“When something always hurts, it’s hard to focus. When you never get good sleep, getting through a work day without a nap is incredibly difficult. I use essential oils to help with both. I make sure I get the best sleep that I can and rest when I can.”
“For me it’s the cognitive issues. I can hide the pain, but when I can’t form words or get lost in familiar places and see the look of pity on faces of others, I want to cry. I used to be confident and outgoing. Now I just want to hide away.”
“When I feel like I’m walking through quicksand. The only thing that helps is to take a break for a day and rest.”
What do all of these experiences have in common? The condition known as fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a condition which is still not officially recognized by many in the conventional medical society, even though it affects millions of people here in the United States. But the pain of fibromyalgia is not something that you should have to put up with, and as part of helping to promote your holistic health lifestyle, we’re going to take a look at some natural remedies that can help you to manage and get rid of this painful condition.
The Problems of Over-doing it and Stressing
The majority of the time, the aches and pains that we experience in our muscles and tendons often originate through either trying to do too much, or suffering from stress, with the resulting tension that this can bring to your body. What this means therefore, is that if you can manage to jump off the merry-go-round for a little while and create some “you time” in which to slow down and relax, this can in a few weeks, significantly improve or even eliminate your fibromyalgia.
While this may work for some people, unfortunately, it doesn’t work for us all, and it’s when we have to deal with these aches and pains seemingly forever, that we need to be making alternative plans.
The Causes of Fibromyalgia
Let’s first take a look at some of the possible causes of the pain you are experiencing. It could come from:
Autoimmunity: autoimmune diseases are those whereby your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body. Autoimmune diseases include things such as dermatitis, lupus, or polymyositis.
Chemicals in the environment: certain chemicals that are around us in our daily lives, can in some people, cause a hyper-sensitive reaction resulting in fibromyalgia pain.
Heavy Metals: Heavy metals such as mercury can cause cell sensitivity, leading to pain.
Hormone imbalance; the imbalance of various hormones, including Adrenal hormones such as Cortisol, sex hormones such as Estrogen and Testosterone, and other hormones manufactured by the Thyroid gland, may also contribute to fibromyalgia pain. Hormone imbalance could explain why more women than men suffer from fibromyalgia.
Infections: certain low grade infections, if allowed to stake a claim in your body system can lead to fibromyalgia pain. The sorts of infections we are talking about include things like: atypical bacteria, Epstein Barr, various fungal mycotoxins, and various strains of herpes.
Lack of nutrients: lack of amino acids, certain minerals, neurotransmitter activity, certain proteins, and the various B vitamins, are thought to contribute to triggering fibromyalgia pain.
Medications: medications such as statins, which are often prescribed to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack, are a prime example, as are ACE inhibitors, (which are designed to lower hypertension), or even (heaven forbid), cocaine.
The Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
- Brain fog, memory problems
- Trouble sleeping
- Morning stiffness
- Headaches and/or migraines
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Painful menstruation
- Numbness in extremities
- Restless legs syndrome
- Sensitivity to hot and/or cold
- Sensitivity to sound and bright lights
Fibromyalgia is a condition which tends to affect women more than men. With people who experience fibromyalgia, even very light pressure in a sensitive area, can cause pain. As well as pain, sufferers also find themselves feeling fatigued and frequently have insomnia. The result of these various symptoms can give rise to headaches and cause anxiety, which can in turn lead to depression. Fibromyalgia is a relatively new term. Before it was coined fibromyalgia pain, it used to be known as chronic muscle pain syndrome, psychogenic rheumatism or tension myalgias.
Until recently, many doctors refused to identify fibromyalgia, as there were no blood tests that could confirm such a diagnosis. Physicians would often prescribed anti-depressants believing the problem to be psychological rather than physical.
Stress Could be a Significant Factor
Although it is now recognized by many medical professionals that fibromyalgia is a physical rather than a psychological condition, it is generally accepted that stress plays a significant part. In the same way that stress can lead to anxiety and panic attacks, which are known to present symptoms that are indeed very physical, and mirror heart attacks, it is believed that stress can also manifest itself in feelings of physical pain-in; other words fibromyalgia pain. Learning to cope with and manage stress is therefore an important factor in helping to deal with fibromyalgia.
How to Help Relieve Fibromyalgia (Treatments and Remedies)
Medications You might Find Helpful
In terms of medication you may find some benefit from taking NSAIDs (such as Advil, Tylenol, and/or Tramadol). You may also find that taking a muscle relaxant (like Baclofen), either as an alternative, or as an addition to a NSAID, could prove beneficial.
The Role that Nutrition can Play
Diets may also play a significant role with fibromyalgia. It is recommended that anyone suffering from fibromyalgia, you should eat a high fiber diet with little or no refined sugar. If you find through trial and error that dairy products or products containing gluten seem to bring on the pain, you can adjust your diet accordingly.
Consuming raw food, which is nutritious and high in fiber, will also be beneficial, as will juicing at least twice per day.
All of the above factors also contribute to a condition known as leaky gut, which is thought by many alternative medical professionals to be symptomatic of many of today’s chronic illnesses, including fibromyalgia. Leaky gut is known to be a cause of autoimmunity.
There are also a number of supplements that you may want to consider taking that could very well help to alleviate fibromyalgia pain. These include:
- L-glutamine – a substance that can help to heal damage in the lining of the small intestine
- Probiotics – Include a good probiotic such as Greek yogurt in your diet to promote good intestinal bacteria
- Digestive enzymes – To facilitate good digestion and to combat leaky gut syndrome
- Look after your liver – supplements include: Alpha Lipoic Acid, Magnesium, Milk Thistle, N-Acetyl Cysteine, and Selenium
- Various B vitamins – B12 and B complex which you can take as a weekly/monthly injection
- Co-enzyme Q10 – dosage of between 100mg to 300mg per day
- The mineral zinc – find a product that includes copper and take 40mg per day
- D-ribose – dosage of between 5 and 10 grams per day
- L-carnitine – dosage of 2 grams per day
- Meyer’s cocktail – administered as an IV drip via your doctor; a medicine containing a blend of vitamins and minerals including: calcium, and magnesium, and vitamins B5. B6, B12, B complex, and vitamin C.
Stress management is good for the mental side of fibromyalgia, and regular light physical exercise is good for the physical aspect. Physical exercise promotes the production of endorphins and the “feel good” neuro-chemical, serotonin.
Banish fibromyalgia for good
Fibromyalgia can seriously disrupt any holistic health lifestyle. The majority of the treatments we mention above are wholly natural. They won’t interfere with your holistic health regime, and could help you to get back to your holistic health best, by banishing fibromyalgia for good.