Do you need fibromyalgia pain relief?
Are you looking for fibromyalgia pain relief? You’re probably thinking, well duh, why else would I be here.
First of all, thanks for coming. At Natural Health Post we take the best of everything we find and bring it to our readers. Some of this information comes from personal experience (yep, we honestly understand). Other information comes from research and studying the success of others.
The most important thing is, I’ve got great news to share. We’ve got choices!
We all know doctors give medicines to try to help. But, did you know there are a lot of other choices too? You’ve probably heard about how diet and exercise can make a difference. But, have you heard about all the relief people are getting from herbs and natural treatments?
I’m not talking about having to buy exotic potions or making up witches brews. I’m talking about stuff that is readily available at your local department store, online and maybe some at a health food store.
In this post, I’m going to share some of the herbs I have personally used and a few others that I’m looking forward to trying. Just like anything you can’t do it too fast or you don’t know what’s really helping.
What is it you are trying to get out of your fibromyalgia pain relief? If you’re anything like me, it’s not just pain relief you’re after. What about the foggy brain, the exhaustion, the depression? Yeah, that stuff can be as bad as the pain, right?
Again, the great news is there are choices. All you have to do is read on and decide to try out some of your options. We’ve even got a free handy-dandy print out for you for reference!
Let’s get started answering some questions!
Why can’t my doctor help with fibromyalgia pain relief?
It’s hard for us to image, but regular doctors are not taught to heal. They are taught to treat. Also, they are trying to treat something they don’t even understand. Until just a few years ago, no one even believed that fibromyalgia was real.
Its high time doctors and everyone else finally admitted there’s really something wrong. Some physicians acknowledge that fibro (as we call it) is real. Others still act like it’s something going on in our heads.
Many primary care doctors and even some specialists will just try to fill you up with medications. When one doesn’t work, they give you another. Then…you get to sort out what’s side effects and what’s normal symptoms.
I remember being the one at the doctor and being with someone when the doctor just kind of scratched his head. “Well, it could be….or maybe…, but I’m really not sure what’s going on.” If you’ve been there, you know it’s not that they don’t try, they honestly just don’t know.
True to their training our wonderful physicians try their best with the drugs they have at hand. But, I don’t know about you, but I want to feel better and be better, not just get more doped up. Being on so many medicines makes us almost as non-functional as the disease process itself.
More than fibromyalgia pain relief
I’m not really a betting person. Maybe you are and that’s cool. But, if I were to wage a bet, I’d lay money on it that you suffer in many ways beyond just the physical pain of fibromyalgia.
We all know how real our suffering is! Have you ever wanted to go shopping, or on a date, or to a special event, but you just couldn’t? Maybe it was a child or grandchild’s baseball game. Maybe you’ve missed work days because of the exhaustion, pain or depression. Heck, maybe you’re in the boat with thousands of others who aren’t able to work at all.
I know talking with some of my friends, I have to be thankful at times. I learned real quickly that there’s always someone worse off than me. But, you know what? I got tired of it (no pun intended).
It’s just plain not right, that we have to continue to suffer. It’s like an evil hidden beast that affects your whole body and your whole life. Sure the medicines do something for us, but they bring along potent side effects that make it hard to function too.
The pain of fibromyalgia goes way beyond just the physical pain. It’s a life pain. It hurts everything from your self-esteem, to relationships, to livelihood. There’s just no end to what this monster can do to you.
When you’re telling someone about your disease, help them understand beyond just the physical fibromyalgia pain. There’s so much more you suffer with.
If you aren’t yet diagnosed, but feel sure you may be a victim as well, you can take a look here at our article on fibromyalgia symptoms. I tried to do a really good job of explaining and describing them. But…if you have it, you probably already know it!
Tired of suffering? What we do and don’t know
After so many years of unanswered questions and little relief, don’t you sometimes just want to give up? It’s sad to say many people have. What I’ve been discovering is that we don’t have to. We can feel better. There is help.
But…what do we do about it? First, we have to consciously admit what we know and don’t know. We have to truly understand what the current state of our situation is.
Here’s what we do know:
- Pills don’t stop fibromyalgia
- Fibromyalgia pain relief meds can be addicting
- Drugs are bad for you
- Medications only mask the fibromyalgia symptoms
- Meds have WAY too many side effects
So…in light of the fact that the medical profession doesn’t understand what’s going on and drugs aren’t the answer, we must help ourselves. There are many things we can do. First though, we have to know the truth about ourselves.
How do I know if I have fibromyalgia?
When trying to figure out the puzzle of symptoms which is fibromyalgia, I often thought I was losing it. Something just didn’t seem right because no one seemed to understand.
You probably also know what it feels like to question yourself.
- Is this all in my head?
- Do I really feel all that bad?
- Am I dying?
- Why can’t I find my answers?
Maybe you even wonder if you’re going crazy. I know I did! I started doing research about my symptoms. In the beginning I read stuff about how fibromyalgia wasn’t real. People talked about us like we had some kind of mental disorder instead of a real physical problem.
