Natural Remedies for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a wide spread musculoskeletal condition that is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Women between the ages of 25 and 60 are most likely to get this disease. Fibromyalgia causes your body to ache all over, it is the second most common musculoskeletal condition after osteoarthritis. This pain may make you feel tired, make specific points on your body extremely tender, and even cause depression.

 

How can I tell if I have fibromyalgia?

  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Decreased pain threshold
  • Tender spots
  • Body wide pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chronic headaches
  • Dry mouth, nose and eyes
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Incontinence
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
  • Stiffness

 

How can I prevent fibromyalgia?

It is not possible to prevent getting fibromyalgia, but it is possible to help control the symptoms. Be sure to get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids, be kind to your body, and lose weight.

 

How can I treat fibromyalgia?

  • Eat a diet high in antioxidants.
  • Keep a food diary to help track symptoms and see if they correlate to certain foods.
  • Exercise regularly; this will help with range of motion, ease stiffness and help decrease depression.
  • Try stress management and relaxation techniques to help control flare-ups.
  • Try acupuncture, chiropractor, biofeedback, and massage therapy. These have been successful in controlling pain.
  • Take an S-adenosylmethionine supplement. It has been shown to reduce pain, fatigue and stiffness.
  • Try a capsaicin cream or tablets. This has been shown to help dull the pain.
  • Take baths with epsom salts. This increases your body’s magnesium levels which helps to regulate pain and nerve function while easing joints.
  • Melatonin supplements will help you get a good, restful night’s sleep.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin D. Lack of vitamin D has been linked to fibro-pain.
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