Category Archives: Fibromyalgia

5 Crucial Issues Many Fibromyalgia Patients Face

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Originally Posted May 2014Updated June 2019 As part of the awareness effort, it’s important to know the various criteria, including assessment of pain levels. But the changing way the pain of fibromyalgia is assessed/diagnosed is just a part of the challenges that frustrate fibromyalgia sufferers. There are actually five crucial issues that frustrate many fibromyalgia patients. 1. The Myth That Fibromyalgia is a “Somatoform Disorder” — aka, “All In Your Head” One of the key challenges fibromyalgia sufferers face is the pervasive myth among the media, some medical professionals, and some friends and family that fibromyalgia is not a “real” disease, and is instead a “somatoform disorder,” — medicalspeak for “all in your head” or psychosomatic. When some doctors assume that fibromyalgia symptoms are evidence of some sort of mental health issue, or they are ill-informed about the symptoms and diagnostic criteria, patients face an uphill battle. Without agreement among […]

How CoQ10 and Vitamin D Can Relieve Fibromyalgia Pain

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Fibromyalgia is a condition that pertains to a malfunction in the hypothalamus, a section of the brain located just above the pituitary. This can greatly affect the entire body. In addition to being a prominent piece of the nervous system the hypothalamus is charged with the regulation of hormones that interact with the entire body. Learn more about fibromyalgia here. Causes of fibromyalgia may not necessarily be triggered in the hypothalamus. A number of factors that can contribute to this condition include malfunctioning mitochondria, hormonal deficiencies and/or imbalances, viral infections, neurotoxins, coagulation, and CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) deficiency. In order to treat fibromyalgia, it is important to take appropriate action. A multi-system approach, which targets each problem area individually rather than a large singular condition, is recognized as the best course of treatment. That being said, research has shown that vitamin D and CoQ10 supplementation is highly beneficial in assisting those […]

Fibromyalgia Diet: What to Eat, What to Avoid

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Fibromyalgia (FM) is a very real condition that affects millions of Americans and its symptoms include chronic widespread pain, fatigue, sleep disorders, joint pain, problems with cognitive functioning, migraines, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), anxiety, depression, and environmental sensitivity – learn more about fibromyalgia symptoms here. Unfortunately, FM is a condition rather than a specific illness and presents itself as an array of complex symptoms; believed to be caused by biological, psychological, and environmental factors and there is no specific universal treatment for the condition. Sufferers of FM may be able to find some relief by following a healthy diet, which includes eliminating some foods while adding or increasing others. Kent Holtorf, M.D., Medical Director of the Holtorf Medical Group says, “We’re at the point now where we know diet plays a role in this disease – it’s just the same diet for everybody. And not everybody is helped in the […]

How Fibromyalgia and CFS Make Getting Out of Bed Difficult (Dysania)

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Originally Posted July 2016Updated June 2019 Sleep abnormalities are one of the defining features of both chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM). One of these sleep-related issues is referred to as “morning fog” or a “sleep hangover.” This period of time in the morning can last for up to 1-2 hours after waking, during which individuals report experiencing fatigue, achiness, and mental fogginess. Many times, they are unable to get out of bed. The scientific term for these symptoms is dysania or clinomania which comes from the latin word “clin” meaning bed and “mania” meaning madness. In those with CFS or FM, it can occur in any stage of the illness. Dysania can be very discouraging, frustrating, and even guilt-producing since these patients often feel such a strong desire to stay in bed that they may do so even when it means foregoing responsibilities. While dysania may be experienced […]

A Journey with Fibromyalgia – A Holtorf Medical Group Success Story

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By Shirley R.September 2013 If you had asked me ten years ago whether I thought I would still be alive today, I would have responded with “absolutely not”. That’s how surely I was convinced that I was slowly dying—emotionally, socially, intellectually, spiritually, and physically. The most frightening thing about it was that I perceived I was powerless to stop my slow decline. I talked to my husband about moving the master bedroom down to the first floor so I wouldn’t have to climb stairs. I made my funeral plans. One night as I was working late at the office, I found myself so despondent that I closed my office door, turned out the lights, and just lay on the floor behind my desk, curled up and weeping. For me, that was about as low as I could go. I knew then that I was grieving for everything precious to me […]

How Lyme Disease Can Cause Fibromyalgia

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Originally Posted July 2016Updated June 2019 Fibromyalgia is the name given to the mysterious illness typically characterized by widespread muscle and joint pain. The original diagnostic criteria from the early 90s revolved solely around the amount of tender points an individual had and their location on the body – learn about fibromyalgia trigger points here. In recent years, however, this criteria has expanded to include a wider range of symptoms including fatigue, cognitive issues, sleep problems, psychological disorders, and other symptoms that often do not appear to have a medical explanation. Learn even more about fibromyalgia here. Unfortunately, being given a fibromyalgia diagnosis does little to actually help the person, since recognizing and labeling a set of symptoms does not necessarily identify the cause of the condition. This is certainly the case for fibromyalgia as well as the closely related chronic fatigue syndrome – learn about the difference between fibromyalgia […]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia: One Diagnosis or Two?

