May 5, 2017; by Briana McDonald (UtopiaSiler.com) Many cases of fibromyalgia are misdiagnosed. Fibromyalgia syndrome manifests itself in similar ways to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), chemical sensitivities, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic myofascial pain. As a result it often takes a long time for a proper diagnosis to be made. True fibromyalgia usually occurs after chronic fatigue syndrome sets in and is often times linked to mercury toxicity. Nutritional therapy for fibromyalgia will get to the root of the symptoms and provide a healthy alternative to strengthening and restoring the body chemistry. When this is done, many health conditions drastically improve and dissipate by themselves.
Fibromyalgia most commonly affects the lower back, neck, shoulders, back of the head, upper chest, thighs and many other areas of the body may be involved. The pain is usually described as sharp, shooting, stabbing, and throbbing. The pain and stiffness is usually greater in the morning than at any other time of day and may be accompanied by chronic headaches, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, and TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome). Depression often accompanies the disorder and stress may trigger the development of problems similar to cardiovascular disease and adrenal gland disorders.
A distinct feature of fibromaylagia is “tender points” – 18 specific spots where muscles are abnormally tender to the touch. The points tend to cluster around the neck, shoulders, chest, knees, elbow region, back and hips.
One specific cause is not known, and there are no tests that can diagnose FMS with complete certainty, but listed below are a few of what are thought to be causes of this disorder:
- A disruption in the brains ability to process pain
- Auto-immune disorder
- Disturbance in brain chemistry, most people with FMS have had a history of depression
- People with a history of sexual abuse, domestic violence and even alcoholism are more likely to develop the disorder
- Infection with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) the virus that causes infectious mononucleosis
- The fungus Candida albicans
- Chronic mercury poisoning from amalgam dental fillings and vaccines
Heavy Metals in the Body
Despite the controversy, researchers continue to investigate the effects of mercury poisoning from vaccines and amalgam dental fillings and have now linked it to many diseases including Fibromyalgia. 1
You can test to see if there are heavy metals present in your body by doing a Hair and Mineral Analysis, which will measure the mineral content of your hair and tell you of any mineral deficiency or excess within the body, or if there are any issues with bio-unavailability.
If there is a presence of heavy metals in the body, a good healing protocol to follow can be found here.
Due to the fact that malabsorption problems are common in people with this disorder, it is best to use liquid vitamins and minerals as they are more easily absorbed than tablets and capsules. It is also important to note that chronic pain sufferers, especially those with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, tend to be deficient in magnesium.
- Probiotics – take as directed on label; Candida infection is common in people with fibromyalgia. Probiotics replace “friendly” bacteria destroyed by candida.
- Coenzyme Q10– 75mg daily; improves oxygenation of tissues and enhances the effectiveness of the immune system.
- Lecithin– as directed on label; promotes energy, enhances immunity, aids in brain function and improves circulation.
- Malic acid and Magnesium– 1000 mg daily; involved in energy production in many cells of the body, including the muscle cells.
- Manganese- 5mg daily; taken separately from calcium, influences the metabolic rate by its involvement in the pituitary hypothalamic-thyroid axis
- Vitamin C– 5,000 -10,000 mg daily; has a powerful antiviral affect and increases the body’s energy level. Using the liposomal vitamin c is highly effective since it is encapsulated in sunflower lecithin it is much more bio available to the body and the absorption rate is 90 percent!
- Dimethylglycine (DMG) – 50mg 3times daily; enhances oxygen utilization by the muscles and destroys the free radicals that can damage cells
- 5-Hydroxy L-tryptophan (5-HTP) – 50mg daily for 1 week, then increase to 100mg daily; enhances synthesis of serotonin in the brain, excellent for pain relief. Caution: do not use if you take an MAO inhibitor, commonly prescribed for depression.
- Methylsulfonyl-methane (MSM) – take as directed; provides support for tendons, ligaments and muscles. Note: because supplement contains sulfur, you may notice an odor to your urine.
