Prescription medications are the natural go to treatment for the serious and painful condition known as fibromyalgia. Prescription medications can be helpful at relieving the pain and symptoms of fibromyalgia but they are not always the safest the treatment choice. Medications such as antidepressant medications, medications and sleep medications come with several severe side effects and can be life threatening if the patient does not seek medical counsel when the severe side effects begin to manifest. Side effects that can be alarming include:
- Severe or persistent headache or dizziness
- Significant weight loss
- Stomach pain
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts
- Unusual bone pain or unexplained swelling
- Tenderness or bruising
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
- Unusual weakness
- Vision changes
To avoid health complications that can come with the use of harmful prescription medications there are several alternatives that can be considered such as acupuncture therapy and herbal supplements. As with many other conditions, often an approach to treatment which uses a combination of options will yield the best result. Some of the options for natural remedies that individuals with Fibromyalgia should be aware of are:
- Massage Therapy – Stress is one of the highest contributing factors to individuals with Fibromyalgia. But stress management, and more specifically the use of massage can greatly reduce some of the symptoms produced by Fibromyalgia.
- Acupuncture Treatments – another form of therapy that can aid in Fibromyalgia relief is the use of acupuncture. This therapy can provide relief from Fibromyalgia for a few days up to a few weeks, depending on the patient.
- Biofeedback – a process in which the individual can begin to gain more control over their nervous system, thus aiding in more relief from the Fibromyalgia. The most common form of Biofeedback used for the treatment of Fibromyalgia is electromyography (also called EMG).
The alternative treatments that have been mentioned have proven very successful for the relief of those who suffer from Fibromyalgia. The most commonly used supplements for Fibromyalgia treatment are:
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.