Fibromyalgia Syndrome

Fibromyalgia Syndrome is a rheumatic disorder characterized by chronic achy muscular pain that has no obvious physical cause. Mainly affects the lower back, neck, shoulders, back of head, upper chest and/or the thighs.

Other symptoms include painful periods, palpitations, anxiety, memory impairment, skin sensitivities, dry eyes/mouth, impaired coordination, chemical sensitivity, and irritable bladder. Some activities like lifting and climbing stairs are very difficult and painful. Depression often accompanies this disorder and heavy stress may trigger the development of problems. The immune system is compromised making it easy to get viral and bacterial infections. Several doctors believe that the thyroid is the main culprit……as you can be off just a miniscule and have it affect you.

Take your temperature for 2 weeks before crawling out of bed. If you are consistently under 97.6 degrees……..see your doctor. This is an under active thyroid. Could be the culprit behind all your symptoms.  If you are low on one hormone, like the thyroid, you are low on all others as your body needs the different hormones to carry out the many different functions.

This condition is often misdiagnosed. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Chronic Myofascial pain is common. Sleep activity is interrupted resulting in poor sleep. Sleep Apnea, Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Myoclonus and bruxism.

Chemical and food allergies, loss of balance, dizziness, extreme fatigue, headaches, IBS, Jaw pain, difficulty in concentration, menstrual pain, sensitivity to loud noises and bright lights, sensitive to dairy foods, skin sensitivities, stiffness in the morning or when walking.

Symptoms come on gradually and slowly increase in intensity over time. The course of this disorder is unpredictable. Stress seems to be the one identifying issue that brings it along. A disturbance in brain chemistry may be involved…..which brings on the depression.  Candida Albicans (yeast infection), anemia, parasites, hypothyroidism, amalgam dental fillings, clumps of hair falling out, losing eyebrows and eyelashes, mononucleosis are other factors that can bring it on.

Malabsorption problems are common in those with this disorder. When using vitamins use the sublingual or liquid kind.

My personal story: I personally was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 12 years ago. Have learned my limitations. It is most difficult to accept the fact that I cannot be as active as I once was. Was having seizures periodically as well with this.  Misdiagnosed by several doctors.  I found a wonderful doctor in Jefferson City, MO and after just listening to me…..he diagnosed me with the Fibromyalgia. He took lots of blood work……and gave me Armour Thyroid to treat me with.  In 3 days my seizures stopped.  I have not had one since.    My blood work had shown my thyroid was not working optimally.  My body temperature at that time was only 94 degrees.  I was unable to fight skin rashes that was covering my body.  In the meantime, I done some studying……and found some herbs that help fight the issue. Have come a long way in battling this……at one point I was unable to walk across my front room floor.  My husband would come in after work and have to massage me down so I could rest.  The pain is very unbearable is unlike any pain you have ever felt before. The pain goes very deep into the muscle tissue.  Experienced a heart attack……my heart is healed now and doing very well.   Stress and a low thyroid were the culprits behind my every day struggles.  I am not 100% healed but I am healed enough to have some of my life back.  And that is good!!!    Most doctors do not test the thyroid completely. Most only check the TSH……but the T3 and T4 needs to be checked as well.  I wanted the Armour Thyroid given to me since it is a natural glandular product. Synthroid is a chemically  made product for the thyroid.

Essential Nutrients:

Acidophilus taken as directed on label will replace friendly bacteria that is needed in the gut. Yeast infections are common in Fibromyalgia.

CoQ10 75 mg. daily.  Improves oxygenation of tissues, enhances the immune system and protects the heart.   The heart is a muscle after all.

Lecithin promotes energy, enhances immunity, aids in brain function and circulation.

Magnesium needed for sugar metabolism, energy production in many cells of the body.

Vitamin C antiviral effect and increases the body’s energy level.

Amino Acids 50 mg daily for 1 week then increase to 100 mg daily. Enhances serotonin in the brain. For pain relief.

Garlic Promotes immune function. Destroys common parasites. Cleanses the bloodstream.

Vitamin B Complex normal brain function

Calcium when taken with magnesium helps with depression and muscle spasms.

Zinc helps with skin irritations.

Kelp contains minerals for support of thyroid.

Melatonin promotes sound sleep.

There are also a number of herbs you can take to will further enhance your immune functions.


Astragalus and echinacea enhance the immune functions and help to provide energy.

Black Walnut and garlic remove any parasites in the body

Calendula or rosemary oil diluted with water or olive oil massaged into the skin helps with pain.

Licorice Root supports the glandular system. Only use this for no more than 7 days as it can elevate blood pressure.

Pau d’arco for treating candida infection

Skullcap and valerian root improve sleep

Milk Thistle protects the liver

Other Recommendations:

  • Eat a well balanced diet of 50% raw foods and fresh “live” juices. Diet should consist mostly of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, raw nuts and seeds, skinless turkey or chicken and deep water fish.
  • Drink plenty of liquids to flush out toxins. Herbal teas and steam distilled water are the best along with fresh vegetable juices.
  • Limit consumption of green peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and white potatoes. These foods contain solanine, which interferes with enzymes in the muscles and can cause pain and discomfort.
  • Do not consume caffeine, alcohol or sugar. They promote fatigue, increase in pain and sleep disturbances.
  • Avoid wheat and brewers yeast until your symptoms improve.
  • Avoid dairy products or any other foods that are high in saturated fats. They promote inflammation and increase pain. Avoid fried foods, processed foods, shell fish, dairy, and any white flour products. Avoid pork and beef. They both are high in fat even if the package says “lean” on it.
  • Eat 4 to 5 small meals daily to keep a steady supply of protein and carbohydrates available for muscle function.
  • Get plenty of rest and try massage therapy

Other Considerations

Chronic pain sufferers tend to be deficient in magnesium.

Common pain killers like NSAIDs are usually not all that effective with pain.

Studies have shown that a possible role of a genetic defect interferes with the formation of ATP of which is the source of cellular energy

Plant sterols and sterolins stimulate the immune system, thus helping the body to fight off infection.

Many doctors prescribe low dose antidepressants as they can be beneficial in some cases to fight the manic issues that can be associated with this disease.

Light exercise is recommended. Do not do more than you can at any given time. Don’t push yourself as it will make the disease worse.

Physical therapy, deep heat therapy, relaxation techniques are very helpful. Find someone that is licensed and certified. With massage therapy… is wise to not allow deep tissue massage as this can make your symptoms worse.

I hope this information will help you get through the difficult maze of your disease. Many physicians are at a loss themselves.  This information comes from, “Prescription for Nutritional Healing”, by Dr. James Balch, M.D. and his wife Phyllis Balch, CNC.   Finding the right doctor can also be daunting in nature…..but worth the search once found.


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