Fibromyalgia Treatment: 3 Proven Unique Alternatives

by Dr. Kilcup | Sep 28, 2023 | Articles, Fibromyalgia, Functional Medicine, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), red light therapy (photobiomodulation)

Fibromyalgia Treatment

Living with fibromyalgia can be incredibly challenging, with its persistent pain, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties deeply impacting daily life. Effective fibromyalgia treatment requires a comprehensive approach that addresses the root causes of the condition. This includes the dysregulation of the central nervous system and abnormalities in pain signal processing. Fortunately, several promising treatments have shown effectiveness in managing fibromyalgia symptoms: functional medicine, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), and red light therapy.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas. It is often accompanied by other symptoms such as sleep disturbances, cognitive difficulties, headaches, and irritable bowel syndrome.

What is the cause of Fibromyalgia?

The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but it is believed to involve a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. This condition affects the way the brain and spinal cord process pain signals, leading to an amplified perception of pain.

What Symptoms does Fibromyalgia have?

  1. Widespread Pain: Persistent and widespread pain throughout the body, often described as aching, burning, or throbbing.
  2. Fatigue: Profound and unrelenting fatigue, even after a full night’s sleep.
  3. Sleep Disturbances: Sleep problems, including difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, and experiencing restorative sleep.
  4. Cognitive Issues: Often referred to as “fibro fog,” this includes difficulties with concentration, memory, and cognitive function.
  5. Morning Stiffness: Feeling stiff and achy, especially in the morning or after periods of inactivity.
  6. Headaches: Frequent tension headaches or migraines.
  7. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Gastrointestinal symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, or constipation.
  8. Depression and Anxiety: Mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety, are common among people with fibromyalgia.
  9. Tender Points: Specific points on the body that are tender to touch and can be used as part of the diagnostic criteria.
  10. Sensitivity to Temperature and Pressure: Heightened sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures and increased sensitivity to pressure, which can make everyday activities painful.

3 Proven Options: Fibromyalgia Treatment

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Fibromyalgia Treatment: Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine is a great treatment option for individuals with fibromyalgia, focusing on identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic conditions rather than merely managing symptoms. This patient-centered approach involves a comprehensive evaluation of lifestyle, genetic, and environmental factors that may contribute to fibromyalgia.

Functional medicine practitioners utilize a variety of strategies to help manage fibromyalgia symptoms. First, we would do comprehensive blood work and run other tests to find underlying root causes of fibromyalgia. Then, based on the results, we would create a personalized treatment plan to address the issues. These may include dietary changes, such as eliminating foods that trigger inflammation, and supplements like magnesium and vitamin D.

Another critical aspect of functional medicine in treating fibromyalgia is addressing gut health. Research has shown a link between gut dysbiosis and chronic pain conditions, including fibromyalgia. Functional medicine uses special comprehensive tests to find and treat gut issues by using probiotics, prebiotics, and dietary modifications. By doing this, we can restore a healthy gut microbiome, which can help reduce systemic inflammation and improve overall well-being.

In summary, functional medicine offers a holistic and individualized approach to treating fibromyalgia. By addressing the underlying factors contributing to the condition, we can not only to alleviate symptoms but also to improve overall health and quality of life for those affected by fibromyalgia.

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Fibromyalgia Treatment: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is gaining recognition as an option for individuals struggling with fibromyalgia. This non-invasive treatment involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber, which increases the oxygen levels in the body’s tissues. Research in this area is ongoing, there are promising findings that suggest HBOT may offer tangible benefits for fibromyalgia patients.

HBOT may be beneficial for those with fibromyalgia is in addressing the chronic pain associated with the condition. A prospective clinical trial published in 2015 found that individuals who underwent HBOT can improve FMS symptoms and life quality. Additionally, this research indicated that HBOT can actually change the way the brain works. Addressing the brain problems for people with fibromyalgia. HBOT reduces pain by lowering inflammation and increasing blood flow to the areas that hurt.

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Fibromyalgia Treatment: Red Light Therapy

Red Light Therapy, also known as Photobiomodulation therapy, is gaining recognition as a relief option for individuals with fibromyalgia. This non-invasive treatment uses to specific wavelengths of red and near-infrared light, to stimulate cellular processes.

One of the primary ways in which red light therapy appears to assist those with fibromyalgia is by alleviating pain. Studies, such as one published in “Lasers in Medical Science” in 2017, have shown that red light therapy can help reduce pain levels in individuals with fibromyalgia. Pain reduction is thought to be linked to the production of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, and reduce inflammation in the affected areas.

Furthermore, red light therapy may aid in improving sleep patterns, a significant issue for many fibromyalgia patients. A study published in “Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine” in 2018 found that red light therapy helped enhance sleep quality and reduce sleep disturbances in individuals with fibromyalgia. These initial findings suggest that red light therapy holds promise as a natural and non-invasive approach to managing fibromyalgia symptoms.

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The integration of Functional Medicine, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), and Red Light Therapy presents a promising approach to individuals with fibromyalgia. This holistic approach focuses on identifying and addressing the root causes of the condition, allowing for personalized treatments that can alleviate symptoms and improve overall quality of life. HBOT enhances cellular function and reduce inflammation, while red light therapy can aid in pain management and tissue repair. Combining these therapies within a functional medicine framework, individuals with fibromyalgia can take control of their health.

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