What does it mean to ease fibromyalgia symptoms naturally? A natural approach uses treatments that involve lifestyle, diet, nutrition, and specific activities to help you reduce fibromyalgia pain.
Medications have their place. But as you may have discovered, there isn’t a simple pill to make fibromyalgia go away. There is no universal set of symptoms. Chronic pain, fatigue, stiffness and depression are among the difficulties. Fibromyalgia has different triggers, and different effective treatments, for different people.
Most likely, it will take a mix of different approaches to treat fibromyalgia. Your own path to wellness may not be like anyone else’s path, and may take some work to figure out.
Nutritional Supplements As Part of A Treatment Plan
People with fibromyalgia are finding that certain herbs and supplements help improve pain relief without the difficulties and complications of drugs.
Before beginning a treatment plan with nutritional supplements, check with your doctor. Get the information you need about dosage, and any possible interaction with prescription or over-the-counter medicines you are taking.
Here are a few of the many helpful nutritional supplements that have proven important in reducing fibromyalgia symptom and improving wellness:
- Vitamins D, E, the B vitamins: Researchers believe that too little Vitamin D is linked to muscle aches and joint problems. It’s not just for bones anymore. Vitamin E helps anti-oxidants reduce cell damage. B Vitamins, especially Vitamin B12 help with energy production.
- Minerals, especially calcium and magnesium: Studies find that women with fibromyalgia also have much lower levels of calcium, magnesium, iron, and manganese than those without fibromyalgia. Magnesium (found in leafy greens and whole grain) and calcium are important for proper bone formation. Magnesium also has an important role in the activation of hundreds of enzymes in the body. Raising low levels of magnesium and calcium with supplements is beneficial to many people with fibromyalgia
- GABA is a neurotransmitter that is sometimes low in people with fibromyalgia. Taking GABA may help reduce anxiety and improve sleep for some people with fibromyalgia.
- SAM-E is derived from an amino acid. It promotes health in the joints and is involved with neurotransmitter function. Among its several benefits, it is used to treat pain in osteoarthritis and relieve depression. It’s found to help some people with fibromyalgia more than others.
These are just some of the dozens of nutritional supplements that may have an important role in treating fibromyalgia
They are seen as part of a natural approach to treatment because they are dietary supplements, rather than medicines, and are available without prescription.
It’s important to work with a doctor who is experienced and knowledgeable about the use of dietary supplements, and who can help you find how to evaluate them for your own treatment plan.
You can explore a few more details about specfic dietary supplements in these brief videos:
- Natural Dietary Supplements
- SAM-E and Fibromyalgia Pain
- Supplement 5-HTP Helps Relieve Fibromyalgia Pain
Dietary supplements can work along side other natural treatments. They don’t interfere with your food plan, acupuncture, massage, and relaxation techniques you want to use for better pain relief, rest, and sleep with fibromyalgia.