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Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes fatigue and pain.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes fatigue and pain.  1 in 20 people suffer from this condition, it affects more women than men.  It most often developes between 30 and 60 years of age and there are no known causes.

Symptoms include:
  • Tender trigger points often in the neck, shoulders, back of head, upper chest and/or thighs.
  • Insomnia, depression, anxiety and stress.
  • Insulin resistance and low thyroid function (hypo thyroidism).
  • IBS, candida, headaches and allergies.
  • Chronic fatigue.
  • Poor circulation.
Sometimes with this condition there is a link to a lower heart rate, a build up of lactic acid and a breakdown of muscle tissue, disrupted sleep patterns with a tentative link to a deficiency in growth hormone and infections such as Hepatitis C. A recent study showed an association between fibromyalgia and oxidative stress (low levels of serum glutathione, superoxide dismutase and catalase levels)*

Nutritional Supplements

The supplements below are supportive of muscle energy production and so may help sufferers of fibromyalgia:
  • CoQ10 contributes to the electron transport chain and production of ATP, it has also been shown to be deficient in those with fibromyalgia.
  • D-ribose is a simple sugar that can be directly converted to ATP and research has shown it may reduce symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fybromyalgia.
  • Magnesium (300-600mg/day) and malic acid (1,200-1,400mg/day) have been shown to reduce pain, tenderness and tiredness after 2 months.
Regulating Cortisol
  • Adaptogens such as ginseng and liquorice may support the adrenals whilst phosphatidyl serine, lemon balm and chamomile can help regulate nerve function and over active adrenal function.
Supporting Circulation
  • Supporting circulation is often crucial to nutrient absorption and oxygenation. Ginkgo and ginger are known to be effective at supporting circulation.
Natures Anti Inflammatories
  • Omega 3 as well as anti-oxidants i.e. selenium, alpha lipoic acid and curcumin (in Turmeric) have been shown to support the bodies fight response to inflammation. Vitamin D when low has shown to be a factor in fibromyalgia.
Other Factors
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet to support blood sugar and optimise energy production and circadian rhythm (to support healthy sleep patterns)
  • Avoid processed foods and refined sugars.  Too much sugar can increase fatigue, pain and disturb sleep.
  • Deadly nightshade family foods i.e. tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, goji berries, peppers and dairy can be food triggers. Try an elimination diet to check whether you are sensitive to them.
  • Reflexology, yoga, massage and acupuncture can all help to support circulation and reduce stress.

*Sendur et al. Serum antioxidants and nitric oxide levels in fibromyalgia: a controlled study. Rheumatology International. 2008; 29 (6): 629-33.
 

Please note – This information is not designed to replace medical advice in any way, if your symptoms persist or you are concerned in any way please see your healthcare professional.
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