Fibromyalgia (FM)is a condition that causes musculoskeletal pain, localized tenderness and fatigue. This can lead to other symptoms such as
- low concentration levels
The key to successful treatment and fibromyalgia relief is to treat the pain and fatigue. There are a number of fibromyalgia solutions and fibromyalgia pain treatment solutions available.
Doctors may recommend over the counter relief such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen and other standard pain relief medicines, which can help to reduce inflammation as well as reduce muscular aches. Both of these can aid with sleep. Pain while in bed causes a lack of sleep which can just prolong the problem.
Although these can have unwanted side effects such as weight gain, nausea and a loss of sexual drive. Antidepressants can help to ease pain and fatigue and you should consult your doctor to see if this really is a suitable fibromyalgia solution for you.
Anticonvulsants medication which is used to prevent seizures can also be used for pain reduction. These again come with possible side effects such as dizziness, weight gain, swellings and a dry mouth.
Yoga and Exercise
There has been a lot of research on the use of Yoga and other physical exertion therapies in the field of fibromyalgia pain treatment. Research has shown that FM sufferers who participated in Yoga classes progressed with an improved mood showing less pain and fatigue. The practise increases muscle strength and different relaxation techniques as well as meditation. Good instructors can also tailor the classes and movements to help with your particular needs.
There are some processed foods that contain what is called Glutamate. This flavour enhancer acid is found in many processed foods and has been found to excite nerve cells. If you are an FM sufferer, try to avoid foods that are labelled with monosodium glutamate as well as Aspartate (an artificial sweetener). These have been found to excite the nerve endings which can cause pain.
Eating a healthy diet can protect your nerve cells from excitotoxins. Fruits and vegetables provide high levels of vitamin C and fish like salmon is rich in Vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids. All of these help to protect against glutamate toxicity. Greens, whole grains and nuts contain Magnesium which can also help reduce that toxicity.
Although studies have shown that if a family member has FM, you are eight times more likely to develop it yourself, it is usually developed through stress. Therefore, try to avoid stressful situations at work, with a life balance that is fun and fulfilling. This will be a great way to avoid developing FM. Get yourself out into the world to meet friends and family and associate yourself with those that make you happy.
Massage can be a great de-stressor and a trained massage therapist can help focus on the neck or shoulders to put pressure on the affected areas to give the best fibromyalgia relief from pain symptoms.