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Fibromyalgia

Also known as: Fibromyalgia Syndrome; FM; FMS

Description

Fibromyalgia is a soft tissue Musculoskeletal Syndrome that is similar to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (it differs from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) in that the primary symptom of Fatigue that is experienced by CFS patients is replaced with Musculoskeletal Pain in Fibromyalgia patients).

Prevalence references

Fibromyalgia affects approximately 3.5% of women and 0.5% of men. Some research indicates that Fibromyalgia may affect 2% to 6% of the population.
Approximately 85% of Fibromyalgia patients are young women and 90% of Fibromyalgia patients are women.
Some experts claim that Fibromyalgia is the second most common rheumatic condition.
Women afflicted with Fibromyalgia are usually aged 20 - 60 (most commonly 45 to 55).
Although Fibromyalgia is less prevalent in men, men experience more severe symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

These Substances may Alleviate Fibromyalgia

SOLAL NUTRACEUTICALS BOLDED FOR EASY REFERENCE

Amino Acids

5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) (50 - 300 mg per day (or night)) may alleviate Fibromyalgia. references
Fibromyalgia patients generally have significantly lower levels of Creatine than healthy people (and supplemental Creatine Monohydrate may help to restore endogenous Creatine levels to normal in Fibromyalgia patients) - studies to determine whether supplemental Creatine Monohydrate could alleviate Fibromyalgia have not yet been performed. references

Fibromyalgia patients often exhibit significantly lower plasma Histidine levels compared to normal subjects.
Phenylalanine (L-Phenylalanine form) may improve the condition of Fibromyalgia patients (according to anecdotal reports). references
Supplemental S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe) (800 mg per day or more) may alleviate Fibromyalgia: references

BEWARE OF PRODUCTS THAT CLAIM TO CONTAIN SAMe, SAMe CAN ONLY BE MADE IN A ENTERIC COATED TABLET. IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO MAKE SAMe IN A REGULAR TABLET OR CAPSULE.

- Specific improvements in the symptoms of Fibromyalgia caused by SAMe therapy may include a significant reduction in the number of trigger points, reduction in Fatigue, reduction in morning stiffness and improvements in Mood.

Fibromyalgia patients often exhibit significantly lower plasma Serine levels compared to normal subjects. references
Fibromyalgia patients often exhibit decreased Tryptophan transport mechanisms and usually exhibit significantly lowered Tryptophan levels (indicating that supplemental Tryptophan may be of benefit to Fibromyalgia patients). references

Auxins

Preliminary reports indicate that Indole-3-Carbinol may alleviate some of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. [more info]

Coenzymes

NADH may alleviate some cases of Fibromyalgia. references

Growth Factors

Approximately 33% of Fibromyalgia patients exhibit low levels of Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) - this occurs most likely as a result of insufficient release of Human Growth Hormone): references

Hormones

DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) may alleviate many of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. references
Supplemental, exogenous Human Growth Hormone (administered under professional guidance) may cause improvement in the condition of Fibromyalgia patients. references
Melatonin may help to correct the impairment of Slow Wave Sleep (deep Sleep) experienced by Fibromyalgia patients. references

Progesterone may alleviate some cases of Fibromyalgia (according to anecdotal reports). references
Relaxin may alleviate the symptoms of Fibromyalgia and Relaxin depletion is speculated to be an underlying cause of Fibromyalgia. references
One theory of the cause of Fibromyalgia states that it occurs as a result of a state of hypometabolism in the body’s Cells that can be corrected by supplementation with exogenous Triiodothyronine (T3) combined with regular Aerobic Exercise. Clinical studies have demonstrated that 75 - 150 micrograms per day of exogenous Triiodothyronine may cure some cases of Fibromyalgia. Part of the effectiveness of Triiodothyronine may occur from it lowering elevated levels of Substance P in Fibromyalgia patients. references

Lipids

Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO) may alleviate the Inflammation of the Joints associated with Fibromyalgia. references

Minerals

Magnesium deficiency within Muscle Fibers is speculated to be a factor in the development of Fibromyalgia: references

- Daily supplementation of 300 - 600 mg of Magnesium (especially from the Magnesium Malate form) may result in significant improvements in the number of tender points in Fibromyalgia patients.
- Some researchers speculate that this improvement results from the Malic Acid content of Magnesium Malate rather than the Magnesium content, although there is also evidence that Magnesium contributes significantly to the effectiveness of Magnesium Malate.

Fibromyalgia patients are often found to have low Phosphorus (Phosphate) levels. references

Neurotransmitters

Insufficient production of Serotonin has been speculated to be a cause of Fibromyalgia. References
USE TRYPTOPHAN OR 5HTP TO RAISE SEROTONIN LEVELS

Quinones

Coenzyme Q10 (200 mg per day) may improve the quality of life of Fibromyalgia patients. references

Sulfuric Compounds

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is speculated to be a useful treatment for Fibromyalgia. references

Vitamins

Fibromyalgia patients often have abnormally low Vitamin B12 levels (indicating that supplemental Vitamin B
12 may be useful for the treatment of Fibromyalgia). references
Many Fibromyalgia patients often have abnormally low Vitamin D levels (indicating that restoring Vitamin D levels to normal in these patients may be beneficial for the treatment of Fibromyalgia). references

These Foods/Herbs may Alleviate Fibromyalgia

Herbs

Ginkgo biloba may improve the quality of life of Fibromyalgia patients. references
Olive Leaf may alleviate many of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia (primarily due to the Oleoeuropein content of Olive Leaf) (according to the observations of some physicians). references

Other Factors that Treat Fibromyalgia

Exercise

Regular Aerobic Exercise may provide positive (but short-term) benefits to Fibromyalgia patients. references

Conventional Medical Treatment of Fibromyalgia

Pharmaceutical Drugs

Ibuprofen is sometimes prescribed to Fibromyalgia patients (although clinical studies have shown that Ibuprofen is no more effective than placebo for the treatment of Fibromyalgia). references

Amitryptyline is sometimes prescribed to Fibromyalgia patients (although Amitryptyline provides some relief from Fibromyalgia symptoms, its long term use is discouraged due to the severe side effects associated with long term use of Tricyclic Antidepressants).

