Fibromyalgia – Are There Any Natural Cures/Treatment?
Fibromyalgia (formerly fibrositis) is often a long-term condition without any external signs but involving very real pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons, chronic fatigue and various points on the body that are extremely tender.
It is a condition that is quite common -1 in 50 people around the world may be experiencing this disease. It is more often found in women and generally occurs in the age range of 30-60 years, but can be seen in both younger and older persons as well.
The symptoms of fibromyalgia vary from person to person but the main ones experienced are muscular pain, disturbance in sleeping patterns and severe tiredness. While these elements singly are not considered to be disabling, the long-term aspect, the acuteness of the pain and the chronic fatigue can make this a real disability for some people.
Other symptoms involved may include:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),
- Poor circulation, with numbness and tingling in hands and feet,
- Irritability, feeling down or even depression,
- Lack of concentration and forgetfulness,
- Extreme physical sensitivity,
- An urgent and frequent need to urinate.
Studies done on people with Fibromyalgia Syndrome have shown that there is a very direct correlation between the physical, mental and emotional aspects of an individual with this disease. For sufferers, the amount of pain they feel is directly related to how they feel emotionally. For example, if their stress or anxiety levels are up, their pain levels will also be up.
While there is no known cause or any known cure, treatment for the condition can include medication such as painkillers, anti-depressants, sleeping aids, muscle relaxants, anti-convulsants and anti-psychotics. As with all medication, long-term use can cause addiction and various other side effects. Therefore other treatments such as natural cures, may be better options for some people.
Natural cures can consist of herbs and supplements such as:
- S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe)
- 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)
- Capsaicin Cream
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin D
Ways to Help Yourself
Although even’ natural cures’ don’t actually cure fibromyalgia, there is a great deal that sufferers can do to help themselves. Life style changes such as those below, can make a significant difference to their quality of life:
- Exercise Program – People with fibromyalgia who took on a personalized exercise program developed by a professional, which included both aerobic and strengthening exercises, showed considerable improvement in muscle strength, levels of depression, physical disability and general quality of life.
- Good Nutrition – while there is no specific diet that has been shown to help sufferers, maintaining the correct weight level will help to avoid putting further stress on muscles. Being aware of “trigger foods” can help in dealing with IBS and other disorders of the digestive system.
- Relaxation, Sleep and Pacing Oneself – the use of talking therapies, meditation, Tai Chi and other relaxation techniques, coupled with improved sleeping habits and balancing activity with periods of rest can help to manage the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Complementary therapies such as hypnosis, acupuncture, magnet therapy, relaxation techniques and massage can also be helpful in easing pain as well as helping to improve the sufferer’s overall outlook.
However as with all products or methods to deal with pain and illness, always consult
your doctor before starting anything new.
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