Homeopathic Medicine for FibromyalgiaChris de Barros April 1, 2008
The term “Fibromyalgia” has only recently become prevalent within our society. While it is still a somewhat vague condition, it is best described as widespread pain in the tendons, ligaments and muscles.
However, there are also cognitive conditions associated with Fibromyalgia, such as lack of concentration, insomnia and “brain fog”. This last symptom occurs when there is an impairment of short-term memory, an inability to complete more than one task at a time, and a sensation of mental overload. Those suffering from Fibromyalgia are often subject to chronic pain that is widespread across the body. The illness is also associated with chronic insomnia, muscle spasms and fatigue.
Due to the variable nature of the symptoms, Fibromyalgia is often misdiagnosed, or mistaken for another health condition such as depression or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The major factors that determine susceptibility to this illness seem to be age and gender. Women are much more likely to develop Fibromyalgia then are men. Those over the age of 50 are also likelier to suffer from this ailment. It has been suggested by some specialists that the central nervous system of those with Fibromyalgia may be oversensitive, which could explain the low threshold for pain, as well as the lack of refreshing sleep.
While the statistics vary, the general estimation is that 2% of the general population suffers from this ailment. However, more recent studies have concluded the actual figure is somewhere closer to 5%.
The causes of Fibromyalgia remain unknown for the most part, however several different theories have recently emerged as to why people develop this condition. These theories range from psychological trauma to viral illnesses to severe injury. In many cases, a combination of these factors may be responsible for the eventual onset of Fibromyalgia.
People living with this condition often complain about many different types of pain. Some experience a throbbing, aching muscular pain, comparable to someone who has overworked and overstretched their muscles, ligaments and tendons. Others may suffer from a sensation of numbness in their limbs. For some, the pain may be worse in the morning, while others may experience difficulties in the evening.
Another factor that makes Fibromyalgia a chronic and difficult condition to live with is that it tends to deter people from being active. This in turn causes the muscles to weaken, which makes activity even more problematic. The lack of mobility, weakened state and difficulty sleeping which are brought on by this illness can contribute to a general state of depression. Persons afflicted with Fibromyalgia may begin losing hope, mainly because they do not feel as if they have control of their own bodies, or lives.
HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR FIBROMYALGIA
Homeopathic Medicine can be an excellent treatment therapy for those with Fibromyalgia. There are several different remedies which can help alleviate the pain, sleep deprivation, and depression associated with this condition. However, it is also important to note that the success of each individual case will differ dependent upon several factors, such as age, the severity of the illness, and quantity of treatments.
The first remedy worth discussing is Arnica. While it is not a feasible long-term solution for Fibromyalgia, it can be quite effective for those suffering from aching, or throbbing pains in the muscles. A potency of 30CH, twice a day will suffice.
The next remedy is Bryonia. This prescription is particularly successful in cases where the individual is suffering from stitching or tearing pains in their muscles and ligaments. It is also an excellent remedy for the confusion or “brain fog” associated with the condition. Medium to low doses, such as 30CH or 200CH, are best but this may vary depending on the case.
Calcarea carbonica is another excellent remedy for Fibromyalgic symptoms. It is prescribed when the patient suffers from muscle soreness and weakness. Calcarea cases also experience fatigue with great ease, as well as feeling overwhelmed.
Causticum is also worth mentioning. This remedy is recommended for those who have stiffness in the muscles which worsens with the cold. It is also a good treatment for muscles that constantly feel contracted, as well as restless legs. Low or medium potencies are the most common prescription.
For individuals who have a general feeling of restlessness combined with stiffness and soreness, Rhus-tox is a great remedy. It is also suggested for those who experience the most pain in the morning, and who feel alleviated with movement, such as walking or stretching. Once again, medium or low doses are best.
All cases of Fibromyalgia are different, and each treatment must be tailored to each specific patient. The use of medium or low doses when treating this condition serves a direct purpose; in almost all cases, Fibromyalgia is a chronic issue, meaning that treatment may be prolonged. Taking this into consideration, it is best to prescribe lower doses of homeopathic medicine over a longer period of time, so as not to over-stimulate the body too quickly (which would render the remedy ineffective). By treating the case slowly and with lower doses, the progress of the patient can be carefully monitored, and any necessary adjustments can be made. For more information, contact your homeopathic practitioner.