Fibromyalgia Syndrome – Symptoms & Treatment Information
Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) - Help for Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms, via natural fibromyalgia treatment options. Alleviate the misery of Fibrositis / Chronic Fatigue using natural New Zealand health products and commonsense diet adjustments.
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FMS (Fibromyalgia syndrome) is a widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder for which medical professionals say the cause is still unknown, but which is very widely assumed to be connected with immune system problems. Fibromyalgia means pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons--the fibrous tissues in the body. FMS is what people used to call fibrositis, because they thought there was inflammation in the muscles, but research later proved that inflammation did not exist. There seems to be a set of three common factors among sufferers of FMS and CFS. These are a high-stress lifestyle, a weakened immune system , and emotional or physical trauma. Fibromyalgia is not a mental condition and don't let anybody tell you that the pain is in your head. We believe the above problems could be caused by a number of triggers including stress and Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Diagnosis.
People with fibromyalgia say that they ache all over. 75 % of sufferers of FMS are women and it most commonly shows up in people between the ages of twenty to sixty. Extreme fatigue is also very common.
It can be quite difficult to get a diagnosis of fibromyalgia from a doctor, medical specialist or clinic but there are a set of symptoms which are commonly recognized which include a history of widespread pain for at least three months, and pain in at least 11 of the 18 specifically located tender points.*Note: The absence of the 11 out of 18 "tender-points," also known as "trigger-points," is not a clinical basis for ruling out Fibromyalgia. These 18 sites used for diagnosis cluster around the neck, shoulder, chest, hip, knee and elbow regions. Over 75 other tender points have been found to exist, but are not used for diagnostic purposes.
A widespread misunderstanding, within the medical community and outside the medical community, is that there are no blood tests, or other medical tests, that can be performed to further affirm the presence of Fibromyalgia. While this information may have been correct during the last 15 years, it is no longer correct. Testing for cytokine levels, p-cells, and MRI brain activity scans (as well as other medical tests) have all been successfully used to help determine the presence of Fibromyalgia.
In addition to pain and fatigue, other symptoms include sleep disorder (likely due to a number of sleep anomalies), irritable bowel, chronic headaches, morning stiffness, cognitive or memory impairments, reduced coordination and decreased endurance. Many experts think that Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) are variants of the same problem. Pain is a hallmark of fibromyalgia and fatigue is a hallmark of CFS. Patients with fibromyalgia may have high levels of substance P in their spinal fluid and CFS patients may not. CFS is thought to be viral in origin, and while a virus is suspected in fibromyalgia, there is no evidence to support it. Symptoms such as fever, sore throat, and swollen glands are more common in patients with CFS. Aerobic exercise often improves muscle function and reduces pain in fibromyalgia, but CFS patients often find that exercise is impossible and worsens symptoms.
Sensitivities to odors, noise, bright lights, medications and various foods is common in roughly 50% of fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue patients. A fibromyalgia diet could therefore consist of an elimination diet to find which foods trigger symptoms and then use that to avoid trigger foods. Recurrent migraine or tension-type headaches are seen in about 50% of Fibromyalgia patients.
Part of the problem is that many symptoms share commonality with other problems. Fibromyalgia is not a mental condition and don't let anybody tell you that the pain is in your head.
The treatment by conventional and alternative means both aim at the same thing, which is attempting to restore normal sleep and reduce pain. Reducing stress, gentle exercise such as walking and getting the immune system functioning correctly for Fibromyalgia symptom treatment, is the best way to go in my opinion. I believe Leaky Gut Syndrome is often implicated in Fibromyalgia and if you get that right, relief will follow. For that reason taking Southern Deep Shark Liver Oil and a mineral supplement diet that contains magnesium, selenium and vitamin B1 in particular are all very helpful. Colostrum and Coenzyme Q10 have been very beneficial to many sufferers. Also MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) can be of great benefit.
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More information about a 'leaky gut' can be found on our Leaky Gut Syndrome page. Click here.
You will find this book and other books for your well being on our 'Literature' page.
Apart from this Fibromyalgia web site page, you also might find support and information on Fibromyalgia - fibromyalgie at an National fibromyalgia foundation, association, network group or society in your country or at a web ring.
German, French, Dutch: Fibromyalgie.
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