What to Take for Fibromyalgia When Painkillers Aren’t Enough (video)

If pain killers don’t provide pain relief for managing your fibromyalgia, discuss with your doctor what other options are available to you.  There are three FDA-approved drugs on the market now.  They are the anti-convulsant, Lyrica, and Serotonin and Norepinephrine, reuptake inhibitors or SNRI’s like Cymbalta and Savella.  Making certain lifestyle changes can also provide relief when pain killers aren’t working.

Prescription Medications

Lyrica

Lyrica calms down the accelerated nerve signals associated with fibromyalgia, decreasing the pain messages producing discomfort.

Cymbalta

Cymbalta is an anti-depressant that increases levels of Serotonin and Norepinephrine to help control and suppress pain.  Research indicates that increased levels of Serotonin and Norepinephrine help reduce painful nerve signals associated with fibromyalgia.

Savella

Savella also increases the available levels of Serotonin and Norepinephrine thereby reducing pain and improving physical function.

Lifestyle Changes

Choosing positive over negative is a first step you can take for reducing pain.  Switching to an anti-inflammatory whole-food diet, including vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, nuts, legumes, whole grains, healthy fats like Omega-3 Fatty Acid and nutritional supplements may help reduce your pain.  Avoid foods you may be over-sensitive to and keep a food journal to pinpoint those foods.  Other alternative treatments include cognitive behavioral therapy, regular exercise, massage, acupuncture and relaxation techniques, like meditation and yoga.

See your doctor to discuss a treatment plan that works for you.

 

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

 

 

Sam-E and Fibromyalgia Pain (video)

Could Sam-E be Beneficial to You?

Research has found Sam-E relieves symptoms of osteoarthritis and depression.  How it benefits fibromyalgia is mixed.  The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine suggests benefits could be tied to the anti-depressant effects of Sam-E.  Studies show people using an injectable form of Sam-E experienced reduced pain, fatigue, stiffness and a depressed mood.  Only some people taking it by mouth benefitted from Sam-E.

Check with your doctor to see if Sam-E is right for you.

 

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

How Can I Prevent Fibromyalgia Flare-ups? (video)

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome characterized by chronic, full-body pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons and other soft tissue.  Researchers aren’t clear what causes it and there is no known cure for the condition.  A few possible triggers have been uncovered and thought to aggravate fibromyalgia in those suffering with the syndrome.

Possible Triggers – It’s possible physical and emotional stress, illness or infection and abnormal pain responses may trigger flare ups.  Some triggers can be avoided by lifestyle changes.  Other triggers are responsive to psychotherapy or managed with medications and complimentary treatments.

Prescription Medications for Managing Fibromyalgia  – There are only three FDA-approved medications for the management of the pain associated with fibromyalgia.  They are:  Cymbalta, Savella and Lyrica.

Lyrica – Lyrica is an anticonvulsant that calms down the accelerated nerve signals associated with fibromyalgia, decreasing the pain messages producing discomfort.

Cymbalta – Cymbalta is an anti-depressant that increases levels of Serotonin and Norepinephrine to help control and suppress pain.  Research indicates that increased levels of Serotonin and Norepinephrine help reduce painful nerve signals associated with fibromyalgia.

Savella – Savella also increases the available levels of Serotonin and Norepinephrine thereby reducing pain and improving physical function.

Alternative Treatments – Yoga, meditation and acupuncture help ease pain for some.  Supplements such as Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, Lysine and Magnesium work for others.  Sometimes people experience pain relief just by eating a healthy diet or soaking in a hot bath.

Each fibromyalgia case is unique.  What works for one person might possibly trigger a flare up in another person.  Work with your doctor to find what preventive therapies work best for you.

 

 

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

How Cosmetic Acupuncture Restores Youthful Beauty Without Pain, Side Effects or Surgery

What is cosmetic acupuncture?

Also known as acupuncture facial rejuvenation, it’s a treatment that enhances your youthful appearance and your overall sense of well-being. Not only is it effective in reducing wrinkles, lines and firming loose skin. Clients often feel increased energy, better skin tone and a healthy glow that comes from deep within.

Facial acupuncture helps lift and firm up skin that sags around the chin and eyes, softens deep lines and erases fine lines.  It improves the complexion and gives the entire face a younger appearance.

 How does cosmetic acupuncture help you look younger?

This treatment uses acupuncture needles – which are sterile, stainless steel needles that are as thin as a human hair.   Insertion into the skin is painless, and works by creating areas of micro trauma, improving circulation, and producing collagen and elastin in the tissues where applied.  This brings on a natural glowing complexion, firmer skin, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

Because it does not involve incisions, acid peels or injections, it does not provide results like Botox, surgical facelifts or structural fillers under the skin.  You get a more youthful look naturally, without the side effects or recovery time needed from these other treatments.

 How many treatments are needed for best results?

To get the desired results, it’s recommended to plan a series of 10 treatments.  Schedule two treatments per week for 5 weeks with your practitioner.  Then, plan just one treatment per month as recommended to maintain your results.

 Advantages of cosmetic acupuncture

There are many advantages to facial acupuncture over other treatments.  It is completely natural, and does not introduce drugs, fillers or chemicals into the body.  It has no side effects, and doesn’t require downtime to heal from more traumatic procedures.  It’s also a lot more cost-effective, and can last from 3 to 5 years depending on your age and your schedule of treatments.

