FIBROMYALGIA or ADRENAL FATIGUE?
WARNING WARNING WARNING
WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA?
Ask any doctor about Fibromyalgia, and you're sure to get a plethora of answers ---- each one different from the last. However, a quick review of the Medical Literature tells us that the symptoms of Fibromyalgia have been around a very long time. In fact, there are those who believe that Job was afflicted with Fibromyalgia. "I, too, have been assigned months of futility, long and weary nights of misery. When I go to bed, I think, 'When will it be morning?' But the night drags on, and I toss till dawn… And now my heart is broken. Depression haunts my days. My weary nights are filled with pain as though something were relentlessly gnawing at my bones." Job 7:3 & 4; 30:16 & 17
History of widespread pain that has been present for at least three months. Note that pain is considered “widespread” when all of the following are present:
- Pain on both sides of the body (Right & Left).
- Pain must be both above and below the waist.
- Axial skeletal pain (midline pain ---- neck pain, front chest pain, mid back pain or low back pain) must be present. (Low back pain is considered to be below the waist)
Official Definition of Fibromyalgia: Pain on palpation with the fingers, must be present in at least 11 of the following 18 tender point sites: Note that the points listed are shown in the diagram at the top of the page or just below this list.
- Occiput (2) - at the muscles that lie where your neck meets your skull (see HEADACHES).
- Low cervical (2) - at the lower part of the neck (see CHRONIC NECK PAIN).
- Supraspinatus (2) - at origins, above the shoulder blades near the spine (see ROTATOR CUFF).
- Lateral epicondyle (2) - 2 cm below the the top of the elbow (see ELBOW TENDINOSIS).
- Gluteal (2) - in upper outer quadrants of buttocks (see PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME).
- Greater trochanter (2) - just behind the hip bone on the outer portion of the upper thigh.
- Knee (2) - at the inner portion of the knee.
IS FIBROMYALGIA A 'REAL' DISEASE?
Doctors like to get paid. And in order to have a “disease” whose diagnosis and treatment is reimbursable by the health insurance industry, there has to be a specific set of symptoms that define and characterize the said disease. So, in 1990, The American College of Rheumatology stepped in and saved the day with the diagnostic criteria listed earlier. This allowed for more tax dollars to be spent doing Fibromyalgia research, more people to be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and best of all for the HMO's, and PPO's that employ almost 100% of today's medical community (try finding a self-employed doctor today), the chance to make way more dollars treating fibromyalgia. Oh, as you can imagine; the drug companies were thrilled as well. Check out my post on Lyrica and Neuronitin.
With Fibromyalgia, standard medical laboratory testing and diagnostic imaging all appear normal. Other than the tender points listed above, there is usually complete absence of any sort of objective diagnostic findings (fatigue is considered a subjective finding). This is why many members of the medical community question whether Fibromyalgia is a disease at all. On top of this, many of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia mimic those of other conditions (arthritis, depression, joint pain, impaired memory, fatigue, ENDOCRINE PROBLEMS, etc).
Please note that I am not for one moment insinuating that Fibromyalgia is not real. For many people Fibromyalgia is all too real ---- a living, breathing, nightmare. However, due to lack objective findings, Fibromyalgia is easily faked, and has become the disease du jour for America's rapidly expanding I-don't-want-to-work crowd. FYI: The American Medical Association (AMA) first recognized the symptoms of Fibromyalgia as a disability-causing illness in 1987. People have figured this out, and gaming the system has become an easy thing for those who understand the diagnostic criteria.
Before you fly off the handle and accuse me of calling people with Fibromyalgia, "fakers," let me reassure you that Fibromyalgia is very real. It's just that it is not what you think it is, or what your doctor has told you it is. Speaking of doctors, let's take a look at what the medical profession saying about Fibromyalgia.
WHAT ARE MEDICAL EXPERTS SAYING ABOUT FIBROMYALGIA?
