6 Pain Relief Strategies For Fibromyalgia Sufferers

Fibromyalgia and Pain

Today I would like to share with you 6 things that I have found to…

Help relieve some of the pain of Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia can be as individual as the people who suffer with it.

For many years those of us who suffer with Fibromyalgia have been told that the disease is all in our heads.  Finally in 1990 the AMA (American Medical Association) recognized Fibromyalgia as a disease condition and not a mental condition. Since then obtaining a diagnosis for Fibromyalgia has been easier, but Fibromyalgia remains a relatively mysterious condition with no known cause and no honest treatment other than palliative.

I became disabled with Fibromyalgia in 2001 nine years after the AMA decided to recognize Fibromyalgia. Yet it still took me nearly Seven years to obtain a diagnosis! Looking back I can recognize symptoms of Fibromyalgia dating back into childhood, and I understand that I am not the only one to notice that many of us have been long term sufferers of Fibromyalgia!

When I first became disabled from my case of Fibromyalgia it hit me like a ton of bricks! Like turning on a light switch, I went from mild to moderate symptoms to severe Fibromyalgia symptoms. Because of this my doctor at the time felt that I was dealing with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and to this day my neurologist feels that for me and some others, that the disease sometimes demonstrates a neurological component, suggesting that it could be 2 distinct disease process going on or an entirely different variant of Fibromyalgia.

One thing that all Fibromyalgia suffers have to deal with is the PAIN.

Pain is likely the most difficult part for those suffering with the disease to prove, as pain can not be seen, and there is no testing available to prove it’s presence. However the pain of Fibromyalgia is real and can be debilitating at times. There are finally a few medications that can help deal with the pain and unusual sensations that we feel when we have Fibromyalgia, but they never allow many of us to live Pain Free.

That said, there are some things that Fibromyalgia sufferers can do that will help reduce the amount of pain we deal with on a daily basis.

Treating the pain associated with Fibromyalgia can be a difficult task since cures that help one person might not help you. Here is a list of popular and common pain remedies that should help your symptoms.

  1.  Entering into a consistent and relaxing exercise routine is one of the easiest and most beneficial ways of dealing with Fibromyalgia. Not only does exercise help keep you fit and trim, it also helps with blood flow throughout the body. It can also help normalize sleep patters and reduce the amount of time it takes for your body to recover from injury. Please remember to never start an exercise routine without consulting a doctor first.
  2. A low carb and high protein diet is another popular way to help relieve Fibromyalgia pain. Not only will eating right help your body overall, by eliminating high amounts of saturated fat, refined white sugar, caffeine and alcohol, you can eliminate many common symptom triggers. Combine that with a beneficial exercise routine, and you will be well on your way to a healthier body and less pain.
  3. As any long time sufferer of Fibromyalgia can tell you, nothing feels better than a good heating pad. Pads help with circulation and also help to loosen up muscles and joints that can ache during severe bouts of Fibromyalgia flare-up. There are many different pads you can use, cordless and the old-fashioned plug-in kinds. There are also chemical heating pads that you can you and even wear under your clothes during the day. Some of these pads can last up to 8 hours.
  4. The use of topical pain medications is another popular way to deal with Fibromyalgia. But a quick trip to your local drug store reveals an overwhelming choice in pain relief rubs. The industry standard is, of course, Bengay. But if you’ve tried it and didn’t care for the results, there are literally a dozen other choices available. And if none of the name brand medications seem to do the trick, there are also a slew of homeopathic remedies and all-natural creams that many sufferers swear by.
  5. Meditation might not be a cure-all for pain, but it can help relieve a lot of stress that can be a major trigger for Fibromyalgia symptoms. Meditation is a very personal, and for most a private practice. Most people require a quiet place, maybe some soothing music and the ability to completely relax. Meditation can also give a big boost to self-confidence by putting practitioners in the mindset that they can control their Fibromyalgia, and thus their pain, as well.
  6. A final helper for pain is deep tissue massage. By helping to stimulate blood flow in the joints and muscles that are aching, symptoms and pain can be reduced. This works much the same way as a heating pad, but many Fibromyalgia sufferers swear by the deeper and more complete relief of a massage. You may need to experiment with this option. Try and find a massuse who has dealt with Fibromyalgia patients before as initially the pain can stop you continuing with the massage.

Fibromyalgia can be a painful and debilitating disease. Luckily, there are many non-drug methods of dealing with the chronic pain caused by this Fibromyalgia. You may have to try several methods before you find one that is right for you, but there is hope for everyone with Fibromyalgia.

For more information on overcoming Fibromyalgia symptoms please visit EliminateFibromyalgia.com.

 

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