Myths of Fibromyalgia – Myth 4/6

This is so wrong. While there is no cure, this can be managed.

Pharmaceutical options include Lyrica, Gabapentin, Savella ( US), Cymbalta, SSRI anti-depressants such as Paxil or Prozac, trycyclics anti-depressants like Amitriptyline, muscle relaxants like Flexeril or Baclofen, sedatives for sleep such as Imovane, pain medications from Tylenol to Tramadol to Fentanyl (not my recommendation) or Medical Marijuana in its synthetic & natural forms where available. Also available at many pain clinics are injectable pain treatments. These include trigger point & nerve injections, lidocaine infusion and epidural for accompanying issues. 

Other non-prescription medical practitioners that may help include osteopathy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, RMT, as well as those who practice Biofeedback therapy and CBT.

Vitamin supplements have been recommended. While a daily vitamin is good for almost everyone, there are many others that are suggested to help Fibromyalgia. Depending on who you talk to, these include vitamins A, B, C, D, & E, zinc, magnesium, calcium, 5-HTP, SAMe, fish oil/Omega 3s, Saint John’s Wart, and melatonin. Additionally a healthy diet is always optimum. Include  fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy if you’re not sensitive to them, healthy oils, legumes, and low-fat protein, like fish and chicken. Try to limit alcohol, sugar, caffeine & processed foods, and remove MSG &: Aspartame. It is also recommended to reduce or remove heavy foods such as dairy because of possible links to serotonin. Please talk to a doctor before making any significant diet changes.

Exercise such as mild stretching, walking, yoga (there is chair yoga & even a video of yoga for fibro floating around), tai chi and water aerobics can be helpful. For those in betters shape, try aquafit classes, jogging/running, swimming and hot or power yoga. Again, please speak to your doctor before making significant changes to your fitness routine.

Meditation & mildfulness have also helped many. 

Home treatments include cold such as ice packs,  heat such as heating pads, hot baths or a hot tub, muscle rubs like A535.

Most importantly is self-care. This includes reducing stress, getting sufficient healthy sleep, regular exercise, ensuring your home environment is safe comfortable & healthy and pacing one’s self as per your current abilities.

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My personal regime? It’s changed over time & sine is currently on hold due to COVID19. I currently take a muscle relaxants, a sedative when needed, synthetic & natural CBD/THC, an an-inflammatory but that’s not really for the fibro), and Tylenol 3’s. I take melatonin most nights & have sedatives for when needed. I also get trigger & nerve point injections. In the winter, I also get an epidural or 2 for the OA in my lower back.

I try to watch my diet, but I love sugar & dairy. I also forget to eat sometimes.  I also take Vitamin D supplements.

I have multiple muscle rubs depending on what the pain is as well as both a heating pad & heating blanket. I also find, for me, orgasms help me relax.

Once COVID19 clears I will again have access to osteopathy, physiotherapy, massage, and my gym for the hot tub, yoga, aquafit and eventually back to Arriba.   In the mean time I am trying to get out for walks, jogs, or do the online classes from my gym but lack of motivation is getting to me. 

Admittedly, what I’m missing most is the hot tub.  And the social aspect with the other “Y” ladies.

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