When Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is the topic, whether you’re brand new to the illness or you’ve had it awhile, the question of whether to take prescription drugs to ease your symptoms often comes up and you have to make an important personal choice.
Within the last couple of years, a number of drugs designed to specifically treat Fibromyalgia have been approved: Lyrica, Cymbalta and now Savella. Each one addresses symptom relief from a slightly different perspective and chemical approach. Some people react well to these prescription drugs; other people, not so much.
WARNING: When a drug fails, it’s you who pays the price.
A Google search of this topic can provide lots of information. Pay special attention to the warnings, drug side effects and possible drug interactions that are mentioned. Now, at that point, you will probably begin wondering:
- What if I don’t do well on this drug that they say is so great?
- What if it causes a secondary symptom and I’m forced to take another drug to combat that one, too?
- What if my body breaks out in hives or I faint on the floor?
- What if I gain 50 or 100 pounds of extra weight?
- When and if the drug fails me miserably, who pays the price? Who will be there to pick up the pieces of my shattered life and health?
With a little research you’ll realize that there are some big risks in taking prescription drugs for health problems, but particularly for Fibromyalgia. It’s such a complicated illness and there are so many symptoms to address. No one has invented a magic pill.
Fibromyalgia symptoms can be especially tough to conquer because of the high volume of symptoms. Simply trying to manage them could mean that you end up taking quite a few drugs. But, hold on. Taking multiple drugs puts you at an increased risk of 1) any one prescription going against your body (e.g. causing a side effect) or 2) a dangerous, negative interaction with other compounds.
Instead, lower your risk by seeking out alternative means of getting well, either as stand-alone health approaches or as adjunct, add-on techniques. Example: using Tai Chi to manage stress and help you recondition your body.
There are some distinct advantages in seeking out non-traditional doctors, therapists, health practitioners, nutritional advisors and the like for Fibromyalgia. Usually, if the type of alternative medical healthcare that a practitioner offers you doesn’t work, it just doesn’t work and you find out quickly. That means normally you don’t have to spend exorbitant amounts of money or time loading up on a high-powered drug only to find out that your body reacts badly to it!
Take the time to check out several alternative therapies and protocols. Many of them are based to some extent on thousands of years of Eastern medical practices and philosophies. They can be varied in approach, methods and results. Some are truly outstanding and bring people with Fibromyalgia and related conditions lots of symptom relief.