taken as needed and when absolutely necessary
Anticonvulsants were originally designed to treat seizures. They are now used to help fibromyalgia patients and migraine sufferers. They are able to affect the chemicals in the brain that send pain signals across the nervous system. By doing this, it helps to reduce pain and help sleep.
Anti-depressants are often prescribed by doctors for those that suffer from fibromyalgia would. These medications are able to decrease pain for fibromyalgia. They can also help increase energy, decrease anxiety, help with alertness and improve depression.
Muscle relaxant medications
Patients with fibromyalgia pain are sometimes prescribed muscle relaxants. The medicine does not appear to really relax muscles but does reduce muscle pain. These medications are typically taken in the evening because they cause drowsiness.
Why You Need To Think, Research and Ask Questions
Though one might originally think that the pharmaceutical approach is the safest and most effective route to take they often find their original theory incorrect once the side effect begin to manifest. As the side effects begin to take over the body and render one miserable and helpless, so the patient begins to consider other treatment options that might be safer.
Common Side Effects:
- Decreased sexual desire or ability
- Dry Mouth
- Increased Sweating
- Loss of Appetite
- Sore Throat
- Trouble Sleeping
Severe Side Effects:
- Difficulty Breathing
- Tightness in the chest
- Swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
- Unusual hoarseness
- Bizarre Behavior
- Bloody or black, tarry stools
- Blurred Vision
- Dark Urine
- Decreased Concentration
- Decreased Coordination
- Excessive Sweating
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Fever or chills
- Memory Loss
- Mouth sores or ulcers
- New or worsening metal or mood changes (examples: aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, depression, hostility, impulsiveness, irritability, panic attacks and restlessness)
- Pale Stools
- Red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- Ringing in the ears
- Severe or persistent dizziness or headache
- Severe or persistent nausea
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Severe or persistent tiredness or weakness
- Severe or persistent trouble sleeping
- Stiff Muscles
- Stomach Pain
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts
- Trouble urinating or change in the amount of urine produced
- Usual bruising or bleeding
- Unusual weakness
- Vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes