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Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Holistic Therapies

Fibromyalgia has never been fully understood. It is believed to stem from the nervous system, but affects everyone differently.  Symptoms often identify Fibromyalgia. However, it may be a rule out approach to diagnosis that involves treatment and monitoring the response the treatment.  A holistic approach aims to treat specific symptoms for relief, as follows.  

Mood Disturbance: Because fibromyalgia may affect the metabolism of serotonin in the brain, some holistic practitioners advise using Vitamin B6 to improve serotonin levels and relieve depression.  An amino acid called 5-hydroxy Tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin-may also be supplemented to reduce depression in those with fibromyalgia.

Sleeplessness: Since many fibromyalgia sufferers have a condition called alpha wave intrusion that negatively affects the sleep cycle, some holistic practitioners suggest natural remedies. Natural remedies used to treat sleeplessness include tryptophan, certain types of vitamin B6, melatonin, valerian and scuttelaria.

Pain: Pain and inflammation associated with fibromyalgia may be relieved with S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe). This amino acid derivative is also known to improve depression and fatigue. Massage therapy offers lymphatic drainage, toxin release and relaxation of the muscles. Biofeedback creates awareness of blood pressure, heart rate, skin temperature, muscles tension and sweat gland activity as it relates to pain allowing the patient to take more control of the red flag indicators of pain and thus, preventing the vicious cycle of pain. Meditation allows for a state of relaxation to provide relief from pain.

Low Magnesium Levels: Research studies indicate that people with fibromyalgia often have low levels of magnesium in their red blood cells. A home remedy of an Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) bath before bedtime can help relax muscles, release lactic acid and waste, as well as, allows for a more restful sleep.

Fatigue: Fatigue is a very common symptom of fibromyalgia patients. Supplements that help the mitochondrial function to produce energy (ATP) include: Coenzyme Q 10, L-Carnitine, Acetyl L-Carnitine, Ribose, Vitamin B Complex and minerals.

Inflammation: Bodily toxins can contribute to inflammation of the muscles. Holistic practitioners may recommend dietary changes to avoid foods high in acids that cause toxins such as pork, milk, cheese, wheat, sugar, coffee, alcohol, vinegar, pickles, processed foods and the like.

It is important to check in with your physician for their recommendations and let your physician know if you plan to take any over-the- counter drugs or supplements before you take them. Some over-the-counter drugs and supplements can adversely interact with other medications that you are taking.