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Jan 15, 2016 9:29 PM

Are there any healthy alternatives to pain relievers that any of you use? (No drug topics please). I mean yoga, diet etc. that bring any ounce of relief I'm really struggling...

Jan 15, 2016 9:43 PM

Dreams29, I walk on a treadmill and do gentle stretches. When I go days without doing so my muscle stiffen up from the fibro. πŸ™‚πŸ™πŸŒΌπŸ’•

Jan 15, 2016 10:11 PM

I try clean eating and making most things from scratch. Yoga helps, stretching. I walk on my elliptical. Heat/ice, which one works best depends on the person and the issue. I use my tens machine on my neck and shoulders, it only helps when its on. When that isnt helping enough I use peppermint oil topically on the problem area, a couple drops and massage it in (keep away from eyes). I hope you find some relief

Jan 15, 2016 10:16 PM

I avoid processed foods especially tomatoes. When I eat processed foods or junk food my fibromyalgia flares so much worse. I walk regular to keep from stiffening up. I also am vitamin D deficient and have much worse pain if I do not take vitamin D3 supplements.

Jan 16, 2016 7:51 AM

Thank you guys, I have tried walking but with working it hasn't happened as much. I just come home and am immobile the rest of the night because of the pain. I am a first grade teacher. I am able to sit down thankfully when I feel.. praise God for the document camera. But I still walk around through out the day and it runs me down by the end of the day. Clean eating I will try my best again on that. It's expensive but worth it I know but where I live Apple's and grapes are 7bucks each πŸ˜•the best I do now is that I don't eat beef. I'll try to do it better find a way to cheaper. But I'm wondering is there a specific diet you follow? I'm really going to try. I also have the vit D issue. I feel as if I am destructive to my body because I have to talk myself into taking pills to the point of tears. So I take them irregularly when I can't take it. But with the kidney scare and now checking my liver for damage because of meds. i really don't want this. I'm too young and I don't want the meds to make me worse doctors concerned about my kidneys failing now my liver because I use to be on meds regularly I'm just so drained and need other options...something has to give

Jan 16, 2016 12:08 PM

I have eliminated sugar, eggs, oils (i can do first cold pressed extra virgin olive oil only), chemicals, additives and preservatives. I limit dairy, gluten and nightshade vegetables. But everyone is different.
I did an elimination diet to figure those out and will probably have to do another one this year since intolerances change.
I hope you can find what works for you

Jan 16, 2016 7:56 PM

Using turmeric tablets with curcumin. Really do your research to get a good product. Some will claim to have a lot but may not digest well. So research is good. But this spice is used in India predominantly and is used for inflammation.

Jan 16, 2016 8:02 PM

How does the elimination diet work exactly? Research is key but I've been getting so many advice/article finds not sure which to believe and try out but I've heard of that did it help you with pain?

Jan 16, 2016 8:38 PM

I have a question to everyone...with all the natural food exchanges u do..how much does it really help ur pain? Does make a markable difference to where u don't use any medicine?. Just curious

Jan 16, 2016 9:14 PM

How but if u can, get in a hot bath with aroma oils? Plus heating pads help me thru winter, I live on them. Hands n feet always cold. Light exercise is good, plus if doc will approve, try pool therapy. It helped me, warm water n they help u get in out if needed. As far as diet, what the others said, plus garlic, fresher foods the better. No sugar or salt or as little as possible. If able try otc meds, like advice or Tylenol. Advil worked better for me. Other wise if can try nutritionist. Look online too loads of info. Prayers feel better.

Jan 16, 2016 10:50 PM

My elimination diet was dietician supervised. The basic elimination diet is to eliminate common foods people have issues with (eggs, dairy, gluten, nuts, soy, caffeine and such) and see if it makes a difference to you at all. Because of my diagnosis of fibro and some of my symptoms i eliminated more then that. It's hard, especially when just starting, but it does get easier as things get added in. My boyfriend (severe RA) was told to go on an elimination diet by his naturopath, he got overwhelmed looking at the do not eat list, so he is splitting it into groups. With reducing his grains he has noticed a big difference in his pain and inflammation levels, so now we need to add in one at a time to see if we can pinpoint which ones bothers him or if it is an accumulation thing (like me and sugar and dairy). I think he is going to try nightshade vegetables next, eventually we will get to meats but he doesnt want to do that one because he doesnt want to eat fish.

Jan 16, 2016 10:52 PM

Removing the eggs and sugar helped with my overall pain (eggs make me non-functional) the rest of the stuff i removed helped my digestive issues and the resulting abdominal pain

Jan 16, 2016 10:55 PM

The only problem with splitting it into groups is that you might have a mild reaction to something you are testing but that reaction can be overshadowed and therefore not noticed because something that hasnt been eliminated yet is causing a major reaction.

Jan 16, 2016 11:03 PM

Newfibrogirl, I went from taking prescription anti-inflammatories twice a day and muscle relaxants every night to advil and robaxin only when i overdo it or a weather system moves in. Finding my intolerances and removing chemicals (all pre packaged stuff) gave me part of my life back. There is no cure but I'll take every little bit that helps. Overall with the exercise and eating right for my body I am doing better then I was before I started those. Still have a long ways to go, but a little improvement is way better than none.

Jan 17, 2016 12:25 AM

Great question Dreams29, please take a look at my articles about nutrition, supplements and non-pharmacological treatments for fibromyalgia. You can find them on my profile lisred in the bottom.

Jan 17, 2016 12:28 AM

Tumeric is a good spicy pain/inflammation killer but absorbtion is a problem. Curamin is an intersting product:

Jan 17, 2016 6:58 AM

I have heard garlic is good as well. I use a heating pad from time to time as an alternative. As for the diet is there a timeline where you slowly add back in the foods eliminated to see if that really was the cause. I've already eliminated beef and caffeine 2years ago. Dairy on and off. the only thing I do eat a lot is grains pasta, breads, rice every day. Has the gluten free diet worked for any one it sounds tricky as I've tried shopping for it. Eating out seems impossible. Any vegetarians?

Jan 17, 2016 2:41 PM

Usually takes 3-4 weeks to clean out your system so that's how long you eliminate things for. Then add one thing back a week. 3 days of eating it then 4 of not and note how you feel. Delayed reactions do occur which is why you need to wait before adding the next thing in.
Gluten free works for my mom, and i think gluten is what bothers my bf. Everyone is different. Eating out is not recommended during an elimination diet. If you do eat out you are supposed to wait 3 or 4 days before adding the next thing in.
I found that during my elimination diet i had to make everything from scratch. If i didn't it just took longer to add things back in.
I do think talking to a dietician is very helpful, if you can afford it.

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