Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons; accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. While no one knows what causes fibromyalgia, there is evidence that people with the condition may be more sensitive to pain because something is wrong with the body’s usual pain perception processes. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way brain and spinal cord process painful and nonpainful signals.
Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Fibromyalgia syndrome tends to come and go throughout life. Many people who have fibromyalgia syndrome also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, sleep disorder, anxiety and depression.
Fibromyalgia syndrome – homeopathic treatment
Every patient with fibromyalgia syndrome has their own story, their own constellation of symptoms, their own trigger factors, their own way of coping with the illness. Homeopathic approach comes into its own, allowing for the individualisation of a remedy or medicine to match the features displayed by the patient. As with most homeopathic treatment, the medicine may be chosen based on the symptoms of the illness – suited for acute situations, or on the characteristics of the patient, known as constitutional prescribing, or both. Acute remedy will help to deal with the muscle pain, treating brunches, more known as a symptomatic treatment. Constitutional remedy will address the root cause and will bring long-term relief.
Homeopathy has demonstrated great efficacy in mitigating the symptoms of widespread pain, sleep disturbance, and fatigue, which are the most reported symptoms of fibromyalgia. Homeopathy offers several remedies to fibromyalgia syndrome, classified based on the discrete symptoms of the disease. Homeopathic remedies have no side effects and are made of natural substances that are safe for use.
The most common 5 homeopathic remedies used for fibromyalgia syndrome
- Arnica montana – is primarily used in cases of fibromyalgia syndrome where there are sore, bruised pains in the body. The body feels lame and sore as it was beaten. It is very sensitive to touch, and the person does not want to be touched. Laying down is difficult, and the patient is restless when trying to find a comfortable position. Soreness stays after gentle exercise. Fatigue, numbness, and tingling of limbs may be present. A history of injuries is usually present in people needing Arnica.
- Bryonia – useful remedy for fibromyalgia syndrome where pains get worse from motion and lying down and absolute rest offers relief in pains. The type of pain varies from sharp, stitching, bursting, sore to tearing in nature. Pain is worse at night and upon waking in the morning.
- Kali phosphoricum – indicated for fibromyalgia syndrome where a marked fatigue and sleep issues are present. Intense weakness, tiredness and whole system feels drained out. The person gets easily fatigued and has body aches, and a slightest exertion worsens the condition. Sleeplessness is another major issue that is addressed well with this remedy.
- Rhus toxicodendron – used for widespread pain in the body, in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Pain can be tearing, shooting, or stitching in nature. It is seen to get worse with exertion and at night. The sleep gets disturbed, and there is marked stiffness in the body, that is worst in the morning and in cold or damp weather. Back pain is very prominent, and it gets better with motion. Rhus Tox is also indicated for numbness and a prickling sensation in the limbs.
- Ruta graveolens – is indicated for pains in the body along with restlessness. The remedy has the affinity for the pain in neck, shoulders, lower back, and knee. Soreness of tendons and pains are of deep, sharp, drawing, tearing in nature. This remedy is suited for the pain in joints and tendons that feel worse when lying on the affected area.
Other important homeopathic remedies used for fibromyalgia syndrome are Magnesia phosphorica, Kalmia, Arsenicum album, Causticum, Cimicifuga, Gelsemium, Coffea cruda, Ignatia amara, Acidum phosphoricum, and the list might be continued. Before prescribing a remedy, homeopaths consider a person’s constitutional type, includes their physical and emotional particularities. An experienced homeopath assesses all these factors when determining the most appropriate remedy for a tailored treatment.
Nutritional tips that may help reduce fibromyalgia symptoms
- Eat antioxidant foods, including fruits, such as blueberries, rasberries, and cherries, and vegetables such as spinach, kale, bell peppers.
- Eliminate potential food allergens, including wheat (gluten), corn, soy, dairy, preservatives, and food additives.
- Avoid refined foods, such as sugar, white breads and pasta.
- Eat fewer red meats and more lean meats, cold-water fish, tofu or beans for protein.
- Use healthy cooking oils, such as olive oil or coconut oil.
- Reduce or eliminate trans fatty acids, found in commercially baked goods, such as crackers, cookies, cakes, donuts, French fries, onion rings, processed foods, and margarine.
- Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine, and limit foods that are high in sugar, salt, and fat.
- Avoid foods with additives such as monosodium glutamate (MSG).
- Drink 6 to 8 glasses of filtered water daily.
Some supplements you might consider to address fibromyalgia syndrome
- S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) – is needed for proper functioning of the immune system, cell membranes, neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, cartilage and DNA.
- Magnesium – needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions. Magnesium, along with malic acid (a fruit acid found naturally in apples) are often suggested for people with fibromyalgia syndrome because they are both needed for the generation of energy in cells in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Magnesium not only is credited with keeping the heart, kidneys and bones strong, it also helps in avoiding muscle spasms, weakness and back pain.
- Vit D and Omega-3 – some studies revealed that vitamin D deficiency was linked to anxiety and depression in people with fibromyalgia. Fish oil has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce fibro pain. It reduces the body’s production of inflammatory hormones, prostaglandins.
- 5-HTP – is thought to work by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. There is preliminary evidence that it may reduce the number of tender points in people with fibromyalgia, possibly by effecting pain-modulating systems in the brainstem.
- Capsaicin – as a cream applied topically, on the skin. Capsaicin cream has been found to deplete substance P, a neurochemical that transmits pain, which desensitizes a person to pain. People with fibromyalgia have been found to have higher levels of substance P.
Fibromyalgia syndrome can be difficult to treat, and a combination of treatments may be necessary to control your symptoms. For fibromyalgia I recommend acupuncture and homeopathy, as a multidisciplinary approach brings a better result, diet and lifestyle changes play a huge role. If you’re having trouble finding relief for your fibromyalgia pain, it may be worth trying homeopathy and acupuncture.
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