Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia - alternatives to medications?
I’m wondering what methods other than medications fellow people here on Connect have used to relieve chronic body pain and pain from fibromyalgia.
As background, I cannot take most medications because I don’t properly-metabolize them due to genetic polymorphisms; this includes all pain medications and medications used to treat fibromyalgia.
Therefore, some of my doctors have suggested the following. (Not all are possible for me though):
• Water exercises in swimming pool – my pharmacists and I are researching to see if I can tolerate chlorine and bromine.
• Hot tub
• Therapeutic massage
• Acupuncture – I started this in January and it has helped with the pain, but I feel as if I have plateaued. Luckily, my lady gives me a rate deduction because my insurance plan doesn’t cover it.
• Tai Chi
• Walking in 30 minute intervals for at least 150 minutes each week.
• Balanced diet avoiding preservatives, emulsifiers, artificial sweeteners, and organically but eat from the local farmers market before buying organic at the grocery store
Any advice on what you have tried and your feedback is greatly appreciated!