Fibromyalgia is the name given to chronic, widespread
muscular pain that has no obvious cause. The pain-usually
described as aching, stiff, burning, or throbbing-may
appear in any location of the body, but for a diagnosis of
fibromyalgia to be made, you must have pain in at least
eleven of eighteen specific "tender points." The pain from
tender points and elsewhere in the body usually feels most
severe upon waking and gradually lessons as the day goes
Although the pain of Fibromyalgia alone can be so severe as
to render its victims disabled, the disease can be
complicated by any of several other problems. Fibromyalgia
is closely linked to chronic fatigue syndrome, and many of
its sufferers experience symptoms similar to those of CFS.
Irritable bowel syndrome, premenstrual syndrome,
palpitations, and temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ)
may also be present.
As with CFS, there is currently no one agreed-upon cause
for this disease. In most cases, many factors combine to
produce varied components of Fibromyalgia. Disordered sleep
is a very common problem with this condition. The length
and quality of sleep must be improved for long-term success
in most cases of fibromyalgia. Also, hormone imbalance is
quite common. Particularly, low thyroid function and
imbalances in estrogen/progesterone, as well as in the
stress hormone DHEA and cortisol. Digestive function and
detoxification usually need improvement to help people with
Fibromyalgia. Along with this digestive weakness comes
leaky gut syndrome and candida overgrowth, as well as
general dysbiosis. Chronic infections that include viruses
can be a factor. Food allergies are a significant
contributor for some people, especially allergies to wheat,
sugar, and cow's milk. As well, nutritional deficiencies,
of magnesium, B vitamins, coenzyme Q10, L-carnitine, and
several others, are very common. We have also found that
many people with Fibromyalgia have a brain chemistry
imbalance. Using natural therapies to balance serotonin and
other neurotransmitters result not only in a better mood
but in less muscular pain. Toxic elements, such as lead,
mercury, arsenic, and others, can also be one of the root
contributors to Fibromyalgia. These toxic elements
interfere with the normal enzyme and cell function in the
body. In addition, blood-sugar imbalances worsen to pain
and inflammation. Many people develop symptoms of
fibromyalgia after a car accident, and thus structural
abnormalities must be addressed through physical therapies.
Chiropractic, osteopathic, and craniosacral therapy;
physiotherapy; and sometimes massage is very helpful in
In essence, all of these potential imbalances lead to a
defect in how the cells produce energy. Normally, the
"energy-producing" plant of the cells, known as the
mitochondria metabolism, produces efficient energy for the
cells of the body. When a defect occurs in mitochondrial
metabolism, it can lead to a shortage of energy for the
muscle cells and other tissues of the body, resulting in
fatigue and pain. Mitochondria require organic acids that
are intermediaries in metabolic pathways in the body that
create energy. Researchers found that people with
fibromyalgia often have imbalances in these organic acids.
To correct this problem, one must address the root causes,
as have been described. Fortunately, a comprehensive
natural approach to Fibromyalgia is very effective in
eliminating the pain or greatly improving it.
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Articles, and Studies:
For a diagnosis of fibromyalgia to be made, two factors
must be present:
Unexplained, widespread pain that lasts at least three
Pain in at least eleven of eighteen tender points when
gentle pressure is applied
Many other symptoms may exist alongside the pain,
including the following:
Irritable bowel syndrome
Tingling of the skin or other odd sensations
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ)
Heightened sensitivity to loud noises, bright lights,
and changes in the weather
A sleep disorder (including apnea)
Allergies or sensitivities to certain chemicals, food,
or the environment
A chemical imbalance in the brain, especially or
Virus (especially Epstein-Barr, HHV-6, cytomegalovirus)
Damage to cells by free radicals
Poor digestion and detoxification
Candidiasis and parasites
Nutritional deficiencies, especially of minerals
A build-up of phosphate or uric acid
Structural abnormalities (spine and soft tissue)
Follow a sound diet that is based on whole, unprocessed
foods. Emphasize raw or lightly cooked vegetables,
especially greens, and other foods that are high in
nutrients and fiber.
To keep up a steady supply of energy to your muscles, eat
lots of lean protein-beans, raw nuts, soy products, fish,
chicken, and turkey are all good sources-and plan on
several meals throughout the day, instead of three large
Eat some live unsweetened yogurt or other cultured foods
daily to combat Candidiasis.
Omega-3 fatty acids help the body create prostaglandin, a
hormone that reduces inflammation. Flaxseeds and flaxseed
oil, as well as fatty fish, are excellent sources of
omega-3 fatty acids.
Fibromyalgia has been linked to a magnesium deficiency, so
make sure to consume foods that are high in this mineral,
including green leafy vegetables, kelp, soybeans, cashews,
and almonds. Vitamin A, C, and E together help fight free
radicals, whose presence may inhibit cells' ability to
produce energy. For vitamin A, eat plenty of colored
vegetables (especially the green, leafy ones) and skim
milk. Good sources of vitamin E are soybeans, broccoli,
Brussels sprouts, whole grains, and, again, green leafy
Drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours. You'll
flush out toxins and reduce pain.
