A natural approach to treating chronic pain

Fibromyalgia occurs when there is an intensified pain response to pressure due to chronic pain, which is generally extensive throughout
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Fibromyalgia occurs when there is an intensified pain response to pressure due to chronic pain, which is generally extensive throughout the body. Genetic and environmental factors, each bearing half the risk, are believed to work in combination to cause fibromyalgia pain, although the exact cause still needs to be determined.

First, symptoms could be troubles with memory, sleep problems, and feeling tired all the time, enough to affect daily activities.

If the medical condition runs in your family, you are likely to suffer from it due to genetic reasons. Talking about environmental causes, certain infections, trauma, and psychological stress are at the forefront.

It’s also referred to as ‘central sensitisation syndrome’ because the processes in the central nervous system may be allowing the pain to occur, but there’s more to it.

Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and even chronic pain are common complaints. However, there is frequent mention of other symptoms like sensitivity to temperature, light, or noise, restless leg syndrome, numbness, tingling, bladder problems, or bowel issues.

The biggest problem fibromyalgia patients face is that there are no lab examinations to determine if they have fibromyalgia pain. But what’s more challenging for them is to describe their pain to the doctor.

Fibromyalgia patients often go through unbearable and unavoidable pain symptoms, which actually determine the type of fibromyalgia they are suffering. The usual pain symptoms range from tingling and crawling to burning and numbness or itching called paresthesia (a recent study points paresthesia to be a result of chemotherapy drugs). Another sign observed is ‘pain amplification’ called hyperalgesia. Sometimes, the skin becomes sensitive to touch resulting into pain as in a sunburn — this hypersensitive reaction is called allodynia.

There are other even severe types of fibromyalgia that do not have a medical term, namely knife in the voodoo doll (heightened stabbing pain), rattled nerves (feeling of getting rattled up coupled with nausea or dizziness), and randomly roving pain (migrating pain from one body part to another).

What can you do?

If you suffer fibromyalgia pain, usually you’ll have it for a lifetime because there is no cure. While you can use antidepressants and insomnia medications, non-addictive drugs, anti-seizure drugs and emotional medications, as well as physical therapies, there are more natural remedies that can help.

A common problem with medications is that sometimes they may not be as effective as they should, moreover their side-effects could outweigh benefits. Alternative treatments, such as lifestyle adjustment, herbal pain relievers, etc., could instead prove more beneficial.

Take a yoga class
Focus on breathing routines, gentle poses, and group discussions. Few yoga poses that can be helpful are child’s pose, legs-up-the-wall, mountain pose, standing forward fold, savasana (corpse pose), cobra, warrior I, and cobbler’s pose.

Ask a dietician
Diet plays a very important role to heal any ailment and so does it in fibromyalgia. Diet modification can help to restrict foods that could aggravate the pain while allow those which strengthen trigger points against the pain.

Try acupuncture
It is more effective when treated with diluted bee venom to reduce musculoskeletal pain. Both Eastern and Western experts report some potential benefits of acupuncture: immune system boost, less pain, relaxation, better sleep, and better overall health. Plus, it is much safer and possible risks are very rare (if done from licensed acupuncturists) compared to similar therapies and drives more benefits as a complementary therapy.

Exercise
It helps to release stress, increase blood flow, and even enhance mood. Meditation is a long discovered treatment for chronic pain. Simple activities like walking, stretching, strength training, and even everyday activities can give you good amount of relief.

Ease yourself
Keep your mind free of unnecessary thoughts, enjoy a warm bath before bedtime, or take up a hobby. Listen to your favourite music tracks — researchers have found that the combined effect of music therapy and relaxation techniques can help fibromyalgia patients improve many areas of their life.

You would be better off dealing with fibromyalgia pain if you become conversant with your symptoms and trigger points over time. With the right set of treatments, you can still find relief even though the pain is unpredictable.

Do you suffer with fibromylagia?

