Medications, Not The Best Decision
The pain that comes with a condition such as fibromyalgia is intense and can leave an individual struggling to maintain a normal lifestyle. The pain of fibromyalgia can be felt in eighteen places on the body. The pain can begin in one small area such as the thigh and by the end of the day the pain could have spread to encompass the whole leg. When living with fibromyalgia something as simple as walking to the bathroom can become painful and difficult. Each morning fibromyalgia suffers wake to stiff muscles that take hours to loosen so he or she can operate on a functioning basis.
Treating fibromyalgia is a must do. Choosing not to treat will only increase the painful symptoms connected with fibromyalgia and possibly cause the individual to lose his or her ability to move as the muscle and joints continue to stiffen and lose their ability maintain movement. There is no known cure for fibromyalgia so treatment is the next step upon being diagnosed. There are two approaches to treatment the first being the use of prescription medications and the second is the use of natural means such as aromatherapy, acupuncture, massage and supplements.
The First Approach
The first approach is the use of prescription medications. Medications may be a common treatment choice but that does not make them a safe one. Medications such as the ones we are about to look at have been known to cause severe and even life threatening complications. Medications are to never be used out from under the care of a medical professional. Below you will see several of the most common forms of medications prescribed to suffering fibromyalgia patients and a list of symptoms that come with their usage. Prescription medications are used to bring pain under control, improve sleep, increase energy and help improve the mood of fibromyalgia sufferers the most common would include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Anti-depressant medications
- Muscle relaxant medications
Anti-inflammatory medications are available both as prescriptions and over-the-counter. These prescription medications can help reduce the pain that fibromyalgia sufferers go through as a result of excessive physical activity among other conditions. However, because of the side effects those anti-inflammatory medications have on the lining of the stomach they should only be taken as needed and when absolutely necessary.
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.
Anti-depressants that are often prescribed by doctors for those that suffer from fibromyalgia. These medications are able to decrease the pain of fibromyalgia. They can also help increase energy, decrease anxiety, help with alertness and improve depression.
Muscle relaxant medications
Patients with fibromyalgia pain are sometimes prescribed muscle relaxants. The medicine does not appear to really relax muscles but does reduce muscle pain. These medications are typically taken in the evening because they cause drowsiness.
Side Effects To Be Aware Of
The following are just a few of the side effects that have been known to develop in those using medications:
- Difficulty Breathing
- Tightness in the chest
- Swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
- Unusual hoarseness
- Burning, numbness or tingling of the hands, feet or skin
- Chest Pain
- Fast or Irregular Heartbeat
- Fever, chills or persistent sore throat
- Inability to control urination
- Loss of Coordination
- Memory Loss
- Muscle aches, pain, tenderness or weakness (especially if it occurs with fever or general feeling of discomfort)
- New or unusual skin sores
- New or worsening mental state or mood changes (examples: anxiety, depression, restlessness, irritability, panic attacks, feeling “high,” behavior changes, suicidal thoughts or attempts)
- New or worsening seizures
- Reddened, blistered, swollen or peeling skin
- Shortness of breath or wheezing
- Speaking problems
- Sudden unexplained weight gain
- Swelling of the hands, feet or ankles
- Trouble Sleeping
- Trouble Walking
- Unusual Bruising or bleeding
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
- Vision Changes
Medications are not always the safest treatment decision, if you have concerns about the side effects connected with the use of medications speak with your medical professional about a safer and more natural treatment option.