By Dr. Michael J. Cooney
As you know, I’m not a proponent of prescription pain medication unless it is deemed absolutely necessary by a physician with advanced expertise treating a particular neuropathic condition.
Fibromyalgia sufferers can certainly relate. Many of the patients we treat here at Calmare Therapy New Jersey are opposed to using medication for several reasons–the debilitating side effects, the out-of-pocket costs and the end result, which is often disappointing.
USING NATURAL PAIN TREATMENTS THAT DON’T REQUIRE A PRESCRIPTION
Patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia (FMS) often choose to proactively seek out different complementary and alternative treatments. Since medications and surgery are rarely indicated, the use of safer (less toxic) alternatives has become widespread. About 50 percent of FMS patients report using these alternative treatments to help combat pain:
- Exercise programs
- Prayer, meditation and music therapy
- Support Groups (live or via the Internet)
- Chiropractic services and alternative treatments
- Vitamin supplements
Long used by athletes to speed wound healing and recovery after work-outs, vitamin C has now caught the attention of medical researchers, who are examining how this vitamin works and whether it is effective as a supplement for patients with fibromyalgia.
Often, FMS patients take individual nutrients for specific symptoms which were recommended by a doctor. Other times the nutrient is part of a larger holistic regimen that also includes diet, weight management, vitamins, minerals, and herbs.
The Myers Cocktail method of IV infused Vitamin C and other key minerals (including magnesium) is catching on and a big story in the news lately. While I don’t personally endorse this treatment, I am mentioning in here because several of my patients who have undergone this therapy reported an improvement in FMS symptoms.
There is a large and fruitful healthcare community which is helping patients with acute and chronic pain with nary a drug in sight. From our beloved scrambler therapy to the use of vitamins and minerals, treatments with fewer side effects can offer relief from symptoms and pain.
But our medical community in this country still reaches for the prescription pad first. It is our duty, as holistic caregivers, to make sure patients are educated about other treatment modalities.
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