That just led me to being more depressed and feeling like crap about myself. Oh boy, that was a lot of help, right? Doctors couldn’t help, medications didn’t really do much for me (except make me tired and nauseated). Sound familiar?
Well…don’t worry, you are not crazy. Fibromyalgia is real! It is a difficult disease process, but it is very real. So…why is it so hard and difficult?
I learned that one of the problems is the disease itself. The symptoms are so broad and diverse it makes fibromyalgia difficult to pinpoint and diagnose. If you’ve already been to multiple docs, you know what I’m talking about.
You’re probably thinking okay…so, how do I know if I have it?
Fibromyalgia symptoms: Just the tip of the iceberg
Here are just a few of the symptoms I’ve felt and a few more that friends and family have reported to me:
- foggy mind
- fatigue/tiredness/decreased energy
- difficulty sleeping
- exercise intolerance & muscle pain
- GI issues (constipation & diarrhea)
- and there’s still a bunch more
If you are diagnosed with this disease or think you may have it, you have probably been through the wringer. Some might say you have been in a living hell.
When it comes to treatment, that’s hard too. Once you get diagnosed there are several different meds the doctors will try. Some work better than others. You have to go through the “try this, try that cycle” and hopefully something will help.
If you want to know how to achieve fibromyalgia pain relief among other things, stick with us. We’ll show you many opportunities worth checking into just down the page. Thankfully, there are a lot of options out there for us.
The insanity of fibromyalgia pain relief
Now let’s talk about “all those medications” one more time. What do they actually do?
- They don’t take away the problems.
- Most of the time – they don’t fix the problems.
- They are bad for you. Oh yeah, already said that…but it bears repeating.
- They have side effects and make you take even more medication.
Okay so…this is ridiculous right? Well…there is something you can do. Herb treatments have been shown to help. Herbs are natural and much cheaper than medicine. You may still have to take some medication, but you may not. Talk to your doctor about what you have found here and tell them you want to give it a try. Ask them to work with you to help you. If they won’t….find another doc. If they will, that’s just awesome!
So…all that said, let’s get started learning about what we can do to treat yourself naturally and find some fibromyalgia pain relief.
Just like medicine, you may have to do some trials to learn what combinations work best for you and your symptoms. Fortunately, these treatments are natural. If used correctly, you should not have to worry about side effects. Be sure to consult with your doctor and/or a natural practitioner so they are aware of what herb blends you are using.
24 Herbs for fibromyalgia pain relief
Now…let’s see what we can find. This is going to be down and dirty. Which herb, what it’s for, what it does and possible cautions. One note for all herbs though: If you currently take any prescribed medications, be sure and talk to your doctor before starting any new herbs! Because medications come from a variety of areas (natural and synthetic), you never know how they might interact with other things (even food).
Herbs come straight from nature. In fact, once you get the hang of it and know something works for you, you may be able to grow it yourself.
Here’s some of our favorites. Let us know if you know of other helpful herbs as well. Please!
Anti-inflammatory and pain reducing herbs
Devil’s claw root
- decrease inflammation
- sedative properties – improves sleep
- VERY HELPFUL
- contains salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin
- also acts as an antioxidant
- Do not take this herb if you have ulcers.
- May cause nausea.
- Do not give to children.
- reduce muscle pain and fever
- contains salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin
- Do not take this herb if you have ulcers
- May cause nausea.
- Do not give to children.
Turmeric – Also has antibiotic properties and aids circulation.
(Do not use this herb if you have biliary tract obstruction. Curcumin (the yellow pigment in turmeric) stimulates secretion of bile).
Boswellia – Also enhances immune system.
Ginger – Also inhibits pain producing prostaglandins, is a powerful antioxidant, and a detoxifier.
(Do not give to children under 2 years old. Do not take if you are taking blood thinning medications, have diabetes, heart disease, are pregnant or have a gallbladder disease or gallstones. Ginger may interact with other medications causing them not to work properly.)
Nettle leaf – This herb inhibits TNF-alpha and IL-1 beta (the molecules signaling inflammation). This is similar to the prescription drug etanercept (Enbrel) prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and other inflammatory disease processes.
Herbs to enhance the immune system
Garlic – Also a good detoxifier, an antioxidant, and offers protection from radiation and sunlight damage.
(Not recommended if you take blood thinning medications.)
Astralagus – Not only does Astralagus enhance your immune system, it also helps to increase energy, fights fatigue and stress.
Burdock root – Is a powerful antioxidant but has even greater strength when used with vitamin E. Also cleanses the bloodstream.
Cayenne – Also improves circulation, helps with weight loss, and many other uses. Cayenne can help other herbs to work more efficiently. Helps with pain when applied topically.
Echinacea – Also fights inflammation.
(Don’t take for longer than 3 months. If you have a ragweed allergy you should avoid this herb.)
Goldenseal – This herb helps with fighting infection, decreasing inflammation, cleansing the body, and decreases menstrual bleeding.
(Don’t take for more than a week at a time. If you have a ragweed allergy you should avoid this herb. Use only under your health practitioner’s care if you have diabetes, heart disease, or glaucoma. Do not use if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.)
