Coenzyme Q10 is a natural antioxidant found in the cells of your body. In the membrane that surrounds the tiny organelles called mitochondria. The mitochondria are responsible for producing energy from the food you eat. Researchers discovered blood levels of coenzyme Q10 levels were low in people with fibromyalgia. They wondered if supplementing with coenzyme Q10 might reduce your fibromyalgia pain […]
Fibromyalgia is one of the most common conditions of chronic pain. It is also called fibromyalgia syndrome because of the numerous symptoms that accompany the pain. Though it is often described as having no known cause, there is actually scientific evidence of causal factors. But the ignorance of published data means doctors prescribe medication to remove symptoms without addressing underlying causes. These drugs include powerful pain killers and antidepressants. They offer no hope of a cure and leave patients feeling helpless.
If you have fibromyalgia, you have widespread chronic pain with multiple tender points that are painful when pressed. These tender points are at specific points on the body. The neck, shoulders, lower back, chest, hips, elbows and knees can be affected. The muscles can be stiff and achy. You will typically suffer with fatigue, and migraine headaches or digestive problems. In fact, fibromyalgia has a lot in common with chronic fatigue syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome.
Fibromyalgia is not an emotional disorder, it is not "all in your mind”. There are microscopic changes to the muscles, blood cells and blood vessels. Defects in cellular energy production, causing fatigue. And areas of chronic contraction of muscles. These abnormalities create the sensation of pain, and the brain further enhances the pain signal.
There is no quick fix for fibromyalgia but there are effective treatment strategies. Addressing underlying causes such as leaky gut, sibo and nutritional deficiencies. Reducing inflammation and oxidation and reducing the stress response. Some of these factors will require dietary and lifestyle changes. Supplements and herbal remedies can also help to address the root causes. Acupuncture can help to reduce pain and improve sleep quality whilst longer term strategies are put in place.
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Or, work with me to identify the root causes of your fibromyalgia. Only by addressing the underlying causes can you start on the healing journey.
A diagnosis of fibromyalgia means you are most likely a woman between the ages of 20 and 50. You are also likely to also suffer with irritable bowel syndrome. Fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome often occur together. Not everyone with irritable bowel syndrome has fibromyalgia. But most people with fibromyalgia do have irritable bowel syndrome. Irritable […]