Can Melatonin Also Reduce Pain in Fibromyalgia?

We’ve written about how melatonin can be a good supplement to help you sleep, especially if you’re battling fatigue and

I have fibromyalgia

insomnia from fibromyalgia.

As part of our research, we came across this study which studied melatonin as a way to reduce pain associated with cataract surgery. The doctors concluded:

We concluded that oral melatonin premedication for patients undergoing cataract surgery under topical anesthesia provided anxiolytic effects, enhanced analgesia, and decreased IOP resulting in good operating conditions.

Now one caveat here is that the researchers gave their patients a 10 milligram tablet of melatonin.

That’s a huge dose!

But remember, melatonin is not absorbed well from the digestive tract. So you have to give a lot just to get a little into the circulation for the melatonin to actually work.

A better approach would have been to use a lower dose, sublingual melatonin formula. This lower dose might have worked just as well.

Setting the dose aside, it’s remarkable that melatonin was able to reduce anxiety and enhance the effect of the anesthesia used in the cataract surgery.

So if you’re experiencing anxiety and pain from fibromyalgia, consider melatonin at bedtime. We also recommend 5-HTP as a daytime supplement, as 5-HTP is involved in our body’s ability to make serotonin and melatonin.