In the 1800s it was described it as “rheumatism with painful, hard places.” Then in the early 1900s it was renamed “fibrositis”—suggesting that inflammation caused the classic muscle pain.
From the early 1900s until 1987, there was doubt as to whether it was even a real condition. Many doctors suspected it as being “all in someone’s head.”
But finally in 1987 the American Medical Association recognized fibromyalgia as a legitimate physical condition due to its incredibly long list of symptoms.
So much more than muscle pain!
The classic symptom of fibromyalgia is widespread chronic muscle pain. However, fibromyalgia’s effects go FAR beyond that and can include the following:
- Nervous/Mental: Overwhelming fatigue, impaired memory and concentration, insomnia
- Musculoskeletal: Pain and stiffness of muscles, tendons and ligaments, swollen joints, numbness, leg cramps
- Skin: Rashes, eczema, brittle hair or nails, hypersensitivity, excessive sweating
- Gastrointestinal: IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), leaky gut, gas, bloating, mucus in stools, constipation, reflux
- Genitourinary: Frequent urination, bladder spasms, yeast and bladder infections, burning discharge
- Head, ENT: Headaches, dizziness, vertigo, blurred vision, excessive nasal congestion, tinnitus (ringing in ears), sensitivity to light, sounds and odors, asthma, hay fever
- Miscellaneous: Weight gain, fever, lowered immunity
Although there still has not been an obvious clear-cut disease process identified with fibromyalgia, the latest theories are centered on certain factors that can cause a poor state of health which eventually can manifest itself as fibromyalgia:
- Unhealthy diet
- Lack of exercise
- Nutritional deficiencies
- A weakened immune system
- A traumatic emotional or physical experience
- Low levels of cell energy production
- Food and environmental allergies
Even though fibromyalgia still remains largely a mystery, the more you can address some of the underlying factors behind it, the better your chances of getting relief!
Here are measures you can explore:
Eat real (not processed) foods
An unhealthy diet is a significant contributing factor behind fibromyalgia, so ditch the fast food and processed junk and eat real foods.
Now don’t even try to say you don’t have the time to cook real foods. Many a delicious, nutritious meal can be prepared in half an hour or less. Check out Great Taste No Pain to get some good ideas and help improve your digestion too.
Avoid offending foods
These foods have been shown to worsen fibromyalgia symptoms in some people:
- Aspartame (NutraSweet)
- Food additives like MSG (monosodium glutamate) and nitrates
- Refined carbohydrates
- Nightshade vegetables (bell peppers, tomatoes and eggplant)
At least half of the people with fibromyalgia have vitamin D deficiency, and many have seen their symptoms literally disappear once supplementation was started.
Plus vitamin B12 is vital for proper cell energy production (which is a major concern for people with fibromyalgia).
Vitamin D-K Factor and Hydroxaden 2.5 B12 spray can help make sure you have the supplies of these crucial nutrients that you desperately need.
Check out alternative therapies
Alternate therapies such as chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga or physical therapy can all help reduce pain, ease stiffness and improve flexibility.
And if you’ve had a stressful or traumatic experience, be sure to get whatever counseling you need.
Get regular exercise
Regular exercise boosts your body’s endorphins (natural pain-fighting, feel-good molecules), it helps to naturally relieve stress, it can help improve flexibility and energy levels, it helps with quality of sleep and strengthens your bones and muscles.
Get your doctor’s OK and pick whatever activity works for you.
Encourage better sleep
Many fibromyalgia sufferers have chronically poor sleep. Be sure to avoid caffeine and alcohol before bedtime and go to bed the same time each night.
5HTP or melatonin supplementation may also be helpful.
Supplement with probiotics
Probiotics can help reverse imbalanced intestinal flora and ease allergies, both of which are triggers for fibromyalgia symptoms.
It’s important to use a product like Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula which contains both bifidobacterium species (for the colon) and lactobacillusspecies (which beef up the small intestine)—that way you’re helping to support the health of your entire intestinal tract.
Stop the endless cycle of pain and misery!
If you suffer from the agony of fibromyalgia, your days of feeling hopeless and going from one pain-filled day to the next can be over very soon.
See for yourself how much better you can feel when you take natural measures to help tackle fibromyalgia at some of its common underlying causes.