Don’t Make Me Swear
When you hear the word “fibromyalgia,” you many times think that someone just sneezed or use some profanity but actually, fibromyalgia is a real condition and affects more than 12 million Americans every year. Fibro is one of those conditions that unfortunately have no cure; although much research has been done on the subject, medical professionals still disagree on how to minimize the symptoms and issues that come with this painful syndrome. I describe it as a syndrome because it is not a sickness that you can catch from someone or something that is curable. Victims who chronically suffer from fibromyalgia deal with constant muscle and skeletal agony especially in the joints that connect the two. Most of the time, fibromyalgia sufferers wake up from their slumber with stiffness, fatigue, restless leg syndrome, mood swings and other debilitating symptoms. However, pain is the primary thread that runs through all of these victims equally.
How Is The Pain Felt
The pain is often felt the most at night and the individual suffering from the pain often struggles to find time to sleep and once he or she finally falls asleep the night is often interrupted from the pain and the fibromyalgia patient wakes up stiff, uncomfortable and just plain miserable the next day. The painful spots on the body are referred to as tender spots and are felt in the various locations we have already mentioned. The pain will start in a location such as the knee and then spread out to include the whole leg. The pain or feelings that correspond with fibromyalgia have been described as a:
- Deep Ache
- Shooting Pain
- Burning Pain
- Painful Joints
- Numbness and Tingling in the hands and feet
There is no denying the physical and emotional affect that fibromyalgia can have on an individual; so if you are starting to notice changes in your physical and emotional state of being, it might be wise to speak to a medical professional about what type of testing is available for fibromyalgia. Studies have shown that fibromyalgia patient tend to be at a higher risk for developing or are already having sleeping problems like restless leg syndrome or sleep apnea. Sleep or the lack of sleep is a big deal to most individuals but for the fibromyalgia patients the lack of sleep is only the icing on the cake and the start of further coexisting life complications such as:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Memory or Cognitive Problems
- Tension or Migraine Headaches
- Impaired Speech
No Side Effects Here
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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.