It All Seems Bleak
Most people, when they are diagnosed with a chronic, non-curable condition, try to forget the day that it happened and intend to remember happier times when the pain and symptoms were not plaguing their life. You see, fibromyalgia can overtake you and your mobility, making the once agile athlete into the feeble injured in a matter of months. Fibro attacks your everyday movement by attacks the muscles and joints in the neck, back, hips, knees, elbows, shoulders and other joints. It is not classified as a sickness because it has no cure and you can’t die from it. Now even though this outcome seems bleak, there are a number of treatment options that can help minimize the frequency and intensity of your fibro pain and symptoms.
Slowing Life Down
Here is a story of learning about fibromyalgia and how to live with the illness. Hopefully, you will be encouraged by the story. A woman in her 50’s has been dealing with fibromyalgia since 1976. Through it all, she can say that this disorder has changed her life for the better. Being a runner, she used to jog through the park but had to slow down because of the pain throughout her body. She still walks, however, and if she gets exhausted, she can sit on a park bench and rest. Perhaps the most amazing thing that happened to her is that she learned how to relax and slow life down. In other words, she notices things that she never took time to notice before in her life. For example, during a rest time, she spent 10 minutes watching a butterfly on a flower and just enjoyed how beautiful it was. She remarks how nice it is to sit and feel the sunshine on her face and admire all the colors of the flowers in the park. She has a lot more depth, compassion, and appreciation of what life really is because of fibromyalgia.
Kick Me Not
Have you ever been kicked at night while in bed with your spouse? Well recently, I got kicked and my spouse told me she might have restless legs syndrome. The cause of restless legs syndrome remains mostly a mystery. It is characterized by uncomfortable pins-and-needles sensations in the legs and the irresistible urge to move the legs. Moving the legs seems to temporarily alleviate the intense feelings. However, people with restless legs syndrome tend to get poor sleep in general and to experience severe fatigue like that felt by many people with fibromyalgia.
No Convulsing Here
Anticonvulsants were originally designed to treat seizures. They are now used to help fibromyalgia patients and migraine sufferers. They are able to affect the chemicals in the brain that send pain signals across the nervous system. By doing this, it helps to reduce pain and help sleep. Examples of anticonvulsants are medications and anticonvulsant medication. medications is a popular choice for doctors to prescribe. medications is an anti-seizure medication that was actually designed to help patients who have epilepsy. However, after much research, medications now is used to help treat fibromyalgia as an off-label use. Common side effects should not become bothersome or persistent. While many people are able to take medications with little to no side effects, medications is chemical in nature and can easily cause just as many side effects as any other medications.
Aid Through Stopping Deficiencies
Instead of risking your health by using a drug to cure fibro pain and symptoms which can easily cause plenty of unwanted side effects, you can take a number of supplements to help the symptoms go away. Research has proven that many fibro sufferers have certain supplemental deficiencies which are prone to increase the intensity of the fibro syndrome. Here are a few of them:
- 5-HTP – Studies 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.
- 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.
- Fish Oil – Oil from a fish 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.