Nine out of 10 people with Fibromyalgia are women. Women are naturally more receptive and hold their emotions to their hearts (and inside their very cells). There are studies showing that God loving women seem to be hardest hit. It could be that the burdens placed upon them by the modern world are too heavy for their old world hearts.
Although most sufferers are between 30-50 years of age, even children have Fibromyalgia, which implies it is not age related.
Fibromyalgia is often misdiagnosed.It is suggested that Chronic Fatigue often precedes Fibromyalgia and that if one has not had CFS then one does not have Fibromyalgia, but another form of myalgia.
Common Symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Fibromyalgia is associated with Central Nervous System sensitization, heightened sensitivity to pain, general (not localized) pain, and allodynia (pain from things, such as light or noise, that don't usually cause pain).
Symptoms That May NOT Actually Be Caused by Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Symptoms commonly experienced by those with Fibromyalgia include numbness or tingling in limbs, especially in the hands or feet, chronic joint or muscle tissue pain, which tends to settle in different areas of the body and can stay up to a few weeks only to disappear and reappear in another area, with no inflammation present.
Dizziness is often related to the cerebellum, which is a part of the brain responsible for coordination and regulation of body posture, movement and posture. Tight, inflamed and painful muscles, bones, joints and nerves along the spinal cord can cause nerves to send incorrect signals about our posture and position to the brain. The eyes, ears and the spine (and a few other places in the body) also work together to tell us whether we are right side up or upside down. In a study conducted on children with Fibromyalgia who complained of dizziness it was found the inner ear and brainstem problems were not the cause of their dizziness. They could spin in chairs and perform certain eye tricks and not become dizzy at all. It was believed their dizziness was caused by "...musculoskeletal abnormalities of Fibromyalgia that affects proprioceptive orientation, giving them a sense of imbalance." Dizziness is a major complaint of those suffering from Fibromyalgia, as well as loss of balance or equilibrium, ringing in the ears, and blurry vision (especially upon waking). These problems can be experienced episodically or can be constant over a period of time. In most FS patients, dizziness is not usually associated with, either, stomach upset or fluid in the inner ear at the time of experiencing it. Fibromyalgia is a pain disorder not a tension disorder. However, pain causes tension and muscle tension in any part of the body can contribute to dizziness. I suggest relaxation techniques and massage for dizziness stemming from tense muscles.
Difficulty getting enough quality sleep, Restless Leg Syndrome, muscles trembling, twitching or jerking while trying to fall to sleep, waking often during the night, insomnia, and feeling as though you never went to sleep. Low energy and fatigue that does not go away even after a full 8 hours of sleep, which is hard to achieve in the first place may suggest a sleep disorder. Morning stiffness, taking a long time to 'wake up' and feeling panicked upon waking concerning the day's events even before rising.
Neurological symptoms, such as muscle twitches and jerks and impaired coordination (legs feel awkward, uneven gait, slow muscle response, etc.).
Moderate exercise can create moderate to extreme muscle fatigue. Muscle exertion can cause symptoms to suddenly appear 2-3 days after exercising or doing something even slightly strenuous.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Anxiety, panic attacks, mood-swings, apathy, trouble with memory or concentration ('brain fog'), being easily overwhelmed and hypersensitive, being easily moved to emotion, startling easily (jumpiness).
Skin sensitivities, including sensitivity to temperature changes, rashes, Raynaud's Phenomenon (pale hands and fingers, especially when cold).
Dry mouth and dry, gritty eyes, (Sicca Syndrome, often associated with Sjogren's Syndrome and AIED (Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, which causes Meneire's and Tinnitus) may be overlapping causes of dry eyes and mouth.
Migraines and muscular headaches.
TMJ (Temporomandibular Disorder), which can cause jaw and face pain may be an overlapping condition.
Vaginal complaints may be a symptom of Fibromyalgia.
Possible Causes of Fibromyalgia Syndrome
It is thought FS is caused by an alteration in brain and body chemistry, which affects the messaging system between brain and spine, the Central Nervous System.
