Fibromyalgia can be a painfully debilitating disease that can affect multiple points of your body, making daily activities more difficult. Sources say it’s one of the most common pain diseases, affecting up to 10-million people in the U.S. alone. It’s also made more complicated by the fact that it doesn’t seem to have specific causes.
Luckily, while there’s not yet a cure for it, there are some treatments that range in effectiveness from case to case. Let’s take a look at six of these treatments, whether they’re delivered by a medical professional or are natural approaches you can try on your own…
This may seem counterintuitive as a patient, especially if your pain is preventing you from moving around freely. However, WebMD notes, “Numerous studies show that exercise is one of the most important treatments for fibromyalgia”. Many people with this condition tend to avoid physical activity because they’re afraid of making their pain worse, not knowing the opposite can occur, notes the source.
The key to this is your body’s endorphins, a feel-good hormone that lifts mood (depression is common among fibromyalgia patients) and also acts as a natural painkiller, explains the source. “Starting slowly and gradually increasing the duration and intensity of exercise can help you enjoy the benefits of exercise without feeling more pain,” it adds. Exercise may also boost energy, as fatigue is also a common complaint with fibromyalgia.