http://simplenaturalandhomeremedies.blogspot.co.uk/ Dr Agatha Thrash and other staff of Uchee Pines Institute in US discuss fibromyalgia and various natural remedies against it. Fibrositis, fibromyalgia, and myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome are all names for the same syndrome according to some researchers, only with different manifestations in different people.
The family of rheumatic diseases affects the joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fibrous tissue of the body. There are some differences between these diseases and some overlaps.
The joints are not directly involved except as they are associated with the other structures. Because people suffering from this condition do not always have laboratory evidence of disease, they sometimes get labeled as being psychoneurotic.
It is said that the cause of myalgia rheumatica is unknown. We believe that we have discovered some factors that are at least to be considered in the disease. Other known causes are sleeping disorders, wear and tear of aging, overuse and abuse, poor posture, and trauma.
The causes we have found include food sensitivities and environmental toxicities including things that are breathed, as well as things that are eaten or drunk. Reactions to drugs, emotional strain, frustrations, hostility, and guilt tend to present greater risks for nonarticular rheumatism.
Women are more frequently afflicted than men, and the typical ages are between 35 and 60. It can begin, however, in the teenage years, or in the elderly. It tends to get worse with age.
Apparently about 0.01 percent of the population are fibromyalgia syndrome carriers. It tends to run in families suggesting some sort of inherited predisposition. It does not appear contagious. PET scans of people with this illness show that the frontal lobes do not get enough oxygen which can cause cognitive and memory problems. The oxygen deficit appears to reflect metabolic demand, rather than poor oxygen availability.
Because of disuse, many people with this disorder get muscle atrophy, Numbness over various parts of the body or in some instances all of the body can be associated also with loss of taste or smell and inability to distinguish water temperature on the head and body while showering. Swelling of the hands and fingers has been reported in 60 percent of patients. Irritable bowel syndrome is present in 34 percent of patients. Sleep disturbance is a characteristic sign of this disorder. Heat, massage, and exercise programs often help. One woman’s symptoms cleared up dramatically when she was treated for Giardia and other intestinal parasites. This indicates that allergies to parasites or increased intestinal permeability may be a large part of the fibromyalgic syndrome. Candida is another culprit which could be a part of the fibromyalgia syndrome.
Eighteen points at various locations on the body have been discovered which are tender to firm pressure in most patients with fibromyalgia, and some chronic fatigue syndrome patients. At least eleven of the eighteen points must exhibit tenderness for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia to be confirmed by this test. Tenderness is determined if the patient says the spot is tender but adjacent areas are non-tender. See the diagram at the end for the locations of the specific points.
Controlled trials have demonstrated improvement in fibromyalgia patients who underwent cardiovascular fitness training. Low-impact exercises such as fast-walking, biking, swimming, or water aerobics with stretching techniques have been the most helpful.
Ice seems to help some patients while heat may make things worse. Put a heating pad on high until it gets hot. Turn it off and lie down with your back on it, then put the ice packs on the hips and thighs. It can take several hours of ice on and off to bring the pain down. For joint pain it can be a toss-up between heat and ice. Use whichever feels best.
Regularize your sleep cycle. Go to bed and get up at the same time each day—weekends or weekdays.