Fibromyalgia is a leading cause of pain in Americans.
It has no known cause. It has many symptoms. Prescribed treatment may or may not be effective.
So, this means that if you’ve tried working with your physician and you’re still in pain, you ought to try some natural strategies to combat your pain too.
Here are the four activities that we’ve found have the most success in helping with the pain of fibromyalgia:
1. Exercise Your Pain Away
This does not mean – ditch your sedentary lifestyle this morning and go run a marathon this afternoon. That won’t help with your pain. It will probably cause you pain rather than anything else.
It does mean, that regular moderate exercise is a way of combatting most types of pain. You aren’t setting out to be Carl Lewis or Serena Williams here. Low impact activities that gradually increase your levels of endurance and enable you to strengthen and stretch muscles are the best. I’d recommend:
- Again, go slow, there are “extreme” forms of yoga that are probably not very good for you. You want something that Dalai Lama can do and not an 18-year-old circus performer’s most contorted positions.
- Tai-chi. This is so relaxing and soothing; millions of Chinese people can’t be wrong. Tai-chi is Kung Fu without the need to hurt people.
- You should be able to find a Pilates class near you if you’ve never done this before.
- You need no special equipment for this. Just feet (ideally some shoes on those feet) and some commitment to getting out and about.
Exercise is your friend. It releases endorphins that lower stress. It helps you fight pain. It also, happily, makes it easier to sleep. No matter what painful condition you suffer from, exercise can help with it. It’s free too.
2. Complementary Therapies
Massage, acupuncture, chiropractors, etc. have all been shown to help relax the body. A relaxed body is less likely to feel pain and stress.
I am not claiming that any of these therapies will cure your fibromyalgia, but they often can help manage the symptoms. I love a massage, what have you got to lose by trying it? If you’re in pain and it helps, it was worth it.
Some people with fibromyalgia have reported that their pain was easier to manage after seeing a therapist. If you can’t afford a therapist (and gosh, they are expensive sometimes), you could try a support group instead – it can help if other people can share your experiences and talk to you about them.
4. CBD Oil
CBD oil is something of a wonder treatment in all things pain related. The scientific evidence regarding its efficacy on fibromyalgia isn’t there yet. No surprises, when doctors don’t know what causes fibromyalgia in the first place, right?
Yet, many sufferers do say they have seen benefits from CBD oil treatment. Rather like massage therapy, I think if you give it a try and it works, great, and if not, try something else.