Floundering Around = Wasted Time
Who has time to waste? I wish I did, I see my husband sitting and relaxing in front of the television and I often find myself getting angry at his obvious extra time. I am constantly looking for ways to save a bit of time in hopes of getting the chance or opportunity to sit and do nothing for a few minutes. Time saving and time management is excellent skills to have, they help a person to be more effective throughout his or her day and ultimately can help a person be more successful. How?
When an individual is in need of relief from his or her fibromyalgia pain and symptoms the last thing he or she should be doing is wasting time on treatments that do not work. Foundering around from one fibromyalgia treatment to the next will not prompt the individual toward their ultimate goal – relief. Fibromyalgia is characterized by one thing – pain. More than twelve million people have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and each of them are forced to live with widespread musculoskeletal pain which often goes hand in hand with extreme moments of fatigue, memory difficulties and fluctuating mood swings and behaviors.
Stop Sitting Around
You do not have to live in and with chronic fibromyalgia pain there are treatment options. 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.
- Prescription Medications – Many fibromyalgia studies have indicated that certain prescription medications can help sufferers in their daily activities. For the most part, 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, but can come with a whole list of adverse side effects.
- Herbal Supplements – 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.