Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue by Mari Skelly

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By Mari Skelly

Mainstream medication, although worthwhile in different parts of therapeutic, has did not successfully deal with the complexities of fibromyalgia and protracted fatigue syndrome. this beneficial booklet makes a speciality of replacement cures for those generic ailments. sufferers from around the globe describe their studies and coping concepts, whereas dozens of specialists in fields starting from naturopathy, ayurveda, and reflexology, to guided imagery, hypnosis, and guaifenesin treatment, percentage their wisdom. With 70 percentage new fabric, this consultant bargains either perception and notion for these facing those difficult stipulations.

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I still continue to fight for my dignity. ✤ ✤ ✤ 21 A LT E R N AT I V E T R E AT M E N T S F O R F I B R O M YA L G I A & C F S ✤ D i s p a t c h e s f r o m t h e F M Fr o n t l i n e s BY PAUL B. D. Dr. Brown is a rheumatologist and a fibromyalgia treatment specialist in private practice in Seattle, Washington. He is a clinical associate professor at the University of Washington, and he lectures at conferences on the West Coast. 22 Fibromyalgia syndrome: Why describe this condition as a “syndrome” and not a “disease”?

SENSORY OVERLOAD Sensory overload makes shopping and socializing with groups of people hard to bear. The colors, sounds, and smells of a grocery store can be overwhelming to an FM patient. “I can smell things before anyone else can, and some smells will make me gag,” says Susan M. of Odessa, Texas. Our respondents told us of the many times they have had to leave grocery or department stores because of headaches, nausea, and even fainting. In the extreme, this type of symptom can be very limiting, and as a result, many FM patients are unable to shop for themselves.

As with FM, changes in barometric pressure can cause pain to skyrocket. Stiffness can also predispose a CFS patient to injury. Be extra careful when you’re having a bad time with stiffness; this is the time when your body will be most susceptible to injury. COGNITIVE DIFFICULTIES Many of our respondents reported cognitive difficulties to be the worst part of CFS, eclipsing both the constant fatigue and flu-like symptoms. As with FM, “brain fog” can catch you unaware—suddenly scenery in the neighborhood where you have lived for years can look unfamiliar, or you can’t remember where your recycling container goes.

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