Do you or someone you know suffer with pain from fibromyalgia? Chronic pain is no fun. I’ve been through versions of pain and it wrecks so much. It takes away your focus and ambition. It takes over your mind, as you can’t think much of anything else.
I have good news: There is a way out.
What causes fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia can be caused by thyroid disease, chronic toxins in the body, the adrenal glands or chronic infections like Epstein-Barr virus.
In many cases, conventional medicine doesn’t address these causes. The fibromyalgia will be treated with pain medications. These medicines can help somewhat in the short term, but they don’t really help in the long term. They can make a cycle worse because the patient becomes more pain-reactive due to the effect of the narcotics and pain meds.
A New Pain Treatment
An exciting study came out in the British Medical Journal showing acupuncture makes a big difference for chronic fibromyalgia pain. In this study 153 adults, who’d been diagnosed with advanced fibromyalgia, were treated with nine acupuncture sessions. The results were significant! There were some great short-term benefits after the first few treatments. The exciting news is, a year after the nine sessions were completed, the patients’ pain scores were still 41% lower than those who didn’t undergo the treatment or had placebo versions of acupuncture!
What is an acupuncture session like? Does it hurt?
Typically, an acupuncture session takes 15-20 minutes. The common protocol is the insertion of about 6-10 very thin needles. The needles are not much wider than a hair, and the insertion isn’t painful. You feel the needle go in, but it may feel milder than a mosquito bite. Actually, many people find the sessions relaxing and enjoyable. Most have a profound sense of taking a very deep nap or experience deep relaxation.
So, if fibromyalgia is causing you chronic pain, there is hope! Acupuncture may be your solution.
Dr. Alan Christianson is a New York Times Bestselling Author and a Phoenix, Arizona-based Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) with two decades of clinical experience in natural endocrinology. His main focus is thyroid disease, especially Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. He is the author of The Adrenal Reset Diet, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease, and others.
Dr. Christianson frequently appears on national TV shows like Dr. Oz, CNN, The Doctors and The Today Show as well as print media like Women’s World, USA Today, Newsweek, and Shape Magazine. When he’s not in the clinic or writing, he’s probably in the backcountry balancing on a mountain unicycle or scaling up a vertical wall.