"What will get rid of my pain?" is generally the primary question for people with fibromyalgia, and it can be near the top for those whose chronic fatigue syndrome involves chronic pain. The conditions share 2 prevalent and debilitating forms of pain -- hyperalgesia (amplified pain) and tactile allodynia (pain from light pressure on the skin) -- so methods of pain relief are generally the same.
The first 3 things you need to know about fibromyalgia pain treatments are:
- Nothing works for everyone,
- You'll probably always have some pain,
- And those who are most successful generally combine several types of treatments rather than relying on one.
You have multiple options for pain relief, many of which are outlined here:
My pain regimen includes daily supplements (vitamin D, magnesium, rhodiola, theanine), regular acupuncture and/or massage treatments, pacing techniques, moderate activity, and, when necessary, medications (Vicodin, Flexeril, Relafen.)
What helps lower your pain levels? Which aspects of your regimen are most important for you? How many treatments did you try and discard as ineffective? Leave your comments below!
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