Medications Verses Herbal Supplements
The prescription medications are used to bring pain under control, improve sleep, increase energy and help improve the mood of fibromyalgia sufferers. 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. A long list of side effects can accompany the use of medications such as:
Common Side Effects:
- Decrease in sexual desire
- Difficulty with coordination
- Dry Mouth
- Unpleasant Taste
Working with a medical professional can help decrease the chances of the following severe complications.
Severe Side Effects:
- Difficulty Breathing
- Tightness in the chest
- Swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
- Unusual Hoarseness
- Aggressive Behavior
- Breast Growth
- Chest Pain
- Memory Problems (example: amnesia)
- Mental or mood changes
- Painful menstrual periods
- Severe mood swings
- Suicidal thoughts
- Swelling of hands or feet
- Symptoms of infection (examples: fever, sore throat, sinus or chest congestion)
- Unusual or disturbing thoughts
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.
A Natural Approach For The Safer Plan
The prescription medications used for the treatment of Fibromyalgia are Analgesics, Antidepressants, as well as Anti-seizure drugs. However, many of these prescription medications have negative side effects that are far too numerous to list that accompany them. So while a patient may begin to find some relief in regards to their pain, they are bombarded by other problems and issues that are sourced from the prescription medications they are taking for their pain relief. There are alternatives to prescription medications that have proven very successful for the relief of those who suffer from Fibromyalgia.
The most commonly used supplements for Fibromyalgia treatment are:
Vitamin D – Research has shown that Vitamin D can help with the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. In fact, one specific study shows that individuals who suffer from Fibromyalgia have lower levels of Vitamin D, thus increasing Vitamin D can help to lessen the symptoms caused by Fibromyalgia.
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).
Capsaicin – When Capsaicin is used on the tender points of a person who suffers from Fibromyalgia a decrease in pain has been notated in some research.
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.
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.
B- Complex Vitamins – All of the B- Complex vitamins (Folic Acid, Riboflavin, and Thiamine) can help to lessen inflammation that often causes the painful symptoms, these vitamins can also help to maintain muscle tone which is an added bonus to those with Fibromyalgia.
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.
Brown Seaweed Extract – Research is proving that Brown Seaweed extract (a supplement) is proving highly successful in the fight against chronic pain. Studies have shown 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 beginning treatment.