Fibromyalgia, like most modern “syndromes”, is considered “idiopathic” – an elegant word for “we do not know” , and often used as an excuse to not look more deeply into the deep causes of the patient’s suffering. Conventional treatment is palliative, at best, and harmful at worst – another reason why natural methods are very necessary.
Fortunately, a significant body of research has accumulated natural methods and solutions for fibromyalgia that focus on diet modification, on avoiding exposure to chemicals and the use of orthomolecular nutrition, ie, vitamins, biological cofactors, minerals , etc.
The connection of Gluten Fibromyalgia
A recent study indicates that wheat consumption may play an important role in fibromyalgia, a condition that is mainly characterized by long-term joint pain, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues, but that has also linked to fatigue, depression, anxiety, sleep problems and headaches.
Published in the BMC Gastroenterology and entitled “Clinical Impact of a Gluten-Free Diet in Quality Related to the Health of Life in Seven Patients with Fibromyalgia with Associated Celiac Disease,” researchers describe their most relevant finding as follows:
“The remarkable improvement achieved for all outcome measures after one year of uninterrupted gluten-free diet in 7 women with celiac disease categorized previously as patients with severe Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.”
Researchers pointed out that the fibromyalgia syndrome is a disease whose causes are still enigmatic, without currently available imaging technologies or available analytical tests for an objective diagnosis.
Greater reason why, its results are very promising in the treatment of patients with this disease through the elimination of gluten, and perhaps to the identification of the condition, as one of the hundreds of possible extra intestinal manifestations of sensitivity to celiac gluten, or not celiac.
“The surprising results of the present trial suggest that, an inflammatory process of activation related to autoimmune gluten within the gastrointestinal tract, may end up contributing to the onset or increased sensitivity of the central nervous system, the system responsible for the fibromyalgia disorder in some people sensitive to gluten. “
“This hypothesis seems to be consistent with the increased prevalence of fibromyalgia, described in women with different chronic inflammatory processes in the gastrointestinal tract, and with the fact that our patients reported a long-term history of generalized gastrointestinal complaints for decades. before the onset of fibromyalgia symptoms.
Specifically, the triad comorbidity of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, chronic fatigue and musculoskeletal pain has been considered surprising, and other authors have suggested that it may point to a common mechanism of underlying food hypersensitivity. “
Additional natural interventions for fibromyalgia
Research on fibromyalgia has expanded significantly in the last two decades, with many natural interventions now gaining attention and increasingly increasing clinical validation. These include:
It has been known since at least 1994 that patients with fibromyalgia have lower levels of magnesium in their red blood cells than normal people. In addition, a 2008 study found that patients with fibromyalgia have an association between fatigue and serum magnesium levels .
As early as 1995, researchers confirmed in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study that a combination of malic acid (200 mg) and magnesium (50 mg) is an effective treatment for patients with primary fibromyalgia.
A 1999 study found that patients with fibromyalgia had higher levels of calcium and magnesium levels in the hair, and that supplementation with these minerals reduced the number of tender points, indicating their potential therapeutic role in the treatment.
Vitamin D deficiency is common in patients with fibromyalgia and occurs more frequently in patients with anxiety and depression. A 2009 study found that treatment with vitamin D in patients with fibromyalgia resulted in a slight improvement in the short term overall score of the impact of fibromyalgia.
A more recent study from 2014 found that optimizing vitamin D levels in patients with fibromyalgia had a positive effect on the perception of pain.
A single-blind, crossover, randomized, placebo-controlled trial in 2007 involving 320 subjects found that a supplement known as Cellfood (deutrosulfazyme) increased oxygen levels while reducing oxidative stress in the body, improving symptoms of fibromyalgia and quality of life.
A 2007 study found that mitochondrial antioxidant and cofactor levels and coenzyme Q10 are approximately 40% lower in patients with fibromyalgia compared to healthy controls, indicating a possible therapeutic role in their use to address this deficiency.
A 1985 study found that D-ribose significantly reduced clinical symptoms in 66% of patients suffering from this disease and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Vitamin C and Broccoli
A study from 2000 found that a combination of a dietary supplement of vitamin C (100 mg) and broccoli (400 mg) resulted in a 20.1% decrease in pain and a decrease of 17.8% in Fibromyalgia impact scores.
Avoid the following toxins
In addition to these palliative remedies and changes in diet, it should be pointed out to the reader’s attention that environmental exposures are the main causes on the list, which contribute to fibromyalgia. Then you must take into account:
Fibromyalgia and chronic pain has already been discussed as a possible negative consequence of them.
Linked to more than 300 adverse health effects in the biomedical literature, this class of chemistry in medicines, the statin, to lower cholesterol, can devastate human health.
Muscle pain and damage, of course, is one of the most well-known side effects of statin drugs. It is not surprising, therefore, that the research points to its link with fibromyalgia.
Aspartame and GMS (monosodium glutamate)
A 2001 case study established the therapeutic value of the elimination of aspartame and monosodium glutamate from the diet of patients with fibromyalgia, was shown again in 2012 to be particularly problematic for patients with fibromyalgia
It has been hypothesized that the use of aluminum-based adjuvants, such as aluminum hydroxide in vaccines to stimulate the TH2 pole of immunity, can result in musculoskeletal pain consistent with conditions such as fibromyalgia.
Complementary therapies for fibromyalgia
Lastly, and perhaps most interesting, is the fact that there have been more than 20 different therapeutic actions studied to improve patients, including:
A 2007 study found that mind training improved depression in patients with this condition, as in a similar study in 2009. A 2009 study found that it reduced their psychological distress.
A 2007 study found that the practice of yoga has therapeutic effects in patients with fibromyalgia, as did a similar study in 2010, which resulted in an improvement in standardized measures of the symptoms and functioning of fibromyalgia, including pain, fatigue and mood, and in pain from traumatic experiences, acceptance, and other survival strategies. “
A 2011 study found that an eight-week yoga intervention resulted in an improvement in pain, psychological functioning and attention, and changes in cortisol levels in women with fibromyalgia.
A 2006 study found that guided imagery improved the functional status and sense of self-efficacy to control pain and other symptoms of fibromyalgia.
A 2008 study showed that relaxation in combination with guided images improved the condition of patients with fibromyalgia.
A study from 2001, found that 19 of 30 patients with this condition experienced a significant improvement in their condition, after the implementation of a diet of raw foods in its majority.
We hope this article reveals the promise of a functional, naturally oriented medical model. Identify the root causes, that is, the dietary triggers, chemical products, nutritional deficiencies and eliminate them.