Muscle tenderness and stiffness produce a consistent state of pain in fibromyalgia patients. The pain sometimes can be very severe. The people affected with fibromyalgia should look up for the remedy that works best for them. Since the panic condition varies from person to person so the soothing and relaxing also varies so it is very important to set a schedule of techniques that best suits the patient’s condition.
Still, there is no proper treatment found for the disease so the main focus of the medical experts is on relieving the pain or suppressing the symptoms. Pain management can be obtained by exercise practices, medications, or stress-relief techniques. The other method of pain management is through an implanted occipital nerve stimulator. The recent studies showcased it to be very beneficial for those with fibromyalgia pain.
An experiment was done in Belgium in which 25 patients having fibromyalgia disorder had a lead implanted underneath the occipital protuberant, and ONS was conducted for six months. Significant improvements in pain were observed after the period of six months. The results were concluded after observing the remarks of people on a specifically designed questionnaire about the treatment. The study showed that this treatment proves to be very beneficial for fibromyalgia patients.
After this, a follow-up study was performed on six patients in whom positron emission tomography scans were done and occipital nerve stimulators were implanted. The simulation results show significant differences in the patterns of people who did not have ONS activators and show that the radioactive travel profile was changed considerably in multiple regions of the brain. These altered regions consist of the cingulated cortex, posterior cingulated cortex, dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, and others.
Certain other factors were also controlled in this study. Patients were tested for their baseline mood, pain, fatigue, and other information prior to the test. This experiment was a double-blind experiment that means both the participants and the researchers had no idea that which participants were assigned to each group and the results of such experiments eliminate any behavior by the participants or researcher that may affect the outcome of the study.
The outcome documented that there was a major decrease in the intensity of, and pain catastrophizing during the stimulations. Nine of eleven were provided with permanent implantation who responded to trial treatment. While only two patients did not respond to the treatment. The pain intensity of these decreased remarkably after six months. The other benefits include less fatigue, fewer trigger points, and so on.
The other pain-relieving methods include massage, exercise, yoga, and others. People should have regular massage either from a professional or at home. The people who seek professionals for the massage should briefly inform them about their condition to make sure that the bodywork is done in a gentle way. Daily massage at home is also beneficial. Massage can be done by gently rolling a tennis ball over stiff and sore muscles at home.
The other remedy is movement and exercise. Exercise can have positive effects by increasing serotonin levels in the brain. The best way to gain flexibility and strength in yoga. Restorative or gentle yoga is good as it has slow and gentle moves. The other technique helpful due to its slow and gentle moves is Tai Chi that is recommended to get relaxed and provide comfort to both mind and body.
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