Hi there Sherrie! I've had good results from increasing water intake and using fish oil and CoQ10. My doctors and dentist are all aware and approve for me. But I would definitely ask before I start anything. Your pharmacist is also a great source of information. I also have good results from my heating pad.
I did have to stop the fish oil prior to my surgeries last year, because of the blood thinning properties, but I was able to use them again afterward.
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You really need to check with a Doctor before adding supplements to your diet and include them on you medicines list to give whenever another doctor asks what you are taking. I just got through having surgery and was taken off some Rx and some supplements because they also acted as blood thinning agents. I will probably get to return usage after the incision heals. I always thought over the counter was ok but found that just because you can buy it over he counter does not mean you can just self medicate especially if your are on another Rx.
A LOT of supplements are actually contra-indicated with certain medications and/or medical conditions. Fish Oil is one, Flax Seed Oil is another. Garlic supplements are yet another. They all seem rather innocent! Gingko Bilbao is another again. It REALLY PAYS to check with your Dr if you are on ANY medications to see if there is going to be any problems with what you are on.
Heat is actually quite a good therapeutic aid, and I also use this. Some it is the cold that helps but others (like me) it is the warmth. I use a Wheat Pack - just pop it in the microwave a couple minutes.
I use Green tea which is supposed to help inflamation, as well as fish oil, and turmeric. all are herbs or regular foods that you can actually test in smaller amounts before taking them as supplements to see if they bother you. Turmeric is in curry. does curry bother you? take a cup of green tea with breakfast. does it bother you? if not, try one with each meal. fish oil. does salmon bother you? or mackerel? if not, try fish oil. none of these are excessive or exotic.
I also use light exercises, drinking extra water, warm baths, Tiger balm and
Finally, a wool blanket over my comforter to add extra warmth without sweating.
Some people say all animal proteins causes inflammation, others, all high carb foods. on that you'll have to experiment and see what works best for you. I find that I'm very sensitive to carbs, so I eat a low carb diet. I'm trying to get away from factory farmed meats due to I don't think they're healthy but so far don't have enough personal experience to say if that will help my arthritis. If you read about grass fed beef/chicken etc, you'll read that grass fed grass finished animals have more omega 3s, so that could be a solution for those who can afford it.
when we're working on taking care of chronic health problems particularly, I think it's all trial and error.
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Acupuncture - totally safe as it does not rely on any chemical at all. I have used this very successfully for Benign Essential Tremors, and while I was having this treatment I was suffering from asthma so ended up with the really thick gunk associated with that. He put a needle in to reduce that. I was suffering extreme stress - he put needles in for that, too! It is an excellent form of pain relief and is used by many suffering from cancer, nausea, etc. etc. You need to get a qualified Medical Acupuncturist, tho'!
Hypnosis - can help with pain relief and stress reduction which can reduce pain, too.
Appropriate exercises - I was sent to a Pilates Class taken by a qualified Physiotherapist - this helped a lot.
Weight-loss - this helped me a lot. I dropped approx. 60lb and my pain relief meds have gone from multiple times most days, to now maybe one in 2-3 weeks.
A NON-NSAID that I used was Tramadol, and it often provided fairly good results.
I just recently found this page and my issue may have been asked and answered a million times, but here goes...I have medicinal allergies and cannot take anti-inflammatories, aspirin, or any NSAIDs at all. I am afraid to try herbal or alternative treatments for fear of an allergic reaction or a negative reaction to the meds I take for fibromyalgia. If anyone has advice or has similar issues would you please give me suggestions.
Thank you so much, Sherrie
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