Fibromyalgia is a disease characterized by intense and unpleasant pain in the muscles and connective tissue as well as increased sensibility to pain on some parts of the body and face without any clear cause.
MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA
Fibromyalgia is a disease that doesn’t show any typical symptoms that can be easily noticed or determined. They are similar to symptoms of other diseases which makes fibromyalgia very hard to diagnose.
Fibromyalgia usually shows in signs like sensitive and painful spots on the body. The pain will usually appear in the area of the back of the neck, shoulder muscles, the back, chest inner parts of the knees, around the elbows. The amount of these painful spots may vary and can rise up to 30 in some cases of this disease. Along with the painful spots fibromyalgia usually goes with symptoms like body weakness, headache, anxiety, irritability, heavy breathing and intense heart beat, sleep disorders, stiffness. Almost 80 percent of people that deal with fibromyalgia are women. It is very common in women in menopause and there is significantly high number of people with fibromyalgia that already have diagnosed depression.
The diagnosing of this disease is hard because besides the pain and the psychological symptoms, patients with fibromyalgia usually have healthy organism and all the analysis and results are completely normal.
CAUSES OF FIBROMYALGIA
Fibromyalgia is a disease that doesn’t have any clear symptoms and even though the patient is in pain it seems that nothing is wrong. Same as symptoms, the causes of this disease are also not clear. Even though there are so many conducted researches, the cause of fibromyalgia is not yet determined.
However we can speak of few factors that increase the risk for this disease as stress and hormonal changes in the body. a possible cause can also be problem with neurotransmitters because it is discovered that the brain of people that have fibromyalgia produces less serotonin. Some experts even think that insomnia is possible cause of the disease. To diagnose fibromyalgia, the patient needs to experience pain at least 3 months and there need to be at least 11 points of pain all over the body.
Conventional medicine still hasn’t come up with a remedy that can treat fibromyalgia. However, a combination of various medications is used in the standard treatment and it includes painkillers, rheumatism medication, antidepressants, sedatives and medication that help muscle relaxation. The combination is usually prescribed by a doctor that follows the case and knows what the patient needs and what will be best help.
Fibromyalgia is a disease that can be treated with methods of alternative medicine. The combination various alternative treatments are proven to be effective against muscle pain and neurological disorders that come as a part of fibromyalgia. Methods like acupuncture and acupressure as well as massage can be of great help mostly because your muscles will be relaxed, circulation improved which is important especially in reducing pain.
Healthy and balanced nutrition will also be of great help. Study showed that food that is rich in omega 3 fatty acids can help you deal with fibromyalgia pain. So make sure you add salmon, tuna, nuts and seeds to your diet. Enrich your daily menu with raw fruits and vegetables, especially those that are high in vitamin C, A and E. these vitamins are powerful antioxidants which are effective against free radicals that cause oxidative stress in the organism which causes fibromyalgia. Food that is rich in vitamin D as well as plenty sunlight will also help you deal with muscle pain.
People that have fibromyalgia are recommended to avoid carbs, milk, food that has gluten, caffeine and processed food that contains additives.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR FIBROMYALGIA
External treatments that treat fibromyalgia include balms that are rich in capsaicin. This powerful antioxidant can be found in cayenne peppers and is pretty helpful because it has the tendency to lower the level of the so called substance P that transfers the pain signals to the brain. Besides capsaicin, cayenne peppers contain salicylates, natural substances with analgesic powers effective to lower the pain.
Prepare your homemade natural ointment using olive oil, cayenne pepper and beeswax.
Pour ½ cup of olive oil in a pot and add 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper. Warm up until it starts to boil. Then remove and let it cool down for 20 minutes. Strain through thin gauze. Melt beeswax and pour into the oil. Mix until is well blended and then transfer into a glass container and let it cool down. Seal and store the container. Apply the balm by rubbing it in the skin. It will improve the circulation and warm up the painful spots.
Massage is very effective way to treat muscle pain. Use 10 drops of lavender and rosemary oil each to massage painful spots on the body. Lavender and rosemary have the power to relax the body, remove anxiety and since rosemary has analgesic powers this easy to make massage oil can also reduce pain.
St. John’s wort is a herb that can help you deal with fibromyalgia naturally. It has anti-inflammatory, anti rheumatic and anti depressant properties and is useful for all symptoms of this disease. Make a tea of cup boiling water and a teaspoon of dry St. John’s wort leaves and flowers. Pour the water over the herb and leave aside for 10 minutes. Strain and drink. Add honey to taste.
Turmeric and ginger tea can also help because it can remove toxins, heat up and improve circulation and also act anti-inflammatory. Pour a cup of boiling water over a teaspoon of grated ginger and ½ teaspoon of turmeric. Leave aside for 10 minutes and then strain and add honey.
White willow bark is probably the oldest natural analgesic known to people. It contains salicin that is a effective pain killer. Cook a teaspoon of white oak bark well chopped in a cup of water for about 3 minutes. Add some anise or ginger to improve the taste. Leave aside to cool down. Drink a cup of tea every morning and evening.