These Substances may Cause Fibromyalgia

Amino Acids

Fibromyalgia patients are often found to have elevated Homocysteine levels (suggesting that elevated Homocysteine may be a possible underlying cause of Fibromyalgia). References

USE SOLAL “HOMOCYSTEINE LOWERING FORMULA” AND REFER PROTOCOLS/INFORMATION ON HOMOCYSTEINE FROM SOLAL.

Hormones

High levels of Reverse T3 are common in Fibromyalgia patients. references

Neuropeptides

Many Fibromyalgia patients have elevated levels of Substance P. references

Viruses

Prior infection by the Influenza Virus Type A may predispose humans to Fibromyalgia at a later stage (i.e. after the initial Influenza caused by this Virus, Fibromyalgia may occur at a later date). References

These Ailments may Cause Fibromyalgia (Underlying Cause of Fibromyalgia)

Digestive System

Intestinal Permeability may be an underlying cause of some cases of Fibromyalgia.

REFER SOLAL PROTOCOLS/INFORMATION ON INTESTINAL PERMEABILITY

Metabolism

A decrease in Energy available for Muscle contractions and an inability of the Muscles to relax after contraction has occurred may be an underlying cause of Fibromyalgia. With time the plasma membrane (
Sarcolemma) that surrounds groups of Muscle Fibers becomes tight and thick, causing further Muscle Pain.

Hypothyroidism may be a possible precipitating factor (and possibly a direct cause) of Fibromyalgia. References

REFER SOLAL INFORMATION/PROTOCOL FOR HYPOTHYROIDISM

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

A diagnosis of Fibromyalgia requires fulfillment of the following major criteria and four or more minor criteria:

MAJOR CRITERIA

Cells

Fibromyalgia patients may have a high incidence of damage to the Mitochondria of their Cells. References

USE SOLAL CoA MITOCHONDRIA SUPPORT FORMULA

Musculoskeletal System

The primary symptom of Fibromyalgia is chronic Musculoskeletal Pain (particlarly Muscle Pain) characterized by: references

- Generalized Pain or stiffness of at least three anatomic sites for at least three months.
- 11 or more typical, reproducible Tender Points (the American College of Rheumatology describes 18 points over Muscles and Tendons).
- Exclusion of other ailments that can cause similar symptoms.
- A feeling that the Muscles and/or Joints are being “glued down”, gelling when the body is in one position for any period of time.

- This Musculoskeletal Pain is often at its worst first thing in the morning (and is therefore known as Morning Stiffness) and usually lasts for more than thirty minutes.

MINOR CRITERIA

Digestive System

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of the minor symptoms of Fibromyalgia. 70% of Fibromyalgia patients experience Irritable Bowel Syndrome which is characterized by alternating Diarrhea and Constipation, Intestinal Cramps, Flatulence and Nausea. references

Metabolism

Generalized Fatigue (similar to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) is one of the minor symptoms of Fibromyalgia. 85% of Fibromyalgia patients experience overwhelming tiredness accompanied by an inability to perform physical tasks. This Fatigue occurs without any precipitating events. references

Musculoskeletal System

Joint and other soft tissues Inflammation (swelling) is one of the minor symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

Nervous System

Anxiety is one of the minor symptoms of Fibromyalgia - 62% of Fibromyalgia patients experience Anxiety, Irritability and overconcern without any specific precipitating events causing these feelings.

Depression is one of the minor symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
Chronic Headache or Migraine is one of the minor symptoms of Fibromyalgia - approximately 70% of Fibromyalgia patients experience Headaches or Migraines.

Insomnia and other Sleep Disorders are one of the minor symptoms of Fibromyalgia (and are speculated to be the underlying primary cause of Fibromyalgia): references

- 80% of Fibromyalgia patients have severely disrupted and insufficient quantities of Slow-Wave Sleep. Fibromyalgia patients’ Slow-Wave Sleep is often of the type known as Alpha/Delta Sleep (characterized by a mixture of Delta Waves and Alpha Waves instead of purely Delta Waves). references
- It often takes Fibromyalgia patients one or two hours to fall asleep and any noise, smell or other sensory stimuli may arouse them.

- Fibromyalgia patients generally sleep restlessly, waking 2 - 29 times per night and they awaken feeling stiff, sore and fatigued.
- Muscles usually maintain a high level during rest and breathing continues shallow and erratic.

Numbness is one of the minor symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
Variation in symptoms associated with activity, Stress and weather changes is one of the minor symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

Vertigo is one of the minor symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia may Increase the Risk of these Ailments

Musculoskeletal System

Fibromyalgia patients may have a greater risk of Osteoporosis. References

REFER SOLAL PROTOCOLS FOR OSTEOPOROSIS

Mis-Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia

Some experts believe that some cases of Fibromyalgia have been mis-diagnosed and that many people diagnosed with Fibromyalgia may actually be afflicted with Osteomalacia. References

Forms of Fibromyalgia

The symptoms of both forms of Fibromyalgia are identical.

Primary Fibromyalgia is Fibromyalgia where the origin is uncertain.Post-Traumatic Fibromyalgia occurs as a result of a physical injury such as a fall or whiplash.

 
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