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Originally Posted April 2017Updated June 2019 One of the primary difficulties of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia is locating and resolving each of the numerous malfunctions associated with them. Every case is unique and has its own challenges. Treatment of both conditions require an individualized multi-system approach that is structured around each patients’ specific needs. Without better understanding of the causes, symptoms and treatments for CFS and fibromyalgia the likelihood of resolving them can be slim. A Debilitating Duo Many aspects are shared between CFS and fibromyalgia. This is likely because the systems most impacted by these conditions are highly integrated with one another. CFS is caused primarily by pituitary malfunction that has a significant impact on hormone regulation. Widespread hormone disruption can cause a multitude of problems throughout the body. Similarly, fibromyalgia is instigated by dysfunction in the hypothalamus, which influences the nervous system and plays a critical role […]

Understanding Fibromyalgia: The Invisible Disorder

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Originally Posted May 2013Updated June 2019 For patients with severe symptoms, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome can be extremely debilitating and can interfere with the basic activities of daily life, even bringing psychological distress and social isolation. A Relatively New Diagnosis Fibromyalgia is not a new syndrome, but it is surprisingly not well recognized in medical practice, even though it is the most common cause of chronic musculoskeletal pain. Fibromyalgia first began to be recognized in 1990, when the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) created a set of diagnostic criteria for the disorder. According to these criteria, patients just have (1) widespread pain for at least three months in three quadrants of the body, and (2) abnormal sensitivity to light pressure in at least 11 of 18 specific tender/trigger points. People affected by fibromyalgia may not even realize they have tender/trigger points until someone familiar with the condition applies pressure […]

What Are Fibromyalgia Trigger Points?

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One of the reasons fibromyalgia pain is different is because it involves trigger points. When activated, these locations can cause significant pain in seemingly unrelated areas. To better handle these propagators of pain, it is important to have a solid understanding of fibromyalgia and its trigger points as well as methods of limiting their impact. A Quick Look at Fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that is incredibly difficult to treat. This long-lasting disease presents a wide range of symptoms that vary from patient to patient. The intensity of which can range from mild to severe and often changes on a daily basis. There are many symptoms that accompany fibromyalgia including headaches, sleep disorders, fatigue, and various mental disorders. However, the most common and distinctly noticeable symptom of fibromyalgia is widespread tenderness and pain. Doctors and patients alike often use specific painful locations around the body, known as tender points, […]

Common Fibromyalgia Symptoms You May Not Know About

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Fibromyalgia is one of many chronic disorders that is incredibly difficult to diagnosis because of its widespread impact. Symptoms can be experienced virtually anywhere in the body. Furthermore, fibromyalgia symptoms frequently overlap with other conditions making it a disease that is easy to misdiagnose. To better recognize and treat fibromyalgia, it’s important to be informed of the basics of the condition itself and the many symptoms associated with it. Fibromyalgia Basics Fibromyalgia is a notoriously difficult condition to diagnose and treat. A primary difficulty of fibromyalgia is that it impacts multiple systems such as the brain, gastrointestinal tract, immune system, and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis). These areas have tremendous influence over numerous functions meaning that fibromyalgia has the ability to cause significant, widespread damage. Identifying Fibromyalgia The most identifiable and characteristic symptoms of fibromyalgia are chronic widespread pain, fatigue that is not aided with rest, and cognitive problems or “fibro […]

Can Growth Hormone Treatment Help Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

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Due to this deficiency fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome patients are unable to build up a normal growth hormone response to exercise as compared to healthy individuals. Unfortunately, most tests lack the sensitivity and accuracy to diagnose this deficiency or they are expensive, and carry significant risk to the patient. Fibromyalgia is primarily caused by a dysfunction of the pituitary gland and hypothalamus which results in low growth hormone secretion. Therefore, studies found that daily GH therapy treatment significantly improved symptoms associated with FM, increasing a sense of well-being and a person’s ability to sustain physical activity without muscle pain. Growth Hormone (GH) or Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is a hormone that stimulates growth, cell reproduction and cell regeneration. 80 percent of our GH is secreted during the stage 4 or REM sleep cycle. Since fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome patients suffer from abnormal sleep patterns these conditions create a […]

What is Fibromyalgia and What Does it Feel Like?

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According to the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA), over 12 million Americans have fibromyalgia, many of whom are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. This is due in great part to the broad and patient-specific symptoms exhibited by this complex chronic condition. To better understand and appreciate the impact of fibromyalgia, it is essential that we become familiar with the basic qualities of fibromyalgia, its common symptoms, and how such symptoms manifest themselves in unique ways. The Fibromyalgia Break Down Fibromyalgia, like most chronic conditions, is multifactorial and is influenced by a wide range of elements. However, the primary source of fibromyalgia is the hypothalamus. The primary responsibility of the hypothalamus is regulation of various hormones and the nervous system. Because of the significant influence it has over hormone function, and by extension numerous important systems, disruption of the hypothalamus can result in widespread bodily dysfunction. Various factors including malfunctioning mitochondria and hormonal […]