Pain, Conditions And Helpful Treatments
Fibromyalgia brings with it all sorts of muscle, skeletal and joint pain which don’t seem to let up, so if you are diagnosed, it would be helpful to know you actually do have fibromyalgia and not some other disease or condition. The pain and symptoms of fibromyalgia is most commonly felt in the soft tissue, muscle, tendons and joints. Soft tissue is located in several spots on the body such as: the elbow, neck, back, knees, shins, hips and shoulders. The pain is often felt the most at night and the individual suffering from the pain often struggles to find time to sleep and once he or she finally falls asleep the night is often interrupted from the pain and the fibromyalgia patient wakes up stiff, uncomfortable and just plain miserable the next day.
Don’t Stop Breathing When You’re Sleeping
Many fibromyalgia patients have trouble sleeping. The unfortunate thing about this is that sleeping better could actually improve their symptoms. Sometimes, the pain from fibromyalgia itself could be interfering with sleep. However, there is another condition that can cause sleep problems and tiredness upon waking. Sleep apnea may be the problem keeping you up at night. A person with sleep apnea tends to snore and stop breathing for several seconds or more while asleep, then snorts and gasps for breath. The results are fitful sleep and feeling tired upon waking. Treating the sleep disorder should lead to better sleep, even if FMS symptoms persist.
Treatment Through Exercise
Bicycling is safest to use a stationary bike to reduce any risk of falling which can happen as your balance is affected as a result of fibro. Also, this 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. Strength training is typically added to an existing exercise program. I have always liked pumping some iron but one I tried it when I was sore and it really hurt like in a bad way. 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.
Treatment Via Prescriptions
When endeavoring to fight off fibromyalgia pain, many medical professionals recommend the use of prescription medications which can help minimize the symptoms and effects of the syndrome of fibromyalgia. Though all of these meds were never designed for the treatment of fibromyalgia, they have been used this way because each of them has a distinct symptom or symptoms they can alleviate. Here are two of these meds:
- Anti-Inflammatory 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 one example would be the drug known as pain meds.
- Muscle Relaxant Drugs – 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. sleep medications is one of those medications that can help relax the muscles.
Alternatives To Pills
Now if you are wary about the negative side effects that come with the use of prescription drugs, then you might want to consider an alternative like acupuncture or massage therapy. In fact, research has proven that many fibromyalgia sufferer are actually deficient in many of the below supplements which if they raised those deficiencies, they could possibly minimize the effects fibro symptoms has on them.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).