For years fibromyalgia patients were told “It’s all in your head,” when complaining of their aches and pains, and they were being told this by health professionals among others. Fibromyalgia was officially diagnosed as a disease in 1990, and years later there remains much controversy about it, including the best course of treatment for it. Conventional medical treatment for fibromyalgia entails medications previously approved for other maladies. Health Canada and the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have both approved Pregabalin and Duloxetine for fibromyalgia treatment. However, these drugs, anti-seizure and anti depressant medications respectively, can cause serious side effects and a whole new set of problems. As a result, it’s not surprising that some fibromyalgia sufferers are now taking a naturopath approach for fibromyalgia relief.
Some fibromyalgia sufferers have found relief for symptoms including depression, muscle pain, fatigue, and chronic headaches by seeking treatment from naturopathic doctors. Eschewing conventional prescription medications, these doctors prescribe treatment for patients ranging from massage and acupuncture to diet changes, to additional supplements such as iodine. Many naturopathic doctors also suggest a course of psychological treatment for patients. As with more conventional medical treatment, there’s not yet enough data to show that any one naturopathic approach is an effective treatment for fibromyalgia. However, studies show that some patients report symptom relief following treatment courses of acupuncture and hydrotherapy.
Prolotherapy is a treatment in which afflicted body areas are injected with a non-steroidal solution to promote body regeneration and healing. Although prolotherapy treatment has been approved by the FDA and other governing health bodies, few formal studies have been done on its effectiveness as a treatment for fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and other medical conditions. As a result, few insurance providers will pay for this treatment.
Guaifenesin, an expectorant commonly found in commercial cough syrups has been found to relieve fibromyalgia symptoms. Under the “Guaifensin Protocol”, and a doctor’s supervision, patients consume higher levels of this drug than normal, with an impressive number of them finding lasting relief, and symptom reversal. Medical studies have shown guaifensen to have genuine fibromyalgia benefits, but there is concern about long term use effects on phosphate levels and kidneys.
This is not the peroxide found in drug stores and applied to cuts, but rather a 3% food grade peroxide. Patients can either consume this orally, or have it administered in the form of a I.V. hydrogen peroxide drip under the supervision of a doctor. Proponents believe the peroxide encourages mitochondrial membrane exchange, which aids in the regeneration of affected areas.
None of the above therapies treat underlying causes of fibromyalgia, they treat only symptoms of it. And while none of these naturopathic methods are any more dangerous than conventional medications, many of them present side effects, so such courses of treatment should always be done under a doctor’s supervisio