Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is an autoimmune disorder, more common in females, with symptoms of aching muscular pain that does not seem to have any cause. It often affects the neck, lower back, shoulders, back of head, upper chest and/or thighs, although any area can be affected, and is usually worse in the morning. Other symptoms may be headaches, insomnia, IBS, painful periods, anxiety, memory problems, skin sensitivity, dry eyes and mouth, jaw pain, dizziness, fatigue and depression.
Although the cause is not known, a common trigger appears to be an infection such as the Epstein Barr virus, or the fungus Candida Albicans, parasites or mercury poisoning which the body has not overcome. These pathogens may affect the normal operation of the immune system, as well as cause malabsorption of the digestive tract. Most people with this disorder appear to have ‘leaky gut’ and very low levels (or low absorption) of certain nutrients, especially magnesium.
Recommended Dietary Changes
As candida is very common in people with fibromyalgia, a strict Candida eating plan is recommended (see CANDIDA in our Health A-Z section for information and diet). These means strictly eliminating all sugars, yeasts, white flour products and fungi type foods, as well as inflammatory and processed foods, especially artificial sweeteners. Many people have also reported that a Gluten Free Diet is extremely helpful. This makes sense even if a person is not Gluten allergic as gluten is an inflammatory food, which is very difficult to digest.
Often an anti candida supplement is needed to combat any yeast infections in the intestines and blood for at least 3 months, such as Berberine, as well as a strong probiotic to restore the good flora for at least 6 months. Magnesium with Malic acid(up to 1200mg of Magnesium glycinate) is strongly recommended to help with energy production and to relax the muscles. Natural anti-inflammatories, especially MSM(methylsulfonylmethane) a mineral used in high doses is extremely effective for pain and inflammation (start MSM at 1000mg and increase up to 8000mg over a week or two, as it tends to detox, causing further discomfort at the beginning.) Powers, drops or capsules are recommended for best absorption.Vit D. It has been found that most people with this condition are very low on Vit D
It is also recommended that the person be tested for the Epstein Barr virus. If this is positive, there are specific homeopathic remedies available to counteract this virus. Zinc and Vitamin C (non acidic buffered type) and even a strong Olive Leaf extract should then added to further fight the virus (18% extract – 6 per day).
In cases of insomnia and depression (and even for pain) 5HTP is recommended to increase serotonin at 100mg, twice a day on an empty stomach (do not use with anti-depressant medication).
Co-enzyme Q10 (100mg daily with first meal), improves oxygenation of tissues, and enhances the effectiveness of the immune system and the heart whilst increasing energy supply to the cells.
Once the candida is eradicated, the intestines should be ‘sealed or healed’ by using a good gut repair formula, or even the amino acid, L-Glutamine powder (1 tsp twice a day in liquid on empty stomach for 3 months).
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Readers should not use this information for self-diagnoses or self treatment, but should always consult a medical professional regarding any medical problems and before undertaking any major dietary changes. This information is not meant to be substituted for medical advice.