Foods to Avoid
Determine whether a food allergy is causing or contributing
to your pain. Mineral deficiencies have been linked to
Fibromyalgia, so avoid caffeine, which interferes with
their proper absorption. Caffeine also contributes to sleep
Reduce or cut out meat, fried and junk foods, high-fat
dairy products, and other foods that are high in saturated
fats. They contribute to inflammation and pain, as well as
to insomnia; in addition, they slow you circulation and
deplete your stores of energy.
Avoid sugar. It increases pain, weakens the immune system,
disturbs sleep, saps your energy, and encourages the growth
of Candida albicans, a fungus that some belief is the cause
of Fibromyalgia. The most common sources of sugar are soda
and processed food, but you also need to severely restrict
your intake of natural sugars like honey and even fruits.
Dramatically reduce your intake of processed food and
carbonated drinks. These items are full of food additives
that will only aggravate your condition.
A high-potency multivitamin provides a base of
nutrients required for cellular energy production
Coenzyme Q10 supports cellular energy production.
Take 200 to 300 mg daily.
Acetyl-L-carnitine supports cellular energy
production. Take 500 to 1,000 mg daily.
Calcium relaxes the nerves and the muscles. Take
500 mg twice daily, along with 400 IU of vitamin D.
Milk thistle supports liver detoxification. Take
250 mg of a 80 to 85 percent silymarin extract
three times daily.
Vitamin E has anti-inflammatory benefits. Take 800
Vitamin C has anti-inflammatory and
immune-enhancing benefits. Take 1,000 mg two to
three times daily.
Grape seed extract or maritime pine bark improves
circulation and has anti-inflammatory effects. Take 100 mg
two to three times daily.
Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant that supports
detoxification. Take 100 to 200 mg daily.
N-acetylcysteine supports detoxification and helps
produce glutathione. Take 500 mg daily.
NADH supports cellular energy production. Take 10 to 20
mg on an empty stomach.
Passionflower relaxes the nerves. Take 300 to 500 mg in
capsule form or 1ml of tincture three times daily. It
can also be taken before bedtime to help sleep.
Valerian relaxes the nerves. Take 300 to 500 mg in
capsule form or 1ml of tincture three times daily. IT
can also be used before bedtime to help with sleep.
Olive leaf extract is good if you have a chronic viral
infection. Take 500 mg three times daily.
A probiotic is important for digestive function and
immunity. Take a product containing at least 4 billion
active organisms daily.
The thyroid controls cellular energy and mood. If your
levels are low, work with a knowledgeable doctor to use
natural thyroid hormone.
DHEA reduces stress and inflammation. If your levels
are low, work with a doctor to normalize your levels.
The normal starting dosage is 5 to 15 mg daily.
Natural progesterone can be helpful for women with
Fibromyalgia. Premenopausal women should apply 1/4
teaspoon (20mg equivalent) to the inside of their
forearms twice daily for three to four weeks of the
month. Postmenopausal women should apply 1/8 teaspoon
(10 mg equivalent) to the inside of their forearms once
daily for 3 weeks of the month.
Estrogen, cortisol, and testosterone need to be
prescribed, based on your levels, by a doctor who is
knowledgeable in natural hormone replacement.
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sans-serif">Ginkgo biloba improves circulation and
memory. Take 60 to 120 mg of a 24 percent flavone
glycoside extract three times daily.
Fish oil supplies pain-relieving omega-3 fatty acids.
Take a fish oil product containing at least 480 mg of
EPA and 360 mg of DHA twice daily.
A green drink containing super green foods, such as
chlorella, spirulina, barley grass, and others,
supports detoxification and energy production.
Melatonin promotes sleep. Take 0.3 to 0.5 mg a
half-hour before bedtime.
Black cohosh is a good hormone balancer and relaxes
spasms of the muscles. Take 40 mg of a 2.5 percent
triterpene glycoside extract twice daily.
Cordyceps Sinensis supports adrenal gland function.
Take 800 mg twice daily of a standardized product.
Arnica oil relieves muscle pain and tenderness. Apply
the oil to painful areas twice daily.
General Stress-Reduction Therapies
Consider positive mental imagery, meditation, and prayer
the first line of defense against the symptoms of
Fibromyalgia. Regular meditation is both refreshing and
calming. It improves your concentration and memory and,
when used just before bedtime, can help you sleep.
Biofeedback helps you learn to improve the way your body
responds to stress.
It's not a bad idea to supplement your daily meditation
with a yoga class once or twice a week. Yoga relaxes your
body and mind, improves digestion, and can ease both joint
and muscle pain.
Magnet therapy can be helpful to reduce pain. Work with
a practitioner who is knowledgeable in this area.
Moderate, non-jarring exercise is one of the best
treatments for Fibromyalgia. Daily exercise for half an
hour (a brisk walk or swim are excellent choices) is
far preferable to less frequent but more vigorous
workouts. Studies show that people Fibromyalgia who
exercise regularly have fewer symptoms than those who
are inactive. Get adequate rest. Most of us need at
least eight hours a day; if you need more, however, by
all means, take it. Overexertion will only aggravate