If you have fibromyalgia and are facing a surgical procedure, you may be more concerned than the average patient because you have heard stories about post-operative fibro flares and long, painful recovery periods. While it’s true your recuperation period will likely be a little longer than it would be for most people, there are steps that can be taken to reduce your pain levels and minimize your chances of a severe flare. Take these suggestions with you and discuss each item with both your surgeon and your anesthesiologist at your pre-surgical meeting. Don’t wait until the day of your surgery to bring them up. Ideally make a copy to give to each that can be kept in your file. Do not assume that they know how to deal with fibromyalgia patients. It may not be something they come across very often in their practices. Precautions for Fibromyalgia Patients Having Surgery: Fibromyalgia causes “central sensitization” which results in pain amplification. The ...
The pain of fibromyalgia can be difficult to get under control. For most of us it takes a combination of medication, gentle exercise, complementary/alternative therapies and lifestyle changes to achieve any significant degree of effective pain control. One of the complementary treatment options some FM patients have found helpful is nutritional supplements like vitamins and herbs. There are a number of different reasons you may want to consider supplements:
Prescription drugs just aren't working for you.
You're highly sensitive or even allergic to most medications.
The medications you've tried have too many side effects.
You're looking for a natural alternative to pharmaceutical drugs.
Although your medications may be helping, you're still having quite a bit of pain.
Following are five commonly recommended supplements for fibromyalgia pain: 1) Magnesium & Malic Acid The magnesium/malic acid combo is the first supplement I remember hea...
Since the FDA approval of Lyrica and Cymbalta for the treatment of fibromyalgia, a number of additional medications are also being tested as potential FM treatments. One of those, sodium oxybate (JZP-6), has shown positive preliminary results in the first of two Phase III clinical trials. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study achieved its primary endpoints, demonstrating that sodium oxybate significantly decreased pain and fatigue, and improved daily function, in patients with fibromyalgia. Study Results The 14-week study included 548 adult patients with fibromyalgia randomized to one of three treatment arms: sodium oxybate 4.5 g/night, sodium oxybate 6 g/night or placebo. In the top-line results, a significant number of patients treated with sodium oxybate achieved 30 percent or greater improvement in their pain compared to patients treated with placebo. Of those patients receiving sodium oxybate treatment, 46.2 percent of patients on 4.5 g/night and ...
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