Managing fibromyalgia pain and symptoms is an multidisciplinary approach according to Dr. Robert Bennett of Oregon Health Sciences University. Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder who’s symptoms are characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, depression, fatigue and a host of mental and emotional symptoms. There is no one treatment or approach that has been found yet to relieve the syndrome in patients suffering from this disorder. Managing fibromyalgia pain involves keeping and open mind and having a willingness to try new therapies that may be helpful in reducing your pain.
Exercise to Relieve Fibromyalgia Pain
Not only does exercise work the muscles and relieve tension, it also helps to release endorphins in the brain which are natural pain killers. Endorphins and other neurotransmitters help to reduce fibromyalgia-related depression. Even if you can only walk from your bedroom to the kitchen, make an imaginary track in your house and walk on it whenever you can.
Managing Fibromyalgia Pain with Sleep
Get quality sleep each night. Although that may sound impossible if you’re in great pain, by following some or all of the suggestions here to reduce pain, sleep will improve. Sleep allows the body to rejuvenate repair itself. Refer to my article Sleep better and conquer insomnia with these 10 home remedies from your favorite foods, for ways to sleep better and relieve fibromyalgia pain.
Organic Raw Honey, Nature’s Sedative
Take two tablespoons of organic raw honey mixed in milk at bedtime. The honey is high in potassium, a natural aid for insomnia, and the milk stimulates the release of tryptophan in your brain. Tryptophan stimulates the production of seratonin in the brain to help calm and sedate the body. Both encourage your body to rest more easily and induce sleep.
Avoid Certain Foods to Relive Fibromyalgia Pain
· Make dietary changes by eliminating certain foods and food additives known to cause musculoskeletal pain.
· Monosodium glutamate (MSG) creates pain, fatigue, brain fog and depression for some people, explains Laura A. Coleman and R. Roubenoff discuss in their book, “Nutrition and Rheumatic Disease (Nutrition and Health)”.
· Stop eating all grains with gluten including wheat, barley and rye. Gluten allergies and celiac disease have been connected to symptoms of fibromyalgia and various types of arthritis as well as Irritable Bowel Disease and other digestive tract disorders, according to the The Savvy Celiac website.
· Avoid nightshade vegetables containing the toxic alkaliod solanine, which triggers severe aches and pains in the body in certain people. Common nightshade vegetables are tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, paprika, eggplant and white potatoes.
Alkalize to Change Your Body’s pH
Drink 1-2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar in 8 – 12 ounces of water daily to help alkalize your body. Dr. Theodore A. Baroody’s excellent book, “Alkalinize or Die” discusses the effects of raising the body’s pH keeping it slightly alkaline which lessens acidosis, a major contributing factor toward pain management. Although apple cider vinegar is acidic, it has the ability to activate the pancreas to release bicarbonate and neutralize digestive acids, thus creating an alkaline-forming state. In lieu of drinking apple cider vinegar to manage fibromyalgia pain, squeeze the juice of one lemon in tall glass of water and drink several times a day for similar effects.
Homeopathy Relieves Fibromyalgia Pain
Use homeopathic medicine for fibromyalgia pain relief. There are numerous remedies available for the treatment of fibromyalgia, arthritis and related conditions manifesting in chronic pain, fatigue and depression. The Complimentary and Alternative (CAM) Review Board reviewed a double-blind study in September 2009 of the homeopathic remedy Rhus Tox, whose results showed strong evidence of its ability to reduce pain, swelling, stiffness and inflammation associated with fibromyalgia and other musculoskeletal disorders. See a qualified homeopath to have your case taken to obtain the correct remedy to help you manage fibromyalgia pain.
The Savvy Celiac: Fibromyalgia and Celiac Disease
“Nutrition and Rheumatic Disease (Nutrition and Health)”, Laura A. Coleman and R. Roubenoff , 2008
Swedish (Fibromyalgia double blind study CAM)
“Alkalinize or Die”, Dr. Theodore A. Baroody, 1991
Andrew Weil, M.D.: Osteoarthritis
Chronic Widespread Pain and the Fibromyalgia Construct
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