What are some of the best supplements for fibromyalgia?
- This mineral plays a major part in every part of our body. It keeps our bones, heart and kidneys strong. Magnesium also helps prevent muscle spasms, back pain and weakness. Studies say that people with fibromyalgia might have low amounts of magnesium in their bodies so taking this may help relieve fibromyalgia symptoms and pain.
- A clinical study of 24 people taking a tablet with malic acid and magnesium for eight weeks was found to reduce tenderness and pain associated with fibromyalgia which is said by the University of Maryland Medical Center.
- Magnesium is found in green leafy vegetables, tofu, brazil nuts, wheat bran, bananas, legumes, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. If you cook them the heat destroys most of the mineral so it’s best to eat them raw.
- Normal dosages per day for adult females from 19 to 30 years of age is 310 mg and for females 31 years of age and up it’s 320 mg a day. Normal dosages for males from 19 to 30 years of age is 400 mg daily and for males ages 31 and up the daily dosage is 420 mg.
- Please talk to your doctor if you have kidney disease or are taking any medication before taking magnesium for fibromyalgia or any other reason you may take it. Magnesium can interact with medications including antibiotics and high blood pressure medications.
Brown Seaweed Extract
- You probably haven’t heard of these capsules but you should definitely look for these. Dr Solomon says that brown seaweed extract shows tremendous promise in fighting against chronic pain.
- A 2011 study published in the journal Biologics from Australia’s Center of Health and Wellbeing say that brown seaweed extract may cause your pain to be reduced up to 52 percent and it only takes a week to start taking affect. This is one I definitely recommend you try because it helped me. I noticed a difference sooner than a week but I had to stop taking it because I found out I have a blood disorder called factor v leiden and I’m being cautious in case this has vitamin k in it. I can’t find any info supporting that but I know other seaweeds do. I hope this helps you if you try it though.
- People who have fibromyalgia often have tight muscles. A 2012 study done by Dr. Teitelbaum published in The Open Pain Journal says that your muscles need energy to be able to release and relax. Ribose is a simple sugar that can increase your energy on average of 61%. On average Ribose can reduce fibromyalgia pain by 15.6%. Dr. Teitelbaum said that the symptoms of fibromyalgia were directly improved by Ribose’s energy building benefit. He recommends a dose of 5g three times a day. I love this one a lot personally.
- This will help you sleep at night because people with fibromyalgia often have low levels of melatonin which is released by the pineal gland when you’re getting ready to sleep. This will help you relieve your deep muscle pain by allowing your body to repair your muscles. Your body recuperates when you’re in a deep sleep. The dose is one the box. Take it as needed but don’t take too much.
- Fish Oil has omega 3 fatty acids that provide awesome anti-inflammatory properties that can help help with your pain reduction. A board-certified rheumatologist for Valley Arthritis Care in Arizona -Nehad Soloman, M.D says that fish oil reduces your body’s production of prostaglandins which are inflammatory hormones.
- The University of Maryland Medical Center says that you should take 1 to 2 capsules a day or 1 to 2 tablespoons to increase immunity and reduce inflammation. I take fish oil all the time and it was one of the first things I’ve tried and it really makes a difference although I do recommend that you check the label to make sure you’re buying a mercury free brand. However you should ask your doctor if you can take this especially if you’re prescribed any blood thinning medications such as warfarin or aspirin.
What are some of the best fibromyalgia diet foods?
If you have fibromyalgia then one of the best things you can do is give your body what it craves which is
plenty of veggies.
Yes I know veggies aren’t always what we want to eat and are probably not what we think of as comfort food let alone anything that can help with fibromyalgia but it’s true what they say, you are what you eat.
Our body depends on the food we eat and how you feel depends on what nutrients you absorb from you food you consume so if you’re sitting on the couch eating out of a tub of ice cream then I assure you that your symptoms will not improve and you will feel bad later even though it taste sooo goood lol. It’s obviously your choice though with whatever you chose to do but I highly recommend that you listen to your parents and eat your veggies. Please check out the list below of vegetables that will help you.
