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Coping with severe depression of fibromyalgia

Updated on December 18, 2013

Depression of fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia and acute depression are correlated and go hand in hand. Depression affects about 30% of fibro patients. Fibromyalgia can be a crippling, devastating and frustrating condition that can restrict the mobility of the patient and adversely affect his social and emotional functioning. Besides, lack of understanding from family, friends, relatives and the medical healthcare professionals can lead to an even greater sense of loneliness, despair and desperation. Research has proved that although depression has no direct link to increase in the severity of fibro signs, it can however cause behavioral changes that can influence the symptoms and affect the treatment.

Since fibromyalgia is an incapacitating medical syndrome, it is normal for a person to feel severe depression and gloom. Depression is not an emotional weakness, but it is a complex medical condition that is the outcome of an alteration in the chemical balances in the brain. To qualify for a major depression also called clinical depression, the symptoms of depression must persist for some weeks. Some of the symptoms of depression are:

  1. Lack of motivation and pleasure in performing tasks or hobbies that the patient used to enjoy immensely;
  2. Uncertainty;
  3. Feeling lonely, gloomy and tearful;
  4. Feeling totally worthless;
  5. Suicidal thoughts;
  6. Loss or increase in appetite;
  7. Fatigue

How to treat and alleviate severe depression of fibromyalgia?
The best line of attack for treating depression is to take prescription antidepressant medications. Antidepressants are usually prescribed to fibro patients whether depression is present or not. In fibro patients, antidepressants can ease the muscle tension and fatigue and uplift the mood and allay negativity. The most frequently prescribed antidepressants are known as tricyclic antidepressants.

While medications prove to be greatly beneficial, they are not enough to completely alleviate depression. Other treatment options are also recommended to address the emotional and psychological aspects of a patient’s health. Some of the other treatment options include:

Cognitive behavioral therapy
The perception of pain is different in every fibro patient. An individual’s own coping aptitude, learned behavior and emotional reaction will influence how he will feel the pain and react to it. Cognitive behavioral therapy teaches fibro patients as to how to deal with intense pain through identifying maladaptive thoughts and practicing precise techniques for better pain management. The core function of cognitive behavioral therapy is to alter the thinking and belief system to modify the behavior towards pain.

Biofeedback is a technique that teaches patients to recognize the signals of their body to improve their health. A person is hooked to a biofeedback machine that perceives sensitive body functions and shows important information, which aids the therapist and the patient to calculate the progress of the treatment. Through biofeedback, the patients can gain control over some body functions like managing their migraine headaches, muscle tension, pain, digestive problems and blood pressure.

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Treatments and the effects of fibromyalgia on the body?

Fibromyalgia is a condition that is very often misdiagnosed and wrongly understood. It is a complicated syndrome that imitates the symptoms of many other diseases such as osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, etc. It is characterized by widespread chronic pain arching to all parts of the body, unbearable fatigue and stubborn sleeping problems. It is incurable and can haunt a person for eternity. For any fibro patient, his own body becomes a dungeon where he is doomed to stay for the rest of his life.

The good part is that fibromyalgia is somewhat treatable. A diminution in the intensity of the symptoms is possible by consuming special herbs or vitamins. These herbs tend to cut back the chronic pain and induce a feeling of well-being and overall positive vitality.

Treating fibromyalgia with these 5 herbs

1. Ginseng
This is one of the ancient herbs used to treat fibromyalgia-like symptoms. It is an immune booster, a natural healer and a potent weapon for the body. It can help fibro patients fight against fibro symptoms like fatigue, migraine and sleeping disorders and instill some order in his life. It is also an energy booster. It increases body energy and enables a patient to remain more active and fuller throughout the day.

2. Cayenne
This is the chemical compound found in hot peppers and is responsible for giving them their fiery hot taste. Research has proved that cayenne has analgesic properties, which mean that it can numb the pain sensations and reduce the feeling of intense pain in the body. Moreover, it is also useful for treating muscle and joint pain in fibromyalgia. Confirm with your doctor for the right dose of this compound.

3. Lavender
Taking a lavender oil bath, massage or oral topical therapy can help fibro patients to deal with fibromyalgia-related sleep disorders and also deal with depression. It can also lessen fibro pain and even help reduce high blood pressure. Lavender baths have an incredible effect on the mind and the spirit. Therefore, fibro affected patients should have regular lavender baths to uplift their moods, elevate their spirits and enjoy positive thoughts.

4. Passionflower
It is a plant that has remedial and analgesic properties. It is used to treat many conditions such as ADHD, nervousness, asthma, fibromyalgia, insomnia, etc. It helps to relieve anxiety, help induce calm sleep and relieve muscle spasms. The dosage should be discussed with a doctor as large amounts can also be damaging to health.

5. Ginger
Ginger has remained an ancient treatment for arthritis, diarrhea and stomach problems. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that mean that it helps to reduce inflammation. It is also thought to curb the production of hormone P that initiates pain waves and often found in elevated levels in fibro patients.

However, your doctor should be consulted before consuming any herbs as each fibromyalgia patient is responsive or repellent towards different sorts of herbs and medications.

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