Fibromyalgia is among the more confounding conditions with chronic pain. Fibromyalgia is still being studied for definitive causes and, as of yet, there is no cure. But neither of these factors mean that you have to live with debilitating chronic pain. Many remedies exist on the market today to fight fibromyalgia pain and other symptoms—and many of them are entirely natural remedies. Alternative remedies are known short and long-term pain relievers. We may know little about fibromyalgia as a condition, but we can tackle the pain it causes with multiple alternative remedies.
Alternative remedies take research and experimentation; some patients are more sensitive to certain remedies over other remedies. Pain can be brutal, but with patience, all suffers can find a solution that works. Let’s look at the top eight alternative remedies for curing fibromyalgia pain:
Both treatments base themselves on scientific truth: stimulating blood flow in even afflicted muscles will burn stress chemicals that make them stiffen, tighten, and cause pain. Yoga and massage therapy should be conducted at regular intervals and may develop into a long-term treatment option. One study shows that, after two months, fibromyalgia patients who attended yoga classes reported less pain and had less cortisol in their bloodstream. Cortisol is a hormone that can be released by the brain, along with adrenaline, in response to stress. Burning these hormones quickly can help relieve pain.
Massage therapy more accurately drains lymph nodes of lymph fluid, which often contain toxic waste. Lymph nodes need active muscles to work properly, and active muscles require optimal blood flow. Studies show that massage therapy works best if consistent.
Yoga, or other light, body temperature-rising exercise, and massage combined will reduce stress chemicals in the body and promote blood flow to loosened muscles. Then, the muscles can burn through toxins and chemicals that could be causing pain. Because fibromyalgia recurs daily, a consistent once-daily regimen of both, over a long period of time, can help ease overall pain.
The body already produces SAMe, or S-adenosylmethoinine, in multiple processes that regulate the body. Studies experimented with SAMe as a method to regulate body pain, or to manage the chemicals that cause pain within the body. While the source of its help is unclear, more users than not report reduced pain and morning stiffness when taken nightly. SAMe comes recommended as a supplement for fibromyalgia patients along with other treatments.
One pivotal study by the American College of Rheumatology assessed fibromyalgia patients for common deficiencies and other symptoms. They discovered that 93% percent of the patients had vitamin D deficiencies. This can be caused for a variety of reasons and can also cause a wide variety of other problems. Low vitamin D levels contribute to anxiety and depression, common mental illnesses for people with chronic pain.
Some foods contain vitamin D, like oily fish and its omega-3 fatty acids, eggs and some root vegetables. Spending time outdoors in sunlight can both stimulate vitamin D production in the body and raise the core body temperature, promoting blood flow and easing muscle pain. While no link exists between the pain, specifically, and lack of vitamin D, it serves a patient well to supplement their body with vitamins, minerals, or hormones they seem to lack. With a regulated body, a patient can narrow down the causes of their fibromyalgia and other alternative remedies.
Fibromyalgia patients often have trouble sleeping due to pain. Sleep remedies come in the form of herbal sedatives. Fortunately, herbal sedatives also contribute to diminishing neurotransmitter signals, perhaps lessening the quantity of pain-causing chemicals in the body, partially numbing the body to pain and promoting adequate sleep and rest.
Herbs can be taken in capsule form, or ingested in teas, tinctures and extracts.
Some common herbs and roots include:
- Lemon Balm
- Anodyne Herbs
While most of these herbs can be taken safely, consult your doctor if you have any questions, allergies, or safety concerns.
Fibromyalgia patients also tend to lack vitamins B-6 and B-12. While B vitamin deficiencies are common in many people, these deficiencies in people with fibromyalgia can appear in the form of chronic fatigue. Vitamin B-12 can be taken most potently in capsule form, but some foods also contain the vitamin, including shellfish, dairy, whole grains and lean meat.
Capsaicin—more commonly known as the chief chemical in chili peppers — can be purchased or made as a topical cream and has historic pain relieving properties. Chili peppers are known to desensitize; eating too many chili peppers, for example, will first burn, then numb the taste buds to all spice. Nowadays, specialists use capsaicin in many pain-relieving sprays and topical creams. Capsaicin reduces pain sensations by helping the body to produce natural pain-relief chemicals. Capsaicin only promotes temporary pain relief, but it serves as a good bridge between different long-term treatments.
Serotonin-rich foods in and of themselves do not improve serotonin levels in the brain, but studies show that increases in serotonin can help temporarily reduce pain and muscle tenderness. Serotonin also helps relieve stress symptoms. Tryptophan-rich foods are useful, because tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin in the brain; foods like turkey, game meat, dark vegetables and eggs. Tryptophan also has mild sedation properties. Patients can also take serotonin in the form of the natural supplement 5-HTP.
Fibromyalgia patients can feel discouraged and disheartened; constant pain debilitates the mind and body and many treatments are still in their experimental stages. Doctors and researchers are still trying to find common causes and, hopefully, common cures. Thanks to those that have not lost hope, however, we now have alternative remedies that can uplift patients’ spirits and improve their quality of life. Patients deserve to live a high quality of life uninhibited by unmanageable fibromyalgia pain. Experiment with these remedies and find the best system for your chronic pain.
If you had chronic pain, which remedies have you tried, and where did you find the best success?