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Relieving Pain In Fibromyalgia
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Relieve Pain With Cough Syrup

A new study has shown that a popular cough suppressant called dextromthophan helps to relieve the pain of Fibromyalgia by disrupting the body’s pain messages to the brain. By preventing pain signals from reaching the brain, dextromthophan helps to lessen much of the chronic pain experienced by Fibromyalgia sufferers. However, high doses of this cough suppressant can lead to dangerous side effects. Learn more about the risks of this latest Fibromyalgia pain medication.

Miracle Cure On The Way: Sodium

There may finally be some real relief on the way for sufferers of fibromyalgia! Jazz Pharmaceuticals is currently in its third phase of clinical trials for a new fibromyalgia drug called Sodium Oxybate. So far all of the results of the previous studies have been extremely positive and researchers are amazed at how significantly sodium oxybate works to relieve the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia as well as helping to increase the everyday function and quality of life of the trail patients. Studies have so far revealed that sodium oxybate reduces pain in fibromyalgia patients by 30% and greatly reduces the fibromyalgia symptom of fatigue. Find out more about this fibromyalgia miracle drug and ask your doctor about getting involved in the clinical trial.

—The Most Effective Fibromyalgia Pain Relief Medication

New studies have revealed that a well known epilepsy drug, Gabapentin, is one of the most effective pain relief medications for fibromyalgia sufferers. Gabapentin works by reducing calcium flow to nerve cells which then prevents the pain molecules from being released in the body. In a study performed on female fibromyalgia suffers, patients found that while taking Gabapentin they had significantly less pain, less fatigue and slept better during the night. The FDA has recently approved this drug for use in Fibromyalgia pain relief. However, there are many mild, moderate and severe side effects that can arise from taking Gabapentin. Learn more about these health risks and weigh the pros and cons of taking this effective pain reducer.

Savella—A Happy Drug For Fibromyalgia Pain

In 2009 the FDA approved the use of a commonly prescribed anti-depressant known as Savella for the use in treating the effects of pain in fibromyalgia sufferers. Savella is in the SSNRI class of anti-depressant drugs and the SSNRIs in the drug help nerve cells in the brain to communicate with one another which then in turn positively impacts the mood and pain perception of the fibromyalgia patient. Use of this drug has greatly helped to relieve the symptom of pain in fibromyalgia suffers and to increase these patients’ overall feelings of well-being. Learn more about Savella and if this drug is right for you.

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I found this list from Fibromyalgia Diet blog. I found very useful information

The diet changes that helped my fibromyalgia are listed below.

Daily doses of homemade, low salt soup made with magnesium rich vegetables, some beans, a little meat and vegetable or bone broth. When I’m short on time I use a premade broth from the store called Kitchen Basics that I dilute with water to cut down on the salt content. When I have more time I make my own broth from vegetables and sometimes whole parts of the chicken including bones, tendons, and ligaments. I call this my anti-fibromyalgia soup. I think eating this broth with connective tissue from chickens has similar nutrients that help regenerate my own connective tissue. It is also high in vitamin B12 which our nutrition testing shows my family and I are frequently low in compared to the general population. Studies show vitamin B12 deficiency may be a factor for fibromylagia in others as well.

The nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat.
English Proverb

Eating a little red meat each day, especially for iron and zinc.

Cutting back on wheat and dairy, especially whole wheat products.

Improving my digestion by eating organ meats occasionally and taking supplements or eating yogurt with beneficial bacteria. (Liver has a very high vitamin A content so experts caution that it is not good to eat in large quantities and some people should avoid it altogether. However, organ meat has many important micronutrients not easily found in other foods.)

The yogurt that I currently find the most helpful is a brand called Mountain High. I find it is best to eat it in small amounts, and it is especially helpful I have an upset stomach. (If I eat too much of it I get an over acid stomach.)

