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 ...
For many years fibromyalgia has been considered something of a mystery, confounding the doctors who are trying to treat it and the patients who have to live with it. Only recently has new technology begun to unravel the truths about this mysterious disorder. As a result of this previous lack of scientific evidence, several myths about fibromyalgia have developed that, unfortunately, are still being repeated today. It’s time to dispel the myths and clarify the facts. 1. Myth: Fibromyalgia is a form of arthritis. Fact: Fibromyalgia is a neurological disease. Although it was once thought that fibromyalgia might be a form of arthritis, research over the past 10+ years has proven that to be false. Arthritis is defined as an inflammation of the joints, but there is no inflammation with FM, nor is there any damage to the joints. A fibromyalgia patient may have a type of arthritis (like osteoar...
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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