Fibromyalgia Strategies for a Pain Free Life

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Fri. Oct. 28, 2011

(NaturalHealth365) Fibro strategies for a Pain free life means addressing the cause. This means some real detective work. Fibromyalgia is a condition crying out for a natural solution. The profound impact that this condition has on overall health calls for more than medication.

Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a condition of sore muscles and increased sensitivity to pain. The official diagnosis requires that at least 11 of 18 designated tender points be extremely sensitive to pressure induced pain. These pressure points seem to be crucial for a diagnosis.

Fibromyalgia patients suffer from constant pain, interrupted sleep, constant fatigue, sore and weak muscles, headaches, irritable bowel, anxiety, and depression. It is mostly diagnosed in females, aged 20 to 50 years of age. Until the pharmaceutical companies found a drug for fibromyalgia, most doctors thought of this as a non-existent condition.

Pharmaceuticals

Antidepressants and analgesic drugs are prescribed for fibro symptoms. Analgesics are just another word for painkillers. These range from over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen to prescription drugs. Sometimes stronger narcotic drugs are prescribed. However, there is no real evidence that narcotics actually work on alleviating the chronic pain of fibromyalgia.

When pain is the primary symptom and often times it is, then a prescription may include an anticonvulsant, along with the pain reliever and antidepressant. Lyrica is an anticonvulsant and the first medication approved by the FDA specifically for fibromyalgia pain.

The list of medications reads like a novel: Cymbalta an antidepressant approved by the FDA to treat fibromyalgia pain, Paxil and Zoloft for sleep, overall wellbeing and pain relief, Amtril. Also, Elavil and other trycyclic antidepressants are often prescribed for fibromyalgia. Many people don’t like the side effects of tricyclic anti-depressants such as weight gain, dizziness and fatigue.

Even with all these drugs, complete relief from fibromyalgia pain isn’t always possible.The only real solution is in finding the cause.

Hypothyroidism

Low thyroid function is a concern, since most people find relief by restoring normal thyroid function. Treating hypothyroidism has been firmly associated with improvement in sleep, fatigue, pain, intestinal problems, depression, anxiety levels, and overall well being. It is increasingly clear that there is a connection.

More women than men suffer from both hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia. The symptoms of fibromyalgia and hypothyroidism overlap. Fatigue, brain fog, depression, digestive issues, and muscle weakness accompanies both conditions.

There are some studies supporting the connection between thyroid resistance and fibro symptoms. Fibromyalgia is considered a metabolic condition by a growing number of alternative medical practitioners.

Vitamin D

There is a link between fibromyalgia and a vitamin D deficiency. It is already known that muscular pain and weakness in fibro patients can be a sign of a vitamin D deficiency.

There are some studies that show fibromyalgia sufferers have deficiencies of calcium and serotonin. Vitamin D helps create serotonin, which is the feel good hormone. Serotonin helps with sleep, brain fog, depression and anxiety.

Vitamin D is essential; it helps your body absorb calcium, which helps your muscles relax. Research over the past few years from places like the Mayo Clinic have identified a relationship between low levels of vitamin D and pain.

Ribose

D-Ribose is a 5-carbon sugar (unlike 6-carbon glucose sugar) directly involved in the production of “ATP,” the fuel that every cell in the body uses for its energy production. D-Ribose doesn’t raise blood sugar; rather it’s directly converted to ATP.

Supplementing with D-Ribose has led to significant improvement in fibromyalgia patients. It has been found, patients with fibromyalgia reach the anaerobic threshold in their muscles earlier. This means they are using less of the available energy. Ribose increases the muscle energy pool, which reduces the metabolic strain in affected muscles and allows patients to assume a more active lifestyle.
Restoring Your Health

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a powerful antioxidant that helps with restoring energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is deficient in people with both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Physical activity provides pain relief and improves sleep. There have been testimonials touting the benefits of a raw vegetarian diet, consisting of vegetable juicing, fruits, seeds, and barley grass juice. Restoring key metabolic functions and nourishing the body may put an end to fibromyalgia pain.

About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.

Comments

  • Stacy

    Thanks for sharing this article. For those of us with fibromyalgia this information is very helpful.


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