Sandy asks ” What medications (over-the-counter, prescription from doctor, and natural remedies/supplements/vitamins) do you use? Fibro Files Blogger Questions
I use different things to attack different areas for my pain management of fibromyalgia.
This is important for fibromyalgia. But I am talking about the sort of exercise we can actually tolerate. Unfortunately, when I am working I can’t exercise due to reaching the max of my pain load from work or exceeding it. So yeah not then. But when I am on a leave, unpaid these days, I exercise to keep my activity up, for some mental clarity, and to decrease fatigue a little. At the moment, with vertigo isn’t something I am doing which means all this resting due to vestibular symptoms… well, the FM is flaring bad. Which it wouldn’t be if I could do at least some moderate exercise.
Magnesium is a great supplement with fibromyalgia. I take it with Calcium and Vitamin D. I also take regular Epsom Salt baths for an extra boost. We can be deficient in it and it can help with muscle pain. So I think it is a fundamental one.
So I take a supplement called FibroCane that has everything I need for fibromyalgia all in one pill. It has B’s, Calcium, Magnesium, C, D. As well as things such as coenzyme q10, GABA, Ginger root, Rosemary. And more. Literally, all the things I have taken separately at a greater cost, but into one.
Tramadol slow release
The pain clinic put me on Tramadol slow release 200mgs a day. For pain control of the fibromyalgia and the chronic migraines I get. I will go down on it once I have some pain management strategy in place… like some control over the migraines and a good solid exercise program I can maintain with the fibromyalgia.
We all use pain rubs. And man, they are so nice. But Battle Balm is all natural and it is superior to any other pain rub I have ever used. And I have used a Lot. I use their demon strength, which is the strongest. And, damn, it is good. You can find this on Amazon so that is nice.
This is a non-drug pain PEMF treatment device. You don’t feel it. You just use it every day on the area you want to treat for a few times a day and in about two months or so you begin to notice a difference. I used it 6 to 7 times a day when chilling because it helps, in the beginning, to use it more and then when it helps you can reduce to 3-4. What I first actually noticed back when I began to use it was that exercise on my stationary bike wasn’t so utterly painful. My knees are always pained, so exercise just makes it Insane. So I noticed that pain when exercising was really diminished and I doubled the amount of exercise I could do.
So I use a variety of things to attack it on different angles. And they all help in their own way. But I still flare. Especially now when I am not capable of much with the vestibular issues. Means a lot of pain to control. I also do mindful meditation which I feel helps me de-stress and just get a different perspective on pain. Anyway, you have to explore and try things. See if they help… or hinder. Give them a good three months or so to really see. And then if it helps, add it to your own program. I do from time to time have to do physio due to specific areas getting mucked up, and that is just something that we deal with at times. Like I get a Lot of neck pain, especially before Botox for migraines, and that pain got so severe, all the muscles tensed up and the pain referred to my shoulder. So every time I had a migraine… I couldn’t rotate my shoulder at all. So I needed physio for six months or so. And I have physio exercises I still do to help with problem areas.