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I bet that headline caught your attention. I know it did because I’ve read my share of these types of articles over the years, hoping one of my fellow fibromyalgia warriors finally figured out a way to bring my suffering to an end.
But if you have fibromyalgia, then you know it is the ficklest of conditions. What works for one of us does not necessarily work for others. We have three FDA-approved drugs on the market, and yet none of them work more than half of the time. No one even knows what causes fibromyalgia, much less how to get rid of it.
So we are left to cobble together our own treatment plans, rejoicing for small victories when a particular drug, supplement or dietary change seems to help.
We are all on our own paths of managing this challenging condition, but I do think it’s valuable for us to share what has helped our symptoms and what hasn’t. That way, we can all learn from one another.
So, today I’m sharing a few things that have helped reduce my fibromyalgia symptoms, in hopes that this information might help others.
I want to be clear: None of these are cures, and they won’t take away all of the pain, fatigue and other symptoms. They’re just tools I’ve found helpful in my own treatment plan and maybe you will, too.
1. Magnesium supplements
I’m a huge fan of magnesium because it has so many benefits! It helps to mitigate the all-over achiness that we all associate with fibromyalgia. It also helps to relieve my restless legs and foot/leg cramps because it is a natural muscle relaxer. I take it at bedtime as it improves sleep … and it keeps me “regular”!
2. Resonant Botanicals’ pain-relieving lotions
My fibro pain tends to worsen as the day progresses, so it can be brutal by bedtime. Every evening, I slather my entire body with one of Resonant Botanicals’ pain-relieving lotions to help take the edge off so I can fall asleep. Most of Resonant’s lotions combine topical magnesium, CBD oil and other pain-fighting ingredients.
My favorites are Neuro-Soothe and Painless! If you’d like to try Resonant’s lotions or other products, save 10% with the code FEDUP10 at checkout.
3. CBD oil
Without question, CBD oil has been one of the most helpful things in treating my chronic pain. There are two different kinds: hemp-based CBD, which is sold online, and cannabis-based CBD, which is sold by dispensaries in states where cannabis is legal.
When I’ve interviewed cannabis experts, they all tell me cannabis-based CBD is the most potent form because it contains so many valuable cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant. However, not everyone lives in a state where cannabis is legal.
Hemp CBD oil is sold online and is an alternative to cannabis-based CBD. Unfortunately, hemp CBD products are not regulated, so buyers have no way of knowing whether the products are safe or if they even contain CBD. Some unscrupulous companies are ripping people off!
However, I’ve found a brand that I trust! Dr. Ginevra Liptan, a physician who specializes in treating fibromyalgia and actually has fibromyalgia herself, has put out her own brand of CBD products called Frida Botanicals. She offers both CBD oil and CBD muscle balm!
Read more: Using CBD oil for fibromyalgia
Read more: How to choose a quality hemp CBD oil
Read more: An interview with Dr. Ginevra Liptan
In two studies conducted by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, supplementing with d-ribose improved the energy levels of fibromyalgia and ME/CFS sufferers by up to 61 percent. I’ve had good results when using Teitelbaum’s d-ribose protocol. It dramatically cut down my afternoon napping and gave me an extra boost to get through the end of the day.
I no longer take d-ribose because my doctor has switched me to a new supplement protocol for mood/energy, but it worked so well that I still mention it to others.
Note: D-ribose may affect blood sugar levels, so diabetics will want to research it carefully.
5. Low-dose naltrexone
I’m sure my longtime readers are sick of hearing me talk about low-dose naltrexone (LDN), but it’s definitely a contender for this list! When I was first diagnosed, I tried a string of different pharmaceuticals, and I couldn’t take any of them. Either the side effects were too severe, or they just didn’t work.
During a desperate internet search one day, I stumbled upon an online survey that showed LDN was the most effective treatment for fibromyalgia. In two small Stanford University studies (linked here and here), LDN was found to be more effective than any of the three fibro drugs approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
It’s the only pharmaceutical that’s helped relieve my pain, and best of all, it has a low risk of side effects. A growing number of fibromyalgia sufferers have found LDN to be helpful in decreasing pain and fatigue.
Read more: Using naltrexone for fibromyalgia and ME/CFS
I had the opportunity to try the Quell wearable pain relief device as part of the Chronic Illness Bloggers network, and I love this thing! It’s a little electronic device that you wear in a band velcroed around your leg.
The technology behind Quell is too complicated to explain here, but I’ve written an entire post about the device and how it works. It’s been a surprising new addition to my pain-fighting arsenal.
I was fortunate to receive my unit for free, but if mine dies tomorrow, I will be ordering another one to replace it by the end of the day. It’s that good!
Now it’s your turn: What helps to reduce your fibromyalgia symptoms? Share in the comments below!