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...
When you hear the word fibromyalgia, you think of pain. Although there are other symptoms that usually accompany the pain, it is the pain that is the primary symptom of FM. In fact, it is the only symptom used in the original diagnostic criteria established by the American College of Rheumatology in 1990. The proposed new diagnostic criteria does take other symptoms into consideration but pain is still the main requirement.
So how do we cope with the pain of FM? The first fibromyalgia treatment option most people turn to is medication. While medication can definitely make a difference in reducing pain, it is seldom the only treatment we need to control our pain. There are a wide range of other therapies available that can have a positive impact in reducing FM pain.
Today I'd like to give you a brief review of both the medications and the other treatment options available to help with FM pain. There will be links to more in-depth articles about each. Then at the end, I'd ...
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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