Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain. Unfortunately there are no measurable findings on lab tests or xrays. Even though fibromyalgia doesn’t damage the joints or organs, the constant pain from this ailment can take its toll, and has a significant impact on your everyday life. There are many theories as to what the cause could be, but research has yet to find the actual culprit. Some doctors believe it could be hormonal or chemical imbalances that disrupt the way nerves signal pain. Others suggest that it could be a traumatic event or chronic stress could increase one’s susceptibility. Most experts agree that fibromyalgia could result from a combination of factors rather than one. Fibromyalgia usually affects women between the age of 25 and 60. Because there is no blood test or xray to show that you have it, others around you, doctors and maybe even you yourself believe that it is all in your head. Well it isn’t. The pain and ill effects you are feeling are very real, so please remember that you are not alone.
Here is a list of just some of the widespread symptoms:
- Disturbed sleep
- Feeling achy
- Tender points on the body
- Increased sensitivity to light, sounds, smells and chemicals
- Lumps or knots in the muscles
- General weakness of the body
- Difficulty concentrating
- Poor memory
- Chronic headaches
- Painful periods or the time before your period (PMS)
Natural Fibromyalgia remedies that work
S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) is compound that occurs naturally in the body. It’s needed for proper immune function, and helps maintain cell membranes. It also assists in the production and breakdown of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, nor epinephrine, and dopamine, and it also plays a role in the formation of cartilage and our genetic material (DNA).
A study suggests that SAMe may help with fibromyalgia. A small double-blind study evaluated the effect of S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) or placebo in 17 people with fibromyalgia, 11 of whom had depression. The number of tender points decreased after SAMe but not placebo. Depression, as assessed by two rating scales, improved after SAMe but not placebo.
I recommend Nature Made® SAM-e 200 mg – 90 Enteric Coated Tablets
Magnesium is a mineral found naturally in foods such as green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains and in nutritional supplements.
Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions. Magnesium, along with malic acid (a fruit acid found naturally in apples) are often suggested for people with fibromyalgia because they are both needed for the generation of energy in cells in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
I recommend Natural Factors Magnesium Citrate 150mg Capsules, 90-Count
Vitamin D can definitely help with Fibromyalgia. Generalized aches and pains have been attributed by some researchers a vitamin D deficiency. For example, a large German study examined 994 people and found a strong correlation between low vitamin D levels and higher rates and longer duration of generalized bone and/or muscle aches and pains.
A study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings examined 150 people with persistent, non-specific musculoskeletal pain in Minnesota. The researchers found that 93% of them had deficient levels of vitamin D. A vitamin D deficiency is also linked to anxiety and depression in people with fibromyalgia.
I recommend Bariatric Advantage Dry Vitamin D 5000 IU – 60 ct
5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) The supplement 5-HTP is thought to work by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. There is more evidence that it may reduce the number of tender points in people with fibromyalgia, possibly by effecting pain-modulating systems in the brain stem.
A double-blind, placebo controlled study looked at 5-HTP or placebo in 50 people with fibromyalgia. After four weeks, people taking 5-HTP had a significant improvement in pain, the number of tender points, stiffness, anxiety, fatigue, and sleep.
I recommend NOW Foods 5-HTP 100mg, 120 VCaps
Vitamin B12 - A Swedish study demonstrated low levels of vitamin B12 in the cerebrospinal fluid of people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Twelve women who met the criteria for both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome were studied, along with a control group of 18 healthy women.
Levels of homocysteine in cerebrospinal fluid were over three times higher in the women who had fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome compared to the control group. Cerebrospinal fluid vitamin B12 levels were also low in 7 out of 12 people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
I recommend Natural Factors Vitamin B12 Methylcobalamin 5000mcg Tablets, 60-Count
Capsaicin Cream - Capsaicin is the active ingredient in chili peppers. It’s thought to temporarily relieve pain.
When applied to the skin, capsaicin cream has been found to deplete substance P, which is a neurochemical that transmits pain and desensitizes a person to the pain. People with fibromyalgia have been found to have higher levels of substance P.
One study examined the effectiveness of capsaicin in fibromyalgia. Participants in the study applied 0.025% capsaicin cream four times a day to tender points. After 4 weeks, they had a reduction in pain.
I recommend Capzasin-HP Arthritis Relief Topical Analgesic Cream, .1-Percent Capsaicin, 1.5-Ounce Tubes (Pack of 2)