Proposed Causes of a Change in Body/Brain Chemistry Related to Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Skeletal and postural injuries or imbalances.
Heart problems (lack of oxygen)
Low Blood Pressure
High amounts of Substance P in the spinal fluid.
Acidosis (pH imbalance) leads to oxygen deprivation in body tissues).
Food sensitivities. Every person with Fibromyalgia also has food sensitivities.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Immune problems related to bacteria, parasites, yeast (candida), Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), or Lyme Disease.
Ongoing emotional stress (fear, resentment, shame), poor stress response (where an individual perceives threat even when there isn't one or there is an exaggerated reaction to stress on some level). There seems to be a prevalence of traumatic sexual or emotional abuse among those suffering from Fibromyalgia, which attaches a more physical response to emotional stress.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Syndrome (MCS)
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Metabolic Disorder or Insulin Resistance
Post surgical stress, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), Adrenal Burnout
Toxicity (heavy metal or chemicals)
Hormonal changes (including menopause and andropause)
Electromagnetic energy fields (EMFs)
Lack of connectivity to the supreme being, lack of meaning or purpose, poor relationships, anxiety and/or depression.
Lack of sleep and sleep disorders, which cause muscle tensing and lack of oxygen.
Insufficient levels of Human Growth Hormone (HGH), due to lack of refreshing sleep and somatomedin C levels.
Low serotonin levels.
Bowel dis-eases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis or Leaky Gut Syndrome
Doctors Duffy and Pridgen at the University of Alabama researching Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Irritable Bowel Syndrome have met success using a combination of antivirals usually used to treat HSV-1. Stage 3 trials may confirm Fibromyalgia ties to HSV. Research also reveals HSV is found in gut tissues 18 out of every 19 Fibromyalgia patients. Epstein Barr Virus and HSV-6 are already connected to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. As much as 70% of all people suffering from Fibromyalgia are also diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. As it stands, no one is absolutely sure whether FS and CFS are two separate conditions or whether they are two conditions on the same spectrum.
Fibromyalgia (FS) in Relation to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
It is suggested that Fibromyalgia Syndrome is the result of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, with a heightened sensitivity to pain. Fibromyalgia, as well as Chronic Fatigue, could, in some cases, actually be Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (myalgic, meaning muscle, and encephalitic, meaning head), which is known as Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome. Another name for ME is Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS). Those with ME are usually women, 20-30 years of age, who have had some type of viral illness previous to developing ME, but not always. Some older folks seem to just slip into ME. Those with this condition suffer from swollen glands and sore throats. This may be the only deciding factor between those with Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and ME.
Fibromyalgia Syndrome & Depression
Fibromyalgia sufferers, although not all, are understandably depressed. Depression leads to changes in the chemistry of the brain, which may be the cause of the sensitivity to pain found in those diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. If you were to look up the symptoms of depression, you would find many of the same symptoms as found under the umbrella of Fibromyalgia and vice versa.
Fibromyalgia Syndrome & Faulty Brain Loop
If you were a home office system, your brain would be your computer modem, which acts to organize every message and response in your entire body through what is called a brain loop. When this loop, this chain of command in the brain, is not followed, you may develop uncomfortable symptoms, such as Fibromyalgia. Stress, disease, trauma, poor diet, and toxins are some causes of faulty brain loops.
Fibromyalgia Syndrome, The Central Nervous System & Substance 'P'
FS is commonly the cause of sleep disturbances (due to being constantly aroused with stages of 'awake' brain activity and abnormal levels of dopamine and cortisol), creating a vicious circle of pain and fatigue. This difference in brain activity, apparent in those with FS, is a CNS issue (an issue between the brain and the spine). And, those with Fibromyalgia almost always have more Substance 'P' in their spinal fluid, a chemical that sends pain messages to the brain. Substance 'P' release is amplified and released even when there is no reason for pain. Meaning, no stimulus what-so-ever is causing Substance 'P' to be released. This is considered a Central Nervous System disorder. The down signals from the brain to the body to turn off pain are weakened so the individual is in constant degrees of pain. Not only that, but the nerve synapses may actually multiply. The body stays in pain until you do something to stop it. The trouble is, we often don't know what that is. I suspect it has something to do with the amygdalae.
