What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is explained as a very common problem presenting itself as pain and tenderness in the muscles, ligaments, joints and connective tissues. Muscular pain is often similar to conditions which occur as a result of injury or muscle overuse. Tenderness in the muscles and tendons which are painful to touch are known as ‘trigger points’.
Pain may be chronic or intermittent and to qualify for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia it must have been present for at least three months.
Fibromyalgia affects between 3 and 10% of the worlds population, both men and women. However, women are more commonly affected as fibromyalgia often begins during the peri-menopausal years.
Fibromyalgia is also often associated with chronic fatigue, headaches and disturbed sleep.
What causes fibromyalgia?
Causes of fibromyalgia are many and include:
- Immune dysfunction with increasing inflammation in the connective tissues and bones
- Hormonal imbalances. Eg; decreasing production of the steroid hormones from the ovaries, and possibly the adrenal glands.
- Deficiencies of minerals will increase fibromyalgia and are very common in peri menopausal women
- Hidden infections in the body
- Build up of toxins and acidic waste products in the connective tissues and muscles.
Fibromyalgia may be associated with:
- Auto-immune disease such as Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis Osteoporosis
- Periodontal disease (gum disease) leading to loss of bone in the jaws and tooth loss
- Headaches and chronic fatigue syndrome.
- A regular exercise program, such as gentle yoga and stretching, is essential. Build up slowly and gradually. It is wise to see a physical therapist, massage therapist, or osteopath before beginning your program.
- Acupuncture or specific massage techniques can make a huge improvement.
- Follow the vital healthy eating principles outlined in “The Healthy Liver & Bowel Book”
- In severe cases, sufferers may be so incapacitated they cannot function and may lead to depression and stress. Therefore they may need medication and/or anti depressants such as the newer generation of anti depressants known as Serotonin re-uptake inhibitors. For eg; Efexor and Aropax.
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Orudis or Naprosyn.
- Mineral supplementation. See a list of these in “Hormone Replacement, The Real Truth” page 169.
For information on fibromyalgia, please do read “Raw Juices Can Save Your Life”where you will find recipes on page 90 to help with this condition.
‘Boost Your Energy’ includes information on fibromyalgia on page 143.
‘The Healthy Liver & Bowel Book’ which includes the vital healthy eating principles outlined on pages 20-30.
“Hormone Replacement, The Real Truth’. Many women, and men, will find that their fibromyalgic pain responds well to the use of natural HRT. See page 169 for this information.
- Take 2 capsules twice daily to help reduce aches and pains in the connective tissues and muscles.
Organic Flaxseed Oil Capsules
- Take 2 capsules twice daily to help boost your intake of essential fatty acids.
- Take 2 tablets twice daily
- Take 500 IU twice daily.
Take 30 – 200 mg daily – this is helpful for aerobic energy production in the mitochondria inside the muscle cells.