Fibromyalgia pain is a different kind of pain. It is not triggered by pain receptors in the skin, muscles and joints. Also, it usually does not involve inflammation, so pain relievers and anti-inflammatories don’t work. Doctors have found that antidepressants such as amitriptyline can provide some relief.
Treating fibromyalgia with acupuncture has been shown to be more effective than amitriptyline, and it does not have the side effects commonly found with antidepressants.
A patient came recently with fibromyalgia (not the person in the image above). I treated her using acupuncture points to open the meridian pathways and mobilize stuck energy. After one treatment, her pain was significantly reduced and that night she slept better than she had in years.
If you know or someone you know is struggling with fibromyalgia, consider adding acupuncture to help reduce its symptoms and improve quality of life.