Easy Home Remedies for Fibromyalgia Pain

Fibromyalgia

There are many approaches taken toward the treatment fibromyalgia, ranging from pharmaceutical medicines to food elimination to sleep therapies to acupuncture and massage. They range in cost as much as they range in effect. Of course, everyone is interested in convenience and savings, but there are sufferers of fibromyalgia who would pay their last dime for even a little temporary relief.

Thankfully, there are some effective home remedies for alleviating fibromyalgia pain that make living with the condition at least a little more manageable. These remedies for reduction fibromyalgia aches and pains are advantageous because they do not come with any of the adverse side effects of pharmaceutical medications, and they can be applied in the convenience and privacy of home, using ingredients you find at your favorite supermarket, or that you may already have in your pantry.

Honey & Lemon

Not only are they tasty food ingredients, but they seem to possess a special set of healing properties all their own. One sweet and one tart, mixed together in warm water they make a delicious, soothing concoction. This mixture is thought to be effective against fibromyalgia pain because honey has a high amount of potassium.

Warm Vinegar Massage

The presence of vinegar is unmistakable when it is right under your nose. Its aroma is not nearly as subtle as the potential it has to alleviate joint and muscle pain from fibromyalgia. Warm approximately two cups of vinegar and gently massage it where you feel pain gathering in your muscles and joints. Vinegar has already been used for generations to treat persistent pain in joints and muscles, though it isn’t always the first remedy that comes to mind because, remarkably, it is so easy to access.

Curcumin

Curcumin

Curcumin, also called turmeric, is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that lend to the treatment of fibromyalgia pain. For a sweet and spicy indulgence just before bedtime, throw a dash of turmeric powder into a glass of cold milk and enjoy! Its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant agents will help you minimize muscle discomfort and rest well in the night.

Alkalize Your Body

Employ the right use of the right foods to adjust the alkaline in your blood back to a healthy level and ultimately reduce pain levels. Using organic cider vinegar, fresh lemons and lemon juice, cream of tartar and fresh, tart cherry juice in your recipes will help.

Herbs

Make teas from dandelion, red clover and burdock roots to help cleanse your bloodstream and boost your immune system. For the best results, you should drink four to six cups each day. For fibromyalgia related depression, St. John’s wort is an herb supplement that has shown itself to be effectively uplifting when used regularly.

Essential Oils

Use a pleasant, soothing mixture of panaway and wintergreen oils to massage away the pain of fibromyalgia from muscles and joints.

 

Cherry

Simmer fresh, ripe cherries in a mixture of butter and unrefined brown sugar from tree sap. Start by melting 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter, careful not to scorch it, to a liquid. Add 10 to 12 ripe cherries, and as they start to caramelize, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the brown sugar and simmer until the mixture is golden brown. It’s almost too sweet to endure!

For variation—or just to level out the sweetness—separately prepare 4 or 5 tablespoons of oatmeal with milk instead of water. As the oatmeal nears completion, add the cherry mixture and boil together a minute or two.

Radish & Cranberry Juices

Radish and cranberry juices, though stout, offer effective relief of fibromyalgia muscular pain.

Papaya

Raw papaya is another anti-inflammatory food that will help minimize fibromyalgia pain. For an interesting variation, make a tea using 8 to 10 ground papaya seeds boiled in a cup of water. Then, simply strain and enjoy!

Ginger

Consume 2 to 3 teaspoons of ginger juice to alleviate fibromyalgia achiness. What’s better? Soak your body in a warm bath drawn with 4 to 5 ounces of ground ginger powder.

How Else Can I Tackle Fibromyalgia From Home?

While we know about some effective—and sometimes delicious—home remedies for managing fibromyalgia pain, an equally important method of management is found in knowing how to avoid aggravating the symptoms to begin with. Counteractive methods can be somewhat effective, but preventative measures are an even better way to minimize fibromyalgia aches and pains.

