ACUPUNCTURE: Some people have seen very minimal and temporary relief from acupuncture. Acupuncture is very good for treating a lot of different things, but not Fibromyalgia. The biggest contribution acupuncture can make is stress relief, which stress is a dangerous friend of Fibromyalgia.
ACUPRESSURE: Again people see very minimal to temporary relief from acupressure. This is recommended over acupuncture, but still not a good source of treatment for Fibromyalgia. Trigger points associated with Fibromyalgia are located deeply under your muscle tissue, which cannot be effectively treated with standard acupressure.
PHYSICAL THERAPY: One of the biggest mistakes you can make is going to physical therapy. Average physical therapists and doctors do not understand Fibromyalgia and will put through a lot of unnecessary treatment which can be time consuming, painful, expensive, and extremely disappointing.
MASSAGE THERAPY: Massage therapy can be good to alleviate strained muscles surrounding trigger point areas, but this will not help get rid of your trigger points. Just as in acupressure the trigger points are too deep in your body to effectively massage by hand. If you're interested in massage techniques that will help, please see our section on massaging trigger points. Like the exercise routine we have developed them specifically for people with Fibromyalgia. This will provide immediate relief, but there are no permanent results.
CHIROPRACTORS: One of the main reasons is that trigger points and tight muscles will cause you to lose your posture in the spine. Inflamed trigger points make it difficult to keep your body in a good position while sitting, standing, or even laying down. The effects of keeping unhealthy posture can cause permanent damage your spine, this can lead to surgeries. Many people with Fibromyalgia tend to crack their neck and back excessively to alleviate pain, this is not recommended and can cause severe damage in your body. You should maintain going to a chiropractor to keep you spine and hips aligned without stress. Trying to self adjust your back is not recommended and only chiropractors know how to maintain adjustments. Many people will go bi-weekly or monthly to get adjusted properly. It is highly recommended that you see a chiropractor if suffering from Fibromyalgia.
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: Many doctors will prescribe muscle relaxers, anti inflammatory, and even pain killers to people they believe are suffering from Fibromyalgia. These medications will provide temporary relief and are also accompanied with side effects. Unfortunately many people will try to maintain a lifestyle with heavy medications to maintain Fibromyalgia pain. This is not recommended for anything but temporary relief. If you're thinking about taking medication you should restrict your use to anti inflammatory medication, muscle relaxers, and pain medication that comes in patches. Medication in patches will provide longer relief and will be more effective for treating Fibromyalgia pain.
FIBROMYALGIA MEDICATIONS: Medications that are said to be Fibromyalgia medications come with a lot of side effects. Besides that these medications were not made for Fibromyalgia treatment but marketed for them because they helped Fibromyalgia symptoms. In fact medications like Lyrica and Cymbalta were used for treating other disorders like depression. These medications come with many different side effects such as depression, dizziness, nausea, tiredness, anxiety, trouble sleeping, thoughts of suicide, headaches, trouble concentrating, memory problems, hallucinations, difficulty urinating, difficulty breathing, seizures, dry mouth, skin rash, constipation, blurred vision, weight gain, tremors, loss of balance or coordination, swelling, and bruising or bleeding. We have also seen people experience severe mood swings, irritability, facial pain, and migraine headaches. Also the relief you will receive from the medications is not as good as you’d expect. Many people see poor results from these medications. Furthermore, Fibro Eliminators believe that some of these medications are one of the main causes of Fibromyalgia headaches which is a irreversible side effect. Medications are not an effective way of treating your Fibromyalgia.
PAIN MANAGEMENT: Pain management is sometimes not the best route because many pain centers will want to put you on medications to maintain your Fibromyalgia. Pain management can offer temporary relief, but nothing more. That’s why they are not effective. Many pain centers will offer noninvasive surgeries, such as burning the nerve endings in your neck. This is probably the longest temporary relief offered, but many people experience worsened symptoms. Cases vary from person to person, but pain management cannot offer any permanent relief.
TRIGGER POINT INJECTIONS: Doctors who specialize in Physical medicine can be more helpful and informed about Fibromyalgia then any doctors out their including rheumatologists, neurologists, and orthopedics. Even though they are more informative to you, they have no real form of treatment to give you. Many will suggest trigger point therapy which can alleviate muscle pain and some trigger point pain very temporally. Not a good source of treatment. The injections are made directly into your inflamed nerves and comprised of a combination of steroid and anesthetics.
