Fibromyalgia Pain Relief May Be Achieved Through Alternative Therapies

Fibromyalgia Pain Relief May Be Achieved Through Alternative Therapies
Pain relief management is an increasing problem. The incidence of chronic medical conditions characterized by pain has risen with a larger elderly population. Medication addiction has also risen. According to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were over 2.1 million people in the United States with substance use disorders related to prescription opioids in 2012. The Institute also reports that "the number of unintentional overdose deaths from prescription pain relievers has soared in the United States, more than quadrupling since 1999." With these shocking statistics on prescription opiate abuse, people suffering from chronic pain, such as those with fibromyalgia, need alternative methods to help manage their condition and to hopefully reduce the need for prescription medications. Arizona State University Psychologist Dr. Mary Davis studies pain and is interested in alternatives or add-ons to medication that can help reduce pain. She focuses on how emotional regulation can impact health and on developing methods that can assist people in regulating their emotions. The three main methods studied include psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based mediation. Psychoeducation intends to inform people who are in pain about their condition, knowing where it comes from and understanding how sleep and nutrition can impact pain. Knowledge of how pain occurs may empower people to manage pain better, according to Dr. Davis. It could also enable them to make life choices, such as i
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