Avoid Anything Enriched or Refined

Abstain from salt, white sugar and white flour as much as you possibly can. There are more far reaching health benefits to this idea than merely minimizing fibromyalgia achiness. But don’t do without sweetness altogether! Substitute unrefined brown sugar or raw cane sugar for refined white sugar and enjoy them in moderation.  Substitute whole grain flour for enriched white flour and avoid yeasts altogether! Try seasoning your foods with spicy accents like pepper, cumin or turmeric and avoid salt as much as you can.

Take time to De-Stress

You already know that tiredness and chronic fatigue over time will take its toll on you. Know when to step away from work and home responsibilities, and dedicate time to yourself regularly to meditate and unwind.

Exercise Regularly & Rest Well

Starting even a light exercise regime, at first, is difficult because it requires you to face up to the pain head on. Walking, aerobic exercise and yoga are actually very effective ways to decrease fibromyalgia pain over time. They are not quick fixes for immediate relief, but like the effort, the results are long lasting.

Equal in importance is getting enough bodily rest and restorative sleep. It is not always an easy feat, as sleep deprivation is a common symptom of fibromyalgia to begin with. Do your best to develop healthy sleeping habits, like going to bed early every night and getting out of bed at the same time every day. Adequate rest is crucial to your ability to manage your fibromyalgia. If necessary, consider seeing a professional who can help you learn and develop healthy sleeping habits.

Re-Blogged from http://www.chronicbodypain.net/easy-home-remedies-for-fibromyalgia-pain/

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10 Causes Of Fibromyalgia Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About

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It’s estimated that fibromyalgia affects approximately 10 million people in the United States. Fibromyalgia is classically characterized by chronic pain, particularly muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, brain fog or cognitive impairment, depression and painful tender points throughout the body.

Conventional medicine has yet to uncover the cause of fibromyalgia and only offers management of symptoms through pain medications and antidepressants.

Functional medicine, on the other hand, looks to find the root cause of fibromyalgia and other chronic diseases, treating the problem at the root level to restore the patient to health. As a functional medicine physician, I’ve helped many patients recover from fibromyalgia. Below are the top ten root causes of fibromyalgia I see in my clinic.

1. Gluten intolerance

Gluten has been liked to more than 55 diseases and is often called the “big masquerader.” The reason for this is that the majority of gluten intolerance symptoms are not digestive in nature, but are instead neurological, such as pain, cognitive impairment, sleep disturbances, behavioral issues, fatigue and depression.

2. Candida overgrowth

Candida is a fungus, or yeast, and a very small amount of it lives in your intestines. When overproduced, Candida breaks down the wall of the intestines and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body and causing a host of unpleasant symptoms such as brain fog, fatigue, digestive issues and pain. Virtually every one of my patients with fibromyalgia has had Candida overgrowth.

3. Thyroid

It’s vital that your doctor check all six blood markers to accurately measure your thyroid gland’s function. It’s also imperative that your doctor use the optimal levels rather than the standard reference range when assessing and diagnosing thyroid disorders. Getting my patient’s thyroid levels into an optimal range typically alleviates their fatigue, brain fog, sleep disturbances and depression.

4. Vitamin deficiencies

Magnesium, vitamin D and B12 deficiency are the most common vitamin deficiencies I see in those who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I’ve had several patients completely reverse their fibromyalgia symptoms with magnesium alone. The best way to measure magnesium is a red blood cell (RBC) magnesium level, which can be tested through any conventional lab.

5. Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and Leaky gut

There are more bacteria in us and on us then there are of our own cells. When these bacteria get out of balance through use of antibiotics or a sugar-rich diet, we can lose our ability to digest and absorb nutrients, particularly B12. Gluten can cause SIBO and leaky gut and SIBO and leaky gut can lead gluten and other food intolerances. It’s a catch-22 and a vicious cycle. You must “fix the gut” first in anyone with fibromyalgia.

6. Mycotoxins

Mycotoxins are very toxic substances produced by molds. Conventional environmental mold testing only tests for levels of mold spores and does not test for mycotoxins. I use a urine mycotoxin test in my clinic to determine if someone has been exposed to toxic molds.

7. Mercury toxicity

I recommend that all my patients find a biological dentist and have their mercury amalgam fillings removed. Mercury is toxic to our bodies and can be one piece of the puzzle for those with fibromyalgia. I then recommend heavy metal testing using a pre- and post-DMPS urine challenge test.

