Sifting Through All Of The Treatment Plans For Fibromyalgai
Everyone remembers being a kid and sitting in the sandbox on the playground or sitting beachside and sifting through the sand while making a sandcastle to pass the time. While that form of sifting can be quite enjoyable and bring back fond memories, the kind of sifting that is often done when trying to figure out which of the many different treatment options will work best for Fibromyalgai relief can become simply overwhelming and very much non-enjoyable. Chronic pain (which is a classic symptom of Fibromyalgia) can be extremely difficult to beat, and finding the best treatment plan that will work on a personal basis is what is needed for individual Fibromyalgia relief.
When it comes to treating Fibromyalgia often times the first line of defense that physicians will recommend is the use of prescription medications. The main symptoms that the prescription medications try to relieve symptoms from are the pain and overwhelming fatigue that Fibromyalgai patients suffer from. Because there are many different symptoms which present with the condition of Fibromyalgai sometimes the prescription medications cover a catch all approach to treatment. If for instance the symptoms are mild then sometimes over the counter medications like acetaminophen can help to elevate the pain threshold thus allowing the Fibromyalgia suffer to perceive that they are experiencing less pain. Another option for mild symptoms would be the use of NSAIDs such as aspirin, naproxen, or ibuprofen. However, NSAIDs do not usually work for providing Fibromyalgai relief when taken alone.
When symptoms of Fibromyalgai become more severe then the use of prescription medications are commonly advised by physicians. The commonly used prescription medications for Fibromyalgia treatment are:
- Muscle Relaxers – Muscle relaxants, for example cyclobenzaprine, have been used to help treat Fibromyalgia by aiding in decreasing muscle tension as well as helping to improve sleep. Muscle relaxants work to help the brain relax the muscles of the body. However, some of the negative side effects of muscle relaxants are dry mouth, drowsiness, dizziness, clumsiness, blurred vision, unsteadiness, as well as a change in the color of the urine. Muscle relaxants can also increase the likelihood of seizures or hallucinations and should be used with caution.
- Anticonvulsants – is another form of medical treatment that is commonly used for relief of Fibromyalgai symptoms. One example would be medications, which affects the chemicals in the brain that send pain signals to the nervous system, thus decreasing symptoms of pain and fatigue. Another commonly used anticonvulsant is the prescription for gabapentin. Some of the side effects that are common with the use of anticonvulsants are vomiting, nausea, constipation, or blood count and liver function, as well as issues with alertness and balance, speech problems, slurring of words, confusion, nervousness, and headaches.
- Antidepressants – are another form of prescription medications used for helping Fibromyalgia sufferers find symptom relief. Antidepressants can aid in relieving pain that is commonly associated with Fibromyalgia as well as helping to improve deep and restorative sleep. These forms of medication work to balance serotonin and other brain chemicals that are involved in the processing of pain. Side effects of antidepressants can include weight gain, dizziness, as well as fatigue.
- Analgesics – these forms of medications are used primarily for pure pain relief. Some of the commonly used analgesics for Fibromyalgia pain relief are those that contain an opioid, such as codeine, or hydrocodone. A few of the known analgesics used for Fibromyalgai pain are Darvocet, OxyContin, or Percocet as well as Duragesic. Analgesics can include side effects such as drowsiness, constipation, vomiting, dry mouth, nausea, as well as itching or feelings of confusion.
If perhaps reading through the common listings of prescription medications that are used for providing symptom relief from Fibromyalgia is somewhat depressing, don’t be alarmed. While physicians may not necessarily promote them, there are alternative options for finding Fibromyalgai relief. Some of the options which do not have negative side effects and are considered alternative treatments for Fibromyalgai relief are acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic care, biofeedback, as well as relaxation techniques such as yoga and Tai Chi.
Yet another option that has no known side effects yet provides relief from Fibromyalgia is the use of supplements. Research about Fibromyalgai has proven that supplements can in fact provide symptom relief while being a much healthier option than prescription medications. Some of the most commonly used supplements for Fibromyalgia treatment are Vitamin D, Fish Oil, SAMe, Magnesium, B-Complex Vitamins, Brown Seaweed Extract, as well as 5-HTP.