Options vary in alleviating the different symptoms of fibromyalgia. There are pharmaceutical medications, cannabidiol (CBD) oil, natural and dietary solutions, and more that I’m sure I know nothing about. Let’s explore some of those and perhaps you may find something you can use and/or discuss with your primary caregiver.
I think most of us are familiar with the usual pharmaceutical choices, such as Lyrica, Gabapentin, tramadol, morphine patches, etc. Let’s explore some not-so-traditional ways to help ease our symptoms.
I have no objections at all to taking drugs when needed. I take several. As a certified nutrition consultant, I’ve studied alternative choices for more than 20 years. If there is anything I can use in the realm of natural remedies and diet, then I always go to them first.
I think one of the hardest and most productive changes is what we eat. So many are brought up on processed and fast foods, it seems the normal way to eat. Cutting out sugar, dairy, GMO foods, fast foods, and red meat will make a huge difference. I have noticed a difference in my pain and energy by making these changes. I realize it’s very hard to do, though. Baby steps.
I have a few fibro friends who swear by CBD oil. It does not contain THC. That’s what causes a euphoric high. My understanding is that it helps not only with pain, but also with sleep. It can be smoked or taken in a hemp capsule. I have not tried it, but definitely would be open to it.
Essential oils can be very helpful with so many things. You can put them in capsules. You can put them in a diffuser. You can mix and match them in a roll-on bottle. You can use them on your skin. I enjoy diffusing them in my home. I’ve even noticed that my dentist has diffusers in every room diffusing lavender oil to help his patients relax. I rub lavender oil on my wrists when I have trouble falling asleep. You also can rub it on the bottoms of your feet. You can rub peppermint oil on your temples when you have a headache.
Prayer and/or meditation is a great way to relax and relieve some of the stress associated with chronic pain. One book I recommend, if you like devotionals, is Peace in the Storm: Meditations on Chronic Pain and Illness by Maureen Pratt. Meditation is slowing your breathing and focusing on a word, or scripture verse for five minutes or more. It’s a quiet, private time to reflect. When you relax in that way your body can release stress. When your stress is reduced, your pain should be reduced, too. Deep breathing also is very helpful in relieving anxiety.
What non-traditional methods work best for you? Please feel free to share. ?
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