"The diagnosis of fibromyalgia itself worsens the condition by encouraging people to think of themselves as sick and catalog their pain. These people live under a cloud, and the more they seem to be around the medical establishment, the sicker they get." Dr. Nortin Hadler, a Rheumatologist and professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina Taken from a 2008 article in the New York Times called, Drug Approved. Is Disease Real ? Dr. Hadler is right on the money with his second sentence. Shortly, I will show you how popular medical treatment actually makes fibromyalgia worse.
"Some of us in those days thought that we had actually identified a disease, which this clearly is not. To make people ill, to give them an illness, was the wrong thing.” Dr. Frederick Wolfe, the director of the National Databank for Rheumatic Diseases and the lead author of the 1990 paper that first defined the diagnostic guidelines for Fibromyalgia. He says he has become cynical and discouraged about the diagnosis, and now considers the condition a physical response to stress, depression, and economic and social anxiety. Taken from a 2008 article in the New York Times called, Drug Approved. Is Disease Real?
Although the vast majority of the medical community has not realized it yet, understanding Fibromyaliga is simple. Fixing it is another matter altogether. And you cannot even begin to grasp what it really is or how to effectively manage it without first understanding Adrenal Fatigue.
For the better part of forty years, the medical community has been playing a game with those who truly suffer from Fibromyalgia. How so? Any time a disease is named according to its symptoms as opposed to being named for its cause, you automatically create tremendous confusion. Again, how so? You see, Fibromyalgia has been around as a medical diagnosis for decades. However, it was known by several different names --- names that always pointed to the offending culprit ----- fatigued, overworked, or burned out Adrenal Glands. Thus, the problem was named according to cause, and not symptoms: Adrenal Fatigue, Adrenal Stress, Adrenal Insufficiency, Adrenal Exhaustion, Sub-clinical Hypoadrenia, etc.
About four decades ago, the medical community started noticing an exponential increase in patients with the symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue. They had a big meeting. They changed the name of this group of symptoms from Adrenal Fatigue to Fibromyalgia. Why would the medical and pharmaceutical communities feel that it was imperative to change the name of this health problem from Adrenal Fatigue to Fibromyalgia? Part of the problem had to do with what we talked about above; the fact that there are no standard medical tests that can definitively diagnose Fibromyalgia.
But let's think about this situation a different way. If your doctor said to you, "Mrs. Smith, you have Adrenal Fatigue," what are the first two questions you would ask? Think for a moment ---- we would all ask the same two questions.
- Doctor; how did my adrenal glands get fatigued?
- Doctor; how can we "unfatigue " my adrenal glands?
The Medical / Pharmaceutical community realized that if they could simply change the name of the disease from something describing underlying cause (some sort of "Adrenal" problem), and shift it to something that instead described the symptoms (painful and knotted muscles), they could convince millions of patients that no one really understands this mysterious illness that is sweeping America in epidemic fashion. Oh, and by the way, because there are no objective findings, the only hope to treat it is to address the symptoms with drugs --- lots of drugs --- for the rest of your life. And don't even bother looking for a cure, because there is none. Thus the birth of Fibromyalgia / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (these are often used together or interchangeably).
What was the payoff? Far fewer people ultimately ask their doctors those pesky questions that cannot be answered simply by pulling out a pen and writing a prescription for muscle relaxers, pain killers, anti-inflammatories, ANTI-DEPRESSANTS, nerve pills, or who knows what the latest Fibromyalgia drug du jour is. And don't kid yourself. The Pharmaceutical Industry is specifically targeting you! Long ago, they realized that if it could play this thing right, they were sitting on a gold mine. Oh, I see. You're one of those people who still believe in Santa Clause, the Tooth Fairy, and a Pharmaceutical Industry that puts your health and well being ahead of profits.
