7 Natural ways of Dealing with Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a common pain condition in which the sufferer has chronic pain all over the body, fatigue, cognitive problems, sleep difficulties, gastrointestinal difficulties, and other symptoms that leave them debilitated and unable to manage everyday activities.

While there is no cure for fibromyalgia pain and its other symptoms, some people have found relief by partaking in natural remedies.

There are prescription medications available for fibromyalgia; however, they don’t work on everyone and pills alone don’t usually help the fibromyalgia return to normal health.

This is why many fibromyalgia sufferers turn to natural remedies for fibromyalgia pain and other symptoms.

7 Natural ways of Dealing with Fibromyalgia

These are some natural ways of coping with fibromyalgia pain that don’t involve taking prescription pills:

1. Diet

Some people are helped by undertaking an “anti-inflammatory diet”.  There are foods that soothe inflammation and foods that worsen inflammation.  An anti-inflammatory diet is similar to the Mediterranean diet that contains fruits, vegetables, fish, and extra virgin olive oil.  Some people with fibromyalgia experience a decrease in their pain when they eat an anti-inflammatory diet.

2. Exercise

Even though people with fibromyalgia suffer from pain and fatigue, a moderate amount of aerobic exercise helps improve the fatigue and will decrease the pain.  Even if the fibromyalgia patient walks for a half hour a day on most of the days of the week, they will feel less pain and will experience a better outlook on life.

3. 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan)

This is a natural substance that is used to make serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that improves the depression seen in fibromyalgia and relieves the perception of pain.  Decreased levels of serotonin have been linked to the onset of depressive symptoms so it is thought that, by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain, the mood can be lifted and the perception of pain will be less.

5-HTP has been shown in a few research studies to help fibromyalgia patents who have morning stiffness, fibromyalgia pain, lack of sleep, and anxiety associated with the syndrome.  It was once believed that 5-HTP caused an adverse side effect known as eosinophilia myalgia syndrome but it was later found that the syndrome was caused by contaminants found in the 5-HTP supplements and not because of the supplement itself.

4. Magnesium Supplementation

Fibromyalgia has been associated with low levels of magnesium in the system. Magnesium can be taken as a supplement and may improve fibromyalgia symptoms.  More research needs to be done, however, to prove that magnesium supplementation can help the fibromyalgia sufferer with the pain they experience.

5. SAMe (S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine

This is an amino acid supplement that has been found to increase the levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. When these levels are increased, the perception of pain as well as the sleep difficulties and mood swings seen in fibromyalgia can be improved.  The research on this has been limited, however.

6. St John’s Wort

This is an herbal remedy that is popular in Europe as it used to relieve depressive symptoms.  Some fibromyalgia sufferers use St. John’s Wort in order to decrease depressive symptoms and reduce the perception of fibromyalgia pain.

7. Melatonin

Melatonin is a hormone normally produced by the pineal gland when it is time to sleep.  It has been found to improve the fibromyalgia patient’s ability to sleep as well as improve the perception of fibromyalgia pain.

Always consult your doctor before taking any kind of supplements.

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