  1. Chris  

    Fibromyalgia hit me like an atom bomb explosion in 1986. In all that time I have been in search of a ‘cure’ – be it medicinal or alternative in nature. I can tell you that I have spent a lot of money to try and rid my body of this damned demon – to no avail. All I have managed to do is to get my hopes up every time – only to be let down. As I get older the symptoms of pain and fatigue – especially – are getting worse. Do you know what the best thing is to do – if you are suffering with this horrid disease? Come to terms with it. Know your limitations; listen to your body – believe me it will tell you when you are going for a downward slide into a major flare up. On the ‘good’ days, dont over do it by racing around like a chook without a head, doing all the things you have wanted to do but couldnt. Pace yourself. Know that there will be good days – but even more bad ones. Some people are lucky and the effects are not so debilitating. I, myself, was able to work part time many years ago. But the symptoms now, are such that I am battling just to live a normal life.

    • margaret arnold  

      hello chris. i was diagnosed about 40 years ago, during my early 30s. reading your story was like reading my own. after many visits to many drs, i finally lost the plot until the dr i was seeing stopped long enough to listen. really listen. she sent me off to see a rheumatoid specialist. when he made the diagnosis i cried buckets. the relief was immense. over the past 40 years, i have learnt to accept & find ways to manage this condition. so much i could write about it but being diagnosed, is the most important first step to regaining your self-worth & to know that, ‘ you are not living in lar-lar land of hypochondria ‘. cheers, margaret 🐢🐢

    • It’s nasty stuff – I can now see evidence of it from when I was a child. This winter I cannot get out of bed – stabbing pains in the shoulders and neck – back pain to beat the band but the weight of ability to do nothing as my life is passing is getting to me…I can’t get out of the house – Im waiting for Spring…

    • Alison  

      I used some herbal remedies with Boswella in it, got good results. Also went to a kinesiologist, deals with physogical triggers.

    • Susan  

      Spot on. Been through the “chook” phase too. I also find testing the boundaries every so often helps. I can lull myself into a false sense of security when symptoms are minor that I’m “cured” so I push myself to see. Yep! Still there. If I was to give anyone advice I would say exactly what you have written.

  2. Sheryl  

    I have it but my medication is really good I take 60mg of cymbaltha.im knitting again walking further they were tried in america

  3. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 20 years ago & when I changed my Rheumatologist 6 years ago she prescribed Lyrica 75mg for me. It was such a relief to not have chronic pain most days & that dreadful fatigue that didn’t improve with 8 hrs uninterrupted sleep!! I still become very tired if I go like a headless chook 2 days in a row. I need to have a day in bed after playing with my darling grandkids, but the joy of being with them far outweighs the inconvenience.

  4. D Carrington  

    I got hit with this gradually sine 2012, it started with fatigue, insomnia, unrefreshing sleep. I ws very active, gym and swimming 5 days a week and mountain bikibg 3 days a weak. I gradually got dizzy spells and brain fog and boughts of anxiety and lightheadedness. Gp assumed anxidty but i knew it eas more. Then i developed episodes of extreme weakness, the blood eould drain from my face and my limbs would become paralysed. Concomitant neck pain led to mri o which dhowed disl degeneration and stenosis. Brain mri was clearNeck pian developed then parethesis, burning, tingling numbness all over adding to existing symptoms.
    A cervical laminectomy in 2015, got my hopes up but proved futile snd left me with worse chronic neck pain and spasms.
    In the last 12 mnths diagnosed with fibromyalgia, arthritus and cervical myelopathy. all over extreme pain and stiffness, wrakness horrendous fatigue, dizzinee, brain fog, confusion, anxiety, irritability.
    No cure tried the realm of mefd
    Amitriptyline added to fatigue & confusion no pain relief
    Nortriptyline less fatigue but indomnia, agitation, no pai relief
    Cymbslta horrible drug, sick, headaches, dizziness, paranoia, dementia, no pain or mood relief
    Lyrica good pain relief for 3 months then never worked again . horrible confusion, irritability, migraines feeling of hell
    Gabapentin useless , no pain relief, moron with bad stomach pains and vision problems
    Tramadol bad fatigue, min pain relief, anxiety

    Now on morphine , helps the severe pain but not the nerve or deep muscle pain and adds to the dizziness confusion and exhaustion

    Muscle relaxers all made things worse

    Good results with lorazepam no fatigue, reduces the stress and irritability and spasms, but short acting and addictive , not much help for pain

    epidural steroid injection cervical no benefit

    physio, acupuncture, massage all no benefit

    home excercise and stretching helps if i havethe energy, but the next day im back to pain and stiffness

    On another long pain clininc waiting list now, but doubt they can offer much more

    tried varios antidepressants to see if a mood lift would halp in coping with both the pain and the loss of life and what I used to do and now I can’t do but none of them helprd side effects too much, all added to fatigue none gave me the energy i crave.

