Getting Help For Fibromyalgia
There is no way a person that has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia can deny the relentless pain they endure on a daily basis. Fibromyalgia pain and symptoms are never ending and without a known cure they can be absolutely devastating. Fibromyalgia unlike other conditions encompasses the whole body making each day a difficult one to get through. Muscles of a fibromyalgia patient are often stiff and unmoving first thing in the morning and then as the day progresses the limbs become more mobile but as the night falls the muscles stiffen again making it difficult if not impossible for the patient to rest.
With the body being forced to endure such intense pain for an extended period of time it becomes important that the individual suffering from such intense pain seek out some form of treatment to help ease the discomfort and help the patient rest. When it comes to the various methods or approaches to treatment a fibromyalgia patient have several treatment options. The first treatment option that a fibromyalgia patient can choose from has to include the use of prescription medications. 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, the most common prescriptions would include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Anti-depressant medications
- Muscle relaxant medications
Most fibromyalgia patients that choose to take the pharmaceutical approach due so to the ease of use and the convenience that comes with swallowing a pill. 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.
The Safer And More Natural Approach
Prescription medications are not the best treatment option for everyone so some other treatment must be available to help erase or lessen the pain of this condition. Other natural treatment options would include the use of acupuncture, therapy, exercise and even various herbal supplements.
Acupuncture as a therapy originated as traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patents of energy that flow through the body are and essential to total body health. Acupuncture uses stimulation of specific acu-points on the skin by inserting needles that range in length from 1 cm to 10 cm. A typical treatment involves the use of 5 to 15 needles and the generally the acu-points vary during each treatment session.
The two main symptoms that are presented by the condition of Fibromyalgia are fatigue and pain. Massage therapy can aid in lessening both of these symptoms by helping the Fibromyalgia suffer to be able to experience less pain, obtain more sleep, and also to help relax some of the tightened and stiff muscles that can contribute to much of the pain. Research has proven that the use of massage therapy as a form of Fibromyalgia treatment can help Fibromyalgia sufferers experience deeper levels of sleep and lessen levels of pain and fatigue. The way that massage therapy accomplishes this is by using the different forms of massage to help oxygenate the body as a whole which can decrease the severity of symptoms that a Fibromyalgia sufferer will experience. Massage therapy can help Fibromyalgia sufferers find relief from their symptoms specifically by:
- Improving Sleep
- Reducing Swelling, Pain, and Stiffness in the Joints & Muscles
- Decreasing Anxiety & Stress
- Increasing Blood Circulation
- Increasing Flexibility
- Increasing the Range of Motion
While exercising with fibromyalgia can be slow going and seem daunting, it really can be the best thing for healing. Exercise can have very positive effects on even healthy people’s lives, but fibromyalgia suffers can see a vast difference very quickly.
Walking is one of the best and easiest exercises. It is suggested to start with just five minutes of walking. After that, they should add a minute each day until they are up to walking for about an hour. It is also suggested to try to walk an hour at least three to four times each week. Once walking for an hour seems easier, it is suggested alternated walking and light jogging.