Kratom is probably most sought after for chronic pain. People struggling with pain from a disease or lingering pain from injury are turning in droves to this therapeutic, all-natural substance. Those who might have developed an opioid addiction (and even those who already have) are discovering kratom offers a way to fight pain, remain functional during the day and, as so many have said “get their lives back”.
If you choose kratom to treat your fibromyalgia symptoms, studies and forum posts suggest you’re in good company!
What is Fibromyalgia?
First and foremost, what is this condition?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that tends to stick around, much to the host’s dismay. Muscle pain and fatigue can feel like constant weights on the shoulders and psyche. The condition most commonly develops in middle-aged women (lucky them!) and people already dealing with arthritis or lupus are often more prone to get it.
In addition to pain and fatigue, people with fibromyalgia struggle with difficulty sleeping, headaches, tingling or numbness in the extremities, and issues with memory (a symptom dubbed “fibro fog”).
The symptoms of fibromyalgia can be treated, but curing or completely alleviating the condition is rare. Doctors may prescribe over the counter medications or narcotics to deal with pain, and suggest activities such as keeping active and good diet. Some patients find relief with massage, chiropractic treatment, and other physical therapies.
Medicines that Treat Fibromyalgia
As I mention above, narcotics may be used to treat the pain caused by fibromyalgia, in addition to OTCs like ibuprofen or aspirin. When patients are placed on Chronic Opioid Analgesic Therapy (COAT), they may receive opioids or opioid agonists like Kadian or tramadol, and may also be prescribed antidepressants such as duloxetine to help fight fatigue and other symptoms.
Some people with fibromyalgia find that opiates and other pharmaceuticals don’t help with fibromyalgia pain, which is often described as quite different from other types of chronic pain. This may be why so many people have decided to give kratom a try.
Kratom for Fibromyalgia
If you know anything about the symptoms kratom can treat, it might be clear to you already why fibromyalgia patients have found relief using this all-natural Southeast Asian plant. Kratom – scientific name: Mitragyna speciosa – is popular for treating chronic pain, but is also recognized for its ability to fight fatigue and improve sleep (generally different strains for each effect), improve mood, and provide mental clarity – all these effects could potentially benefit people with Fibromyalgia.
Kratom as an Alternative to Opioid Use
One final way kratom could be useful to those with fibromyalgia lies in its similarity to opioids. As an opioid agonist, kratom can “trick” the body and brain into thinking they are still receiving opioids. This means withdrawal symptoms are less or possibly completely alleviated, while pain and other symptoms are still addressed.
If a patient with fibromyalgia has had to turn to opioids for more intensive pain relief, they may want to look into kratom as an alternative. Kratom does not cause respiratory failure, unlike opioids, so it’s considered by many to be a safer alternative.
Best Kratom Strains for Fibromyalgia
We’ve compiled a list of our best painkilling strains (based on the reports of kratom users), and also noted the other Fibromyalgia symptoms they might aid:
- Red Vein Super Indo kratom powder is a potent, powerful analgesic, and can also improve mood and encourage better sleep.
- Borneo Green Vein kratom capsules can soothe pain without inducing sleep, offering relief from anxiety and a bit of natural energy.
- White Vein Kali kratom leaf gives patients considerable energy to combat fatigue, while also providing mild to moderate pain relief and mental clarity.
Have you tried using kratom to treat fibromyalgia symptoms? We’d love to hear about your experience, and many in the kratom community could benefit from your knowledge!