Once your diagnosis is confirmed, the traditional medical approach includes a prescription of anti-inflammatory agents, antidepressants, sleep medications, anti-seizure drugs, and muscle relaxants. These drugs often help to relieve the symptoms, but sometimes have complicated side effects.
If you prefer to add a natural approach, the following suggestions may be helpful:
- Chiropractic care has been demonstrated to help reduce many pains associated with fibromyalgia such as joint pains, muscle pains and headaches.
- Myofascial release and massage have been proven effective in helping the soft tissues (muscles and ligaments) to heal. Our manual therapists are highly trained in the techniques required to properly help fibromyalgia sufferers.
- A combination of 400 mg of premium quality magnesium and 2-3 g omega-3 essential fatty acid per day may significantly reduce the number of tender points and the pain felt at those that remain. Supplementing with specific doses of vitamin D and avoiding certain inflammatory foods have shown promise in helping fibromyalgia patients.
- It is critical that FMS sufferers obtain adequate rest and recovery at night. Limit your caffeine intake, especially after 12:00 noon. Reduce TV and computer time in the evening. Try light or insightful reading before you go to bed. In severe cases of sleep disorder, we will obtain a sleep study to measure sleep brain waves and will recommend medications to restore proper sleep architecture.
- Regular (daily) aerobic reconditioning is required to restore proper brain chemistry. It takes a while to build up to this, but it is a key component of managing fibromyalgia. We’ll help you get there. Also, Yoga or Tai Chi are excellent ways to improve flexibility and balance.