1. Arugula 2. Artichoke Hearts 3. Broccoli 4. Cabbage 5. Carrots
6. Cauliflower 7. Celery 8. Cucumbers 9. Fresh Berries 10. Fresh Melons
11. Fresh Ripe Fruit 12. Garbanzo Beans 13. Jicama 14. Kale 15. Lettuce
16. Mushrooms 17. Olives 18. Onions 19. Other Types Of Bean Salad
20. Spinach 21. Sugar Snap Peas 22. Tomatoes
I recommend making salads with these foods since raw is always best when it comes to food. I have factor v leiden however so I’m a bit more limited when it comes to these because the least amount of vitamin k I take in the better but I usually make salad without lettuce, kale, broccoli or carrots. I definitely feel a lot better since I have been eating more of these foods.
I’m guessing you’re probably thinking: Well what should we use for dressing since you’re talking about salad? Sorry you’re on your own there buddy, this is the end of the website lol. Just kidding, I don’t want my seriousness to be to boring for you even though this is a serious topic.
Anyways to get back on track I suggest the you use olive oil or vinegar dressings and there are plenty of recipes you can use to make your own dressings online.
I usually make something new every time. I suggest you stay as far away from other dressing as you can because they use other oils that cause free radicals and having more free radicals means you will have more inflammation so your best bet is not to have them if you wish to avoid the pain you’ll get.
How Do You Suggest I Make My Salad?
When it comes to having fibromyalgia you need to pile on the vegetables. You’d be amazed at how eating a huge salad every day for thirty days could change your health and your life. Here’s my guide to making an awesome salad:
- I suggest you use one type of lettuce as your base vegetable. I suggest using two cups of it which
equals two servings. Your salad will be better because I have to do it without lettuce now. I sure do miss it.
- You should try to add three to five different vegetables to your salad in amounts of 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup. You don’t have to use tomatoes every time you make a salad. You can switch things up. It gets boring doing it the same way every time.
- Adding fruit to your salad is an awesome way to excite your taste buds by making it sweet. I don’t know about you but I love anything sweet.
- Next you need to make sure you add your protein. Protein comes from many sources, it can be chicken, lamb, beef, lamb, eggs or any other type of protein and it doesn’t have to be meat. I personally put quinoa in mine and sometimes beans or mushrooms. Everything you eat has some protein in it anyways. Protein from meat absorbs faster though. I just prefer not to add meat to mine but that just me. You need to add 3 ounces to your salad. If you make enough for 3 days then it’ll be 9 ounces.
- Next comes the dressing. I don’t always use salad dressing because you don’t have to. You can substitute it for lemon juice or yogurt and you won’t even miss your dressing. Why not get creative and have some fun? Being healthy doesn’t have to be boring and bland. We need our flavours. It might weird but I had made homemade blueberry syrup and used the before. I always say don’t knock it till you try it and man that tasted so good even my husband tried it not that he won’t try anything I make but he loved it too. Even my picky kid liked that.
It’s time to make some salad……. Yummy
Are There Any Other Natural Remedies for Fibromyalgia Pain That You Do and Recommend for Me?
Well everything I reccomend I have tried, either I had to stop for my blood disorder or I’m still doing it and I’m doing a combination of exercise, diet, supplements and the other things I have listed below. How ever keep in mind that you have to find what works for you. Everyone is different and the time it takes is not an exact science.
- Massage therapy is used in hospitals more than any other types of alternative medicine because it helps
to relieve pain, reduces stress, anxiety feelings and increases your overall well being in general which are all great for fibromyalgia sufferers.
- Massage also releases endorphins in your body which are natural pain killers that your body makes. The key is the right kind of massage when it comes to reducing the physical and mental symptoms of fibromyalgia. The best types of massage are the ones that combine pressure, friction, application of heat to clear the body of toxins that built up in the muscles, stretching and kneading.
Check out these types of massages that helps me and that I have done on my patients before I stopped practicing when a car hit me:
- Swedish massages consists of beating, friction, kneading, gliding/sliding which all cause fresh blood to go to the parts of the body that have been deprived, starved of oxygen and nutrients.
