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Fibromyalgia is a complex condition that can be treated with naturopathic treatments.

Fibromyalgia symptoms

Symptoms of fibromyalgia can be tricky to distinguish, but there are some that are more common than others. People with fibromyalgia experience heightened sensitivity to stimuli such as pressure, temperature, and sound. Musculoskeletal pain and stiffness are the primary symptoms of fibromyalgia; however, many patients also have sleep disturbances, difficulty thinking or concentrating (known as "fibro fog"), depression or anxiety, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), painful menstrual periods (dysmenorrhea), numbness or tingling of the extremities (paresthesias), restless leg syndrome (RLS) and jaw pain (TMJ). The severity of symptoms can range from person to person and fluctuate over time.
There are many reasons why someone might develop fibromyalgia. Let's take a look at some of the causes of fibromyalgia.

What causes fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that's caused by a malfunction of the central nervous system. The central nervous system is the network of nerves within the brain and spinal cord that control all of the body's functions, including movement, digestion, and the way we feel. The cause of the malfunction is still unknown, but there are few theories about how it could have started. One of the theories is that fibromyalgia has an autoimmune origin, which means it is caused by your own body attacking itself. Another theory is that fibromyalgia is caused by the muscles and connective tissues in your body overreacting and becoming too sensitive to pain, making you feel pain even when there is no actual injury. This means that the more pain you feel, the more the body reacts to protect itself, causing even more pain. The pain signals your brain, and your brain will tell your body to protect itself by causing even more pain. This vicious cycle will continue, causing even more pain. In addition, fibromyalgia may be caused by the brain's inability to produce enough of the pain-relieving chemicals that act as messengers between the brain and the rest of the body. When these nerves are overworked, they send pain signals to the brain.
The most common triggers for fibromyalgia include infections such as influenza or pneumonia; surgery; physical trauma; emotional trauma; hormonal changes due to pregnancy and menopause; rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus; some medications including certain antidepressants, blood pressure medications and oral contraceptives; low levels of thyroid hormone.
Fibromyalgia symptoms can be difficult to manage, and it can be hard to find a treatment that works. There are many things that you can do to manage the pain of fibromyalgia. A common treatment for fibromyalgia is pregabalin (Lyrica). This drug is also used to treat epilepsy and nerve pain. This medication can cause dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, and weight gain. Other medications include antidepressants, opioids (painkillers), NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory drugs), and topical pain relief creams.
You might want to do is look into alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, and massage. If you have already tried these, and they haven't worked, then it may be time to go to a naturopath for further help.

Naturopathic treatments for fibromyalgia

Individuals with fibromyalgia often find it challenging to manage the pain and other symptoms that they experience. Naturopaths are trained to look at the whole person and to treat the root cause of any symptoms, rather than just the symptoms. To determine the root cause of your fibromyalgia, a qualified naturopath will take a detailed history. It is also essential to find out the triggers that might make your symptoms worse so you can avoid them. Naturopaths use a holistic approach to treating fibromyalgia and will create a treatment plan for you which will consist of recommendations on how you can reduce the pain and other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. They will look at your diet, your environment, and any other aspects of your lifestyle and make recommendations on how you can improve your health and well-being.
Naturopaths can suggest a variety of exercises that will help with fibromyalgia. Tai chi is a form of exercise that is often recommended for people with fibromyalgia. Tai chi is a slow, flowing, meditative movement that can be done in short bursts or for extended periods of time. When done correctly, it is a low-impact exercise that can be done by people with fibromyalgia.
Some of the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia include gastrointestinal problems, food sensitivities, and obesity. There are many things that can help us with digestive issues, food sensitivities, and weight gain. Naturopaths will often suggest dietary changes in order to best manage fibromylagia symptoms. These changes can include a low-sodium diet, avoiding foods high in sugar or saturated fat and eating a diet rich in antioxidants, complex carbohydrates, fibre, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Many herbs and supplements can help to reduce the pain and other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. For example, herbs such as boswellia, turmeric, or  corydalis are natural remedies that can be effective for chronic pain. There are many herbs that can help with fatigue, some of these herbs include: ginseng, ashwagandha, and rhodiola. Supplements such as 5-HTP and magnesium may also help to reduce stress, improve sleep, and reduce pain. When it comes to herbs and supplements, it is important to seek professional advice before you take them. There are many herbs and supplements that can have side effects. These herbs and supplements can also interfere with your medication. It is always best to consult with your doctor before you start taking any herbal or supplement to make sure that it's safe for you.
We hope you enjoyed our blog post about fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a difficult condition to live with and we thought it would be helpful for you to know about what you can do to help treat your condition. Our goal with this blog post was to provide you with valuable information that you can use to help you live a better life.

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Inna Kurlyandchik | BHSc (Naturopathy), Grad Cert Nutr, PhD candidate

06 November 2022

Naturopathy for Fibromyalgia: What You Need to Know

There is a lot of misinformation about fibromyalgia and how to effectively treat the condition. Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that is characterised by widespread pain and tenderness in the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Fibromyalgia is a condition that is difficult to treat with conventional medicine, so it may be worthwhile to look into natural holistic methods that can help. This blog post will detail the naturopathic approach to managing fibromyalgia which focuses on treating the root of the problem.

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