Planning For Sleep And Supplemental Treatments
Planning ahead is a vital lifestyle change if it is not already implemented into your fibromyalgia treatment routine. Life tends to be full of surprise especially when you have fibromyalgia on chronic rotation, so planning your events in advance can help with any rushing around which can make more susceptible to fibromyalgia triggers. Now when you plan these events, they need to be done under the understanding that a fibromyalgia will incapacitate you and make you unable to participate in the said event. Therefore, communication is key when you struggle consistently with fibromyalgia and thinking clearly or forward thinking will give you the upper hand over your fibromyalgia condition. Another important lifestyle change that will make coping with fibromyalgia easier is to accept change. Accepting that your life, activities you enjoyed and other personal interest points may be null and void after you have a fibromyalgia diagnosis. This is because there are some activities or personal preferences that will actually intensify your fibromyalgia condition. Consult with your doctor to determine if there are any other lifestyle changes that need to be made.
Two Recurring Fibro Complications
The two most common side issues of fibromyalgia are restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea. The cause of restless legs syndrome remains mostly a mystery. It is characterized by uncomfortable pins-and-needles sensations in the legs and the irresistible urge to move the legs. Moving the legs seems to temporarily alleviate the intense feelings. However, people with restless legs syndrome tend to get poor sleep in general and to experience severe fatigue like that felt by many people with fibromyalgia. Now, 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 the fibro symptoms persist.
Then Add Migraines On Top
Migraine headaches can be debilitating and only add to the limitations and the frustration that comes with fibromyalgia. A migraine headache if felt on a reoccurring basis is known as a neurological condition and can cause and create chemical changes in the body that produce further symptoms. As a migraine develops the blood vessels in the brain begin to expand and their expansion causes harmful chemicals to be released into the brain which in return causes the brains arteries to come under attack. The brains arteries only line of defense is to release symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, blurred vision and diarrhea. Ginger root is a powerful supplement that can stop the nausea, vomiting and other gastrointestinal issues that come with migraines. Supplements are a good form of treatment and are for the most part safe from the patient to use continuously. Here are some other supplements that can help you find relief from your fibro pain and symptoms:
¨ 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.
¨ Chlorella – This is a supplement which can help to significantly improve the symptoms that Fibromyalgia sufferers commonly face. Chlorella has been suggested to help increase energy and help to reduce muscle pain.
¨ Magnesium – Studies have shown that 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.
¨ 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
¨ Vitamin C – Vitamins C can help to protect the muscles form free radical induced damage, reduces inflammation and helps to support the immune system, which are all important aspects of overall health for the Fibromyalgia sufferer.