Natural Relief from the Pain of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is chronic disease that leaves many sufferers searching for natural pain relief.

There is no conclusive research to determine the cause of fibromyalgia, although it appears to be a disorder of the neurotransmitters. It seems that fibromyalgia involves an amplification of the normal pain signals processed in the central nervous system. This means that people with fibromyalgia have a lower pain threshold than most people.

Many people associate the development of fibromyalgia with a physically or emotionally traumatic event, such as an automobile accident, to repetitive injuries or linked to a recent illness. Fibromyalgia may be genetic, laying dormant in the body until it is triggered by illness, injury or other trauma. Some research suggests that childhood stress can cause alterations in the central nervous system and that prolonged stress may be a cause of fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is similar to arthritis without the inflammation or damage to joints, however, it does impair the joints and causes chronic pain.  Fibromyalgia sufferers may experience widespread pain and fatigue, impaired mental concentration, feel heightened depression or suffer from anxiety attacks. The most common complaints are fatigue, sleep disturbances and morning stiffness or dizziness.

Fibromyalgia Pain

Fibromyalgia is usually classified based on the presence of chronic widespread pain, but it can also be in more localized areas such as the shoulders, neck, lower back or hips.

With fibromyalgia there are specific points in the body that is more painful when pressure is applied. These common points of pressure includes the back of the head, upper back and neck, upper chest, elbows, hips and knees.

Pain is a distinctive symptom of fibromyalgia and can persist for months at a time with pain and stiffness being especially intense in the mornings or after periods of sitting or standing in the same position.

Natural Treatments for Fibromyalgia Pain Relief

The right diet may prove helpful to those who suffer from fibromyalgia. Highly processed foods should be passed over for more nutritious, unprocessed and raw options wherever possible. Some report that following a diet similar to the South Beach Diet or any diet that is high in fresh fruit and vegetables and lower in red meat is beneficial.

Supplement the diet with a B-complex to support stress reactions. B-Vitamins from nutritional yeast and rice-bran. Spirulina is also an excellent source of B-12 when it is combined with nutritional yeast. Magnesium in a spray applicator has been reported by some to help ease pain of fibromyalgia and arthritis.

St. John’s Wort tincture has proven valuable to some. Boswellia extract is a natural anti-inflammatory. It is sometimes combined with safflower extract and taken in a capsule or tincture as a powerful, natural pain reliever for fibromyalgia.

Here are some other natural ways to find pain relief for fibromyalgia:

  • Hot baths in mineral-rich, non-chlorinated water, followed by massage.
  • Aerobic exercises such as walking, biking or weight training.
  • Swimming, particularly in warm water, may lead to improvement and relief without placing any undue stress on joints.
  • Sauna or hot whirlpool baths to encourage perspiration.

Since fibromyalgia sufferers are prone to fatigue, it is important to approach exercise in a balanced fashion. Do not become over-exhausted or push yourself to the point of illness or injury. Exercise is another way to move toxins out of the body through perspiration, enhanced digestion and increased glandular function.

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