Drug-free approach to fibromyalgia pain gains momentum

FMS sufferers are utilizing a multi-pronged, alternative therapy approach to combat symptoms

Woman with pain, tender points neck and low backI’m not a proponent of prescription pain medication unless it is deemed absolutely necessary by a physician with advanced expertise treating a particular neuropathic condition.

People living with fibromyalgia (FMS) which affects one out of every 50 Americans,1 can certainly relate. Increasingly, many of the patients we treat here in New Jersey are opposed to using medication for several reasons–the debilitating side effects, the out-of-pocket costs or just a disappointing or unsuccessful end result.
Using Natural Pain Treatments That Don't Require a Prescription
FMS sufferers, who are predominately women, often choose to proactively seek out complementary and alternative treatments since medication outcomes are disappointing and surgery is rarely indicated.
About 50 percent of FMS patients report using these alternative treatments to help combat pain:
  • Exercise programs
  • Prayer, meditation and music therapy
  • Support Groups (live or via the Internet)
  • Chiropractic services and alternative treatments
  • Vitamin supplements

Vitamin C
Antioxidants and herbal remedies2 are part of the repair mechanism for cell healing. Vitamin C is 

is an important resource to support tissue replenishment.

Long used by athletes to speed wound healing and aid in post-recovery work-outs, vitamin C has become the much-loved favorite of medical researchers, who are examining how this vitamin works3 and whether it is effective as a supplement for patients with fibromyalgia.
Often, FMS patients take individual nutrients for specific symptoms which were recommended by a doctor. Other times the nutrient is part of a larger holistic regimen that also includes diet, weight management, vitamins, minerals, and herbs.
The Myers Cocktail method of IV infused Vitamin C and other key minerals (including magnesium) is catching on and a big story in the news lately. While I don’t personally endorse this treatment, I am mentioning in here because several of my patients who have undergone this therapy reported an improvement in FMS symptoms.
Non-invasive Treatments for Fibromyalgia Pain are Key
There is a large and fruitful healthcare community which is helping patients with acute and chronic pain with nary a drug in sight. From Calmare scrambler therapy to the use of vitamins and minerals, non-invasive treatments with fewer side effects can offer relief from FMS symptoms and pain.
But our medical community in this country still reaches for the prescription pad first.
It is our duty, as holistic caregivers, to make sure patients are educated about other viable chronic pain treatment modalities--with no prescription pad required.
  1. Iliades C. Easing the Pain of Fibromyalgia Naturally. Reviewed by Pat F. Bass, III, MD, MPH. Everyday Health®. http://www.everydayhealth.com/fibromyalgia-pictures/8-natural-fibromyalgia-treatments.aspx. Accessed May 6, 2015.
  2. Fibromyalgia Natural Treatment. MyFibro.com. http://www.myfibro.com/fibromyalgia-natural. Accessed May 6, 2015.
  3. Sakarya ST, Akyol Y, Bedir A, Canturk F. The relationship between serum antioxidant vitamins, magnesium levels, and clinical parameter in patients with primary fibromyalgia syndrome. Clin Rheumatol. 2011;30(8):1039-1043. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3145090/. Accessed. May 6, 2015.
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