It’s A Syndrome, Not An Sickness
When you think of the word “fibromyalgia,” you might think that someone has a head cold making a loud noise or used some swear words but technically, fibromyalgia is a real issue and causes problems for more than 12 million Americans every year. Fibromyalgia is one of those syndromes that unfortunately have no cure; although many studies has been done on the topic, medical professionals still disagree on how to lessen the symptoms and issues that come with this painful condition. 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 anguish 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.
Approaching Things Safely
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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Magnesium – 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. Studies have actually shown that fibro victims have lower magnesium levels than normal individuals.
Exercising The Fibro Demons
When I found out that exercise, not popping pills, was a more effective way to combat fibromyalgia, it took me by surprise. 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. If you prefer not to walk, then try using a bike. Bicycling is safest when using a stationary bike to reduce any risk of falling; plus, it is important to start slow with and gradually move up the amount of time spent bicycling until the fibromyalgia sufferer is able to ride for approximately an hour. After an hour becomes easier, then they can set mileage goals.
Swimming is also a low impact exercise. It is suggested to start treading water for a few minutes, and then build up from there. After treading water becomes easier, the fibromyalgia sufferer should move up to swimming laps for about 30 minutes. Water aerobics are also a good idea for fibromyalgia sufferers. Another good low impact exercise is strength training; it is typically added to an existing exercise program. Fibromyalgia sufferers should use really light weights and be very careful because using too much weight or performing improper movements can cause injury or additional soreness.