    So here i am at the end of the road looking hoping prsying for some miracle cure or just tk hav a few hours of comfort

    God help us all

  5. Hi! to everyone on this site who have fibrimyalgia, and relating to your pain,frustration, and having empathy as we are all travelling this difficult journey. I have read so many comments everyone trying so many treatments and finding it is trial and error to find an arsenal of medications,supplements to help with this debilitating chronic illness. I have had fibromyalgia with ME and multiple food sensitivities and chemical sensitivities for neary 30 years.
    There is agrieving process at first as most of us have led busy active lifestyle and this just brings you to a jarring halt and then chasing the elusive cure and spending so much money to no avail and finally after doing so much research finding a few special Doctors,specialists that help give a few more pieces of information to help with management. Acceptance takes a while but in the end we have no choice but that does not mean giving in just trying to find what helps you when we are all different and the longer the illness continues the fibromyalgia has many off shutes which we experience,thankfully not all happening at one time. I try to pace myself but like most people when on a good day I am up and like an energised battery and enjoy a heightened joy in being able to accomplish tasks or really jump in the deep end and really be in each wonderful moment however my husband who is wonderful just rolls his eyes and says “No comment” and that is perfect and my reply is to sing ” Know No Regrets” as I have enjoyed the day and when I collapse for days it is so worth it as it beats sitting on the sideline of life.
    Finally I have found what works for me and that is a combination of prescription medications and supplements. What works for me but as I have mentioned weare all different and have to find our own management,trial and error. I also have chronic pancreatitis and pernicious anaemia. I take Mersydal forte two tabs in the evening keeping in my mind this peaks in two and half hours. I only occasionally take one or two MF during day, Rivitrol 2mgs to 4mgs keeping in mind this is a schedule 3 drug and has to be treated with respect and keeping the dose low and many people find one mg is good. I will reduce doseage when possible and this also helps with making it more potent when needed as you can build tollerance and so going down when possible helps this issue and when you increase I just go up 1/2 mg. I take this an hour before bedtime.Also in the evening I take two very small medicinal spoons of magnesium glycinate powder. 1/2 an hour before bed I take Doxepin made in an elixir by a compounding pharmacist and the dose varies from 30 to 50 mgs which being an elixir kicks in quicky with pain in 20 minutes and also helps with sleep. Sleep is paramount with fibromyalgia as the muscle tears that happen through the day need to repair. I Often do a meditation as this helps. Having ME my body does not make serotonin which puts the body into stage four sleep,critical for a sound sleep always going for 8 to 9 hours. I take L tryptophan powder, one tiny medicinal teaspoon around 3.30pm to the latest at 4pm tbis will convert to serotonin. That is my eveningregime.
    My daily regime is pacing exercise and rest.Important to keep moving,exercising every day starting with small distance and increasing in increments but if on a fibrimyalgia flair from over doing it one day or over several days, I rest up with only activity being in the home with chores but being vigilant as to what I can manage and then when I am fealing improved with the pain starting walking only small distance at first and then increasing again in small increments. In the due to the pernicious anemia I have a good iro supplement made with very small amount of vitamin C as this helps the uptake of iron. The form of Iron is important as I have a leaky gut and digestion issues so iron glycinate is gentle on the stomach and the powder is in water , which is most absorbable and I have at least three B12 injections a week especially if I am trying to be really on a good day to attend a special event or putting in a longer day. B12 has a blockade going on in ME. However a blood test would be within normal limits but the blockade prevents it going to the mitachondria of the muscles. I also take COQ 10 and Lipoic acid all help with boosting energy and protecting the immune system. Also a multi vitamin with antioxidants and minerals and amino acids. On most days I take a teaspoon of L glutamine, helps heal leaky gut and helps with the brain fog and energy. Also a good probiotic but I was tested by a professor in Melbourne that found I was toxic with acidophilus and bifidum found in yogurts but bein dairy intollerant in the last 6 years it was recommended I take L Rhaminous which I have purchase in powder form and it helps with healthy gut as I have two chronic bacterial infections which about every three months,sometimes longer I require low doseage antibiotic for 10 days max and the first few days pain accelerates and I feel awful like having flu and left asceding colin pain and this may continue for five days and then pain reduces and finally feeling good so it is not curing the infections,not kicking it out the ball park but management. Well hope this information helps someone out there trying to cope with this debilitating illnesses. I do also have a few more aces up my sleeve that I pull out when desperate so I wish everyone some goods to enjoy and let you all know I care and glad a good family friend sent me this site and I appreciate her kindness. Also laughter is good medicine and music is soothing. God Bless. Cheers Robyn Gilmore

