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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 ...
If you are reading this, someone close to you lives with and suffers from fibromyalgia (FM). Since FM is invisible, many find it hard to believe that it is a real illness or that anyone could really hurt that much all the time. Unfortunately, this is one of the main reasons that fibromyalgia is so often misunderstood, misdiagnosed and not properly treated. Fibromyalgia is a central nervous system disorder that has three primary components: pain, fatigue and sleep problems. (1) Pain – The pain may vary in intensity and location, but it is present most, if not all, of the time. (2) Fatigue – The fatigue is not like the tiredness you might feel after working too hard or overdoing it on a sports field. It's a pervasive, all-encompassing exhaustion – like someone pulled the plug on your energy source. (3) Sleep – The person with FM usually has difficulty sleeping. And even when they do finally sleep, they...
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...
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