I’ve been plagued with Fibromyalgia joint pain for years. Lately, it has increased quite a bit, especially my hands and hips. I feel like a creaky door with no oil to fix it. What does one do with this nasty joint pain anyway? How do you get Fibromyalgia joint pain relief?
While my Fibromyalgia Pain Flare Toolbox usually provides me with some relief, I wish I could prevent it altogether. Or at least afford some alternate pain relief options such as these:
Alternative Joint Pain Relief Options
- massage therapy
- tai chi and yoga
- Ayurvedic medicine
- other suggestions
Joint Pain Relief Medications
Right now all I have for pain relief is Naproxen (Aleve). I’m currently taking 4-5 pills (220 mg) every 10-12 hours. Without a Nucynta prescription and no family physician to prescribe it, I’m seriously getting concerned about gastrointestinal bleeding from the Naproxen (NSAID). It already affects my monthly period with much heavier flow than I want to deal with. Which wreaks havoc on my endometriosis pain too, by the way. Not fun at all! And too much information for most as well, I’m sure. But I’m not shy and other ladies that suffer similar symptoms may want to know they are not alone.
In addition to the Naproxen, I still take Cymbalta and Lyrica. Though Lyrica is more for nerve pain, at least the Cymbalta may help some. It keeps me fairly sane at least, emotionally anyhow. For an OTC medication, one can take muscle relaxers.
Though Cymbalta and Lyrica are recommended for pain relief, I have a sneaking suspicion that neither does me much help at all for joint pain relief. I’m reluctant to get off Cymbalta because of many reports of how difficult it is to get off of. I’m reluctant to get off Lyrica because I know it helps my nerve pain significantly (though the weight gain side effect really, really sucks).
Prescription medications that have worked for me in the past for Fibromyalgia joint pain relief include: Amitryptaline (Elavil) and Tramadol (mild to medium relief), and Nucynta (very like Tramadol but without side effects like constipation – much stronger pain relief). I’m currently taking a low dose of Elavil to help me sleep.
Natural Pain Relief
My brother harps on me to take natural pain relief medicine when possible. While I do have access to marijuana and will resort to that when the pain is just intolerable, it’s just not a preferable options for me. Though it does help. However, I don’t like feeling “high” and am good for absolutely nothing but sleep if I take it.
You might also try:
- Boswellia (Frankincense) has been showing promising results for pain relief by blocking leukotrienes. Leukotrienes are substances that can attack healthy joints in autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Of note for Fibromites, Boswellia decreases elastase, an inflammatory mediator found to be elevated in those with Fibromyalgia.
- Eucalyptus oil is best known for its antifungal and antiseptic properties, but is also works well as a warming oil for muscle and joint aches, pains and spasms.
- Fish Oil, for its high concentration of omega 3 fatty acids, is reported to reduce joint pain and swelling AND reduce the need for NSAIDs.
- Ginger, a powerful anti-inflammatory, can be taken in regular doses throughout the day. It is said to be superior than NSAID medication. See our Lemon-Ginger Tea recipe for chronic pain.
- Tumeric is said to help pain relief with its anti-inflammatory properties. The NIH reported that joint pain swelling was reduced in lab rats.
- White Willow Bark contains salicin which converts to salicylic acid in the body. Salicyclic acid has been used for centuries to relieve pain and inflammation.
***Please consult with your pharmacist to make sure any natural pain remedies, herbs or spices you want to use may interfere with your current prescription medication. Or consult your doctor.
What are your tips with coping with joint pain?