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Natural way to treat fibro pain?

Started by Rigby9 on 01/15/2010 3:43pm

I have fibromyalgia, but the pain comes and goes. Some days, I’m in so much pain that getting out of bed is a challenge. But other days, I’m almost completely pain free. With the irregularity of my pain—and for other personal reasons—I’m more comfortable exploring “natural” ways of treating my pain, instead of using mainstream medicine. I’ve actually had great success with chamomile tea before bedtime to help get a restful night’s sleep, but has anyone had any positive results with herbals for pain and stiffness? I’ve never tried while willow bark for pain, but I’ve read a bit about it. Does anyone have advice on what herbal supplements are worth trying?

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My pain is a little different, but I wake up extremely stiff with shoulder, neck, low back and hip pain. I have started to take a product called Omega XL which is essentially fatty acids (EPA, DHA, ETA and OTAs). I pulled the following from Dr. Weill's site, which I have found to be the most credible on this type of stuff:
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Suggested Lifestyle Changes for Fibromyalgia Treatment

There are several lifestyle and therapeutic methods for managing fibromyalgia.

* Exercise. Regular physical activity has been found to be one of the most effective fibromyalgia treatment methods. Although muscle pain may increase during exercise, the pain usually dissipates within 30 minutes. Stretching and low-impact aerobic activity (swimming, walking, yoga, or using cardiovascular machines like stationary bikes or elliptical trainers) are most effective.
* Establish regular sleeping habits. This is critical for reducing pain and improving energy and mood.
* Use relaxation techniques. Studies have shown that people with fibromyalgia benefit from regularly using techniques like meditation, yoga or breath work to counteract stress.
* Consider cognitive-behavioral therapy. This therapy can teach you new ways to cope with fibromyalgia symptoms and stress.
* Try acupuncture or massage for fibromyalgia treatment.
* Try the Feldenkrais Method. These gentle movement exercises help correct poor posture or habits of movement that may contribute to pain.

Nutrition and Supplements

Try the following if you have fibromyalgia:

* Eat well. A diet rich in organic fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will fortify your body's natural defenses and healing system.
* Eliminate polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable shortening, all partially hydrogenated oils, and all foods (such as deep-fried foods) that might contain trans-fatty acids. Use extra-virgin olive oil as your main fat.
* Increase intake of omega-3 fatty acids.
* Eat ginger and turmeric regularly.
* Take supplements. In addition to a daily antioxidant regimen, take 250 mg of magnesium and 500-700 mg of calcium daily to help relax and maintain nerves and muscles. (However, I don't recommend calcium supplements for men.) Boswellia and malic acid have also been reported to be beneficial as a fibromyalgia treatment.

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i also have severe fibo.you're right ,it can be awful.you know for yrs.i was on cymbalta for my depression.about 2yrs.ago i came of of it.in my mind i thought i didn't need it any more.my pain got so much worse when i look back.i have seen a neuro.dr.for yrs.now.last month he talked to me about getting back on cymbalta for the fibo.so he gave me 30mg samples.i had took 60mg when i was on it for depression.i have to say in all truth,that since i went back on the 30mg.tabs ,i don't hurt near as bad.do some research on cymbalta,nerve dr. are saying it really works well for this.i sure have been able to sleep better at night,just with a few doses.hope this helps.redpibull

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