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What You Should Know About Fibromyalgia High Blood Pressure | The Natural Cure To Fibromyalgia

What You Should Know About Fibromyalgia High Blood Pressure


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Oftentimes, when fibromyalgia is diagnosed, people are prescribed medications to treat pain and other symptoms associated with the disorder. But recent studies have shown that there may be a fibromyalgia high blood pressure link and certain medications may even put a patient at risk. 

Serotonin, fibromyalgia and high blood pressure

Serotonins are neuro-transmitters that pass on messages from one cell to the next via synapses. In the central nervous system, serotonin affects memory, mood and sensations of pain. A condition called Serotonin Syndrome is characterized by increased serotonin levels in the body. 

For people who have fibromyalgia, serotonin syndrome can become a problem. Some of the newer and most promising treatments for fibromyalgia are serotonin-based medications. These medications provide relief from pain and muscle stiffness but they can also elevate the levels of serotonin in the body. As a result, fibromyalgia patients can feel dizzy, restless, confused, uncoordinated, sweaty and anxious.

If left untreated, this syndrome can lead to complications including high blood pressure.  If allowed to progress, high blood pressure as a result of fibromyalgia medication can be life-threatening and lead to seizures and strokes.

High blood pressure as a result of fibromyalgia

In a recent study conducted by the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin, it was found that fibromyalgia increases the risk developing metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome brings with it a host of risk factors that include stroke and high blood pressure.

In the study that involved 109 women who have fibromyalgia, it was found that they were 5.5 times more likely to develop metabolic risks than women who were healthy are. They also tended to have higher body mass index, LDL cholesterol levels, glycosylated hemoglobin and yes, high blood pressure.

Changing the way we treat fibromyalgia

The American Heart Association recently made a statement regarding the use of certain drugs to treat chronic pain, including those associated with fibromyalgia. According to the statement, the AHA advises doctors to use treatments that are non-pharmacologic as a first line of defense against fibromyalgia. Only when this approach fails should doctors consider medications to provide relief but only in a ’stepped-care’ approach. The AHA believes that chronic pain, including fibromyalgia pain, can be overcome without the need to expose patients to risks such as heart problems and high blood pressure.

Due to the side effects of certain medications, fibromyalgia is often inadvertently linked to high blood pressure.  Because of the accompanying risks involved, patients must work closely with their doctors to find the proper medications that can treat their disorder and still keep the negative risks low. Patients should be aware of the fibromyalgia high blood pressure connection so they know what to expect and to see their doctor immediately if a negative reaction is experienced.

If you haven’t already done so you can grab your free copy of the free fibromyalgia newsletter and discover proven natural methods to help you combat the pain and frustration of Fibromyalgia. Plus, information on other complications like the fibromyalgia high blood pressure link.

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2 Responses

  1. Renee Hall
    July 13th, 2007 | 7:29 pm

    I have been studying about what might be a miracle called Synthovial Seven at http://www.hyalogic.com. Have you heard about this? and I am hoping to get off alieve and trying something natural and no side effects. I pray this is the answer for me. Thanks, renee hall

  2. July 13th, 2007 | 9:11 pm

    Hi Renee

    Hyaluronic acid is a naturally forming substance that is found in the synovial fluid surrounding our joints and can be found in almost all connecting tissues throughout the human body.

    Recent research from a study of 35 people with fibromyalgia who were given hyaluronic acid over a period of 1 to 14 months resulted in a reduction of pain in most sufferers. Specifically 21 people had no pain after the treatment, 6 people experienced a 60% reduction in pain and just 8 sufferers reported no difference to their pain levels.

    Hyaluronic acid reduces pain by subduing nerve sensitivity linked to joint pain, calming inflammation, changing the behavior of immune cells, and increasing the body’s production of hyaluronic acid in cells found in the joint lining.

    I would talk to your doctor for further advice before starting to take Hyaluronic acid and definitely don’t stop taking your meds without consultation.

    Kind regards

    Jane

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