Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue have a connection between them in fact it's likely that you suffered from with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome before you developed Fibromyalgia.
Unlike arthritis where the discomfort is to do with the joints, fibromyalgia is to do with the muscles. Some of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue are the same and the reason why you could've been diagnosed with CFS first.
So what is Fibromyalgia?
This is a disorder that has no physical cause but produces chronic muscular pain from head to toe. The pain has been described as a burning, throbbing, shooting and stabbing feeling.
There are 5 to 6 million people, mostly females, who suffer from Fibromyalgia Syndrome and many of which are misdiagnosed. This disorder starts off very similar to chronic fatigue syndrome, chemical sensitivities, rheumatoid arthritis and chronic myofacial pain (shortened muscle fiber syndrome).
Fibromyalgia takes some time to diagnose In the past it was known as Fibrositis or Fibromyositis, both meaning inflammation, whereas Fibromyalgia is not inflammation of any sorts.
The cause is unknown and there are no specific tests that can diagnose FMS. Some conclude that a problem with the immune system contributes to this disorder. Other possible causes include infection with the Epstein Barr Virus (the virus that causes mononucleosis virus in the white blood cells) or a fungus such as Candida Albicans (chronic mercury poisoning from dental fillings), anemia, parasites, hypoglycemia and hypothyroidism or even post traumatic stress but in many cases there is no reason.
In order to be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia you must exhibit pain in at least 11 of the 18 tender points. The pain will exhibit itself on both sides of the body above and below the waist.
Doctors aren't really sure what brings on Fibromyalgia but there are some theories. One of them is that it runs in the family which may make you more susceptible to developing Fibromyalgia.
Also, physical and emotional trauma. Things such as a car accident or surgery can trigger this disorder or even an infection.
Some of the locations are:
- around the lower vertebra of the neck
- insertion of the second rib
- upper part of he thigh bone
- middle of the knee joint
- muscles connected to the base of the skull
- muscles of the neck and upper back
- muscles of the mid back
- side of the elbow
- upper and outer muscles of the buttocks
In addition to the pain and fatigue, some symptoms are as follows:
- chronic headaches
- morning stiffness
- lack of stamina
- irritable bowel syndrome
- easy bruising
- memory loss
- irritable bladder
- swollen extremities
- spasm in muscle
- numbness and tingling
- pain in the neck (front and back)
- pain in spine, shoulders, hips, elbows, knees, thighs
- chemical and/or food allergies
- dry eyes and mouth
- jaw pain
- skin sensitivities
- visual disturbances
- sleep disorder
Changes in the weather, cold or drafty environments, hormonal changes, such as premenstrual and menopausal states, anxiety, stress, depression and physical overexertion, all can flare up these symptoms.
Fibromyalgia, doesn't per Se lead to other diseases but it can lead to depression and lack of sleep. Of course lack of sleep can have an affect on your day to day life. You may find it harder to get on with your day to day activities, work, family, life in general may become a struggle. You may become depressed due to lack of sleep and of course the pain your in.
Things to help ease the pain
In addition to taking supplements, which I always believe in, the following recommendations can help people with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue.
- Eat a well balanced diet with 50% raw foods and fresh juices
- Eat 4 to 5 small meals daily to keep a steady supply of protein and carbohydrates for proper muscle function.
- Drink plenty of fluids and flush out toxins
- Limit consumption of green peppers, eggplant, tomatoes and white potatoes. These interfere with enzymes in the muscle and may cause pain.
- Stay away from saturated fats, which raise cholesterol levels and interfere with circulation.
- Do not consume any caffeine, alcohol, or sugar. These promote fatigue, increase pain and disturb sleep.
- Maintain a regular exercise program (walking or swimming0. This helps keep muscles flexible and helps with stiffening
- Get sufficient rest
- To help morning stiffness, take a hot shower or bath. Cold showers are great for relieving pain and hot showers relax muscles.
- Massage therapy helps relax muscles and reduce stiffness
- Colon cleansing s a good idea to get rid of mucous to improve nutrient absorption. People with Fibromyalgia tend to have mal-absorption problems so taking digestive products to help with the digestion is a great place to start.
- Chiropractic and cranial work allows the cerebral spine fluid to flow, thus releasing neuro-toxins and relieving headaches as well as relaxing he nervous system.
Recent research outlines the possible involvement of chemical and/or food sensitivities in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Not surprising since we've been exposed to more chemicals in the last 50 years than all the rest of our history combined.
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