When You Find Yourself Unsure
Feeling unsure about the suggested plan for treating your fibromyalgia pain? Fibromyalgia is a painfully chronic condition that is still being researched. There is much about this condition that medical professionals are still unclear on, however advancements have been made in regards to treatments used to help ease the pain that fibromyalgia can bring. Fibromyalgia sends pains through the soft tissues that surround the joints and muscles. Pain will start in one area such as the knee and overtime will spread out until it encompasses the whole leg.
Fibromyalgia pain if left to run amuck will overtime create many limitations and has been known to debilitate. More than twelve million people have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and each of them are forced to live with widespread musculoskeletal pain which often goes hand in hand with extreme moments of fatigue, memory difficulties and fluctuating mood swings and behaviors. Complications such as the ones listed give cause for immediate attention. Treating fibromyalgia can be done in a variety of different ways but is every suggested and encouraged treatment safe?
What Is Commonly Suggested
Though they may have your best interest at heart medical professionals do not always stop to think about the many complications that could arise as a result of using their number one treatment plan – prescription medications. Fibromyalgia patients can take a preventative type medication that will help reduce the amount of symptoms experienced. However, there are not any prescription medications that are specifically designed to help with fibromyalgia symptoms. Prescription medications are used to bring pain under control, improve sleep, increase energy and help improve the mood of fibromyalgia sufferers. Medication classifications that are often used to treat fibromyalgia would include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Anti-depressant medications
- Muscle relaxant medications
Medications should be used as a last resort method for treatment and not before one tries the safe supplemental approach to relieving their fibromyalgia pain and symptoms. Supplements such as Vitamin D and Fish Oil can bring about relief without worry of health risks and complications.
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.