A Definitive Explanation of Why Muscles Normally Hurt
Ongoing build up of acid waste in the body causes lack of oxygen in body tissues, which causes pain. Hypoxia (low oxygen), as it relates to Fibromyalgia, is a situation of having too little oxygen in the cells of muscle tissues. This may be more accurately a case of Tension Myositis Syndrome. If oxygen cannot penetrate the walls of your cells, ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate), which is the energy inside each cell of your body, energy will not exist. And, it's not just a matter of breathing deeply to supply more oxygen.
Another cause of muscle and skeletal pain is the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles caused by stress, and a diet that is too high in sugar, or a lifestyle of too little exercise. It is important to understand Fibromyalgia is not a muscle problem even though pain is genuinely felt in the muscles.
Trigger Points & Tender Points: The Confusion
There's no such thing as Fibromyalgia Syndrome trigger points. Trigger points are typically 18 points on the body where when light pressure is applied pain may or may not be amplified. What is wrong about diagnosing FS this way is that trigger points are more accurately associated with Myofascial Pain Syndrome. And, the person who responds painfully to having their trigger points pressed, more often than not, does not have Fibromyalgia, but has, instead, MPS, which is a muscle syndrome.
There are tenderpoints. Still, it is wrongful to diagnose FS by tender points alone. Fibromyalgia pain may be localized in a specific area, such as the neck, spine, upper shoulders or hips, or pain can be more generalized, so, once again, it is unfair to base the validity of someone having FS (or not) solely on the basis of tender point reactions.
Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) is pain related to oxygen deprived muscles, which have gotten that way from blocked emotional energy.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) is pain related to your fascia (a type of connecting tissue much like the translucent material that covers chicken breasts), which cause tight, ropey muscles that refer pain. Fibromyalgia, TMS and MPS may coexist at the same time.
Medical doctors are treating Fibromyalgia with Lyrica,Cymbalta, and Savella. These are prescription drugs meant for diabetic nerve pain. Side effects include weight gain, dizziness, swelling, and drowsiness. There has been mixed success with these drugs. They do not cure Fibromyalgia and can they lead to other health problems.
Modern Day Remedies for Fibromyalgia
NST (Neurostructural Integration Technique) is a massage technique that is very, very gentle. During therapy your body is gently touched (you can leave your clothes on) in areas to free up blocked energy paths that cause pain and fatigue. As this energy is released, so are the traumas and emotional associations causing the blockages.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is an acupressure method using your own fingers to tap along energy meridians (paths) of your body to relieve pressure. It is the same theory as applied in acupuncture, but without the needles! This is a do-it-yourself, at home, method of relieving emotional barriers that are causing blockages and pain. EFT has not been scientifically proven. However it is gaining in popularity and worth a try. It may be easiest to visit an EFT practitioner to gain first-hand experience of how to apply the process before deciding, prematurely, that it doesn't work for you.
Oxygen Therapy is fast becoming a more popular treatment for Fibromyalgia, as it is agreed that lack of oxygen for whatever reason, whether caused by Sleep Disorder, Central Nervous System Disorder, or other malfunctions, can cause the brain to send improper pain signals to the body. Make sure you are getting enough restful sleep, provide the nutrients your body needs to maintain its processes, and exercise.
Simple breathing meditations may also help if you tend to hold your breath or breathe shallowly when stressed. Here, in the Northwest, you may call or visit Dr. Justin McCormick, D.C. in Mill Creek, WA (Seattle area). He treats Fibromyalgia and other pain related dis-eases with oxygen therapy, as well as other all-natural therapies.
If you are having trouble sleeping or you feel you may have Sleep Apnea (you quit breathing in your sleep), see your doctor. Poor sleep causes Fibromyalgia and Fibromyalgia causes poor sleep.
Have your hormones and your thyroid checked for imbalances. Hormone imbalance and thyroid disorder can cause fatigue, ache and pain. Rid your life of ongoing tension and poor relationships. Fix it, change it, or leave it.
