When I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic pain, there were many options for healing. Often times a single option is not enough, and using a combination of options is best. My personal choice for easing fibromyalgia symptoms are natural remedies which include a variety of options. Here is my natural remedy plan for chronic pain.
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My Natural Remedy Plan for Chronic Pain
When I started integrating essential oils into my daily remedy plan, I immediately noticed a difference in my pain. The oils support my body in various ways, and are beneficial in many ways as well. There are many to choose from, and knowing how to use them is important. Visit the Essential Oils page to answer the basic questions about essential oils or send me your questions, and I’ll be happy to help!
Avoiding certain foods and stick to a Fibro Diet
The reason I avoid sweets, high starches, tomatoes, and greasy foods is because they aggravate fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Dairy, beans, and caffeine aggravates IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) which many living with fibromyalgia suffer from. Read more about the Fibro Diet here.
Frozen Fibro Beverages
Drinking smoothies is something I love to do. It’s a cold, refreshing treat that I enjoy during movies or while working. However, the typical smoothie is not for my not-so-typical stomach. Regular smoothies cause stomach cramps, and I avoid them because of it. What I have instead is a frozen fibro beverage. A frozen fibro beverage is a smoothie created for the sensitive stomach. The ingredients are targeted for the discomforts of chronic pain and fibromyalgia, and include pineapple, blueberry, chocolate and green smoothies. There’s even a special treat one, too!
Two ounces of tart cherry juice per day
**Updated November 2, 2018: I no longer include tart cherry juice in my plan. No rhyme or reason to it.
Further explanation on the tart cherry juice: I drink two ounces in the morning with breakfast and two ounces in the evening thirty minutes before bed. Cherries have high levels of anthocyanin which have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They also aid in sleeping more comfortably.
Even after one week of consistently drinking tart cherry juice twice daily, my pain levels noticeably decreased and my sleep quality increased. No further convincing me of it’s healing properties!
Pineapple and pineapple juice intake
**Update November 2, 2018: I no longer eat or drink citrus products. Citrus foods like oranges and pineapples trigger acid reflux and other gut issues for me.
Pineapple and pineapple juice has always been a favorite of mine. Knowing it has healing properties makes it an even bigger favorite. Pineapple has higher levels of Vitamin C and contain the enzyme bromelain. These properties have been linked to decreased pain levels and swelling.
**Update November 2, 2018: Dr. Liptan, author of The Fibro Manual and The Fibro Food Formula, has formulated her own line of CBD products. One of the products is a magnesium salve. Find it here.
According to Magnesium Oil Benefits published on the Dr. Axe website, less than 60% of adults get the proper amount of magnesium. This is linked to many ailments including headaches, inflammation, and stomach issues*. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of magnesium is 300 mg daily. In addition to the magnesium I receive through the food I eat, I take 250 mg of magnesium by pill daily.
**Update January 2018: After further researching this topic and examining my natural treatment regiment for chronic pain, I discovered that my daily intake of 1000 mg of Vitamin C was too much. I have eliminated taking the pill form and have increased my daily intake by eating foods rich with Vitamin C.
Lack of Vitamin C can cause many symptoms including painful, swollen joints. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and is needed for the growth and repair of tissue in the body. The body neither produces Vitamin C nor does it store it, so it is important to get the recommended daily amount. Many sites recommended daily allowance is 90 milligrams for men over 19 and 75 milligrams for women over 19.
I take a gummy multi-vitamin daily. It sets a good example for kids and just overall good for my health. Please be aware of product ingredients. Here are some precautions for supplements: Supplements and Fibromyalgia: Are they safe?
Plenty of water
Dehydration occurs when more water moves out of cells and the body than the body takes in. When cells have this imbalance of fluids, electrolytes shrivel and result in muscle fatigue. One of the symptoms of fibromyalgia is muscle soreness and fatigue. Drinking water will ease muscle fatigue.
Drinking plenty of water aids the digestive system in moving food and waste through the colon. Constant moving of stool prevents constipation. It also helps with the symptoms and treatment of leaky gut.
It is important for everyone, especially those with poor sleeping habits, to establish healthy sleep hygiene. When someone suffers from chronic pain it is difficult to sleep at night. Inadequate sleep means pain levels will increase the following day. And the cycle begins again.
To break the cycle, establish a bed time and wake time for every day of the week including the weekends or days off. Getting adequate sleep will also help repair adrenal fatigue. Read my article Fibromyalgia Sleep-Wake Cycle for more information.
Only the bed in the bedroom
Yep. Other than a night stand and a dresser, there is only a bed in our bedrooms. No televisions, and our alarm clocks are special low lit so it doesn’t disturb sleep. There have been studies linking televisions and other electronic devices to losing shut eye at night.§
Increased stress levels causes fibromyalgia flare ups and increased levels of body pain. One of the ways I de-stress is by reading scriptures and the bible daily. I believe prayers and scripture reading will alleviate all problems as well as improve physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Read my article Solution for Problems.
Relaxation and breathing techniques is another way I de-stress. I believe in helping the body heal itself through all natural resources and yoga is a tremendous help with chronic pain.
Exercise and Vitamin D
Since writing the original article months ago, I have added a couple of additions to my natural treatment regiment for chronic pain. These are:
- daily walks when weather is permitting
- Vitamin D
Moderate exercise in moderate doses can help ease body pains and increase energy. Vitamin D helps with muscle and bone pain as well as lowering blood pressure.
*Read further information about magnesium intake from the National Institutes of Health.
†For more information on Vitamin C, please read this article from Medline Plus.
§ Power Down for Better Sleep by Heather Hatfield at WebMD.com