  6. Hi! to everyone on this site who have fibrimyalgia, and relating to your pain,frustration, and having empathy as we are all travelling this difficult journey. I have read so many comments everyone trying so many treatments and finding it is trial and error to find an arsenal of medications,supplements to help with this debilitating chronic illness. I have had fibromyalgia with ME and multiple food sensitivities and chemical sensitivities for neary 30 years.
    There is agrieving process at first as most of us have led busy active lifestyle and this just brings you to a jarring halt and then chasing the elusive cure and spending so much money to no avail and finally after doing so much research finding a few special Doctors,specialists that help give a few more pieces of information to help with management. Acceptance takes a while but in the end we have no choice but that does not mean giving in just trying to find what helps you when we are all different and the longer the illness continues the fibromyalgia has many off shutes which we experience,thankfully not all happening at one time. I try to pace myself but like most people when on a good day I am up and like an energised battery and enjoy a heightened joy in being able to accomplish tasks or really jump in the deep end and really be in each wonderful moment however my husband who is wonderful just rolls his eyes and says “No comment” and that is perfect and my reply is to sing ” Know No Regrets” as I have enjoyed the day and when I collapse for days it is so worth it as it beats sitting on the sideline of life.
    Finally I have found what works for me and that is a combination of prescription medications and supplements. What works for me but as I have mentioned weare all different and have to find our own management,trial and error. I also have chronic pancreatitis and pernicious anaemia. I take Mersydal forte two tabs in the evening keeping in my mind this peaks in two and half hours. I only occasionally take one or two MF during day, Rivitrol 2mgs to 4mgs keeping in mind this is a schedule 3 drug and has to be treated with respect and keeping the dose low and many people find one mg is good. I will reduce doseage when possible and this also helps with making it more potent when needed as you can build tollerance and so going down when possible helps this issue and when you increase I just go up 1/2 mg. I take this an hour before bedtime.Also in the evening I take two very small medicinal spoons of magnesium glycinate powder. 1/2 an hour before bed I take Doxepin made in an elixir by a compounding pharmacist and the dose varies from 30 to 50 mgs which being an elixir kicks in quicky with pain in 20 minutes and also helps with sleep. Sleep is paramount with fibromyalgia as the muscle tears that happen through the day need to repair. I Often do a meditation as this helps. Having ME my body does not make serotonin which puts the body into stage four sleep,critical for a sound sleep always going for 8 to 9 hours. I take L tryptophan powder, one tiny medicinal teaspoon around 3.30pm to the latest at 4pm tbis will convert to serotonin. That is my eveningregime.
    My daily regime is pacing exercise and rest.Important to keep moving,exercising every day starting with small distance and increasing in increments but if on a fibrimyalgia flair from over doing it one day or over several days, I rest up with only activity being in the home with chores but being vigilant as to what I can manage and then when I am fealing improved with the pain starting walking only small distance at first and then increasing again in small increments. In the due to the pernicious anemia I have a good iro supplement made with very small amount of vitamin C as this helps the uptake of iron. The form of Iron is important as I have a leaky gut and digestion issues so iron glycinate is gentle on the stomach and the powder is in water , which is most absorbable and I have at least three B12 injections a week especially if I am trying to be really on a good day to attend a special event or putting in a longer day. B12 has a blockade going on in ME. However a blood test would be within normal limits but the blockade prevents it going to the mitachondria of the muscles. I also take COQ 10 and Lipoic acid all help with boosting energy and protecting the immune system. Also a multi vitamin with antioxidants and minerals and amino acids. On most days I take a teaspoon of L glutamine, helps heal leaky gut and helps with the brain fog and energy. Also a good probiotic but I was tested by a professor in Melbourne that found I was toxic with acidophilus and bifidum found in yogurts but bein dairy intollerant in the last 6 years it was recommended I take L Rhaminous which I have purchase in powder form and it helps with healthy gut as I have two chronic bacterial infections which about every three months,sometimes longer I require low doseage antibiotic for 10 days max and the first few days pain accelerates and I feel awful like having flu and left asceding colin pain and this may continue for five days and then pain reduces and finally feeling good so it is not curing the infections,not kicking it out the ball park but management. Well hope this information helps someone out there trying to cope with this debilitating illnesses. I do also have a few more aces up my sleeve that I pull out when desperate so I wish everyone some goods to enjoy and let you all know I care and glad a good family friend sent me this site and I appreciate her kindness. Also laughter is good medicine and music is soothing. God Bless. Cheers Robyn Gilmore

