Don’t Ignore Get Help
It is easy to try to ignore that there is a health problem. Many individuals choose to ignore the red flags or symptoms that their body is communicating because of his or her fear. Fear of diagnosis and fear that whatever is going on with or within the body is something serious. Prolonging the inevitable will only make the situation worse therefore it is in the best interest if the individual to seek out medical advice an opinion when he or she begins to exprieince odd and painful symptoms.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that can be easy ignored or explained away, but there comes a point in the development of the condition where the pain will become so intense that the individual with the condition will need to seek medical attention and advice. Once a diagnosis has been made there are several natural supplements that can be implemented to help decrease the frequent bursts of pain. The following are a few examples of how herbal supplements are aiding in the relief of fibromyalgia pain and discomfort.
SAMe is a compound that naturally occurs in the body. It is necessary for proper immune function. It is able to help maintain cell membranes and assist in the production and breakdown of several neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters are serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. SAMe is also used in the formation of cartilage and in genetic material.
There have been a few preliminary studies that suggest that SAMe can help with fibromyalgia. It is said that when a patient is taking SAMe, the number of sore tender points decreased. It is also in helping fibromyalgia patients with their depression. It also appears that SAMe is more effective over time.
SAMe has very mild side effects. SAMe can cause indigestion, dry mouth and insomnia.
Magnesium is a mineral that naturally occurs in foods like green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Magnesium is used by the body for more than 300 biochemical reactions. Magnesium and malic acid are many times suggested for patient who have fibromyalgia because both of them are necessary for the generation of energy in cells in the form of adenosine triphosphate.
Magnesium has been shown to be effective in a relatively high dose and over a length of time. All trials that have been run have been run with both malic acid and magnesium.
Patients need to keep in mind that high doses of magnesium can have some side effects.
Magnesium can cause diarrhea, nausea, loss of appetite, muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, irregular heart rate and confusion.
Some researchers believe that fibromyalgia patients have a vitamin D deficiency. Having a vitamin D deficiency means that there is not enough vitamin D in the body to process normal daily functions. This is because a vitamin D deficiency can be attributed to the many aches and pains that fibromyalgia sufferers experience. However, there is very little research that shows a direct correlation. Vitamin D can be found in supplement form or just from natural sunlight and food.
This supplement is thought to work by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. There is very early evidence that it can reduce the number of painful tender points that fibromyalgia patients experience. Studies suggest that after four weeks, 5-HTP can significantly improve the pain, the number of painful tender points, stiffness, anxiety, fatigue and sleep.
Research indicates that many fibromyalgia patients do not have enough vitamin B12 in their cerebrospinal fluid. It is thought that taking a vitamin B12 supplement can greatly help with a few of the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Capsaicin is the active ingredient found in chili peppers. Capsaicin is thought to temporarily relieve pain. When Capsaicin is applied to the skin, it has been found to deplete a neurochemical that transmits pain. This should desensitize a person to pain, because people who have fibromyalgia have been found to have higher levels of this neurochemical. The studies suggest that fibromyalgia patients should apply it four times a day to tender points. After approximately 4 weeks they should see a reduction in pain.
All of these herbal treatments can have the ability to interact with medications. So, patients who are suffering from fibromyalgia should keep in mind that when taking supplements of any kind, it is important to speak with a medical professional before starting anything new.