There is still some disagreement among researchers as to the cause of fibromyalgia. There is, however, little disagreement that for the majority of patients, its onset is triggered by some form of trauma. It may be physical trauma to the body in the form of an injury or illness, or it could be an emotional trauma that produces severe, often prolonged, stress. Current research seems to indicate that some people have a genetic predisposition to fibromyalgia , although the symptom s usually do not show up until triggered by one of these traumas. One theory as to the cause of fibromyalgia that is gaining acceptance is that a trauma or significant stressor turns on an individual’s “fight-or-flight” response. Since this response is designed to help the person function in an emergency situation, it usually only lasts a short time and then turns itself off. But when the stress becomes prolonged, the fight-or-flight response gets stuck in 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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