If you want a more youthful appearance without artificial chemicals, or surgery, and you’d rather use your body’s own natural healing response, facial acupuncture is a good option for you.  Another benefit is the increased energy and vitality that many people experience with acupuncture.  Not only do you look better, you feel better too.

Dr. Keller is trained in Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture and practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in New Jersey.

Natural Dietary Supplements (video)

Could supplements help treat symptoms of fibromyalgia? 

Research organizations list supplements as a complimentary treatment providing benefits to patients with fibromyalgia, but there is no conclusive research to support the benefits:  Three supplements might help manage the pain: Sam-E, 5-HTP, and capsaicin.  There are no FDA regulations for supplements and there may be limited information about the ingredients, side effects and dosage.

5-HTP or 5 Hydroxy Tryptophan – A supplement made from the seed of an African plant that is said to help raise available levels Serotonin.  The University of Maryland Medical Center has said that 5-HTP can improve fibromyalgia-related pain, anxiety, stiffness and fatigue.  They do note that more studies are needed.

Sam-E – Research has found Sam-E relieves symptoms of osteoarthritis and depression.  It’s still not clear how it benefits fibromyalgia.  The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine suggests benefits could be tied to the anti-depressant effects of Sam-E.  Studies show people using an injectable form of Sam-E experienced reduced pain, fatigue, stiffness and a depressed mood, but only some people taking it orally benefitted from Sam-E.

Capsaicin – Capsaicin is a chemical providing fire to hot peppers used in topical creams and in high potency 8% patches to block pain messages.  One study found that a single 60 minute application in patients with neuropathic pain provided pain relief for up to 12 weeks.  Talk to your doctor about using over-the-counter creams or the patch.

It is extremely important to make an appointment to speak with your doctor to discuss any supplements you want to try and be sure they work with other medications you are taking.

 

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia Pain (video)

In addition to the medications recommended by your physician, there are many alternative treatments for control of fibromyalgia pain.  Here are a few examples of alternative treatments you might want to try:

  1. Acupuncture to reduce muscle pain;
  2. A nice massage to reduce stress and depression;
  3. Physical exercise – very important in managing fibromyalgia pain; 
    1. Water therapy to reduce muscle strain;
    2. Light aerobics; 
    3. Yoga class, while practicing relaxation techniques, to help with depression and sleep issues; 
  4. Experiment with herbs and nutritional supplements to help reduce anxiety and pain; and  
  5. Some people find aroma therapy to be very relaxing, thereby reducing stress.

Discuss with your doctor which alternative treatments you have tried and the affects that resulted. 

 

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

Can Fibromyalgia Go Away? (video)

Medications relieve the pain and discomfort associated with fibromyalgia, but it will not go away on its own.  There is no known cure for fibromyalgia. By following treatment set out by a physician, adopting healthy lifestyle changes and avoiding stress, remission has been known to occur.  Remission can last as long as 2 months before reoccurring.  There is one reported case of a 20 year long remission.

Please make an appointment to see your doctor if you feel you are suffering from fibromyalgia.

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

 

How Physical Therapy Helps Fibromyalgia (video)

Regular exercise is important in managing fibromyalgia.  A physical therapist will create and implement an exercise routine that targets your symptoms using special body therapies and special stretches to relieve tension.  A physical therapist will also help you correct those lifelong bad habits contributing to your pain.

See your doctor to discuss whether a physical therapist is right for you.

 

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

More Energy with Chronic Pain and Fatigue (video)

People with fibromyalgia experience a loss of energy, along with constant pain and chronic fatigue.  There are effective ways of regaining your energy, but you have to be realistic.  Below are 3 tips to regain energy:

No. 1:  Stress Less
If you have less stress, it is less likely pain flare-ups will occur.  This will improve your chances of getting a good night’s rest also.  Acupuncture, acupressure, therapeutic massage, aroma therapy, water therapy, breathing and relaxation techniques and counseling and/or support groups all help reduce stress.

No. 2:  Adopt a Healthy Diet

Your body needs the right fuel to function optimally.  Pain and stiffness reduction can occur by improving your diet.  A whole-food based, anti-inflammatory diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, such as legumes, nuts, whole grains, and healthy fats found in flaxseed, fish, avocadoes and walnuts.  You should avoid eating overly-processed foods, such as white bread, cookies, cakes and crackers.

No. 3: Regular exercise. 

Decrease pain and boost mood with regular aerobic exercise combined with strength training.  You will also experience more energy, less pain and better sleep.  Start out gradually and increase your exercise as your strength increases.  Stress hormones aggravate fibromyalgia symptoms and can be minimized by practicing yoga or tai chi.

For more answers to your fibromyalgia questions, check out other videos in this series.

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

What to Tell Your Doctor About Chronic Pain (video)

It’s critical to discuss your pain symptoms with your doctor, no matter how small, to obtain a proper diagnosis.  A fibromyalgia diagnosis is based on a physical exam and your symptoms.

Use this checklist at your next doctor’s appointment:

  • Exact location of pain: Neck, shoulders, elbows or knees – common tender spots with fibromyalgia
  • Pains that come and go: Not just the pains you are experiencing the day of your appointment
  • Ongoing pains in other parts of your body – also symptoms of fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Digestive problems
  • Sleep habits -Sleepiness during the day – interference with your job or other daily routines

Your doctor needs to know every kind of pain you are experiencing to properly diagnose your symptoms and determine if you are suffering from fibromyalgia.  Make an appointment to see your doctor today.

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.