Melatonin Linked to Soothing Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Doctors Recommend Small Doses of Melatonin to treat Fibromyalgia Pain

According to a recent study, longtime sufferers of the pain and soreness of fibromyalgia are seeing positive results from treating their condition with low doses of natural melatonin. Further research demonstrated that treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia reduced the number of “tender points” on patient’s bodies, allowing them to sleep and live through more normal days and nights. The health experts at Sprayable Sleep have spoken with numerous doctors and patients who have recommend and found success applying low-impact transdermal melatonin to treat the chronic pain brought on by fibromyalgia.

What is Fibromyalgia?

More than five million Americans suffer with Fibromyalgia Musculoskeletal Syndrome (FMS) every day. It is a disorder that causes fatigue and muscle pain. Fibromyalgia patients experience pain and tenderness throughout their bodies which makes can make everyday tasks at work and home a tremendous struggle.

Over 80 percent of patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women over the age of eighteen, although the condition has been found in both men and children. Diagnosis for this chronic pain condition most often comes during middle age. Patients being treated for other serious diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, spinal arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus are at increased risk for developing fibromyalgia.

In addition to chronic pain, fibromyalgia carries with it other symptoms which include headaches, morning stiffness, anxiety, depression, trouble sleeping, numbness or tingling in the hands and feet, painful menstrual periods, and a reduced ability to think and remember (refered to by experts as “fibro fog”).

Fibromyalgia Misconceptions

The biggest trouble fibromyalgia patients encounter is that the condition is still widely misunderstood by the public. Because the pain of fibromyalgia is so persistent, hard to diagnose, and harder to treat it can seem “invisible” to those who do not suffer through its symptoms. Many dismiss it as “not a real medical problem” or “all in your head”. Most of the research we now have on fibromyalgia has been developed in the last few years, and general practitioners are only just becoming aware of how to recognize and treat the cause of this chronic pain.

Treating fibromyalgia isn’t like getting over a cold or a mending broken bone, there is no “cure” or “fix” that we know of for patients suffering from this long term pain. Seeking relief from  fibromyalgia is frustrating because the traditional treatment approach isn’t effective. This frustration is also felt by healthcare providers who want to alleviate the suffering of patients.

There is hope however. Now more than ever, more people understand that fibromyalgia is a real condition, most frequently because someone in their lives (perhaps a mother, sister, or aunt) suffers from it. With more accurate methods of diagnosis, more men than ever are being treated for fibromyalgia than ever before.

Research is shifting and healthcare providers are now focusing on developing, testing, and implementing treatments to help people who suffer from fibromyalgia.

How Can Fibromyalgia Be Treated?

While we are only just beginning to understand what causes fibromyalgia, recent findings have shown that major lifestyle changes such as improvements to exercise habits, dietary choices, and sleeping hours can produce drastic positive results in fibromyalgia patients. Early studies into the biochemical effects of fibromyalgia on the body demonstrated that those suffering from the syndrome produced drastically lower levels of natural melatonin, causing patients to have a difficult time falling asleep and staying asleep. This is why over 85% percent of fibromyalgia patients also present symptoms of chronic fatigue.

Many longtime sufferers seek a fibromyalgia treatment in the form of over-the-counter sleep aids and supplements or, in extreme circumstances, prescription drugs which can be both dangerous and habit forming. While many drugstore sleep-aids do contain the melatonin that fibromyalgia sufferers do need to counteract the biochemical imbalances brought on by their condition, these pills and chewables are often packed with ten or twenty times as much as the body needs. Overdosing on melatonin can shock and place damaging stress on your liver and kidneys and over time cause your body to develop a resistance to the positive benefits of supplemental melatonin. This is why more and more health experts are beginning to recommend transdermal melatonin treatments to patients seeking relief from the chronic fatigue that often accompanies musculoskeletal disorders such as fibromyalgia.    

Another recent study has demonstrated that regular low-dose treatments of melatonin can have farther-reaching benefits to fibromyalgia patients beyond just giving them a good night’s sleep. Melatonin’s functions as a neurotransmitter have also been demonstrated to regulate our nervous system, memory, emotional balance, and pain receptors. Fibromyalgia disrupts all of these systems, particularly acting on the nerves that control the way our body interprets and transmit pain signals to our brain. Research demonstrates that changing the body’s melatonin levels can improve the biological processes melatonin regulates and severely reduce the impact of fibromyalgia and its symptoms on daily life.

Melatonin serves as a natural inhibitor of “substance P”, a neurotransmitter is responsible for sending false pain signals from the spinal cord to the brain. Low melatonin levels can bring heightened levels of “substance P” causing spontaneous sensations pain and tenderness in the deep tissues of the back and neck, and because “substance P” can transmit itself rapidly throughout the body, the associated pain-signals it sends to the brain can quickly become widespread.

The Best Melatonin for Your Body

Sprayable Sleep is the most effective and safest way to deliver the all-natural melatonin your body in a way that restores, replenishes, and supplements the melatonin production our bodies need

A nightly topical treatment of less than 0.5 milligrams is all you need to get a naturally balanced night of rest, promote better neurochemical health.

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