Fibromyalgia: Pain Management

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Fibromyalgia, otherwise referred to as Fibromyalgia Syndrome or FMS, is a chronic musculoskeletal condition that causes widespread pain all over the body.  Estimated to affect some 800,000 people in the UK, and as many as 400 million people worldwide, Fibromyalgia is a relatively common condition, but there is still no cure, and so many suffers buy painkillers such as codeine online to ease their symptoms and help them lead a normal happy life.

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

There are several theories surrounding the causes of Fibromyalgia, but the exact cause of this chronic condition remains unknown. Stress, genetics, abnormal chemical levels in the brain, and hormonal disturbances are believed to be some of the main causes, but many studies indicate that a combination of physical and emotional stress can lead to the onset of this debilitating condition.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Like most chronic conditions, Fibromyalgia Symptoms vary from patient to patient, and so it is essential that your symptoms are recognised and correctly diagnosed by your GP or medical professional. While the list is exhaustive, here are some of the most commonly reported symptoms of fibromyalgia:

  • Widespread pain, specifically in the muscles and joints
  • Stiffness
  • Extreme Sensitivity
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia or poor sleep quality
  • Headaches
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Cognitive problems (‘Fibro-fog’) are also common amongst Fibromyalgia sufferers. These include problems with concentration, confused speech, trouble remembering new things, and other mental processes.

Treatment of Fibromyalgia

As there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, there is no single treatment that can relieve all symptoms.  Depending on the severity of your condition, your doctor may prescribe powerful pain relief medicines such as Pregabalin, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, anticonvulsants and / or antipsychotics.  

Alternatively, your GP may recommend that you seek treatment from a rheumatologist, a neurologist, or a psychologist for cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT.  These specialists will help you identify the underlying cause of your condition and treat it more effectively.  

Fibromyalgia: Natural Remedies

If you prefer to go down the natural route, there are many non-invasive natural remedies that you can try at home or in your local health centre. Hydrotherapy, exercise, acupuncture, massage and aromatherapy can all help to relieve your symptoms, as can Yoga, aerobics, resistance training, and relaxation techniques. If you are suffering from chronic pain caused by fibromyalgia, speak to your doctor or medical practitioner about the many different natural remedies available to see if any of them may be suitable for you.

Managing Fibromyalgia Pain

If none of the above mentioned treatments and natural remedies work for you, your GP may prescribe a prescription only painkiller such as Lyrica to help you manage your pain, at least in the short term.  A strong painkiller with Pregabalin, Lyrica works by inhibiting the function of certain neurotransmitters within the brain, which can significantly reduce the chronic pain of fibromyalgia.

As with all prescription medicines, Lyrica is not suitable for everyone, so you should always seek advice from your local doctor or UK registered prescriber before you buy Lyrica or Pregabalin online.

Fibromyalgia doesn’t have to be a life sentence, and with the right pain management plan you can get back to a happy pain-free life, so don’t suffer in silence, speak to your doctor today.