Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that is characterized by causing widespread severe pain and fatigue, to the point of interfering with the person’s daily activities.
Like arthritis, fibromyalgia is considered a rheumatic condition because it affects the muscles and ligaments. However, unlike arthritis, fibromyalgia does not damage tissues or cause inflammation. It is likely that this condition will last a lifetime. However, the good news is that fibromyalgia is not a progressive disease nor is it fatal. In many people the condition improves with time.
The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia are chronic pain, difficulty sleeping well, fatigue, memory loss and difficulty concentrating. Other symptoms include migraine, digestive problems, anxiety, depression, frequency and urgency to urinate, tingling in the extremities.
Although the exact cause is unknown, most experts agree that fibromyalgia is caused by a combination of physical and emotional factors. Some people develop this condition after an accident, after suffering repeated injuries or after a traumatic event. Other possible causes are inheritance, low levels of serotonin in the brain, hormonal changes and sudden brain injury.
Home treatments for fibromyalgia
Practice yoga, Tai Chi and meditation
Yoga, Tai Chi and meditation help to calm the mind and promote rest and relaxation of the body, three very important factors to help the body heal.
Maintain a balance in daily activity
It is possible that on good days the person wants to be more active, while on bad days he wants to be at rest all day. According to the Mayo Clinic this imbalance can worsen the symptoms the next time they appear. It is recommended to maintain a similar level of activity both when you feel well and when you experience the symptoms.
Improve sleep habits
Fatigue and difficulty sleeping are two common symptoms of fibromyalgia so it is important to take measures to improve the quality of sleep. Some tips are:
– Avoid caffeine.
– Do not do activities in bed like watching television or reading.
– Do not take naps during the day.
– Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, including weekends. See also Home remedies for insomnia
Although fatigue and pain can hinder your ability to exercise, exercise is one of the most effective natural treatments for relieving symptoms. Aerobic exercise in particular helps relieve the pain caused by fibromyalgia. The Mayo Clinic recommends looking for a professional who can help you develop an exercise program that is appropriate for your case.
difficulty sleeping is a common symptom of fibromyalgia
Avoid events that cause an episode
Certain factors make the symptoms of fibromyalgia worse. Common elements that trigger symptoms include cold or damp weather, lack of sleep, fatigue, physical or emotional stress and excessive activity.
This ointment relieves the pain of muscles and ligaments. In fact it is a favorite product of athletes. The cream contains camphor and menthol so it can irritate the skin. It is for external use and rubbed on the affected area with a gentle massage. It is available in pharmacies or online.
An alternative to tiger balm is hot sauce. Hot sauce contains capsaicin, a substance that has analgesic properties that can help alleviate tissue pain. You can rub the sore area with the sauce.
Home remedies for “fog of the brain” (Fibro-fog)
One of the symptoms of fibromyalgia is the fibromyel or “fog of the brain”, which consists of memory loss, confusion and problems concentrating. It is believed that fibro fog occurs either through fatigue and lack of sleep or because pain deprives certain parts of the brain of oxygen. Some tips to reduce the fibroniebla are the following:
– Avoid caffeine
– Carry a notebook in the bag or use the cell phone to record dates, appointments and other important things.
– Use an alarm clock when cooking or to remind you to pick up your children from an activity.
– Organize the house so that you know where everything is and return things to the same place each time you use them.
– Make sure to follow a healthy diet.
Natural supplements for fibromyalgia
Every day more, people suffering from this condition are turning to herbal remedies and natural supplements to relieve the symptoms. The most common supplements are the following:basic serotonin. It is believed that serotonin levels in the brain have a lot to do with pain related to fibromyalgia. Serotonin levels are also associated with depression and sleep. Taking a 5-HTP supplement can help relieve fibromyalgia by improving the quality of sleep and reducing pain. This supplement is available in pharmacies and does not require a prescription. It can also be purchased in health food stores or online. L-carnitine It is believed that L-carnitine may relieve pain and treat other symptoms in people with fibromyalgia. According to the WebMD website, a recent study showed a significantly greater improvement in symptoms in the group of people who took L-carnitine than in the group that took a placebo.Magnesium Magnesium is essential for various body functions. Low levels of magnesium is a common feature in fibromyalgia patients. Check with your doctor to see if this is something that could benefit you in your case.