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
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 reducing pain.
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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For a diagnosis of fibromyalgia to be made, two factors must be present:
Unexplained, widespread pain that lasts at least three months
Pain in at least eleven of eighteen tender points when gentle pressure
Many other symptoms may exist alongside the pain, including the
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
A sleep disorder (including apnea)
Allergies or sensitivities to certain chemicals, food, or the
A chemical imbalance in the brain, especially or serotonin
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
Eat some live unsweetened yogurt or other cultured foods daily to combat
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 green, leafy ones) and skim milk. Good sources of vitamin E
are soybeans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, whole grains, and, again, green
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
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 believe 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
A high-potency multivitamin provides a base of nutrients required
for cellular energy production
Coenzyme Q10 supports cellular energy production. Take 200 to 300
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 IU daily.
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
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
Estrogen, cortisol, and testosterone need to be prescribed, based on
your levels, by a doctor who is knowledgeable in natural hormone
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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
A green drink containing super green foods, such as chlorella,
spirulina, barley grass, and others, supports detoxification and energy
Melatonin promotes sleep. Take 0.3 to 0.5 mg a half-hour before
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
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.
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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 with 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 your symptoms.
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