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.