- This kind of massage is so relaxing that I’m usually asleep by the time it’s over which is why it’s my favorite and it doesn’t hurt. It’s so gentle and of course it’s tailored to the patient like all massages are. However not all massages are relaxing like swedish massages are. People with fibromyalgia often have a lot of stress and need to relax to increase well being as well as their overall quality of life.
Trigger Point Therapy
- Trigger points are tender areas in the bands of our muscle fibers. Most people just call them knots because that’s essentially what they are and they feel like that when you touch them. If you still don’t know what they are then another way to describe them would be to say it’s a bump under the skin but it can be really huge or really small and you may have several of them or just one. People with fibromyalgia usually have more of them than people that don’t have this condition.
- Trigger point therapy deactivates the trigger point by applying pressure to the trigger point with a thump and or tool. A therapist usually asks the patient on a scale of 1 to 10 how bad it hurts when pressure is applied, holds the same pressure for 10 to 20 seconds and then asks the question again.
- This may take several sessions over a period of time. Once you know where your triggers are and apply pressure to them then you’re likely to have a good outcome when it comes to relieving and managing your painful fibromyalgia symptoms. I like this one a lot and it was one of my favorite types to apply to my patients because I really noticed a difference I was making in their lives. you can also buy trigger point foam rollers to do this at home for places you can reach. I also get these massages myself and it continues to help me now.
Hot Stone Massage
- Hot stone massages provide another way of relaxing your body and providing benefits to fibromyalgia sufferers. When you get a hot stone massage a therapist puts smooth, heated flat stones on key points of your body and uses the stones as massage tools.
- The heat warms up tight muscles and allows the therapist to work deeper in your muscles faster. This massage feels amazing. To me is feels like it’s out of this world. They are not piercing hot so don’t worry about that. I highly recommend you trying this if you haven’t already but that’s just my opinion.
- Passive stretching is when a therapist puts external force on one of your limbs to move it into a new position. Constant muscle spasms causing stiff joints is common in people with fibromyalgia which is one symptom I hate more than anything. When a therapist moves your legs or arms in the same directing he or she can loosen up your muscles and joints. This is also known as reflexology. This one helps me a lot and I also stretch on my own too. However you can’t do all of them yourself which is why you need a therapist.
- During myofascial release a therapist gently applies sustaining pressure into your connective tissue. Myofascial release helps get rid of the pain fibromyalgia causes by elongating the muscle fibers in your body.
- During physical activities your body builds up stress and tension in your soft tissues, a sports massage can help alleviate that. You will often find a therapist ready to do a sports massage before and after athletic events on the players but it can also help relieve fibromyalgia pain. It also increases lymph flow and circulation, improves your flexibility, reduces heart rate and your blood pressure. I’ve tried it too from my therapist and it definitely helped to reduce my pain.
How Do You Get The Most Out Of Your Massage For Fibromyalgia Pain Relief?
- To take full advantage of massage for fibromyalgia pain relief, first get permission from your specialist. When you get told it’s ok then search for a trustworthy massage therapist experienced with treating fibromyalgia. A theraputic massage therapist that works in a medicinal office, center, or healing facility will best comprehend what’s occurring in the body with fibromyalgia and have the capacity to make a treatment arrangement reasonable for the condition, including that your primary care doctor might have the capacity to suggest a decent clinical massage therapist. At that point your doctor can discuss effectively with the therapist as far as anything they ought to know about in regards to your particular fibromyalgia symptoms.
- The following tip is to see your massage therapist frequently. Contingent upon how bad their fibromyalgia manifestations are, I typically suggest he or she sees me two to four times each week to get the routine down. The recurrence can then decrease gradually to once every week and afterward once per month, and it’s useful that you can do some self-care at home in between sessions.
- I suggest that you talk openly with your massage therapist. Healing takes time, conversing with your therapist and sharing all your fibromyalgia symptoms can help the therapist best outline a secure and safe treatment arrangement for you.
I will be updating this page continually and adding new remedies. I hope these help you. What do you think of these remedies and what have you tried? This page is not about exercise.