- S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe) – take as directed on label, aids in relief of stress and depression, eases pain, and produces antioxidant effects that can improve the health of your liver. Caution: do not take if you have bipolar mood disorder or take prescription antidepressants. Do not give to children under 12.
- Multivitamin and mineral complex plus– take as directed on label, all nutrients are necessary in balance. Use a high potency formula.
- Vitamin B Complex- 100mg with meals, essential for increased energy and normal brain function
- Colloidal Silver – ¼ to ½ ounce several times daily for therapeutic dosing; mineral supplement used to boost and augment the body’s immune system. Anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral – kills any single cell organism on contact. New research shows that it kills off only bad bacteria due to the charge of the bacteria being negative, since Silver is positively charged it attacks and kills it. Good bacteria is positively charged so it repels the Silver.
Herbs do much more for you than add color and flavor to your food; they are natures powerful weapon in the art form of healing. Here is a list of herbs that can help with symptoms of FMS.
- Black Walnut and Garlic aid in removing parasites
- Boswellia is great for morning stiffness and joint pain
- Teas brewed from Burdock root, dandelion, and red clover promotes healing by cleansing the bloodstream and enhancing immune function. Combine or alternate these herbal teas, and drink 4 to 6 cups daily.
- Calendula or rosemary oil (or combination of the two) diluted with equal parts water or coconut oil, massaged into the skin helps to relieve pain.
- Milk thistle protects the liver
- Licorice root supports the glandular system, especially the adrenal glands
- Ginkgo biloba improves circulation and brain function. Caution: do not take if you have a bleeding disorder or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure.
- Kava kava- decreases anxiety and elevates the mood.
- Skullcap and valerian root improve sleep
- Put 4 to 6 ounces of ginger powder into a hot bath to help remove toxins. Drinking hot ginger tea will have the same affect.
As always, eating a balanced diet is crucial to the healing process. Stay away from canned and packaged foods loaded with preservatives. You want your diet to be 50 percent raw foods and fresh “live” juices. Consume mostly vegetables, fruits, whole grains (millet and brown rice) raw nuts and seeds, skinless turkey or chicken and deepwater fish. These quality foods supply nutrients that renew energy and build immunity. Try to eat 4 to 5 small meals daily to keep steady supply of protein and carbohydrates available for proper muscle function. If you aren’t eating enough, your body will “steal” nutrients from the muscles and cause muscle wasting and pain.
Also be sure to stay away from caffeine, alcohol and sugar. Consuming sugar in any form usually increases pain as it is “fuel for the fire” and disturbs sleep. Keep in mind you may have initial symptoms of withdrawal that don’t feel all that great but after some time that goes away and you will notice a huge improvement in your condition.
Daily exercise is important, just remember to stay in balance and do not overexert yourself. Our bodies are made for movements so do not be afraid to swim, bike, or go for a 20 minute walk. Once your body is used to exercise, your symptoms will improve. Start small if you are not used to exercising and begin and end with light stretching to improve muscle joint stiffness. 2.
Epsom salt soaks are miraculous for relieving muscle and joint pain. You can find Epsom salt at your local CVS, Walgreens, Wal Mart or HEB. A 20 minute soak a few times a week will help your muscles relax; magnesium deficiency is the cause of many ailments so it’s important to get adequate amounts every day in various ways. You can also soak your feet instead if you do not like taking baths for the same amount of time.
Nutritional therapy for fibromyalgia is a safe and natural alternative. It takes time to figure out what works best since everyone’s bodies are so vastly different, but do not lose hope and remember that consistency is king! There is magic in repetition! When we approach these things with love and devotion instead of fear, we make room for miracles to occur. I pray this is of service to you, thank you for reading.
- Balch, Phyllis A. Prescription for Nutritional Healing. New York: Penguin Group Inc. 2010.5th Edition.