A study was recently conducted to promote the benefits of combination therapies for fibromyalgia patients. Combination therapy involves taking two or more medications to treat the same condition. While the researchers were looking at 4 medications, in particular, the results of the study actually decry how little medications do to help patients as well as some other surprising information.
Study Statistics on Fibromyalgia Medication Use and Benefits
First of all, it is important to note that across the extensive study (which involved over 1,000 patients), about 60 percent of patients were still dealing with pain despite medication. Many patients were dealing with other symptoms as well such as depression and anxiety, headaches, insomnia, abdominal pain, IBS, muscles weakness, and cognitive problems (brain fog).
It was acknowledged that combination therapies were more expensive due to the cost of medication, but it was also noted that many patients stuck to combination therapies as opposed to those who only took one medication. However, the most shocking stat was how many patients were taking other medications, many of which are not specifically approved for fibromyalgia use. These medications included:
- Opioids (a shocking 58% of patients)
- Muscle relaxers
You may have noticed the surprising number of highly addictive and mind-altering medications being taken by these patients. Is there a safer way to approach fibromyalgia than with a cocktail of expensive medications that come with unwanted side effects including the potential for addiction and still leave 60% of patients suffering from their primary symptom – pain?
Natural Help for Fibromyalgia Patients
A misalignment of the C1 and C2 vertebrae at the base of the skull can have negative effects on both neurological and vascular aspects of the body that deal with pain response and the many other symptoms of fibromyalgia. As a result, many fibromyalgia patients see positive results from visits to an upper cervical chiropractor.
To learn more about this gentle subspecialty of chiropractic, contact a practitioner near you. A no-obligation consultation can help you to determine if this is the right natural approach for you.