HOME REMEDIES FOR FYBROMYALGIA
If you have fybromyalgia, you know the debilitation this syndrome can have on your life style. While some people are just annoyed at the symptoms, for others they can be excruciating. Most of the treatments on the market are based on drugs and many of these are great. However, if you are like me, you don’t want to fill yourself with all kinds of drugs that have potential side-effects. You would rather try natural remedies that may prove as well if not better than the drugs, and with no side-effects. If I am speaking to someone like this, then let’s explore some of the different natural remedies for fybromyalgia.
TOPICAL PAIN RELIEF
There are a lot of topical creams, medicated pain-relief rubs, and patches on the market to help relieve pain symptoms. Some of the common ones include Capzacin (capsaicin), Tiger Balm (camphor and menthol), Aspercreme (trolamine salicylate), BioFreeze (menthol USP) and SalonPas patches (camphor, menthol and methyl salicylate).
However, these medications are useful when the pain is localized. If you have pain that moves randomly about, these pain relievers will not be helpful to you. Also, always use a little at first to check for reactions and always use as directed. Using otherwise may be dangerous and even fatal.
Heat is a great option for relaxing tight muscles, especially for those who are frequently cold and may have a hard time warming up. A lot of heating products are available, including:
- Heating pads (make sure you get one that shuts off automatically if you use it in bed)
- Rice bags (rice inside a soft bag, heated in the microwave)
- Electric blankets or mattress pads
- Heated socks or slippers
A hot bath is always a favorite for those with fybromyalgia. The heated water relaxes and helps stiffened muscles.
Sometimes people have trouble with cooling down instead of warming up. Many people with fybromyalgia express the need to use cooling products instead of heat. If this is you, then again, the bathtub can help, with a cool bath or just soaking your feet. A lot of cooling products are also on the market, though, and they’re a lot easier to take with you.
As funny as this may be, many people say that Epsom salt helps with the pain and stiffness of fybromyalgia. Traditionally, it is used in a bath but there are some products that have it in them.
Epsom salt is a folk remedy that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention from researchers. However, because Epsom salt contains magnesium, some speculate that it raises the level of magnesium in your blood, and magnesium is thought to help ease muscle symptoms (primarily, cramping).
As strange as it sounds, simply breathing deeply may help relieve the anxiety that can come with this illness. A lot of people take short, shallow breaths, which can trigger a “fight-or-flight” response in your autonomic nervous system (ANS). When you consciously slow your breathing, it most likely has the opposite effect on the ANS, allowing your body and mind to relax. When you use this technique, your shoulders shouldn’t move upward as you take a deep breath. Instead, direct the intake lower, to below your ribs, and breathe slowly. You can use this technique to try calming your body when you feel anxious or any time you need to calm down and relax.
There are a lot of difference massage devices and some of them only cost a few dollars. They may help you relieve tight muscles. A word of caution, though; if your pain is from light touch, a massage device may increase that pain and even the vibration may bother you. You would need to test it to see if it would work for your situation.
CORRECT BEDDING AND PILLOWS
Soft sheets are a must for someone with fybromyalgia, and you also want to avoid wrinkles that can cause a lot of pain when you lay on them. If you have this problem, you may want to find some clip-on sheet stays to keep things taut and flat. They’re also called sheet suspenders or sheet garters.
Morning pain is another common symptom, but you may be able to relieve some of it with the right pillow or pillows. Experiment with different thicknesses, body pillows, and such to see what works best for you.
Fybromyalgia is a complicated syndrome with many varied symptoms. Although there are medications that can treat the symptoms, there are also a variety of natural home remedies that may do the trick for you. Experiment with these remedies to see if one or two help reduce your symptoms.