8. Adrenal fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is a result of the chronic stress. Chronic pain is a stress to the adrenal glands, though it’s typically not the initial adrenal stressor. The initial stressor is usually something such as food intolerances, Candida, mercury toxicity, vitamin deficiencies or mycotoxins. My goal is to support the adrenals with adaptogenic herbs while we search for the root cause of the stress and correct it.

9. MTHFR mutations

This is a genetic test you can get though any conventional lab. The more mutations you have to the MTHFR gene the less able you are to methylate and detoxify toxins, such as mercury and lead. The more mutations you have at this gene the higher your requirements for methyl-B6, methyl-B12 and folinic acid in order to keep your detoxification pathways working properly.

10. Glutathione deficiency

Glutathione is the most critical part of our body’s detoxification system. Glutathione gets recycled in our body — unless our toxic burden gets too high, or we lack GSTM1 and GSTP1, the enzymes needed to recycle and produce glutathione. Taking glutathione or the precursors (NAC, alpha lipoic acid, milk thistle) often help dramatically with fatigue.

As you can see from the above list, many of these causes are interrelated, and often there’s no single root cause of fibromyalgia. Because getting to the root can be complex, I recommend that you find a functional medicine physician in your area to help uncover the root cause for you. You don’t need to suffer needlessly or mask your symptoms with pain medications and antidepressants.

Fibro Haze

#Fibro - Awareness Day

Fibro Haze

Once again, I spend my days, floating in a fibro haze.
My minds a mess, my thoughts a vapour, I can hardly put pen to paper.
An indistinct or billowing mass, my heads in the clouds again; Alas!
A transparent word, not rude nor absurd, gives rise to a frowning aggravation.

Once again, I spend my days, floating in a fibro haze.
Vague, indistinct, is that right, I’m sure; I think?
Obscure thoughts fog my mind, until the perceived I suddenly remind.
Misunderstood flushes of trance, a waking sleep of sleight of hand!

Once again, I spend my days, floating in a fibro haze.
Withered and torn, wish not I was born, especially in the winter.
On a cold day, please go away, or I am likely to eat ya!
It’s not that I hate you, it’s not that I don’t care, it’s more like my mind, just isn’t there.

Once again, I spend my days, floating in a fibro haze.
Running on empty, without any diesel, that’s not an excuse for hurting people.
And why do you sit there, hating yourself, does not your family, not give you self wealth?
It’s cold out here, it’s dark and it’s lonely, it wouldn’t be so bad, if someone would hold me.

By Stuart Otway-Smith

An attempt to describe in poetry what Fibro Fog feels like, a symptom of Fibromyalgia / Chronic Pain Syndrome.

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Dr. Steven Yen on Fibromyalgia Trigger Points (Interview)

Dr. Steven Yen on Fibromyalgia Trigger Points (Interview)

Dr. Steven Yen of Natural Fibromyalgia Treatments explains what fibromyalgia trigger points are, and some of the ways these can be treated.

Dr. Steven Yen has been treating fibromyalgia naturally, without the use of drugs or surgery for patients in his private practice since 2002.

Natural Fibromyalgia Treatment blog:http://naturalfibromyalgiatreatments.com/

More about Dr. Yen: http://naturalfibromyalgiatreatments.com/about-natural-fibromyalgia-treatment…

Download FREE Pain Relief CHEAT SHEET: http://balancedliferesearch.com/

Other FREE Pain Relief resources: http://naturalfibromyalgiatreatments.com/resources/

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Day Thirtynine:

I really had a hard time sleeping last night even my emotions audio didn’t calm me as much as I had hoped it would, I held Shell tightly and didn’t let go until she slept, I caressed her face and stroked her hair gently.

Once she was a sleep I got out of bed slowly and headed down stairs, man these stairs suck, I struggle to ascend and descend them every day.

Once down stairs I sat and cried for an hour, switched on my mac and tried to just do something anything, to take my mind of my pain.

