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Natural Pain Relief: Supplements for Fibromyalgia Pain

With the world’s eye on those of us suffering from chronic pain, I feel like bad news is delivered daily into my inbox with newsletters or articles telling me I can’t access something that helps me manage. Narcotics came under fire, now NSAIDS are ready for scrutiny. We know the medicines we need aren’t ideal but neither is chronic sleep deprivation or untreated pain. Seriously, there’s research!
To this end, I have decided to work through as many natural options as I can find to help you navigate potential new options for treatment.
The last post was for herbs you can infuse at home.

 

This one is supplements for fibromyalgia pain. There is a seemingly endless list and I have done a lot of research on this area, but here I’ll present what I’ve tried with honest feedback.
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Curamin/Curcumin with bonus herbs

Curamin “is a blend of all natural ingredients such as DLPA, boswellia and nattokinase which are proven anti-inflammatory compounds. DLPA boosts the effectiveness of endorphins and enkephalins (pain relievers already in the body), nattokinase boosts circulation and alleviates muscle pain by balancing fibrogren levels in the body while boswellia has been known to remove pro-inflammatory compounds.”
Curcumin (with black pepper for absorbtion) is said to be a powerful pain reliever alone: “Together, curcumin and boswellia both found in Curamin reduce the activity of the two most significant pain pathways in the body – COX-2 and 5-LOX.”
I first tried Curamin a few years ago and was so relieved at the difference it made in my neck. This was before LDN so nothing had helped at that point. The effects did seem to wear off, so it will be rotated back in when I have finished my current round of experiments.

MSM 

MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is an organic sulfur-containing compound that is meant to help with pain in the tendons, ligaments and muscles.
Dr Axe outlines six benefits of taking MSM, including joint pain, digestive problems and muscle pain and spasms (a biggie for me): “Research suggests that MSM can act like a natural analgesic, helping prevent and treat muscle aches and pains, throbbing and swelling while improving range of motion and mobility.”
This is a supplement I take regularly. It helps with muscle, tendon and ligament pain as well as a wealth of other potential benefits.
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Magnesium 

Almost all literature will point those with chronic pain toward magnesium. “Magnesium supplementation is critical to the treatment of fibromyalgia. One study showed that 300 to 600mg of magnesium malate per day had very positive results in decreasing the number and severity of tender points in fibromyalgia. Malic acid (derived from apples) by itself is also helpful in fibromyalgia.” This is from Dr DeMarco.com
I have taken magnesium in some form for a long time. Currently, I use it in oil form and apply it at bedtime. During my second pregnancy I applied it to my calves every night and was never woken with excruciating calf craps like in the first pregnancy.

Fibromalic/Malic Acid

This one caught my eye due to the combination of ingredients. Malic acid is said to be helpful for Fibromyalgia, as alluded to in the quote above. This product includes: Malic acid 400mg, Devil’s Claw 100mg, Boswellia 50mg, Vitamin C 5mg, Vitamin B6 2.5mg, Chromium 25mcg, Magnesium 50mg. It would appear this specific formulation is not available on Amazon, that link is to the brand Radiance which we can get here in New Zealand. But any magnesium and malic acid blend could suit.
This list is just a start as I could go on researching for a long time! Part of this information is taken from the Pain Management module from You vs Fibromyalgia course.

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Fibro Soothe: A Review

I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. 

I was so excited to be given a chance to review Fibro Soothe because I have heard many great things about the ingredients and because I hadn’t yet tried fibro specific supplements like this.

When I was first diagnosed these sorts of things were just not available, especially here in New Zealand. So I have really enjoyed the proliferation of options.

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I was so happy to receive this, that I posted this picture on Twitter immediately!

Fibro Soothe contains Boswellia serrata Wokvel®, Turmeric Longvida®, DL-Phenylalanine, Ginger, Devils Claw, Ashwagandha, Bromelain, Papain, and Turmeric Powder. It is supposed to help with inflammation, pain and sleep.

Curcumin, the active ingredient in tumeric has long been known as a potent antiinflammatory, along with ginger. Perhaps less known, dl-phenylalanine, devils claw, ashwaghanda, bromelain and papain are also useful to promote pain relief and energy.

I have taken Curamin before (also sold by ProHealth), which contains Curcumin and a couple of other overlapping ingredients and found it to be quite useful for my neck, which is the pain I most struggle with. My neck is always tight and sore, and gets very stiff in the night and if I try to sit still for too long. It responds to ibuprofen, when none of my other pain does – which I think is why anti inflammatory supplements help.

There has been a lot going on for me, physically, with having a small baby. So it was both a good time and a rough time for trying a new treatment.

Having a baby, developing symphisis pubis disorder and a Fibromyalgia flare up all at once (all interrelated), I’ve been on more medicine than I’d like. Fibro Soothe helped me cut out the morning dose of ibuprofen, which removes the extra stress on my stomach.

The only negative I found from taking Fibro Soothe was trying to swallow three capsules in the morning, I found it difficult. So I now take my daily dose around lunchtime when it’s easier to take them. There isn’t a strong smell or taste, so that really helps.

I have found that supplements usually take six to eight weeks to truly see if it will work for you, so make sure you give it a good amount of time when trying new supplements.

I’ve been on it for about five weeks and will continue taking it. The effect on my neck alone solidifies this in my daily regimen. It’s important to remember that fighting Fibromyalgia requires an amalgamation of solutions, rather than one miraculous one.

Getting as much good sleep as I can, nutritious food, supplements, gentle exercise and rest are all part of my key lifestyle changes.

Some of the key supplements I love are:

Another thing to note, is that Pro Health has a wealth of articles about Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome available, so it’s worth spending some time going through their site.

Have you tried Fibro Soothe before? Did it help you? Is there any other supplements that really help you?