What Is Fibromyalgia
The defining fibromyalgia symptoms are pain (often disabling) in muscle fibers and connective tissues, the inability to reach a deep state of sleep, fatigue and depression.
When your body is sore, and muscles do not have adequate rest & regeneration time, you lack energy & desire to exercise, which is critical for health, strength and vitality. And sometimes, you're too depressed to try. Your immune system becomes severely compromised, creating an environment for many other ailments.
While this disease is not life threatening, it can be life altering and quite debilitating. Fibromyalgia can be permanently reversed using natural, alternative treatments.
The Cause of Fibromyalgia
The cause is uncertain, and may be from many sources; poor nutrition & water, lack of exercise & poor elimination, stress, physical and/or emotional trauma, and environmental toxins. Mainstream medicine has no cure, they merely give often ineffective, dead pharmaceutical poisons to mask symptoms. This masking often creates many other undesirable side effects.
Fibromyalgia is commonly diagnosed only after other diseases with similar symptoms are ruled out. There are no laboratory tests available: no changes in muscle tissue have shown on any type of imaging procedure. Diagnosis depends on self-reported symptoms, and a physical examination showing multiple tender points at specific locations.
Additional Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Additional symptoms may include: tendonitis, bursitis, muscle strain, muscle cramping & spasm, irritable bowel & bladder, migraines & headaches, facial pain, allergies, restless legs syndrome, impaired memory & concentration, hypoglycemia, skin sensitivities & rashes, dry eyes & mouth, anxiety, depression, impaired coordination, dizziness, vision problems, heightened sensitivity to odors, noise, lights & touch, and weather changes. All fibromyalgia symptoms can be made worse by stress.
Natural, Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia
In some cases, lifestyle changes alone, can effectively treat and reverse fibromyalgia. In addition, many other alternative treatments are very helpful including:
- Cooling treatments lower body temperature in order to relieve pain and swelling.
- Heat therapy is the application of therapeutic thermal agents to specific body areas experiencing injury or dysfunction.
- Massage therapy is a manual means of rubbing and kneading soft tissues of the body to stimulate circulation and promote relaxation of muscles.
- Chiropractic is a therapy that focuses on the relationship of the spinal column to the nervous system and on its effects in maintaining good health.
- Reiki is a holistic alternative therapy based on Eastern concepts of energy flow in the seven chakras (energy centers) of the body.
- Craniosacral therapy is a holistic, hands-on technique involving gentle manipulation of the bones of the skull, the underlying meningeal membranes, and the nerve endings in the scalp.
- Guided imagery is the technique of focusing the power of the mind on some aspect of the body in order to cause a real, positive physical response.
- Hypnosis is a state described as sleeplike. It is usually induced by another individual for the purpose of tapping into the unconscious mind.
Self-monitoring, education, and self-care are starting points for all fibromyalgia treatment choices.
Points to Complement Your Fibromyalgia Recovery
Contrary to what your friends & relatives may think, your experience is physically real. It is not all in your head. Recognize the fact that fibromyalgia will not just go away someday on its own. You've been uncomfortable for some time, and recovery will also take time. Be optimistic about your recovery. There is great power in thoughts.
Your doctor should work for you, and with you. Use only practitioners that try to get to the root of your symptoms, that want your recovery as much as you do, and that respect your input. Stop using prescription medications that only mask symptoms. They make you appear healthier, but inside you are in pain. Ask yourself about the side effects, and if the medications are allowing you body to ever naturally cure itself.
Seek comfort with natural alternative treatments, as listed above. Create peace in your life. Create time when you're not available to anyone. This will tell your body that you want to heal. Understanding the disease can go a long way towards recovering a healthy lifestyle.
I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia about 2 years ago. I started feeling bad in 2003 after Evie was born.
After being diagnosed with migraines, chondritis and pleurisy and tested for Lupus, MS and the Doctor telling me he was not seeing anything that would be causing my symptoms for almost 4 years he finally decided to send me to a rheumatologist.
Once I was diagnosed I started taking darvocet and muscle relaxers to control my pain. I was up to at least 2 darvocet and 1 muscle relaxer on a good day. I stayed in bed as much as possible being a mother of 3 and was getting worse and depressed. Last May I decided to go to work part time so I would be forced out of the house and off the couch.
Thankfully my position has not required me to work a set schedule or I never would have been able to keep the job. Some mornings I was not able to get together before noon due to the pain and fatigue. Taking a shower often required a nap. Of course our home, our children and even my ability to keep up with the bills have suffered. The brain gets a bit groggy on all those meds!!!!
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Our crazy South Dakota weather has caused me some pain in the last couple days but I still have not had to take even an ibuprofen. Because of the pain I was often up 2 to 5 times a night which just added to the pain and fatigue cycle, then I tried the FAST TO SLEEP strips. I get to sleep in 20 minutes and sleep until a child wakes me. I wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go. I can actually get the kids to school and daycare and be at work by 9:00 A.M. Now! And I feel like I actually could exercise!