Should Be Forbidden
With all the hype right now about more gun control policies and bans it might seem odd to compare gun control to the medications used to treat fibromyalgia, but we are going to. The reason for tighter polices and stricter laws is to help keep people safe correct? Well the same rule should apply with the over use or over prescribed medications. One of the leading issues here is the states is the overuse of prescription medications, yet no one seems to be beating down the presidents door overly concerned about this issue and the sad thing is more people die at the hands of medication than guns every year.
Do not get me wrong and assume I am against all medications prescribed by a medical professional, because I am not, but what I am against is the use of medications for any and every form of ailment that there is when there are safer ways to treat it. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that severely aggravates the muscles and soft tissues of the body making walking and daily existence difficult causing one suffering with this condition to want a quick form of relief and they hope to find it in the form of a pill.
The Problem Lies Where?
Medical professionals have the desire to help their patients find relief from their chronic pain, however the constant prescribing of prescription medications can do more harm than good. Medications used to treat the pain and symptoms of fibromyalgia can ease the pain and discomfort for some but at what cost?
Prescription medications are used to bring pain under control, improve sleep, increase energy and help improve the mood of fibromyalgia sufferers. While doctors can use a whole range of medications, we are going to discuss the four most commonly prescribed medications.
- 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 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.
STOP And Think
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. 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.