Should you choose to have your fibromyalgia treated with drugs, over the counter meds, or holistic means? What is the best course of action to someone just recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia? Conversely, what is the best solution for a patient whose doctors have engaged in a chemically fueled battle to minimize pain and counteract fatigue, but who notices that the side effects are somewhat worse than the actual symptoms of fibromyalgia? There are different schools of thought, but by and large it is agreed that facing fibromyalgia treatments head on requires full disclosure on the part of the physician and complete willingness to be in charge of their treatments on the part of the patient.
Holistic approaches are never too late to pursue. They begin with journaling and enable the patient to learn more about their body’s reaction to fibromyalgia flare ups, trigger events, and overall feeling. In some cases the pain is minor, whereas in other cases it is so severe on a chronic basis that stopping all painkillers is not a good idea. At the same time, enlisting the help of prescription medications or over the counter painkillers is available to any person at any time. It is interesting to note that both disciplines can indeed coexist and do not have to be mutually exclusive.
Facing fibromyalgia treatments head on sometimes requires patients to take charge of their treatment in such a manner as to switch doctors, if their physicians are unwilling to work with them on the pain management they would like to attempt. Granted, patients should not presume to know better when it comes to safe treatment methods, but at the same time they need to be in charge of their bodies since they are the only ones who know how their bodies are likely to react to fibromyalgia triggers, flare up events, and of course medications. In some cases the drug interactions and also adverse side effects do make the fibromyalgia much worse than it would have been had simply holistic approaches been used.
It is a good idea to work on the holistic aspects of fibromyalgia treatments when the pain is not too severe. This is the time to receive a massage and note if the muscle relaxation is on par with the kind of relaxation that can be had chemically with prescribed muscle relaxers. If so, then perhaps massage therapy should be a staple of the fibromyalgia sufferer’s week, while muscle relaxants stay in the medicine cabinets for the worst case scenarios. In the same vein, in some cases acupuncture can help counteract painful flare ups. Patients interested in learning how their bodies would react to such acupuncture will do well to visit a trained acupuncturist during a minor pain event and then gage their bodies’ response.
If it is acceptable, then pain medication may be a worst case scenario treatment in the back of the medicine cabinet. On the other hand, if these holistic treatments do precious little and still force the patient to endure the pain of fibromyalgia, it may be worthwhile to go back to the painkillers and find the lowest possible dosage that will work well in relieving the pain.