Managing Your Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a condition that most certainly has peeks and lows; however the important thing to remember is that once a person is diagnosed with Fibromyalgia they must learn to deal with this on a daily basis. While there is currently no cure for Fibromyalgia, these individuals must learn to properly manage the condition of Fibromyalgia by using daily management techniques that will aid in them achieving a better quality of life with fewer symptoms.
There is no one size fits all approach to Fibromyalgia management. It is important for individuals to understand that Fibromyalgia relief comes on a personal level so they must be able to find the best form of treatment that provides relief for them. Some of the common management techniques for providing Fibromyalgia relief are the ones that have been proven in studies and research, but Fibromyalgia sufferers should be willing to do their own research and find the best management for relief that works for them.
Modern Medicine – The modern medicine approach to daily management for Fibromyalgia is the use of specific prescription medications such as Analgesics, Antidepressants, as well as Anti-seizure drugs. However while many of these prescriptions do provide some type of symptoms relief from the Fibromyalgia, they also commonly tack on negative symptoms or side effects that the individual must deal with.
Nutrition – Research has shown that specific foods can either aid in lessening the symptoms of Fibromyalgia or exacerbate the symptoms. This is not a magical approach to daily management of Fibromyalgia; however there is some common sense involved which proves that certain foods do affect certain conditions more or less than other foods. Some of the specific foods which should be avoided as well as some of the foods which seem to aid in providing relief are:
- Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants and phytochemicals which can be of significance to helping to lessen some of the symptoms like obesity, IBS, or autoimmune disorders which many individuals with Fibromyalgia also come across.
- Lean protein, in addition to reduced carbohydrate ingestion, can provide assistance to keeping glucose levels under control which in turn can keep fatigue levels from increasing.
- Foods that are high in Omega 3 or good fats such as fish or walnuts contain chemicals that can reduce problems with inflammation; this is great news for any problems with joint issues or muscle inflammation that is associated with Fibromyalgia.
- Caffeine should be avoided. It has been known to exacerbate the difficulties linked with Fibromyalgia because caffeine is known to give that extra “boost” to help relieve fatigue but then once the caffeine wears off it can trigger headaches as well as interfere with sleep problems which are negatives in individuals suffering from Fibromyalgia.
- Additives, such as preservatives or colorings are another problem which has a tendency to negatively affect individuals with Fibromyalgia as well as exacerbate symptoms.
- Artificial Sweeteners that use aspartame or saccharine (both chemical bases) also tend to negatively impact individuals with Fibromyalgia.
Supplements – Supplements, vitamins, and herbal ingredients all play a vital role in the overall health of the body. Research has shown that not only does overall health and nutrition benefit Fibromyalgia sufferers, but the addition of some specific supplements can in fact provide additional relief from some symptoms. Some of the specific supplements which have been proven to aid in providing relief for Fibromyalgia sufferers are:
- Vitamin D – Research has shown that Vitamin D can help with the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. In fact, one study shows that Fibromyalgia sufferers have lower levels of Vitamin D. So, increasing Vitamin D can help to lessen the symptoms.
- Fish Oil – Has omega-3 fatty acids which are known as an anti-inflammatory property which makes it an excellent source for reducing the pain of Fibromyalgia.
- SAMe – Is required for immune function and plays a key role in the forming of cartilage and DNA. Research shows that SAMe can lessen the symptoms of chronic pain as well as boost an individual’s spirits (good for individual’s experiencing depression).
- Ribose – Fibromyalgia is often exacerbated by tight muscles. Ribose can help to ease this pain because Ribose can help to loosen those muscles and help improve the devastating symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
- Magnesium – Aids in relief from Fibromyalgia because when taken as an additional supplement it aids in reducing 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 causes painful symptoms, these vitamins can also help to maintain muscle tone which is an added bonus Fibromyalgia sufferers.
- 5-HTP – Studies show that individuals who suffer from Fibromyalgia reported a significant decrease in their tender points as well as the amount of pain they were experiencing on a daily basis when 5-HTP was used. Other benefits noted were improvements in sleep, morning stiffness, anxiety, as well as fatigue.
- Brown Seaweed Extract – Research is demonstrating that Brown Seaweed extract is highly successful in the battle against chronic pain. Studies show 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 treatment.
Exercise – Again the overall health of an individual will only improve the odds for daily management of their Fibromyalgia. Exercise, when completed properly and carefully for Fibromyalgia sufferers, can help to keep the joints and muscles loose and aids in reducing stiffness that is commonly associated with Fibromyalgia.
Other Therapies – It is important for Fibromyalgia sufferers to keep an open mind and remember that the condition of Fibromyalgia is one that has only recently been recognized within the medical community. The multifaceted approach for daily management is finding what works for specifically for providing relief among each individual Fibromyalgia sufferer. Other therapies such as physiotherapy, tai chi, yoga, relaxations techniques, massage, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and homeopathy therapies have all been proven to help provide relief for Fibromyalgia sufferers.