Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a poorly understood illness.
Up until recently, some doctors even doubted whether it was a real disease. Patients often heard that it was “all in their head.”
Part of the problem is that fibromyalgia has many different symptoms. The most common symptom is moderate to severe muscle pain with little or no obvious cause.
In addition to muscle pain, there are other common symptoms. These include fatigue, poor sleep, memory problems and mood swings. All of this can lead to depression and feelings of loneliness.
Friends and family often get the wrong idea about people with this problem. Those who have never experienced chronic pain have a hard time knowing how to respond. They might even see it as a way of getting attention.
For FMS sufferers, this is very frustrating. They often feel that they have no quality of life and end up losing jobs, friendships and relationships.
Fortunately, health professionals who regularly work with FMS patients know that it is a real problem. Moreover, there are natural treatments to relieve pain and to help reduce stress. A natural approach is the best way to manage this disorder for many reasons.
For one thing, it heals the whole body, not just one single issue. The modern “magic bullet” approach tries to change only one small part of the body. This is why it is not effective for dealing with whole body pain.
Officially, fibromyalgia has no cure. However in my practice I’ve seen remarkable improvement when following what I call the E-C-R system.
Here are the parts of that system:
1) Eliminate Pain
Many natural anti-inflammatory substances can reduce pain. These include ginger root, curcuma (turmeric), Omega-3 fatty acids and natural enzymes.
In addition, many self-care and alternative medicine treatments help reduce pain. Exercise, stretching, and warm baths can work wonders.
2) Correct Imbalances
Pain always happens for a reason. Something is out of balance in the body. By identifying those imbalances and correcting them, the chance of experiencing pain in the future goes down.
Fixing imbalances can be as simple as making dietary changes. Eating whole, fresh food goes a long way towards helping reduce pain. Getting rid of processed foods also helps.
3) Restore Health
Chronic pain puts added stress on the body. Over time, that damages health. Restoring health means giving the body good food, improving digestion and rebuilding damaged tissues.
Following this three-step process cuts down how often someone has pain. It also decreases how strong the pain gets and how long it lasts.
All the best to you for your health and happiness,
Hyperhealth Pro Database, In-Tele-Health, Hansville, WA, 2008.