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Fibromyalgia Treatment – A Nutritional Approach

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a syndrome that affects middle-aged women predominantly. It is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain; there is tenderness at specified sites accompanied by disturbed sleep and tiredness. The relaxation rate is reduced, there is decrease in Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) and Phosphocreatine, and the painful muscles exhibit disturbed microcirculation. The pain-sensitivity is abnormally high (indicated by pain analysis). The cause for Fibromyalgia varies from patient to patient.

And though the exact cause remains unknown, physiological sleep disturbances is considered as one of the main symptoms.

Fibromyalgia is not regarded a disease, but is classified as a syndrome. A disease is a condition where the main cause is identifiable clearly and it remains the same in all patients. Whereas a syndrome is a condition where there are a set of symptoms responsible for the condition and no single causative agent is detectable. Fibromyalgia symptoms vary from patient to patient.

The human body is a complex system and for the body to work efficiently all the functions must work properly. But the body can heal itself and compensate on certain mechanisms, through appropriate instructions, right tools and sufficient time.

Fibromyalgia Comorbidities

Fibromyalgia is also found related with a number of other conditions like migraine and tension headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue immune deficiency syndrome (CFIDS), micro-trauma and de-conditioning of muscles, major depressive disorder, mitral valve prolapse, ischemia and muscle spasm, myofascial pain syndrome, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), primary dysmenorrhea, Sjogrens syndrome, sympathetic hypersensitivity, sexual abuse and temporamandibular joint syndrome (TMJ).


Submitted on January 16, 2014