Information and facts on Fibromyalgia Syndrome

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Fibromyalgia syndrome is a rheumatic disorder with chronic muscle pain that seems to have no physical  cause. This pain is usually described as burning, throbbing, shooting and stabbing. People with fibromyalgia have other symptoms such as: bad headaches, insomnia, depression, anxiety, dry skin, dry mouth, dizziness, memory impairment, PMS, palpitations,. The pain and stiffness occurring with fibromyalgia normally is  worse in the morning. Women are affected by fibromyalgia syndrome more then men. The disorder can go away then come back. Fibromyalgia is believed to be mainly an immune system disorder. It appears also related to CFS chronic fatigue syndrome.

Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic disorder characterized by chronic muscular pain that has no obvious physical cause. It most -commonly affects the lower back, the neck, the shoulders, the back of the head, the upper chest, and/or the thighs, although any area or areas of the body may be involved. The pain is usually described as burning, throbbing, shooting, and stabbing. The pain and stiffness is often greater in the morning than at other times of day, and it may be accompanied by chronic headaches, strange sensations in the skin, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, and temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ). 

Other symptoms often experienced by people with fibromyalgia include premenstrual syndrome, painful periods, anxiety, palpitations, memory impairment, irritable bladder, skin sensitivities, dry eyes and mouth, a need for frequent changes in eyeglass prescription, dizziness, and impaired coordination. Such activities as lifting and climbing stairs are often very difficult and painful. Depression is frequently part of the picture as well.  The most distinctive feature of fibromyalgia, however, is the existence of certain "tender points" or pairs of spots where the muscles are abnormally tender to the touch:

  • around the lower vertebra of the neck

  • muscles connected to the base of the skull

  • muscles of the neck and upper back

  • muscles of the mid-back

  • at the insertion of the second rib

  • around the upper part of the thigh bone

  • the middle of the knee joint

  • the side of the elbow

  • the upper and outer muscles of the buttocks

Most people with fibromyalgia also have an associated sleep disorder known as alpha-EEG anomaly. In this disorder, the individual's deep sleep periods are interrupted by bouts of waking-type brain activity, resulting in poor sleep. Some people with fibromyalgia are plagued by other sleep disorders as well, such  as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, bruxism, and sleep myoclonus (a sudden rapid contraction of a 
muscle or a group of muscles during sleep or as one is falling asleep). Not surprisingly, given all these sleep difficulties, people with fibromyalgia often suffer from chronic fatigue that can range from mild to  incapacitating.

This disorder is much more common in females than in males, and most often begins in young adulthood. In most cases, symptoms come on gradually and slowly increase in intensity. They can be tmade worse by a number of different factors, including overexertion, stress, lack of exercise, anxiety, depression, lack of sleep, trauma, extremes of temperature and/or humidity, and infectious illness. In the majority of cases, symptoms are severe enough to interfere with normal daily activities; a significant number of people with fibromyalgia are actually disabled by the condition. The course of the disorder is unpredictable. Some  cases clear up on their own, some become chronic, and some go through cycles of flare-ups alternating  with periods of apparent remission.

The cause or causes of fibromyalgia are not known. Some evidence points to a problem with the immune system; certain immunologic abnormalities are common among people with fibromyalgia. Their significance and relationship to the syndrome are not understood, however. A disturbance in brain chemistry may also be involved; many people who develop fibromyalgia have a history of clinical depression. Other possible causes that have been proposed include infection with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), the virus that causes infectious mononucleosis, or with the fungus Candida albicans; chronic mercury poisoning from amalgam dental fillings; anemia; parasiteshypoglycemia; and hypothyroidism. Some experts believe that fibromyalgia may be related to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), which causes similar symptoms, except that in fibromyalgia, muscle pain predominates over fatigue, whereas in CFS, fatigue predominates over pain.

Because mal-absorption problems are common in people with this disorder, higher than normal doses of all supplemental nutrients are needed.


Nutrient / Supplement Importance
( 1 - 10 )
Helpful notes
Essential fatty acids 10 helps strengthen your body's immune system which is weaken by chronic fatigue syndrome. Fatty acids are found in omega fatty acids from fish oil, flax seed oil, and borage seed oil.
Acidophilus 10 replaces needed bacteria that are helpful to your digestion and also helps fight candida infection. Sometimes found is a vitamin and herbal blend.
Multi-vitamin & Mineral supplement 10 contains vitamin E, vitamin B , vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, selenium, potassium, and zinc which all are helpful in both the treatment and prevention of chronic fatigue syndrome as well as general good health and well being.
Coenzyme Q10 10 Improves oxygenation of tissues, enhances the effectiveness of the immune system, and serves to protect the heart and cardiovascular system.
Garlic 9 garlic has been shown to inhibit the formation of free radicals which can benefit people with chronic fatigue syndrome . Garlic also helps boost the immune system. A combination herbal immune system remedy often includes garlic.
Lecithin 9 aids with energy and builds the immune system
Carnitine 9 used to transport fatty acids into cellular mitochondria where they are used to create ATP and thus raise energy levels
Magnesium 9 mineral that helps with stress and is needed for ATP production and it works with calcium
Calcium 9 this mineral helps people suffering with fibromyalgia, also helping with the stress caused by the disorder.
Carotenoids 9 protects the cells 
vitamin E 9 free radical killer working with carotenoids and vitamin A
vitamin C 9 strong antiviral properties and helps to increase energy
vitamin B12 9 a good natural energy booster
Pantothenic acid 9 is required for good adrenal function in the body
Reishi 8 reishi mushroom serves both to boost the body's immune system which is weakened by CFS. Normally found in an immune system herbal mixture.
Olive leaf extract  8 this herb has natural anti-biotic and antiviral properties
Bioflavonoids 8 bioflavonoids are powerful anti-viral agents and they can increase energy levels. Found in fruit and vegetable based supplements.
Grape Seed extract 7 powerful anti-oxidant for healing
Zinc 7 people with fatigue may not be getting enough zinc. Often a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement can help.
Potassium 6 needed for good adrenal gland and muscle function.


Other Changes To Make

  • drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or filtered water a day

  • eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)

  • nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good

  • juice is good (make your own with a juice machine)

  • do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods

  • carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack

  • a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)

  • do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks

  • do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...

  • use stress relief like going for walks in the park (or the 10/90 rule - see Stress)

  • brown rice is good to eat

  • avoid red meat and animal fats

  • reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others

  • fast a few days a month

  • get at least 8 hours of sleep 

  • exercise light to moderate amounts

  • avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet

  • do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke

  • do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal

  • do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry

  • do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else

All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or to administer to any physical ailments.
In all matters related to your health please contact a qualified, licensed Medical Consultant or Doctor.
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........Symmetry herbal and nutritional products for Women, Children, and Men includes vitamins, herb supplements, skin care, weight loss, water filters, sport's nutrition, and health maintenance. Giving you and your family an alternative natural way for prevention and healing treatment of disease - also to aid in well being of mind, body, and spirit.