Vitamin Therapy for Fibromyalgia? Here's What You Should Know

Vitamin Therapy for Fibromyalgia? Here's What You Should Know

The most challenging and frustrating aspect of fibromyalgia is that the treatments currently available only ease your symptoms. And they don’t help everyone.

One medication, Pregabalin, reduces pain by 30-50% for many people, but you may still need other therapies to keep up with your daily life. And medication doesn't work for everyone. At least 10% of patients can't tolerate Pregabalin at the dose needed to ease their pain.

When you have a chronic, bodywide pain syndrome like fibromyalgia, you need holistic care that draws from a range of supportive treatments. Behnam Khaleghi, MD, here at Pacific Rheumatology specializes in options that you won't find at many practices, including vitamin therapy and medical-grade supplements.

Overview of fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that causes severe bodywide discomfort and debilitating fatigue. 

The symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

If you have fibromyalgia, you never know when something like a change in weather will trigger a flare-up in your pain and fatigue. As a result, people with fibromyalgia often need to take time away from work and have days when simply getting dressed is a painful struggle.

Why you need vitamin therapy

If you have fibromyalgia, chances are you have nutritional deficiencies. The intense pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia may take away your appetite. Or you might feel hungry but not have the stamina to prepare a healthy meal.

Your body also uses significantly more nutrients than normal when you're under physical stress. Even if you do eat healthy meals, your body's demands quickly deplete your vitamins and minerals, leaving you with a deficiency.

When you have a nutritional deficiency, you become less tolerant to pain and your fibromyalgia symptoms get worse. That adds to your stress and uses up nutrients, creating a cycle that can only be stopped with vitamin therapy.

Beyond preventing deficiencies, vitamin therapy helps to:

Reduce inflammation

Fibromyalgia is not an inflammatory condition. Current evidence points to it being a neurological problem. However, many people with fibromyalgia have high levels of substances that cause bodywide inflammation.

Strengthen your immune system

Your immune system can't function properly without a specific amount of many different vitamins. A weak immune system contributes to inflammation and illness.

Fight pain and fatigue

People with fibromyalgia frequently have deficiencies in vitamins needed to maintain healthy muscles and nerves. These deficiencies lead to problems like muscle fatigue, muscle spasms, and neurological pain.

Vitamin therapy for fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is associated with low levels of many vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins like vitamin B12, vitamin D, magnesium, selenium, and zinc. Many people are also deficient in vitamins A, C, E, and K.

Many dietitians recommend getting all your vitamins and minerals through your diet. Though that’s generally great advice, it isn’t realistic for fibromyalgia patients. 

Vitamin therapy eliminates uncertainty about the nutrients in your diet and the amount of nutrients your body actually absorbs from those foods. 

We run blood work to accurately identify the nutrients you need. Then when we recommend medical-grade supplements or IV vitamin therapy, so you can be sure you're getting a precise dose of the nutrients you need.

To learn more about vitamin therapy, call one of our offices in Tustin or Laguna Hills, California, or request an appointment online today.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Easing a Gout Attack: Your 10-Point Management Plan

Even if you’re not familiar with gout, you’ll recognize a gout attack. These attacks occur suddenly, causing rapid inflammation and severe pain — usually in the joint of your big toe. Here are 10 steps you can take to ease a gout attack.

Can PRP Therapy Help My Joint Pain?

Can you think of any better way to relieve joint pain than by healing the damaged tissues? The only way to do that is with regenerative therapies such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a natural and safe treatment that can ease arthritis pain.

Are You at Risk for a Vitamin Deficiency?

Did you know that you can be the picture of health and still have a vitamin deficiency? Your risk rises if you have an illness or health condition like a rheumatic disease. Here’s what you need to know about the risk factors for vitamin deficiencies.

What You Need to Know About Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine is one of the most exciting fields in health care. Why? Because it does something you can’t get from medications and surgery: It turns the body’s healing cells into a treatment that regenerates and restores damaged tissues.

Five Common Signs of Dehydration

You know one of the first signs of dehydration — thirst — but it's important to know all the possible signs so that you drink fluids and rehydrate as quickly as possible. Becoming severely dehydrated causes severe health problems.

Is Your Diet to Blame for Inflammation?

Following a healthy diet has a new meaning when you know that the foods you eat can either increase or decrease inflammation. Here's what you should know about the effect of foods and how you can use them to get relief from inflammatory conditions.