The Number One Resource
What is the number one treatment fibromyalgia sufferers take advantage of? If you guessed prescription medication than you would be correct. When it comes to treating a mysterious condition such as fibromyalgia, selecting a treatment option can be a bit tricky so it is important that the fibromyalgia patient take his or her time and seek the advice and counsel of a medical professional before attempting to treat their condition on their own. The options are prescription based or natural methods. Both treatment choices can and will help fibromyalgia patients find relief; however, there are differences between the two and the differences can have a profound effect on the fibromyalgia patients overall health and wellbeing.
Prescription medications are used to bring pain under control, improve sleep, increase energy and help improve the mood of fibromyalgia sufferers, however they can bring about serious and life threatening complications and side effects such as:
Common Side Effects Include:
- Blurred Vision
- Changes in sexual function
- Dry Mouth
- Increased Appetite
- Stomach Pain
- Trouble Concentrating
- Weight Gain
Severe Side Effects Include:
- Difficulty Breathing
- Tightness in the chest
- Swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
- Unusual hoarseness
- Burning, numbness or tingling of the hands, feet or skin
- Chest Pain
- Fast or Irregular Heartbeat
- Fever, chills or persistent sore throat
- Inability to control urination
- Loss of Coordination
- Memory Loss
- Muscle aches, pain, tenderness or weakness (especially if it occurs with fever or general feeling of discomfort)
- New or unusual skin sores
- New or worsening mental state or mood changes (examples: anxiety, depression, restlessness, irritability, panic attacks, feeling “high,” behavior changes, suicidal thoughts or attempts)
- New or worsening seizures
- Reddened, blistered, swollen or peeling skin
- Shortness of breath or wheezing
- Speaking problems
- Sudden unexplained weight gain
- Swelling of the hands, feet or ankles
- Trouble Sleeping
- Trouble Walking
- Unusual Bruising or bleeding
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
- Vision Changes
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.
Safer Equals Better
There are alternatives to prescription medications that have proven very successful for the relief of those who suffer from Fibromyalgia and that would be the use of herbal supplements. Herbal supplements offer good health to those with intense fibromyalgia pains without risking his or her health. The most commonly used supplements for Fibromyalgia treatment are:
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.
Fish Oil – Has omega-3 fatty acids which are known to be an anti-inflammatory which makes it an excellent source for reducing the pain associated with 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).
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.
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.
B- Complex Vitamins – All of the B- Complex vitamins (Folic Acid, Riboflavin, and Thiamine) can help to lessen inflammation that often causes the painful symptoms, these vitamins can also help to maintain muscle tone which is an added bonus to those with Fibromyalgia.
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.
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.