What is the Best Thing to Take for Fibromyalgia?

What is the best thing to take for fibromyalgia? The answer to this question highly depends on a lot of factors. Supplements or medicines? What are your key symptoms? What else are you doing to manage your symptoms?

I can share my personal experience and research – which I will do below. I will also share some good resources for you to look at other ideas too.

Let me preface this with a couple of things. You cannot take any one thing and be magically cured. There is no cure. You will likely end up with several, whole of life, things in your protocol. For me it includes sleep, pain management, pacing, stress management, yoga and meditation, healthy eating and some supplements and medicines.

You must carefully research the costs vs benefits of any treatment option. You must also discuss medicines with your medical team. This is just to get you started on your journey.

what is the best thing to take for fibromyalgia?

Low Dose Naltrexone – my best thing to take for fibromyalgia

The number one best thing I take for fibromyalgia is low dose naltrexone. This is a medicine that we take off-label (it was designed for another purpose) that helps up to 60% of people with fibromyalgia. I began this medicine in 2017 and after several months I began to experience improved sleep, decreased pain and increased energy. It’s been nothing short of miraculous. And there are very few side effects, most of which are transient.

Here is my one year experiment round up. I share the five ways it changed my life.

You cannot take any one thing and be magically cured. There is no cure. You will likely end up with several, whole of life, things in your protocol.

Recovery Factors

The second best thing I take for fibromyalgia is Recovery Factors supplement from Doctor Teitelbaum, author of From Fatigued to Fantastic and someone you should be following.

Find my Recovery Factors review here.

Other Medicines

If you would like to look into the medicines often prescribed for fibromyalgia here are some resources for you. It is worth noting, that the chance of these working, with limited side effects and then continuing to work is relatively low. In other words the likelihood of side effects are high, and the chance they help and continue to help is also low. This is why I tried low dose naltrexone before going down these routes. But for some, they help a great deal.

Check out Why Your Fibro Meds Aren’t Working Post from Fed Up with Fatigue here, it includes the key medicines usually prescribed.

Check out this post about Four Existing Medications That Are Being Repurposed for Fibromyalgia from the same site. It includes low dose naltrexone!

Join my free Five Minutes a Day for Five Days Yoga for Fibromyalgia Challenge to “take” your yoga!

For a long, long time the only thing I had was amitriptyline. Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant that help with falling asleep and pain.

Here is my post about going off it.

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Supplements

I have tried many supplements in my time, and shared about them on this blog. Some ideas that may be of use are:

For a round up of supplements see this post.

For my natural options see this post.

What would be a better place to start than things to take with fibromyalgia?

The first thing we need to tackle is sleep. That is likely going to take several steps including sleep hygiene, supplements and the like. But you can’t reduce pain and fatigue without some sleep.

You may like to consider trying gentle yoga for fibromyalgia – this will help with the central nervous system over activation, pain, fatigue and insomnia. Try this yoga nidra meditation that is great rest.

This has been a full post. I hope you have found some help and some ideas to try. But I also hope you found that it will be a whole of life protocol rather than one thing you can take. For me it includes sleep, pain management, pacing, stress management, yoga and meditation, healthy eating and some supplements and medicines. But it’s all worth it as I have dramatically improved my sleep and decreased my pain and fatigue.

Fighting Fibromyalgia and Sharing the Knowledge

You may recall a few weeks ago I shared about what a coach is and why I became one. I shared about how my mission is to help other people improve their quality of life and thrive despite fibromyalgia. For several years I have been showing you how I fight fibromyalgia and now I want to help you do the same thing.

Today I want to share with you my programmes – Kickstart Your Fight Against Fibromyalgia.

These are for you if you would like to sleep better, calm your central nervous system, make the most of your energy, manage your pain and craft your vision of “thriving despite chronic illness”.

I want to also ask you a favour – if you know someone who is struggling with fibromyalgia could you please share this with them? I so wish these programmes existed when I was struggling to put one foot in front of the other as a 20-something person with nothing more than my heat pack and pain killers that hurt my tummy and didn’t help much. I definitely had no one who understood. I created these programs while remembering what I would have wished for, if I knew what to wish for!

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Kickstart Your Fight Against Fibromyalgia 1-1 Sessions

The traditional coaching model where we sit down one-on-one and you set the agenda, we make goals and work on them. For 45 minutes at a time we focus on you and your well being journey – we discuss where you are at, your goals, what you are trying and would like to try and fine tune your plans with someone who has been where you are and gets it. We use the six key areas to fight fibromyalgia as our framework. Check out my work with me page to see how you can request your complimentary consultation.

“It [coaching] was like a reset point, where Melissa helped me to focus on the goals I have by breaking it down into smaller goals.” – A client

“Melissa has a wealth of knowledge and tools to help others along with a passion to help.” – A client

Drop me an email at melissa@melissavsfibromyalgia.com. Or Schedule your complimentary chat if you would like to ask any questions, let me know your goals and be sure that these programmes might be a good fit for you.

To get an idea of how I work you can:

I would be so honored to walk alongside you in your journey.

