I am only sharing what has helped me, I’m not suggesting you follow my example. Anything I share should be thoroughly researched before trying
So you know where I’m coming from: I have only used traditional medicines in the past. I never really felt that alternate medicine helped me that much. But since fibromyalgia, things have changed. I take the usual stuff we try: gabapentin, antidepressants, trazadone for sleep. I had to lower the gabapentin because it was causing a lot of cognitive problems, so pain went up. I have two things that I use.
A friend suggested I try kratom for pain because she gets so much relief from it. Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is from a tree grown mostly in Southeast Asia and is related to the coffee family. It is NOT an opiate but acts like an opiate in the brain. It is not addictive like opiates but the FDA is trying to ban it. It may not be legal in your state, you’d have to check.
To me, this plant is a paradox causing alertness like coffee (without the jitters coffee causes) and body relaxation (without the sleepiness). It is an excellent pain reliever. It has been used as medicine for thousands of years. It comes in many varieties (like green, red, white, gold) each having its own properties. It can be cheap or expensive. I’m extremely cautious so I first bought it at an apothecary in San Francisco, now I buy it online from the same source.
Just FYI I use a blend called Woolly Mammoth. (I believe it is also known as Superior Red Dragon.) It sounds mystical if not downright pretentious, but it is amazing. My body relaxes, my pain decreases and I even feel a little more clear headed (but still not 100%.) I don’t take it to eliminate all my pain, only to make it more bearable. I still need Gabapentin, it is my staple. I do NOT like to feel high. And no, Marijuana does not help me. Kratom may have a few side effects (I don’t really have any), but last time I checked, just about every medication I take has a long list of side effects that may lead to death. I do not know if there are drug interaction problems, again, most of my meds are contraindicated for (to?) each other.
For the best energy, I use Ashwaganda, Rhodiola, and Eleuthero. It comes in a blend from the same company as the kratom called Nervous System Reset. It compliments the kratom and boosts my energy.
Both the kratom and the Nervous System Reset come in powder form which I mix with cranberry juice (in a shaker). Kratom is rather bitter and the cranberry juice helps cover that. I also use it in a vanilla protein powder with great success (milkshake anyone?). Kratom also comes in capsule form from some companies.
I still have good and bad days, these aren’t miracle makers. Or perhaps for some of us they are. At the very least, it gives me some hope.