FIBROMYLGIA SYNDROME

Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic disorder characterized by chronic achy muscular pain that has no abvious physical cause. It most commonly affects the lower back, the neck, the shoulders, the back of the head, the upper chest, and/ or the thighs, although any area or areas of the body may be involved. The pain is usually described as burning, throbbing, shooting, and stabbing. The pain and stiffness is often greater in the morning than at other times of day, and it may be accompanied by chronic headaches, strange sensation in the skin, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, and temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ). Other symptoms often experienced by people with fibromyalgia include premenstrual syndrome, painful periods, anxiety, palpitations, memory impairment, irritable bladder, skin sensitivities, dry eyes and mouth, a need for frequent changes in eyeglass prescription, dizziness, and impaired coordination. Such activities as lifting and climbing stairs are often very difficult and painful. Depression is frequently part of the picture as well. The most distinctive feature of fibromyalgia, however, is the existence of certain “tender points’ nine pairs of specific spots where the muscles are abnormally tender to the touch:

o    Around the lower vertebra of the neck.

 

o    At the insertion of the second rib.

 

o    Around the upper part of the thigh bone.

 

o    In the middle of the knee joint.

 

o    In muscles connected to the base of the skull.

 

o    In muscles of the mid-back.

 

o    On the side of the elbow.

 

o    In the upper and outer muscles of buttocks.

 

DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS

        Eat a well-balanced diet of 50 percent raw foods and fresh “live” juice. The diet should consists mostly of vegetables, fruits, whole grains (primarily millet and brown rice), raw nuts and seeds, skinless turkey or chicken, and deep-water fish. These quality foods supply nutrients that renew energy and build immunity.

 

Eat four to five small meals daily to keep a steady supply of protein and carbohydrates available for proper muscle function. If the body does not have enough fuel for energy, it will rob the muscles of essential nutrients, causing muscle wasting and pain.

 

Drink plenty of liquids to help flush out toxins. The best choices are steam-distilled water and herbal teas. Fresh vegetable juices supply necessary vitamins and minerals.

 

Limit your consumption of green peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and white potatoes. These foods contain solanine, which interferes with enzymes in the muscles, and may cause pain and discomfort.

 

Do not eat meat, dairy products, or any other foods that are high in saturated fats. Saturated fats raise cholesterol levels and interfere with circulation. They also promote the inflammatory response and increase pain. Also avoid fried foods, processed foods, shellfish, and white flour products such as bread and pasta.

 

Do not consume any caffeine, alcohol, or sugar, eating sugar in any from including fructose and honey promotes fatigue, increases pain, and disturbs sleep. If these substances have been a regular part of your diet, your symptoms may actually get worse for a short period as a result of the “withdrawal” effect, but after that, you should experience a noticeable improvement in your condition.

 

Avoid wheat and brewer’s yeast until your symptoms improve.

 

Maintain a regular program of moderate exercise. A daily walk followed by some gentle stretching exercise is good. If you have been sedentary before, start slowly and be careful not to overexert yourself, this can aggravate symptoms. Keep in mind that what you need is some amount of daily exercise, not a strenuous workout two or three times a week. Once your body is accustomed to regular exercise, symptoms are likely to improve.

 

Be sure to give your body sufficient rest. Set aside at least eight hours for sleep each night.

 

Take a hot shower or a bath upon arising to stimulate circulation and help relieve morning stiffness. Or alternate between hot water and cold water while showering. Recent studies have shown cold shower to be beneficial relieving the pain of fibromyalgia.

 

Take chlorophyll in tablet form or in “green drinks” such as kyo-green from wakunaga of America. Spiru-tein form Nature’s plus is a good protein drink to use between meals to aid in maintaining energy levels and to reduce muscle pain.