Fibromyalgia 101: Definition, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

This post is Fibromyalgia 101: I share what Fibromyalgia is, the definition, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options and more.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain-based illness of unknown origin and cure. It effects approximately 3-6% of the world’s population. It is said to effect far more women than men, but there are definitely men who suffer with it too. It appears in-discriminatory in race, education level and socioeconomic demographics.

I have struggled with this illness for most of my life. I have also put a lot of work into my wellness journey. In 2017 I was the most well I had been since I was 17 years old. In 2020 I am the most well I can ever remember being. This does not mean that I am not affected 24/7 – I just have it as well managed as I possibly can.

For the concise, all in one place story of my journey and all that I do see my book Melissa vs Fibromyalgia: My Journey Fighting Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue and Insomnia. Please note that this is an affiliate link, if you make a purchase I will make a small commission at no extra cost to you.

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For a brief run down of what Fibromyalgia is, the symptoms and some treatments see below.

Fibromyalgia 101 What is It?

On the University of Maryland Medical Center website, Fibromyalgia is explained in this way: “Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons; fatigue; and multiple tender points on the body.”

And on the same page, they list the signs and symptoms of Fibromyalgia:

  • Widespread pain and stiffness
  • Fatigue [and]/or trouble
    sleeping
  • Paresthesia (tingling)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Heightened sensitivity to noises, bright lights, smells
  • Depression
    Headaches
  • Pain after exertion
  • Memory lapses/difficulty
    concentrating
  • Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Hemorrhoids
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However, the trouble is that Fibromyalgia seems to be very unique to each person: how it comes on, what symptoms are present, what helps said symptoms.

There is also a debate as to whether trigger points are present in Fibromyalgia or part of a separate issue called Myofascial Pain Syndrome. A lot of the above symptoms overlap with a lot of different conditions.

Some Associated Physiological Abnormalities

Research has found alterations in neurotransmitter regulation, immune system function, sleep physiology and hormone level control. A lot of research suggests that Fibromyalgia is the result of central nervous system dysfunction – specifically an overactive nervous system, stressing and exhausting the brain (Dennis W. Dobritt, Fibromyalgia – A Brief Overview).

Getting Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia

This great article from Fibro Daze explains why it takes so long to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, the process and the Widespread Pain Index and Symptom Severity Scale.

fibromyalgia definition symptoms diagnosis and treatment options

Long story short, it takes a long time to be diagnosed – years on average and multiple doctors – because it is a tricky illness with no widely accepted test and because a multitude of other illnesses must be ruled out. This is particularly difficult because Fibromyalgia tends to co-exist with a multitude of other conditions. It is a disease of mimicking and misdiagnosis.

Fibromyalgia 101: Treating It

We have been told it is incurable, but that is only because they don’t know what causes it. But some smart people are working on it and I believe we will see progress soon.

There are a multitude of treatment options on offer. Some of them help a little, some help a lot, some help one person a lot and another person a little – therein lies the difficulty.

I have been sharing my journey for the past several years because I want to help you cut down the time it takes you to find what helps you. I have carefully researched, trialed and written about all of the treatment options I have tried.

fibromyalgia definition symptoms diagnosis and treatment options

There are few certainties in treating Fibromyalgia but here are some from a seasoned Fibromyalgia fighter:

  • Treatment will require multiple options (natural and medicinal)
  • One option can help me incredibly and you not at all and vice versa
  • Sleep is king. Tackle sleep first. With medication if you must. This is a widely agreed finding from key doctors who treat Fibromyalgia including Dr Liptan, Dr Teitelbaum and Dr Vallings.
  • You can impact your quality of life.
  • Coaching can help you on your journey.

Treating Fibromyalgia 101: The Manuals

I wrote about My Top Five Books for Fighting Fibromyalgia in this post. Start with Dr Teitelbaum and Dr Liptan – both of these doctors have Fibromyalgia themselves and treat people with Fibromyalgia.

What Works for Me

What works for me now 2019

My Top Three Treatments to Fight Fibromyalgia
What Works for me: 9 Things to Fight Fibromyalgia
My Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) for Fibromyalgia One Year Experiment

Treating Fibromyalgia Through the Central Nervous System

Low Dose Naltrexone

The Central Nervous System, Restorative Yoga and Fibromyalgia

Micro Yoga for Fibromyalgia
Giant Meditation Post
Yoga for Fibromyalgia with Handy Links

Pregnancy with Fibromyalgia

Check out “pregnancy” and “parenting” in the categories box (below or beside this post) for articles to help you have the best pregnant possible despite Fibromyalgia.

All My Articles on Fibromyalgia

Look at “fibromyalgia” in the category box for all of the articles that I have created to help you fight Fibromyalgia. There are over 250 of them.

My Journey: 2020

As of 2020 I am enjoying my best quality of life that I can ever remember. Thanks to low dose naltrexone, yoga, meditation and all the things I have enacted to be more well. I am so thankful every day.

I am hopeful and I am excited as to what the future brings.

My hope for you is that you keep fighting for yourself. Don’t wait for a doctor to do it for you. But do work with your doctor, find another if they won’t.


For more information

Try my FREE micro course You vs Fibromyalgia: Arm Yourself with Knowledge: it is a six section micro course designed to get you started in your journey.