To truly grasp the intensity that Big Pharma is trying to separate you from your hard earned dollars, and the fact that they will go to any length to do so, read the story of Pfizer's nearly 3 billion dollar fine (yes, billion with a "b ") for fraudulently touting two of their drugs (Neuronitin and Lyrica) for, among other things, Fibromyalgia (READ HERE). When I first heard of this, I figured that a fine of this magnitude would bankrupt the company. That is, until I found out that Pfizer brought in over 70 billion dollars that year!
When a person is stressed, the body reacts by mounting a stress response through the stimulation of the SYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM. As we have discussed already, this is also called the “fight or flight” response as the body arms itself to face what it perceives as danger. When this happens, epinephrine (adrenaline) is secreted by the adrenal medulla, and the hypothalamus-pituitary axis is stimulated to release ACTH, which in turn causes the adrenal cortex to increase production of the anti-stress hormone cortisol. In small amounts, Cortisol is fabulous stuff. However, when you get overstressed (emotional stress, mental stress, physical stress, dietary stress, etc), your cortisol-making machinery kicks into high gear.
When a person experiences chronic stress, the cortisol level may rise to such a high level that its production diminishes as the Adrenal Glands fatigue, and eventually become exhausted. With chronic stress, there is decrease in DHEA levels with a rise in cortisol. As a result, the ratio of cortisol to DHEA increases. As with most hormonal systems, there is a negative feedback loop that limit the production of each hormone once it hits its target level. The same occurs in the case of cortisol, with one exception. During prolonged or acute stress when the body perceives that its survival is at stake, the excessive cortisol output actually diminishes the feedback response. In other words, instead of the feedback loop shutting down cortisol production when the levels get high, the body reacts 180 degrees opposite.
Because cortisol is the body's primary anti-stress hormone, it will interpret a very high cortisol level as impending and life-threatening danger. When this happens, there is actually a blunting effect on the feedback loop allowing it to spin increasingly out of control. More cortisol will therefore be produced even though your body becomes increasingly' resistant' to it. This is the body’s way to ensure that we can cope with the on-going stress that threatens its survival. This is OK for brief times of very acute stress. But if it goes on very long, the body (including the Adrenal Glands) begins to fatigue. The result of Chronically High Cortisol Levels include......
- Diminished Immune System Function
- Frequent Infections / Colds / Illness / Ulcers
- Hypothyroidism/ Low Energy Levels
- High Blood Pressure
- High Blood Sugar & Reactive Hypoglycemia (subsequent rapid drop in blood sugar)
- Obesity (particularly abdominal fat and the upper back -- like a "hump")
- High LDL Cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol)
- Increase Incidence of Cardiovascular Disease (heart attacks, strokes, etc)
- Female Hormonal Issues
- Depression / Anxiety
- Muscle Weakness
- Increased Pain Sensitivity
IMPORTANT NOTE: Rarely are we talking about full-blown Cushing's Syndrome here --- a diagnosis that is easily made via standard blood tests. Cushing's Syndrome is a condition caused by dramatically elevated Cortisol levels in the blood, whose symptoms are similar to those seen above and include elevated blood pressure, Diabetes, pink / purple stretch marks on the abdomen, Fatigue, Depression, Moodiness, and accentuated fatty tissue on the face and upper back. Women with Cushing's Syndrome may develop irregular menstrual periods and develop new facial hair growth, as well as a decrease in sex drive. Sometimes the line between Adrenal Fatigue and Cushing's Syndrome is very thin.
