Everyone needs to pave his or her own road to wellness. While some people choose a natural path, others’ path may include the use of prescription drugs. Everyone has a different journey, but Fibromyalgia sufferers need to be aware of possible issues with prescription drugs. That way, they can make the best possible choices for their personal treatment.
Narcotics: Sometimes Oxycodone or morphine sulfate may be prescribed for severe pain. Doctors are hesitant to prescribe these drugs because of issues of addiction. Now, not everyone who takes narcotics will end up addicted; however, it is estimated that 1 .7 million people over the age of 12 are abusing narcotics. While narcotics, no doubt, provide pain relief, they also have some alarming side effects. Narcotics can cause drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, weakness, and dry mouth. Also, narcotics mask the pain, they do not help solve the root of the problem and they are only recommended for short-term use.
Muscle Relaxers: Muscle relaxers are often prescribed to help Fibromyalgia patients sleep and deal with pain. Muscle relaxers are habit forming as well, and their side effects could interfere with the functions of every day life. Side effects may include drowsiness, mood changes, rapid heartbeat, nervousness, muscle weakness, and speech disorders. Most muscle relaxers are not recommended for long-term use.
Sleeping Pills: The problem with medication that induces sleep is that it “knocks you out.” While that may sound like a dream come true to the very fatigued, it is not the optimal way to get the rest you need long-term. In order to get the deep, restorative sleep your body needs to repair itself, your brain needs to go through the natural sleep cycle. Sleeping medication interrupts this natural cycle.
Lyrica: Lyrica is actually an exciting development, it was the first FDA approved Fibromyalgia medication. This approval has brought Fibromyalgia into the public consciousness as a REAL condition. Lyrica may cause swelling, weight gain, dizziness, sleepiness, and decreased concentration, and while many people find some relieif, Lyrica may not work for every patient.
Short-term use of prescription drugs is a very personal decision. What may work for one person, may cause another person intolerable side effects. Yet, you do need to do what is right for YOU.
Whether you decide to use prescription drugs or not, it is IMPORTANT to have a TREATMENT PLAN that solves the chemical, structural, and emotional components that are at the ROOT cause of Fibromyalgia. You need to break the cycle of pain, not just mask it.
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