NUTRITIONISTS: Diet can contribute a lot to Fibromyalgia; it’s probably the easiest way to combat symptoms. The thing is that their is no universal diet for Fibromyalgia; one should seek the help of a nutritionist that will use your blood work to make a diet to suit your needs. The hardest thing about dieting is that many people cannot stick to a diet for long periods of time. Also the relief is only temporary and not a permanent solution. Furthermore, there are not many nutritionists that are informed about Fibromyalgia and the ones that say they are most likely lying to you. They’re very few that actually know what they are talking about.
NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS: Natural supplements can provide some relief for some people; results will vary from person to person. There are no specific supplements that work for everybody, if you’re thinking about taking a natural approach you should also consult with a nutritionist and do blood work before trying to find what supplements work for you. Again supplements are not a permanent solution to combat Fibromyalgia.
YOGA: Yoga will help you alleviate tight muscles in your body surrounding trigger point areas; this will provide you with relief in the muscle but not in the trigger points themselves. Loosening up your muscles is always a good idea for people with Fibromyalgia; this will be one of your best options for relief. The problem is that yoga does not cure Fibromyalgia and does not breakdown trigger points. You will also have to maintain a regular routine and you will diminish your relief if you cease stretching.
HEAT THERAPY: There are different forms of heat therapy. Typically any heat under 100 degrees will help loosen muscles, but will not help trigger points. This will alleviate your muscle pain to some extent. Trigger points are too deep to be penetrated with low heat temperatures. Higher heat, such as heat from lasers that reach extreme temperature of over 105 degrees will help loosen muscles and trigger points. This is a good relief for Fibromyalgia. These lasers are the same ones used in laser liposuction, fat burning, and skin tightening machines. This is a drastic measure for treatment, but the relief is tremendous. The biggest problem is that the people who are qualified to use these machines will not use a laser at these high temperatures for treating Fibromyalgia. Furthermore, many will not use lasers in areas such as your neck and other sensitive area which can be dangerous. Also this treatment can get quite expensive.
SURGERY: Many people will get roped into surgeries thinking that they have orthopedic problems with their neck, back, hips, or even their jaw. This happens because many doctors do not understand the pain that Fibromyalgia can cause in an individual. Many people will suffer more pain from surgery because the Fibromyalgia will be more sensitive. Many people have gotten surgeries without knowing any better, especially cases of Fibromyalgia caused by whiplash or spinal trauma.
GH / IGF THERAPY: Growth Hormone and Insulin Growth Factor are by far the fastest way of taking something to instantly relieve your Fibromyalgia pain. Studies have shown that growth hormone can decrease trigger points by as much as 40 percent. Growth hormone and exercise is the most effective way to get rid of Fibromyalgia pain. The problem is that growth hormone and IGF are illegal to buy and extremely dangerous to take. These medications are only available by injection and have many harmful side effects. This is an extremely drastic measure for treatment, we do not advise you to take this route. If you can be lucky enough to have a doctor get you a prescription for GH or IGF therapy, than I would consider this as your last alternative. Otherwise do not purchase these medications illegally because many people make counterfeit drugs and sell them on the black market. You would have to be very informed of the drugs and manufacture packing before purchasing, and even then they can be very harmful to your health when administered to our body. Even when administered by doctors the dosages will not be high enough to effectively treat your Fibromyalgia symptoms. Please research GH and IGF before considering this option; again we do not advise it.
GHB: Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid is otherwise known as GHB; the date rape drug. This illegal drug has been known to dramatically relieve Fibromyalgia pain and it is regulated in some countries to treat insomnia, depression, narcolepsy, and alcoholism. When used in combination with exercise Fibromyalgia symptoms will minimize. Some doctors have been known to treat Fibromyalgia with GHB, because of the great advantages it has over combating symptoms. The problem is that not many doctors will subscribe this drug and abuse of the drug can lead to passing out, vomiting, and even respiratory failure if over dosed. Also it is not recommended that you purchase this drug illegally because many people will make the drug out of house hold and commercial chemicals which can be extremely dangerous to your health. If you consider taking this drug you should be under care of a physician and only take pharmaceutical grade medication in the recommended dosages.
PSYCHIATRIST / PSYCHOLOGIST / RELAXATION THERAPY: Fibromyalgia is said to come hand and hand with depression. Many people will experience depression and chronic fatigue from Fibromyalgia. Treating your mental health can help you with these issues. Relaxing and remaining unstressed will be very important while trying to maintain a Fibromyalgia free lifestyle. Therapy and relaxation is there for people that may need help in these areas.