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Hello Marie , I am Dr. Arun and will be helping you today.WelChol is not a statin but it may cause myalgia (muscle pain). Please see this authentic resource for the side effects; http://reference.medscape.com/drug/welchol-colesevelam-342449#4Following are the supplements which are known to help lower cholesterol;
2) Garlic extract
4) Artichoke extract
5) Green tea extract
The cholesterol, triglycerides can also be controlled by the lifestyle approaches and dietary strategies. Following would be very helpful to lower them;
1) Dietary fiber; Soluble fiber is present in foods such as beans, oats, barley, and fruits and vegetables. This decreases absorption of cholesterol.
2) Phytosterols; Phytosterols are present in small amounts in nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils. Numerous studies have shown that phytosterols lower LDL-Cholesterols. There are many products on the market that contain phytosterols for total- and LDL-C lowering. These products are orange juice, yogurt, margarine spreads, salad dressings, breads, cereals, milk, and granola bars. Phytosterols also are available in soft-gel pills.
3) Soy protein is the major component of soybeans and decreases triglycerides and cholesterol.
4) if one is over weight, just weight loss also reduces the cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
5) Physical activity; regular aerobic exercise is effective in reducing blood lipids and proven by many studies.
6) Alcohol; if one takes, limit it to 20-30 ml per day.
Following dietary pattern may be helpful;
1) Red meat in low frequency and amounts
2) Minimally processed seasonally fresh foods
3) Less than five eggs per week
4) An abundance of plant foods; fruits, vegetables, potatoes, breads, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds
5) Olive oil as the principal source of dietary fat
6) Fresh fruits as the typical daily dessert
7) Wine in low to moderate amounts; one glass per day for women.
So life style care measures, diet and supplements also would be able to lower your cholesterol.
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The treatment of fibromyalgia is comprehensive and here are few tips. The treatment has to be individually tailored from these modalities;
1) Aerobic exercise; low-impact aerobics, walking, water aerobics, stationary bicycle.
2) Heat, massage, and other treatments like sauna, hot baths and showers, hot mud, and massage.
3) Trigger-point injections,
5) Chiropractic manipulation,
6) Myofascial release
7) Neural pulse stimulation (CNP) device
8) Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and operant-behavioral therapy (OBT)
9) Relaxation training and biofeedback
10) Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen
11) Opioid analgesics (hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl, morphine),
13) Estrogen receptor modulator raloxifene
14) St. John's wort, ginseng, valerian, botanical oil, melatonin, magnesium, dehydroepiandrosterone
A combination of above is tried for an individual to relieve the symptoms.
For the management of the fibromyalgia using the principles of comprehensive nonpharmacologic pain management represented by the acronym ExPRESS; has been suggested.
1) Ex is for exercise.
2) P is for psychiatric comorbidity, because depression and anxiety disorders are common in chronic pain conditions and contribute significantly to pain and disability.
3) R is for regaining function; this often involves helping patients with activity pacing so that they do not do too much on days when they feel good and do too little on days when they feel bad.
4) E is for education; Web sites hosted by the Arthritis Foundation and the National Fibromyalgia Association are the best education sites.
5) S is for sleep hygiene, which is necessary for many who have developed counterproductive habits.
6) Finally, S is for stress management, which includes any number of elements, such as CBT, relaxation techniques, hydrotherapy, and gentle exercise to name just a few.
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