5 Supplements for Fibroymalgia Pain
Karen Lee Richards | March 30, 2012
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.
Magnesium and malic acid
The magnesium/malic acid combo is the first supplement I remember hearing about for FM more than 20 years ago. Both magnesium and malic acid are needed to generate cellular energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which has been called the “energy currency of life.”
A number of studies have found that vitamin D plays a role in various chronic pain conditions including fibromyalgia. In fact, one review of vitamin D research found that 70 percent of patients with chronic pain were deficient in vitamin D.
SAM-e (S-adenosyl methionine)
In one double-blind study of 44 patients with primary fibromyalgia who took SAM-e, improvements were seen in the areas of clinical disease activity, pain, fatigue, morning stiffness and mood. For FM patients who are also dealing with depression, clinical trials have shown SAM-e to be comparable to prescription antidepressants.
5-HTP is thought to work by boosting the levels of serotonin in the brain, which is known to be low in many FM patients. In one double-blind, placebo controlled study, people taking 5-HTP showed a significant improvement in pain, number of tender points, stiffness, anxiety, fatigue and sleep.
Several Western medicine studies have shown ginger to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties similar to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, but without the dangerous side effects. Now a new study has shown that it can also effectively relieve muscle aches and pains.