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Are We Any Closer to a Fibromyalgia Cure? | The Natural Cure To Fibromyalgia

Are We Any Closer to a Fibromyalgia Cure?

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Fibromyalgia is a condition that commonly affects women aged between 20-55. It is a syndrome that increases with age. It is a condition that is said to affect about 2% of America’s population. Experts say that almost 3-6 million people are affected by the disorder. Unfortunately, although not a fibromyalgia cure, pain medication is available to everyone.

The exact causes of fibromyalgia are still unknown. Nevertheless, even though the cause is yet to be determined, the symptoms have been established to ensure better and more accurate diagnosis of the syndrome.

It has been observed that almost 50% of cases of fibromyalgia begin after a traumatic experience or having a flu-like illness. Chronic widespread pain is one of the most common and prominent symptoms of fibromyalgia. Others include food sensitivities, low adrenal function, nutrient deficiencies, metabolic disorders, fatigue, sleep disorders and more.

At the moment modern medicine is being used to treat people with fibromyalgia. Drugs and treatment may not be focused on curing the origin of the condition, but various medications are used to treat individual symptoms of the syndrome.

For example, analgesics such as Acetaminophen (i.e. Tylenol) are recommended by doctors to ease the pain and stiffness caused by fibromyalgia. However, the effectiveness of these drugs varies from person to person.

Doctors may also suggest that patients take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen sodium. These painkillers are oftentimes coupled with other medications to increase the chance of successfully managing the pain brought about by fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is also known to cause depression and anxiety among patients. This is why antidepressants are commonly prescribed to people afflicted with the condition.

Antidepressants play two roles in fibromyalgia treatments, firstly they address the sleep disorders that seem to come with the syndrome and also help those who are actually experiencing depression.

Muscle relaxants such as cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) are recommended by doctors to treat muscle pain and spasms. However, most muscle relaxants only work temporarily and are often not a long-term solution. Recent studies have shown that anti-convulsants used in epilepsy cases seem to be effective in decreasing chronic pain as well.

In June of this year the FDA approved Lyrica, a drug originally formulated to treat diabetic peripheral neuropathy – the nerve pain associated with diabetes, for the treatment of Fibromyalgia. 

This comes with good and not so good news. The good news is that with the introduction of an approved FDA drug it means that Fibromyalgia as a condition will receive recognition. No more being brushed off at the doctor’s surgery.

The not so good news is that it comes with quite a list of side effects. These have come from the Lyrica website:

dizziness, sleepiness, dry mouth, and edema. Plus blurred vision, weight gain, constipation, euphoric mood, and loss of balance. Also, increase appetite and trouble concentrating. Lyrica may also cause serious allergic reactions.
So, with the possibility of side effects and the expense of taking drugs, many people are looking for more natural means of treating the condition.

There are proven ways of treating fibromyalgia. Some are surprisingly simple and yet are truly effective means to relieve the pain, correct sleep disorders and combat abnormal fatigue.

A guided exercise program is one of the most basic natural means of giving patients a feeling of control over the disorder. Also, coping skills and stress management are very important treatments for people with fibromyalgia.

Having the right diet and eating the right food can also dramatically improve symptoms.  Lessening intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates and increasing intake of low fat, low sodium whole foods, fruits and vegetables can make a marked difference to overall wellbeing.

Although a fibromyalgia cure is not available in the truest sense of the word, adopting some lifestyle changes, alongside any prescribed medication can alleviate symptoms and allow you to take charge of your life again.

If you haven’t already done so you can grab your free copy of the free fibromyalgia newsletter and discover other possible Fibromyalgia cure options.

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2 Responses

  1. September 6th, 2007 | 9:10 pm

    Hi Jane, this post is not an advertisement by any means.

    I’m an Australian herbalist and I blend and sell herbal teas on and offline. I have fybro, got it last year after recovering from Ross River Fever.

    I blend and sell an arthritis mix, and a sore muscle relief, herbal tea.

    For my fybro I mix them both together and drink a big teapot full every day, and it has given me great relief from fybro, in fact Im well and truly on top of it.

    I cant sell with any confidence overseas because of quarantine and customs restraints (the product may not arrive).

    However there is no doubt that herbal remedies work, and I recommend any one with fybro to look at herbal, rather than drug pain relief solutions.

    Patrick OBrien, HH(Dip)MH, Herbalist

  2. September 8th, 2007 | 4:23 am

    I have had a herbal remedies and supplements website for 19 months or so and have begun to expand the offerings to information.

    One of the products is your book “Natural Cures for Fibromyalgia” as well as building a subscriber list to send your newletter through.

    Your current posting above is really great news as relief from the pain and discomfort, but which is better, less pain, more unknown, or the reverse?f Are any studies being done by reputable research doctors?

    Phone: 248-709-3754

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