Eating more fat, especially some saturated fat. (Fat helps with nutrient absorption). While too much saturated fat is not healthy, I had been very thin and eating a very low fat diet when my fibro was at its worst. In hindsight, I realize now my very low fat diet contributed to many of my health issues.

Increasing the amount of magnesium in my diet.

Reducing the amount of magnesium antagonists in my diet, especially excess dairy, coffee, tea, alcohol, and whole grains.

Avoiding whole grain foods, especially whole wheat. For me, I believe this may be because the phytic acid prevents mineral absorption.

Avoiding multivitamin pills that do not contain any magnesium. Magnesium is often not included in multivitamin pills due to a lack of space – so the manufacturers often just leave it out! If you feel the need for supplements, usually powders or fortified snack bars are more likely to have appreciable amounts of magnesium, but you still have to check the labels to make sure. An article in the New York Times reviewed the dangers that may be associated with multivitamins.

Avoiding eating too many fortified cereals as they often have an unbalanced mix of artificial vitamins and minerals and seldom contain any appreciable magnesium.

Reducing the amount of sweets in my diet. A little honey seems okay, but any kind of regular sugar or fructose seems to make my symptoms worse.

Avoiding foods with yeast.

Eating a wide variety of homemade, whole foods without preservatives.

No one has ever come into my office with disorders caused by eating too many fruits and vegetables.
Bernard Jensen, You Can Master Disease

Limiting the amount of salicylates in my diet. Salicylates block vitamin K and can cause bleeding issues if eaten in excess. Some alternative health experts believe salicylates contribute to ADD. I suspect this may be true, but mainly indirectly because of their ability to cause a vitamin K deficiency.

Avoiding water that has been filtered or distilled. These processes can remove magnesium and other minerals.

Avoiding foods supplemented with large doses of vitamin C. One of my sons gets severe leg pains if he drinks a lot of juice that has been fortified with vitamin C.

Avoiding foods with caffeine – sodas, chocolate, tea, coffee, etc.

Eating assorted nuts daily really has helped my aches and pains, but they are also high in fat so they have contributed to an unwanted weight gain. So lately I try to watch my calories and try to limit my intake of nuts such as almonds, pistachios and cashews to one ounce a day or less.

I try to get some natural sunshine each day for vitamin D.

I have had problems with iron deficiency anemia over the years, and recently found that cooking in iron pots has markedly improved my energy levels after a few days of continual use. These days I make my soup in a cast iron Dutch oven I bought at Amazon.

If you think you might be anemic, you should consult your doctor who will most likely order a blood test. Severe anemai can be very serious and will most likely require iron supplements or other medical measures to correct.

Initially I tried switching out refined grains for whole grains, My fibromyalgia did get better with this change, but then I developed insulin resistance. So I ended up having to go on a low glycemic diet. I still eat some grains, but I have to limit how much I eat.
I don’t know if this diet will help everyone with fibromyalgia, but it has helped me to lead a more normal, pain free life.

“Connective tissue is 70 percent water, so being well hydrated is essential for the health and pliability of the tissues. ”
Nancy Swayzee, Breathworks for Your Back

Proper hydration may be another good reason why soup may be helpful for tight connective tissue.

There are two books by Louise Ann Gittelman that I highly recommend for diet changes to help fibromyalgia. They are Super Nutrition for Women: A Food-Wise Guide for Health, Beauty, Energy, and Immunity and Your Body Knows Best. If you’ve found the information in my site interesting, then you’ll like these books. I read a lot of health and nutrition books, but Ms. Gittelman’s books are the only ones I’ve read where I agree with almost everything she says. She is one of the few nutrition authors around who understands that there is no one universal diet that is optimal for everybody. Your Bdy Knows Best is one of the few books I’ve read that that helps people to determine if a higher fat, higher protein diet might be best for their unique individual needs.

I changed my whole family’s diet to eat more fat and red meat after reading the Super Nutrition for Women book. After we changed our diets, we had a lot less colds and much less fibromyalgia aches and pains.

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