The first step in the fibromyalgia diagnosis procedure is performing a thorough medical history on the patient. No specific laboratory tests exist that verify the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. However, certain lab tests can eliminate conditions that have very similar symptoms to fibromyalgia, such as lupus, hypothyroidism, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Treatment of fibromyalgia involves educating the patient as to how to manage the condition. A rheumatologist can prescribe pain medications and muscle relaxants.
Sometimes anti-seizure and anti-fatigue medications are needed. Lastly, a exercise routine of low impact aerobics can elevate endorphin levels in the brain and condition muscles.
Treatments to Ease the Pain of Fibromyalgia
Consult your physician before following the below recommendations.
Change your diet to include raw fruits and vegetables. A juicer is a good investment so you can make fresh fruit and vegetable juice without the commercially added additives.
Some holistic practitioners believe fibromyalgia is a rheumatic disease mainly caused by eating pork and pork products, Stay away from ingesting pork and pork products, or limit the amount you eat.
Perform a mild detox bodily cleansing by ingesting a teaspoon of cold pressed olive oil at night and a cup of hot water every morning.
Some fibromyalgia patients report reduced pain when they eliminated allergens from their diet. Common foods associated with fibromyalgia pain include corn, wheat, dairy, soy, citrus and nuts. Within a few weeks of eliminating the allergen foods patients reported a decrease in fatigue, breathing issues and pain.
The effects of antidepressants should be re-evaluated at regular intervals to determine whether benefits outweigh adverse effects.
Older tricyclic antidepressants seemed to have a big impact in relieving pain, fatigue and restless sleep, while selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac had smaller effect on relieving pain.
A newer class of treatments called serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) were tied to a reduction of pain, restless sleep and depression. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors appeared to help reduce pain.
Mirapex has been shown to help patients with fibromyalgia live a more normal pain free life. As with all prescription medications, Mirapex has potential side effects you should ask your doctor about.
Pregabalin is a newly approved drug that calms nerve cells, and has proved helpful to fibromyalgia patients. the brand name for pregabalin is Lyrica. Medical practitioners have analyzed 18 previously published studies and have found strong evidence antidepressants led to improved symptoms and quality of life.
A dietary supplement called MSM or Methyl Sulfonyl Methane is an organic sulfur which eases the pain of arthritis and muscle soreness and aids in body detox. The usual starting dose are 1000 mg or 2000 mg daily (again, check with your doctor before starting the regime). As the detox effects of the MSM begin you may feel slight flu like symptoms which will dissipate after several days.
Infrared Heat Therapy
Home infrared saunas are extremely useful for relieving pain of all kinds. The following conditions' symptoms are:
- relieved through the use of infrared saunas;
- relief from pain for forms of arthritis
- decrease in the stiffness of collagen tissues
- relief of muscle spasms and joint stiffness
- increased blood flow and circulation
- coronary artery disease
- ear, nose and throat conditions
- skin conditions