Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain illness characterized by widespread pain, general fatigue and sleep disturbances. Because much of the pain and tenderness experienced with fibromyalgia is felt in the muscles and soft tissues, for many years FM was thought to be a musculoskeletal disorder. However, new brain-imaging techniques and scientific studies are revealing that fibromyalgia is better defined as a central nervous system disorder resulting in abnormal pain processing. According to recent estimates, approximately 5% of the population has fibromyalgia . That adds up to 15 million people in the U.S. alone. It seems to occur at similar rates worldwide, regardless of ethnicity. Although fibromyalgia appears to affect more women, it does strike men and children as well. Symptoms There are three primary symptoms, common to virtually everyone with fibromyalgia: pain, fatigue and sleep disorders. Pain: Fibromyalgia pain is widespread, chronic,...
The title of a recent article from Reuters Health caught my eye – “ Kids outgrow growing pains: study .” Since I frequently hear from adults diagnosed with fibromyalgia who say they had growing pains as children, I was anxious to learn more about this study. As I looked further into the details of the study , published in The Journal of Pediatrics , several things disturbed me.
The article reported that “most youngsters” outgrow growing pains. In fact, of 35 children studied, 18 (51%) no longer had pain five years later. While 51% technically qualifies as “most,” it's hardly a resounding majority.
The study stated, “No patient developed fibromyalgia.” However, the five-year study ended when the children were about 13. Since FM is often not diagnosed until adolescence, or more commonly, adulthood, a study that ends when children are 13 can hardly be considered the final word as to wheth...
The pain of fibromyalgia can be difficult to get under control. For most of us it takes a combination of medication, gentle exercise, complementary/alternative therapies and lifestyle changes to achieve any significant degree of effective pain control. One of the complementary treatment options some FM patients have found helpful is nutritional supplements like vitamins and herbs. There are a number of different reasons you may want to consider supplements:
Prescription drugs just aren't working for you.
You're highly sensitive or even allergic to most medications.
The medications you've tried have too many side effects.
You're looking for a natural alternative to pharmaceutical drugs.
Although your medications may be helping, you're still having quite a bit of pain.
Following are five commonly recommended supplements for fibromyalgia pain: 1) Magnesium & Malic Acid The magnesium/malic acid combo is the first supplement I remember hea...
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