I ended up on the Relate website reading, reading and reading some more, this was a very painful experience and has made me extremely tender both physically and emotionally.

I am currently listening to Emeli Sandé My Kind of Love, over and over and have done for about an hour, for some reason I want to be sad, I want to feel pain and want to pity myself.

Am I healing or am I simply tormenting my soul further, I do not know, but either way writing this all down helps me let it all go, the stream of fears torment my inner being and infidelity howls laughter at me whilst I sleep, all I want is to wake up from this nightmare.

On a more positive note I’ve been asked to do a guest post about Fibromyalgia, I have to confess the prospect excites me.

Although I do not consider my self a writer I do enjoy the freedom that words give one to express your inner being, it is not recognition or fame that is wanted but the simple knowledge that your pain helped another heal.

My phone just reminded me that it is 11:00 and time for turbo, after getting this off my chest I feel much better and despite what others may think about publishing your thoughts and feelings I can honestly say that it helps you to release the hurt and pain instead of it encumbering you with ball and chain.

12:11 Darren contacted Shell by email today and said.

why have you told your own daughter you “know” the babys mine?….her own words by the way. Quite a statement to claim when I used a condom…how are you so sure?….stu claims his had sex with you since our big mistake…how are you sure its mine if this is the case?…unless stu is lying, or his using some “mind conditioning technique” or wat ever his desired method is to convince himself otherwise..his a bit duluded if thats the case…..if your so sure its mine, then did you pick the used condom up and put it back inside you? for wat ever sick reason, maybe you think if this baby is mine that I might want to be with you….sorry your very sadly mistaken…last women on earth and all that……your either gonna end up on your own or stuck with stu, either way goodluck with that………….i really hope it isnt mine…the thought turns my stomac to think it could be mine, and the sort of enviroment its going to be brought up in….lets hope for both your sakes its not mine…not sure I could allow the child to grow up around that….however if it isnt mine then obviously I wouldnt give a fuck…id have no rights would i.Any response would be good..if not just have to wait and see wat happends…guess next time u will hear from me will be via my solicitor if the baby turns out to be mine.

Was it all worth it then? Destroying everything, two families, hurting five children? and huge amount of close friends and family.

I guess you really do care about children, not hurting them, and clearly cared so much about Shell to not play the psychological games you accuse me off, I have nothing more to say, his words are so full of hate I never knew him at all as this persona is someone I have never even met.

All I can say in answer to this is you have really shown your true colours and despite the fact that what you write pains both of us it makes us stronger to know that you simply are not worth worrying about, thanks for your kind words and best wishes towards a new life, you have really shown what kind of Human you really are, I hope you find joy in your life, may you be happy truly happy, Loving Kindness Daren, Shell and I forgive you.

We had a good cry and had a hug and now we carry on our day knowing that our love is strong enough to survive and I will support her whom ever the father is.

Darren, May the light of love guide you when your path is shadowed in darkness.

I have to add that Shell has given up smoking and is now on her fourth day she has an inhaler thingy and has used it very occasionally I am so proud of her.

16:20 We had our relatives come over today with their crazy dog, lol it digs the garden up and wee’s every where, and would smash up and eat your entire house given a chance. It is a lovely fluffy husky with beautiful blue eyes, what a troublesome fellow he is though, they had been a bit down as it was his birthday and he felt a little down, we gave them twenty pounds as a birthday pick me up and a pot plant to cheer them up some 😉

Shell and I prepared the kids some salad lunch, tuna and sweetcorn, grapes and cheese; yummy! coleslaw and fresh bread and butter.

19:00
We have had a wonderful day regardless of the hate mails, yes we had some more and promptly deleted them.

The kids and Shell have gone for a walk now and that should tire out the kids some, we can watch a movie on Netflix now as the internet is working again it seemed to go down earlier for a while.

Despite the hate mail and sorrow that we are receiving, we love each other dearly and can both honestly say despite the pain, that this situation has made our family closer, stronger and more supportive of each other, we have all sat down and had a good talk on several occasions and we are all going to counselling starting individually from next week.

