When All Things Considered
When all things considered which fibromyalgia treatment is the safest approach? Take your time and consider the various methods, approaches and types then cross-examine them with how your body would hold up if the particular treatment being considered was used full time. There are many different forms of fibromyalgia treatment some of which are safer than others and it is up to the patient seeking treatment to do his or her homework to unveil or uncover which treatment is going to be the most effective and safest to use.
The leading treatment approach currently would be the use of prescription medications. Medical professionals tend to prescribe one of the following four medications to help ease fibromyalgia pain and symptoms.
1. Anti-inflammatory medications
2. Anti-depressant medications
4. Muscle relaxant medications
Prescription medications are used to bring pain under control, improve sleep, increase energy and help improve the mood of fibromyalgia sufferers. However prescription medications are not designed to be used long term or as the only form of treatment and here are the reasons why:
Common side effects of medications include:
- Blurred Vision
- Changes in sexual function
- Dry Mouth
- Increased Appetite
- Stomach Pain
- Trouble Concentrating
- Weight Gain
Severe side effects of prescription medications 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
Consider This Instead
To avoid such adverse side effects one could consider the use of the following supplements:
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).
Capsaicin – When Capsaicin is used on the tender points of a person who suffers from Fibromyalgia a decrease in pain has been notated in some research.
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.