Find ways to manage stress. There is nearly always an underlying emotional component related to Fibromyalgia.
Apply Trigger Point Therapy is a therapy is used to treat Myofascial Pain Syndrome. If you are willing to use this technique, you may heal yourself from pain forever, or at least eliminate nearly all of it no matter how long you have been in pain, and relatively quickly.
Acupuncture and Chiropractic manipulations may also help.
Hypnosis and/or Cognitive Behavior Therapy can help with depression or cyclic negative thinking.
Natural Old World Remedies for Fibromyalgia
Given the fact that so many symptoms fall under the umbrella of Fibromyalgia, vitamin and supplement suggestions really need to be chosen by definitive symptoms. For example, not everyone suffering from Fibromyalgia will have all 18 tender points. Some do not have headaches, but experience terrible dizziness, while others experience wide spread pain or sleep issues. Therefore, the remedy needs to be very personal one.
Posture improvement is extremely important for those with Fibromyalgia. Because of the constant stress of pain and fatigue, those with Fibromyalgia tend to slump over rather than stand tall. This increases muscle weakness, which increases pain. Whenever possible, imagine you are a puppet and your creator is pulling the string that runs from the top of your head. Pull your head and shoulders up and back during the day, especially when sitting, as often as you can remember. Use a back pillow for your car seat and your office chair.
Exercise to relax. Fibromyalgia by improving muscle tone and reducing emotional stress. It is true that, at first, you may feel a bit more pain, but this won't last and then you'll feel so much better. Get involved in some simple exercises. The only exception to this would be if you have Myofascial Pain Syndrome (see page 26). If this is the case, you will want to relieve those knotted muscles before starting an exercise plan. Exercise will only serve to pull those muscles tighter, causing more pain.
Do you like to write letters, keep journal or read books, but end up with a sore shoulder, headaches or eyestrain? To keep from hunching over or having to hold your book up, place a pillow on your lap when you read to bring the book closer to you. Better yet, listen to audio books. Writing for too long a period is enough to start up the tension in your neck and shoulders. If you have access to a typewriter or computer, type or email letters and keep a typed or electronic diary. Save the handwriting for cards and notes.
Learn to ask for help. If you live alone, organize your things so that you don't have to reach as much, or lift as many heavy items.
Learn to say no. Don't over-tax yourself. You need down time more than others do to revive. Keep a calendar and when you see your days getting to hectic, say no or reschedule.
Keep a Fibromyalgia trigger journal of how you feel every day, what you've eaten, how well you slept, if you exercised or not, what stress you might have dealt with and anything else you can think of. You can keep it as brief or as detailed as you like. Eventually you will find clues as to what makes your Fibromyalgia worse, or better. Then you will know what to do, or what to avoid, to feel better more often.
Balance your pH. Get rid of toxins in and around you. Fibromyalgia may be the result of ongoing build up of acid waste, mineral imbalances, and lack of oxygen in body tissues, which causes pain. Trapped acids also get stored in the brain causing lower levels of key neurotransmitters. These are 'feel good' chemicals. This, in turn, affects the Limbic System, the 'emotional' system, which helps to control pain. If you eat a diet primarily of acidic foods, or are unduly stressed, your blood acidity increases. Hypoxia (decreased oxygen) develops. Trapped acid and reduced oxygen levels cause pain and fatigue in muscles, joints and tendons. It also causes all manner of disease. But, it's not just your foods that can cause this. Emotional stress encourages high acid and stress hormone levels in the body, which cause pain. Lack of exercise and improper body posture make pain even worse.
Give up nicotine products. Nicotine in tobacco is also a nerve stimulant and tobacco has a poison in it called solanine. It causes pain in muscles. Do not use nicotine gum or patches, as they can cause pain to get worse. I understand there are nicotine free cigarettes that contain passion flower (an herb that relaxes muscles). You could try this until you can give up the physical action of smoking.
