Fibromyalgia (FMS) can be life disrupting to say the least. Many don’t know what to do to relieve their symptoms. Fibromyalgia literally means “pain in the fiber of the muscles.” Symptoms differ among individuals but can be similar to Thyroid problems, Chronic Fatigue, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Adrenal Fatigue, Lupus, and many more.
Research shows that the basic causes of FMS include dysfunctions in the central nervous system, endocrine system and immune system. Russel Jaffe M.D. describes these disturbances as “specific for the individual rather than the condition.” In addition there is evidence that Mitochondrial dysfunction can be a problem. The Mitochondria produce ATP which is the body’s main form of energy. If there are inadequate energy stores because of Mitochondrial dysfunction there may be muscle shortening and pain. This pain may be worsened during deep sleep. Many toxins and substances may also affect the Mitochondria. One example of this is high fructose corn syrup which can deplete the ATP from the liver and therefore reduce muscular levels of ATP.
Symptoms from Fibromyalgia can include headaches, bowel and bladder problems, numbness in arms and legs, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, Raynaud’s phenomenon, soft tissue swelling, muscle pain, sciatica, and as well as many others.
Years ago it was thought that there was an inflammatory component to Fibromyalgia but it has now been realized that is not the facts. In most cases inflammatory markers are negative and not elevated. Now we recognize the problem is with the pain sensing nerves. The problem develops in the central nervous system in the cingulate, frontal and motor cortices of the brain. Half of people report a traumatic event in their life before the onset of symptoms. In those that do not report this it is evident that chronic stress played a part.
Hormonal imbalances may also be a problem. Studies have shown a decreased ability to activate the HPA axis. (For HP axis information see previous blogs.) HPA dysfunction as well as fibromyalgia has many symptoms in common. These include muscle pain, achiness, fatigue, depression, digestive symptoms and poor sleep. HPA axis dysfunction can also deplete serotonin. This causes a reduction in substance P that can enhance the pain receptors. With nutritional support of the HPA axis one can benefit. The gut which is a factor in so many problems can also be involved in Fibromyalgia. It is important to have a good microorganism system in the gut which would include a good probiotic and pre biotic. Patients with Fibromyalgia will have lower pain thresholds than others people. Something such as light touch to others can be painful to a patient with Fibromyalgia.
There is no single treatment that is tight for every patient. Proper evaluation is always needed the goal is to restore energy production, nerve health, eliminate stressors, and improve sleep support. It is also important to deal with anything else that may need nutritional support. If you have Fibromyalgia and would like nutritional support call us and we will get you started.Leave a reply →