Grape seed extract – Also a powerful antioxidant, improves circulation, pain reliever, and strengthens and repairs connective tissue.
Red clover – Also cleanses the bloodstream.
TIP: Combine red clover, dandelion, and burdock root to make a tea. Consume 4-6 cups daily to enhance your immune system and cleanse your bloodstream.
Herbs for fibromyalgia pain relief
Licorice root – Helps with numerous fibromyalgia symptoms such as inflammation, fights infections (viral, bacterial, and parasitic), reduces muscle spasms, cleanses the colon, and helps irritable bowel, depression, PMS, and fatigue.
(You should not use licorice root if you are pregnant, have diabetes, glaucoma, severe menstrual problems, heart disease, or if you have had a stroke. Don’t take for longer than 7 days in a row. Prolonged use may elevate blood pressure.)
Dandelion – Acts as a diuretic and cleanses the blood and liver.
(Do not combine dandelion with prescription diuretics. Do not use if you have biliary tract obstruction or gallstones.)
St. John’s Wort – Helps with depression and stress in addition to helping with fibromyalgia pain management.
(If you take antidepressants, birth control pills, or anticoagulants (blood thinning medications) consult with your primary health care provider before taking St. John’s Wort as it can have interactions with these meds. It may cause anxiety, gastrointestinal symptoms, headaches, and increase sensitivity to sunlight.)
Cat’s claw – Used to treat pain, inflammation, tumors, ulcers, and arthritis by the Peruvian Indians. Also used as a detoxifier.
(Do not use if you are pregnant or have a bleeding disorder. Possible side effects: headache, stomach-ache, or difficulty breathing.)
Ginger – Inhibits pain producing prostaglandins, helps with flu-like symptoms, headaches, nausea and stomach upset. Also a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
(Do not give to children under 2 years old. Do not take if taking blood thinning medications, have diabetes, heart disease, are pregnant or have a gallbladder disease or gallstones. Ginger may interact with other medications causing them not to work properly.)
Feverfew – Helps fight inflammation, muscle tension and spasms.
(Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing. Before using feverfew, consult with your health care provider if taking blood thinning medications or over the counter pain medications. Combining feverfew with these medications can result in internal bleeding.)
Ginseng – Helps with fibromyalgia fatigue. Also enhances immune function, improves circulation, and helps with stress.
(You should not use ginseng if you have high blood pressure, are pregnant or nursing.)
Improve your sleep
Valerian root – This herb is great to use for a lot of fibromyalgia symptoms. It helps you to have better sleep quality, improves circulation, and helps with anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, IBS, muscle cramps, pain, and stress.
(Don’t combine alcohol with this herb. Use caution when driving or operating hazardous machinery. Valerian may cause drowsiness and dizziness.)
Kava kava– Helps with mental and physical relaxation, elevates mood, also acts as a diuretic, and helps with muscle spasms, anxiety, and other stress related disorders. Has other uses also.
(Don’t combine alcohol with this herb. Use caution when driving or operating hazardous machinery. Valerian may cause drowsiness and dizziness. Do not use Kava if you are pregnant or nursing, have depression, liver or skin diseases. Consult with your primary health care provider before taking if you are taking prescription medications.)
Devil’s Claw Root – Helps reduce pain and inflammation. Promotes better quality sleep.
(Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing. Do not take this herb if you are taking blood-thinning medications without consulting your health care practitioner first.)
Another idea that helps me & might help you too…
It’s a good idea to keep a journal to document the herbs or any other natural fibromyalgia treatments you begin and how they affect you.
Write in your journal daily to track:
- how you felt
- herbs you are taking
- any other treatments
- your daily progress
By keeping a journal you will be able to track what has worked for you and what has not. You can share this information with your primary care provider. Who know you might help them learn something about how to get fibromyalgia pain relief!
It may be difficult at times, but try to be patient and keep a positive attitude. It may take several weeks to see good results for some patients.
Fibromyalgia pain relief wrap up
In summary of what we’ve covered, just remember you are not alone. You are not crazy and there IS help! You may not be able to get off all the drugs, but you may? By investigating alternative methods for the control of your fibromyalgia pain and other symptoms, you stand a better chance of controlling it. Then, it doesn’t control you.
We here at Natural Health Post would love to hear about your experiences. Let us know what success you have!
Psst…scroll down and click on the link for the free printable herb chart! It includes a few more ideas on how to improve cognitive ability and get better sleep!
Until next time…in nature with you,
Treating fibromyalgia is often most successful with a combination of diet, exercise, herbs and supplements, and getting proper rest and sleep.
**Caution: Herbs can possibly have side effects or interact with other herbs or medications you are taking. For this reason, you should consult your qualified health care practitioner with knowledge of natural/botanical medicine before beginning any new herbs for fibromyalgia treatment.
Inappropriate use of herbs can be DANGEROUS. Do not use herbs if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, are a child under age 11, have an illness, or are on any medications unless you have consulted with your health care provider.
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