The kids have been trying real hard at home to keep the house tidied and their Sat scores prove that they are trying harder at school, overall with the excitement of our new home and baby on the way we are all very lucky.

There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt.
Doubt separates people.
It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations.
It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.

Fibromyalgia what is it?

Last updated 21st March 2012.

Fibromyalgia (FM or FMS) is a medical disorder characterized by chronic widespread pain and allodynia, a heightened and painful response to pressure.[1] It is an example of a diagnosis of exclusion. Fibromyalgia symptoms are not restricted to pain, leading to the use of the alternative term fibromyalgia syndrome for the condition. Other symptoms include debilitating fatiguesleep disturbance, and joint stiffness. Some patients[2] may also report difficulty with swallowing,[3] bowel and bladder abnormalities,[4] numbness and tingling,[5] and cognitive dysfunction.[6] Fibromyalgia is frequently comorbid with psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety and stress-related disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder.[7][8] Not all people with fibromyalgia experience all associated symptoms.[9] Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect 2–4% of the population,[7]with a female to male incidence ratio of approximately 9:1.[10] The term “fibromyalgia” derives from new Latin, fibro-, meaning “fibrous tissues“, Greekmyo-, “muscle”, and Greek algos-, “pain”; thus the term literally means “muscle and connective tissue pain”)

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress.

The brains of fibromyalgia patients show structural and behavioral differences from those of healthy individuals, but it is unclear whether the brain anomalies cause fibromyalgia symptoms or are the product of an unknown underlying common cause. Some research suggests that these brain anomalies may be the result of childhood stress, or prolonged or severe stress.[8]

Historically, fibromyalgia has been considered either a musculoskeletal disease or neuropsychiatric condition. Although there is as yet no cure for fibromyalgia, some treatments have been shown by controlled clinical trials to effectively reduce symptoms, including medications, behavioral interventions, patient education, and exercise.[11][12][13][14][15][16] The most recent approach of a diagnosis of fibromyalgia involves pain index and a measure of key symptoms and severity.[17]

Tender points Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia has been recognized as a diagnosable disorder by the US National Institutes of Health and the American College of Rheumatology.[18][19] Fibromyalgia, a central nervous system disorder, is described as a ‘central sensitisation syndrome’ caused by neurobiological abnormalities which act to produce physiological pain and cognitive impairments as well as neuro-psychological symptomatology.[20] Despite this, some health care providers do not consider fibromyalgia a disease because of a lack of abnormalities on physical examination and the absence of objective diagnostic tests.[21][22]

All of the links below  (open in a new windows)

Resources:
What is it? UK NHS
What is it? Wikipedia
What is it? British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
What is it? A. Vogel Herbal Remedies

Awareness Groups

United Kingdom
http://www.ukfibromyalgia.com/

Worldwide
Fibromyalgia World News
I have Fibromyalgia Facebook Group
Risa B. Lovitz (Brilliant articles and research are being written by this blogger.)

Got a local Fibromyalgia group or have some information, please post a comment below and I will include it, thanks.

Below the NHS treatment link was the torture chamber of drugs I have had to endure for as long as I can remember, sadly.

Treatment:
Treatment  UK NHS
Self-help UK NHS
Juicing for health

NLP (Information coming soon)

Audio to relax to:
Malcolm Hunter

Research:
The Fibromyalgia Research Blog
PubMed journal articles related to Fibromyalgia, mood disorders, and intense creative energy: A1AT polymorphisms are not always silent.
Personality & Physiology in Fibromyalgia: A New Discovery (March 2012)

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It saddens me that the NHS‘s answer to all of this is drugs; yet in the self-help section they say that exercise is beneficial, so why is it they allow me to take thousands of pounds worth of pharmaceuticals but won’t let me have regular osteopathy or physiotherapy?

People with fibromyalgia have been found to have decreased activity in opioid receptors in parts of the brain that affect mood and the emotional aspect of pain. This reduced response might explain why fibromyalgia patients are likely to have depression, and are less responsive to opioid painkillers, researchers say.

So why the hell did they prescribe me Tramodol Hydrochloride?

Attachments:

Fibro Conference 2012 leaflet pdf

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