Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition causing widespread body pain that is often difficult to diagnose. Fibromyalgia Management (FM) is often generalized by aches in the body as well as exhaustion, with many FM sufferers referring to the condition as “blowing a fuse” or as an “energy crisis” as it feels as though more energy is being expended by the body than being made. Of the many strategies developed to help treat FM, SHINE is one approach, and stands for Sleep, Hormones, Infections, Nutritional supplements and Exercise.
Sleep: Deep sleep is typically achieved at the fourth hour of the sleep cycle. Many FM sufferers find it difficult to reach this “deep sleep,” resulting in a body that hasn’t properly rested. When an individual goes without proper sleep, the body reacts, leading to pain. Some tips to help sleep include keeping the bedroom cool and dark (about 65 degrees), shutting off electronic devices an hour prior to sleep, taking a hot bath to relieve tight muscles, avoiding caffeine in the afternoon, and taking 75-150mg of magnesium. The goal is to form a consistent routine that works for the individual and enables them to sleep for 8 to 9 hours per night.
Hormones: Hormones are produces by our endocrine glands and are in balance with each other. However, with FM, these chemicals fall out of balance. In order to balance them out, individuals should seek tests (usually blood and/or urine) to determine hormone levels and get back on track.
Infection: The lack of sleep caused by Fibromyalgia lowers immune functions, which can lead to infections occurring more frequently. Nutritionally-based approaches, in addition to treatments, should be taken to help boost the immune system.
Nutritional Supplements: Dovetailing off of the last bullet point, there are many supplements available that can boost immune function, enhance sleep quality and increase energy. This area of FM is often overlooked by traditional medical management approaches.
Exercise: No excuses. A study conducted by Oregon Health & Sciences University found that women with FM who practices yoga for 8 weeks had a 24% pain reduction, 30% fatigue reduction, and a 42% depressed reduction. Need we say more?
If you, a friend or family member requires FM treatment, please give us a call today to schedule an appointment with our team of trusted physicians at 732-431-2155.