Get a massage. Fibromyalgia is known for tense muscles and those tense muscles cause pain. Make sure your cells have plenty of oxygen (enough sleep, healthy diet and nutrition, exercise) and water. Finding a massage therapist that understands Tension Myositis Syndrome and Myofascial Pain Syndrome can be a huge part of your cure of tight muscles. You'll find more information at http://www.runningpain.com/tensionmyositissyndrome.html. For a Trigger Point Massage Therapist in the Northwest nearest you, visit http://www.massageenvy.com.
For TMJ (jaw pain), keep a little paper dixie cup in the freezer (with water in it). Use it as a mini-ice pack for your jaw.
Boost your immune system with whole foods, fresh fruits and vegetables (at least 50% of your diet) and whole food multi-vitamins containing minerals.
Eat enough protein. Make sure you are getting enough protein in your diet for your body to repair your cells. Protein is the only form of nutrition that builds muscle. This will increase ATP (see under Malic Acid below) and relieve pain. Eat plenty of lean meat, organic dairy and wild salmon.
Look for hidden sugars in your diet by these names: Barley malt, brown, date sugar, dextrose, fructose, galalactose, glucose, glycogen, granulated, lactose (milk sugar) maltose, Mannitol, monosaccharides, polysaccharides, Sorbitol, sucrose, honey, maple syrup, molasses, maple sugar, Turbinado sugar. Sugar causes Fibromyalgia pain to become worse. This includes sugar in natural fruits. All fruits are fine to eat in moderation, except for citrus. Citrus aids in causing more Fibromyalgia pain.
Things to avoid for two weeks. Eliminate gluten from your diet (most grain products), dairy (and things made with dairy), citrus, soy, nuts (peanuts, pistachios, and walnuts) and all sugar (except for a bit of honey or stevia), from the diet for 2 weeks and then add one item back in every 2-3 days to see if you have a reaction, such as headache, bloating, stomach distress, mood-swings, muscle ache/pain, tiredness or some other symptom. If you experience a reaction remove the food for another 2 weeks and try again. Another reaction? Toss this item from your diet.
Eliminate all chemical food additives, which basically means not eating any more prepackaged foods. Completely avoid MSG, a food preservative. Some individuals say that when they cut these substances out of their diets, all symptoms subsided!
Avoid alcohol. It may seems to relax you, but it is actually a stimulant and adds to pain.
Be alert for food allergies and sensitivities. An elimination diet may be in order to rule out food sensitivities.
Drink your water warm to hot. Hot water relaxes muscles. Those with Fibromyalgia often experience tension in their stomach muscles, due to stressed emotions. This may help with a tummy ache too.
Caffeine is a stimulant. It stimulates the nerves and causes pain. This means no caffeinated coffees, teas, colas or chocolate (well maybe a little chocolate). Instead, switch over to Sencha green tea (less caffeine), caffeine free green tea or herbal teas, such as Catnip, Chamomile, Passion Flower or Valerian, which are a bit sedating and relax the nerves. Sodas, including diet sodas, also pose health risks, including chronic pain.
Certain natural plant chemicals, such as oxylates and salicylates (naturally occurring chemicals in plants) can cause adverse reactions and cause Fibromyalgia symptoms.
Make sure the water you are drinking is as fresh as possible. Tap water is harmful to the body. Even though tap water is regulated, it is still full of chemicals and contaminants. Even pure water, available over-the-counter at your grocers, may not actually be pure. Distilled water is touted to be the best source of drinking water.
Ginger is used for upset stomach and dizziness, which can be a reaction to pain. It relaxes muscles and reduces acidity and indigestion. Ginger can be taken in capsule form or as a tea. Grate about a teaspoon of raw ginger root into a cup. Pour very hot water over it (but not boiling) and let sit for 3-5 minutes, strain and drink. A bit of honey may be added, which also soothes the tummy.
Note: Do not take Ginger in combination with anti-acids, blood pressure, blood thinning, heart disease or diabetes medications.
Boost your Serotonin Levels Naturally
Eating foods containing tryptophan (an amino acid), which is a natural precursor to serotonin, will to help your brain to manufacture more 'feel good' brain chemicals.
