This mysterious condition causes repeated bouts of soft tissue pain, weakness, and fatigue. People with fibromyalgia often have disturbed sleep and may wake up tired even after eight hours in bed. Diagnosis of fibromyalgia is difficult, in part because many doctors believe it is a psychosomatic condition or a form of depression. Very low-dose antidepressants at bedtime may relieve pain or help with sleep. Gentle exercise can also be helpful. Vitamin D is also said to ease the discomfort of fibromyalgia. Relatively few people have reported success with home remedies, but here are some that have helped.
I suffer from fibromyalgia, which is an extremely painful illness. Lately I have found that the herb boswellia is helpful for the morning stiffness that goes with fibromyalgia. There are no side effects, and the results are very quick. It doesn’t eliminate pain, but reducing my stiffness makes the morning less difficult. Others with fibromyalgia might want to know about this.
Thank you for sharing your experience. Boswellia is an herb used in the ayurvedic tradition, an ancient medical system of India that makes use of plants. The herb has anti-inflammatory properties, which might explain why it helps reduce stiffness associated with this debilitating chronic condition. Most studies have found no significant side effects.
I have spinal cerebellar ataxia, a genetic disorder characterized by lack of coordination and a halting gait, and I also have fibromyalgia. Tart cherry concentrate is the greatest thing for easing my discomfort. I don’t even take pain pills anymore.
Others have told us that tart cherry, as juice or concentrate, is helpful against the pain of gout or arthritis. We are glad to learn it has also helped your fibromyalgia.
Joe Graedon & Terry Graedon, The People’s Pharmacy: Quick & Handy Home Remedies, published by National Geographic