Treatment for fibromyalgia is highly individualized; no single technique works for everyone. Most people do best with a complete treatment plan including medication, self-care, and alternative therapies to reduce pain, promote restful sleep, and minimize other symptoms.

 Fibromyalgia Pain Avoid Tips
My longer term solutions included: 

To prevent extra tension in my hands, I bought a variety of labor saving devices to help let the muscles in my hands and upper body relax:

Fibromyalgia Natural Treatment

In this article, we’ll look at fibromyalgia natural treatment, including: 

But first lets look at what is fibromyalgia, fibromyalgia symptoms and fibromyalgia causes.

What is Fibromyalgia?

It is a common syndrome of chronic widespread soft-tissue pain accompanied by weakness, severe fatigue, and sleep disturbances. It is non-inflammatory in nature.

The word comes from the Greek myos meaning "muscle", the Greek algos meaning "pain", and New Latin fibro meaning "fibrous tissue”.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Fibromyalgia symptoms can range from mild to severe. For some, just going to the street to get the mail from their mailbox can be difficult. Other people live normal lives with occasional flareups of fibromyalgia symptoms. 

Fibromyalgia symptom checklist

Here is a fibromyalgia symptom checklist of other fibromyalgia symptoms commonly associated with this syndrome: 


  • Dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation)
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Severe fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia fog, also called fibro fog, dyscognition or brain fog (confusion, memory lapse, word mix-ups and concentration difficulties)
  • Irritable bladder
  • Twitchy muscles at night (nocturnal myoclonus)
  • Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
  • A doctor determines a fibromyalgia diagnosis based on the following criteria: 

Fibromyalgia Trigger Points

Western Medicine Fibromyalgia Definition
There are no definitive tests or blood-work labs associated with this syndrome. Instead, it is diagnosed based on fibromyalgia symptoms, including widespread pain in the body, fibromyalgia trigger points and severe fatigue. 

One of the most notable fibromyalgia symptoms is 18 fibromyalgia trigger points that cause significant pain when touched. Over 70% of people with a fibromyalgia diagnosis are also diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 

Western Fibromyalgia Treatment

  • Antidepressants
  • Lyrica (pregabalin)
  • Exercise
Herbs for Fibromyalgia

Several kinds of herbs can be used as part of a fibromyalgia natural treatment.

Herbs for Fibromyalgia

This syndrome can be seen as a chronic sleep disorder. Relaxing nervines that promote sleep can be used to achieve deep and restful sleep throughout the night. 

Adaptogen Herbs for Fibromyalgia

Adaptogens support the body’s resiliency to stress. One way to think about adaptogens is deep nourishment and support for the nervous system. 

Anodyne Herbs 

Anodyne herbs can help reduce the pain and discomfort that someone is experiencing.

Carminative Herbs

Carminative herbs promote digestion and can be an important part of healing a leaky gut, which is often a factor here.

Immunomodulating Herbs 

Immunomodulating herbs gently yet effectively support a person’s immune system. They are frequently used for people with immune system concerns such as autoimmunity, frequent colds and flus, and seasonal allergies.

Exercise

Regular exercise is very important for people with this syndrome. However, it is very easy for a person to overdo it and be left feeling worse! Therefore, it is imperative that fibromyalgia exercises are supportive and gentle. 

A person should always start very slowly and then slowly increase their exercise in a way that feels good to them. This might mean a gentle walk around the block every day and then each week going a bit further.

Good sleep habits are crucial. Some of the best herbs for fibromyalgia are herbs that can help a person to achieve deep restful sleep each night. 

Having a sleep routine, going to bed the same time each night, and napping (if needed) throughout the day are other ways a person can support their overall health.

Supplements

Probably the best of the fibromyalgia supplements may be magnesium. 

Magnesium is not a magical-silver-bullet fibromyalgia cure by any means but it is a very important piece to the puzzle. Several studies have been done on fibromyalgia and magnesium, all showing beneficial results with decreased pain and improved sleep. 

Other fibromyalgia supplements that are often beneficial include: 
Vitamin D3 supplementation (based on test results)
Vitamin B12
Omega 3’s

Diet

Digestion can play a really important role in a person’s overall health. Someone with this syndrome should be evaluated for a leaky gut and molecular mimicry. 

If this pathophysiology is suspected, an elimination diet as well as gut-healing protocols should be taken into consideration. 

The best diet for fibromyalgia is one that is full of nutrient-dense and organic foods such as brightly-colored vegetables, healthy fats and pastured meats, and supportive grains such as rice and quinoa. 

Fibromyalgia and Food Allergies

Avoiding common allergens such as gluten, dairy and soy is another important step for creating the best diet for fibromyalgia. 

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