Almonds, Cashews, Hazelnuts, Peanuts
Pumpkin (roasted), Sesame and sunflower seeds
Baked potatoes (with their skins)
Cottage, Gruyere, Swiss, Cheddar cheese
Eggs (the whites)
Fowl (Turkey, Game hen, Chicken, Duck, etc.)
Meat (90% lean, red meat, including pork.)
Heated Regular Milk and Soy Milk
Fish, cold water (up to 4-12 oz. per week)
Shellfish (Currently unsure of the amount that is safe per week.)
Albacore Tuna (up to 6 oz. per week)
Note: Seafood that may pose a health risk to adults and children due to mercury contamination are Grouper, Swordfish, Crab (Blue, Snow and Tanner), Yellow-Fin Tuna (canned or log-line caught), Chilean sea bass, Orange Roughy, Farmed Salmon and Shark.
Supplements for Fibromyalgia Syndrome
There are some common supplements that seem to help everyone, to some degree, with Fibromyalgia, as well as a few specialty supplements. Common supplements are Magnesium and Calcium (Calcium is to be taken separately from other supplements)), Omega Fish Oil, digestive enzymes and antioxidants. Specialized supplements include 5-HTP, MSM, SAM-E, GABA, and DHEA. Sublingual Melatonin can help with establishing a healthy sleep cycle.
I am not a fan of suggesting supplements, unless there is a notable deficiency. Instead, I suggest getting your nutrients from your diet. See Supplements for proper dosages, a list of foods containing the vitamins you seek. and precautions. It could be that you are not eating enough of the foods that contain them and to do so will alleviate your symptoms better than taking a supplement. If you do decide to use a supplement be sure to use whole food supplements whenever possible, which contain nutrients that are synergistically balanced and more easily absorbed.
Add antioxidants to your vitamin regimen. Co-Q10, Vitamin E (Tocopherol) and Grape Seed Extract all work wonders at keeping cells from becoming 'rusty' and diseased. better yet, eat foods containing high levels of antioxidants.
B-Complex with Folic Acid - B vitamins keep nerves healthy, which help to keep muscles working properly.
Bromelain - 400 mg twice per day on an empty stomach helps with body aches and pain. Food interferes with the active ingredient.
Vitamin C - Immune booster and collagen builder. Take 500-5000 mg. divided in doses with meals. Many people do not realize that you can take too much Vitamin C. Take only as directed on the label or as your care provider specifies.
Minerals. Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc, with Vitamin D (see below). Coral Calcium is touted to be the best in helping those with Fibromyalgia, although Calcium Citrate works quite well. It is easily tolerated and absorbed by the body. 1000-1500 mg with Magnesium (see below) daily in divided doses throughout the day. Taking Calcium without Magnesium can cause excess Calcium to become toxic and you won't be able to relax your muscles.
If you live in an area of the world that lacks exposure to sunlight, you may have a Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D helps with depression, muscle pain and weak bones. If this is the case, supplement with Vitamin D3.
Emu Oil contains a high level of linolenic acid and oleic acid, which has an anti-inflammatory effect. There are topical oils available to rub onto sore muscles and joints.
Gelatin is a source of collagen and is a reliable building block for collagen regeneration.
Lecithin helps the nervous system and is involved with neurotransmitters.
Magnesium (500-750 mg each day) is probably one the greatest allies against Fibromyalgia. Magnesium is required for over 100 enzyme reactions in the body. It also aids Calcium absorption and is great for relaxing muscles. A large percent of FM/CFS sufferers are Magnesium deficient inside their cells. Blood tests will not show this. Magnesium Citrate or Malate works best. Wimpy muscles are usually a sign of a deficiency in Magnesium. Magnesium also helps with muscle jerks, twitches and constipation. More than 500 mg may cause loose stool or diarrhea. If so, cut back your dose. Alkaline foods that are high in Magnesium are cashews, tofu, bananas, dried figs, avocado and blackstrap molasses.
Manganese (heals cartilage) 2-5 mg Manganese Gluconate daily, separate from Calcium.