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  9. Becky_Glass  

    I am a 79-year-old lady. My FIBROMYALGIA disease appeared at the age of 74, with no hope of a cure from the hospital i looked further for an alternative treatments, a friend of mine told me about Health Herbal Clinic in Johannesburg South Africa who sell herbal treatments for diseases including FIBROMYALGIA disease, I contacted the herbal clinic via their website and purchased the fibromyalgia herbal remedy. I received the herbal remedy through DHL couriers within 8 days and i immediately commenced usage as prescribed, i used the herbal remedy for about a month and 1 week, my condition has greatly improved, all my symptoms including Chronic muscle pain, Abdominal pain, nausea, I am fibromyalgia free! contact Health Herbal Clinic via their email healthherbalclinic AT gmail DOT com LS fibromyalgia is not a death sentence, there is a cure!

  10. Becky_Glass  

    I am a 79-year-old lady. My FIBROMYALGIA disease appeared at the age of 74, with no hope of a cure from the hospital i looked further for an alternative treatments, a friend of mine told me about Health Herbal Clinic in Johannesburg South Africa who sell herbal treatments for diseases including FIBROMYALGIA disease, I contacted the herbal clinic via their website and purchased the fibromyalgia herbal remedy. I received the herbal remedy through DHL couriers within 8 days and i immediately commenced usage as prescribed, i used the herbal remedy for about a month and 1 week, my condition has greatly improved, all my symptoms including Chronic muscle pain, Abdominal pain, nausea, I am fibromyalgia free! contact Health Herbal Clinic via their email healthherbalclinic AT gmail DOT com or visit www DOT healthherbalclinic DOT weebly DOT com PLS fibromyalgia is not a death sentence, there is a cure!

  11. celina  

    (FIBROMYALGIA DISEASE CAN BE CURED NOW)
    Fibromyalgia is a horrible condition. My mother suffers from it so therefore I have learnt all about the condition and the nasty symptoms she suffers from. It had lead me to spend countless hours of research & discussion on how to cure it and relieve symptoms.Am so happy to share these testimony on how perfect health herbal medicine cured my mother totally from FIBROMYALGIA,December 2016 i purchased FIBROMYALGIA herbal medicine from perfect health herbal medicine,they told me my mother will be cured within 5 weeks of usage,which i believed and have faith,so when i received the herbal medicine,my mother used it as prescribed ,she was totally cured within 5 weeks of usage ,it was like a miracle,please anybody out there suffering from FIBROMYALGIA disease,don’t fail to purchase these great herbal medicine from perfect health herbal medicine home.contact them via email or website perfecthealthherbalmedicine gmail com. website www perfecthealthherbal weebly com

  12. Judith_Hall  

    At the age of 54 I started experiencing lack of muscle control when performing strenuous exercise. It was very periodic, as I got older, the episodes became more frequent, and I started experiencing voice box spasms, excessive sweating, and trouble swallowing. I also started to have episodes when I wasn’t so active. My family doctor wasn’t able to diagnose my problem, but I was sent to a specialist and they diagnosed it as Parkinson’s. All medications given were not working i had to look for an alternative treatment. I read in a health forum of a herbal clinic in Johannesburg who has a successful treatment to P.D, i immediately contacted the herbal clinic via their website (www Healthherbalclinic weebly com) and purchased the parkinson’s herbal formula. I received the parkinson’s herbal treatment via courier and immediately commenced usage, i only used the herbal remedy for 7 weeks all my symptoms were unbelievably reversed, i did another series of test i was confirmed free of parkinson’s. Visit (www healthherbalclinic weebly com) or email (healthherbalclinic gmail com)

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