Pain Of Fibromyalgia Creeping Up Everywhere
Unlike most chronic conditions fibromyalgia is not limited to one set place on the body. Fibromyalgia is characterized by one thing – pain. More than twelve million people have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and each of them are forced to live with widespread musculoskeletal pain which often goes hand in hand with extreme moments of fatigue, memory difficulties and fluctuating mood swings and behaviors.
So How Does One Treat Their Fibromyalgia Pain?
Treating fibromyalgia can be done through two treatment approaches. The first treatment approach is through the use of prescription medications such as:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Anti-depressant medications
- Muscle relaxant medications
The prescription medications are used to bring pain under control, improve sleep, increase energy and help improve the mood of fibromyalgia sufferers.
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.
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. Examples of anticonvulsants are medications and anticonvulsant medication.
Two common anti-depressants that are often prescribed by doctors for those that suffer from fibromyalgia would include depression meds and antidepressant medications. These two medications are able to decrease pain for fibromyalgia. They can also help increase energy, decrease anxiety, help with alertness and improve depression. depression meds and antidepressant medications are not typically used for fibromyalgia patients who have been clinically depressed. During the medication study, researchers followed patients for six months, so they are still unsure on how well depression meds and antidepressant medications will work for long term use.
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. sleep medications is one of those medications that can help relax the muscles.
The Problem With A Medicated Approach
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.
Common Side Effects:
- Decreased sexual desire or ability
- Dry Mouth
- Increased Sweating
- Loss of Appetite
- Sore Throat
- Trouble Sleeping
Severe Side Effects:
- Difficulty Breathing
- Tightness in the chest
- Swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
- Unusual hoarseness
- Bizarre Behavior
- Bloody or black, tarry stools
- Blurred Vision
- Dark Urine
- Decreased Concentration
- Decreased Coordination
- Excessive Sweating
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Fever or chills
- Memory Loss
- Mouth sores or ulcers
- New or worsening metal or mood changes (examples: aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, depression, hostility, impulsiveness, irritability, panic attacks and restlessness)
- Pale Stools
- Red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- Ringing in the ears
- Severe or persistent dizziness or headache
- Severe or persistent nausea
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Severe or persistent tiredness or weakness
- Severe or persistent trouble sleeping
- Stiff Muscles
- Stomach Pain
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts
- Trouble urinating or change in the amount of urine produced
- Usual bruising or bleeding
- Unusual weakness
- Vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
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. Natural fibromyalgia treatments would include the use of acupuncture, chiropractic care and even aromatherapy to bring about a sense of calm to a painfully chaotic condition.
Acupuncture as a therapy originated as traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patents of energy that flow through the body are and essential to total body health. Acupuncture uses stimulation of specific acu-points on the skin by inserting needles that range in length from 1 cm to 10 cm. A typical treatment involves the use of 5 to 15 needles and the generally the acu-points vary during each treatment session.
Coping with fibromyalgia is particularly difficult because the symptoms are invisible as well as chronic and a person can’t simply “get over” fibromyalgia with the passage of neither time nor wishful thinking, no matter how much they may want to. So therefore, among other alternative methods, aromatherapy promises to help fibromyalgia sufferers decrease their pain, while improving their mood and outlook on life.