Besides Arnica, is there anyother natural rememdies one can use for the pain of fibromyalgia? What about help with sleep?
One of my daughters has recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and I'm trying to find as much natural relief for her as possible.
1. Essential oils: for relaxation (lavender) and natural pain relief (Basil and Marjoram, mixed with massage oil and rubbed in is wonderful and fast for spasms and cramps; Peppermint oil stops that dull aching pain).
2. Colloidal Minerals: taken both internally and apply topically, directly to the muscles that are hurting.
3. S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe): is compound that occurs naturally in the body. A couple of preliminary studies suggest that SAMe may help with fibromyalgia.
4. Magnesium: a mineral found in green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains and in nutritional supplements. 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).
5. Vitamin D: Fibromyalgia and generalized aches and pains not meeting the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia have been attributed by some researchers to vitamin D deficiency.
6. 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP): The supplement 5-HTP is thought to work by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. There is preliminary evidence that it may reduce the number of tender points in people with fibromyalgia, possibly by effecting pain-modulating systems in the brainstem.
7. Boswellia: Boswellia has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine. Recently, the boswellic acids that are a component of the resin it produces have shown some promise as a treatment for asthma and various inflammatory conditions, including fibromyalgia
These are just a few naturla methods. There are many others out there. Their efficacy however, has not been conclusively proven in double blind studies.
Yes, but I still think that there is nothing better than 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP). It is a natural amino acid and it helps your body produce serotonin. This chemical helps regulate your mood. This may also help improve fibromyalgia symptoms and it may help relieve pain, morning stiffness, fatigue, and anxiety because in some cases fibromyalgia pain relief can't help. Sure, you should know that some research is needed, but scientists believe it works similarly to anti-depressants and that it is very helpful. Also, you can do yoga and try to meditate. I am sure that this will also help the pain go away. Good luck!
Also, yoga and/or gentle stretching helps me deal with the pain throughout the day...especially working in an office environment, I have to make even more of a conscious effort than most to remember to continuously take breaks and stretch and not over-do things.
Also, bath salts and warm baths are my best friend. I never rent an apartment without checking out the bathtub first. This is especially helpful after massage therapy, because I tend to feel pain after massage.
As for supplements, I have tried vitamin D and magnesium but noticed no positive results so far, but I figure its probably good for me to take anyway so why not.
And of course there are prescription options that can be discussed with her doctor. I've not tired any prescription medicine for my fibromyalgia to date, I'm only 25 so I'm trying to manage it naturally to the best of my ability now.