Fish Oils help with pain, especially what I call 'brain' pain. This is pain that is caused by imbalances in the brain. fish oils work very well for anxiety, depression and phobias by raising Serotonin levels. It's brain fuel! Omega-3s also help with muscle and joint pain and inflammation. I suggest you eat at least 4 ounces of fish twice per week, but if you hate fish, supplements are the next best thing, although they may not work as well. Krill Oil might be another choice. It is full of antioxidants. Take Omega 3 Fish Oil as directed. Do not take Omega-3 Fish Oil supplements without talking to your doctor, especially if you have history of heart disease or diabetes.
Probiotics and Prebiotics maintain friendly bacteria in the gut and aid in the ability to digest your nutrients so your body has the tools to repair itself.
Acetyl L-Carnitine is a protein that helps to boost muscle repair and energy. This is the major amino acid supplement necessary when you have issues with muscle recovery.
Be Cautious With These Supplements
Malic Acid forms ATP (adenosine triphosphate), a high energy molecule, which is considered the energy of life. Those with Fibromyalgia have high levels of lactic acid built up in their muscles. Malic Acid helps to flush out lactic acid and also uric acid, which attacks collagen, and helps to reduce pain. It detoxifies aluminum toxicity in the body and reduces chronic muscle soreness and muscle tiredness. It also helps to increase exercise tolerance. Most people report feeling a significant difference within 48 hours and a reduction of general fatigue within just two weeks of taking Malic Acid supplements.
Malic Acid and other brain chemical altering supplements, such as GABA, MSM, SAM-e, are likely to interfere with medications causing adverse reactions. They may also cause stomach upset. In some instances, these supplements should not be taken without care provider permission.
Instead, eat foods that are high in these substances. Foods containing Malic Acid are apples (a very high content), lemons, coconuts, fish oil, avocado, flax seeds, black cherry juice, olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar contains Malic Acid, which is why it is a popular recommendation for Fibromyalgia. Unprocessed Apple Cider Vinegar helps to reduce the body's acidity and restore pH balance. It specifically flushes out lactic acid, which can cause muscle pain, and breaks down acid crystals, which can cause Gout. It also helps the body to produce ATP (see under Malic Acid directly above). You can begin taking Apple Cider Vinegar by adding 2 teaspoons to 8 ounces of warm or cold water and drinking 8-16 ounces each day. You can add a little honey as well. If you experience acid indigestion with this technique you might try dividing the dose throughout the day. If you still experience stomach issues discontinue use and use the foods listed above under Malic Acid instead.
Most individuals with Fibromyalgia do not get adequate sleep, due to the inability to stay or ever get into a deep sleep, due to constant bursts of brain activity. And, up to 75% of all Fibromyalgia patients have some sort of a sleep disorder due to muscle spasm and pain. So, some folks are experimenting with a supplement called 5-HTP to help with sleep and anxiety issues. 5-HTP is 5 times stronger than tryptophan, the natural precursor to serotonin in the body.
All foods containing protein contain some amount of tryptophan, but in smaller amounts compared to the amounts of other amino acids, which are protein building blocks that repair body tissues. This is where, I suppose, 5-HTP can be beneficial. Still, I believe it is better to incorporate foods that contain tryptophan that can boost serotonin naturally, rather than to become dependent on a supplement that may or may not have potential side-effects down the road. Another possibility is to take L-Tryptophan supplements instead. Again, look to natural foods first to determine whether it's simply your diet that needed adjustment (see Boost Your Serotonin Naturally above).
Note: 5-HTP should not be taken without doctor permission, especially if you are on any medication.
Spiritual/Psychological causes of Fibromyalgia Syndrome: The subconscious is saying "Don't touch me. I don't want to be touched. I hurt. Go away." And yet we do want to be touched. We all need affection and physical reassurance. Thus, the conflict and the pain. Survivors of abuse often have this internal conflict and many sufferfrom pain syndromes. Sometimes it is just something in our lives that we wish would go away, such as a relationship, a job, a situation, etc. that is causing us pain and pressure. We need not to be touched by it any longer. Many people with FS have suffered past trauma associated with emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse.
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