As Cortisol levels continue to rise, a tolerance to the hormone ('resistance', similar to Insulin Resistance) begins to take place. Although there are increasingly high Cortisol levels circulating in the bloodstream, it does not work as effectively. Thus, the body calls for even more Cortisol to be produced. This vicious cycle causes things like:
- Diabetes and Problems with Sugar Metabolism: Reduced insulin sensitivity, or Insulin Resistance as it is often called, causes increased levels of both insulin and sugar to be circulating in your blood stream simultaneously. Not only does this cause you to gain weight (Insulin is a storage hormone that takes sugar from the blood and stores it as fat), it always leads to Diabetes. If you have not figured out by now, diabetes will kill you in a way that is often slow and painful (SEE HERE). The bigger problem is that almost every disease process on the planet is now being tied to uncontrolled Blood Sugar. No; just because your Blood Sugar levels are in the "normal" range does not mean that they are controlled. Click on the link if you really want to understand this. By the way; you show me one woman suffering with Fibromyalgia without a pathological sugar addiction, and I'll show you 100 that would kill you for that Snickers Bar in your purse.
- Immune System Dysfunction: Reduced secretory IgA (the main cellular defense factor), natural killer cells (NK), and T-lymphocyte activity are all reduced with Adrenal Fatigue and high cortisol levels. This leads to increased chances of getting DYSBIOTIC INFECTIONS, yeast overgrowths, fungal infections, bacterial and viral infections well as parasites. These are all well-known causes of Fibromyalgia in the Alternative Medicine community. By the way, the reason people get Dysbiosis? ANTIBIOTICS. Antibiotics are arguably the number one destroyer of Immune Systems in America.
- Osteoporosis: Increased loss in bone mass occurs as calcium absorption is blocked and demineralization of bone occurs (HERE).
- Weight Gain; Particularly Increased Belly Fat: Increased cortisol leads to increased fat accumulation around the waist. Although some of this is due high blood sugar and a corresponding INABILITY TO CONTROL INSULIN LEVELS, much of it is caused by increased protein breakdown. This leads to muscle wasting an inability to lose weight. Although many women who end up with Fibromyalgia / Adrenal Fatigue are often rail thin (at least at first), they will often have disproportionately large bellies. This is not normal, as women tend to naturally put on fat in the hip area. Large bellies on women provide an almost 100% certainty that they are dealing with some degree of underlying Adrenal Fatigue.
- Bloating, Puffiness, and Edema: Increased cortisol causes increased water and salt retention. This leads to high blood pressure. Warning: Simply cutting back on dietary salt does not help this (SEE HERE).
- Estrogen Dominance: Increased cortisol production leads to PMS, uterine fibroids, breast cancer, and numerous other female problems. WARNING: Once Estrogen Dominance has kicked in, progesterone, a female hormone produced by the adrenals (as well as female organs) is stopped in favor of cortisol production (they both use the same metabolic precursors). Insufficient progesterone production leads to an imbalance in the estrogen / progesterone ratio. With reduced progesterone to offset increasing estrogen levels, the body may experience ESTROGEN DOMINANCE and a host of undesirable side effects associated with excessive estrogen. It is no coincidence that we see a proliferation of conditions associated with excessive estrogen such as PMS, fibroids, and pre-menopausal syndrome when a women reaches their mid thirties and early forties. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES TAKE PROGESTERONE CREAMS ! Although these can provide almost miraculous relief for many women, they tend to accumulate in the fatty tissues of the body leading to all sorts of female problems as they are converted to --- you guessed it ---- Estrogen.
WHY DO I HAVE FIBROMYALGIA
The Adrenal Glands are two small glands that sit on top of the kidneys. Each adrenal gland has two compartments. The smaller inner compartment (medulla) affects the sympathetic nervous system (the fight or flight response). It is responsible for producing two hormones, epinephrine and norepinephrine (aka adrenaline and noradrenaline). They play an important role in helping cope with physical and emotional stress.
The larger outer compartment (cortex) is responsible for producing more than 50 different hormones in three major classes - glucocorticoids, mineralcorticoids and sex hormones. The most important glucocorticoid hormone is cortisol. When cortisol output is too low, then the body is unable to appropriately deal with stress. In fact, Cortisol is the single most important stress hormone in the body. We learned earlier what high cortisol levels do. However, cortisol is not bad in and of itself. It performs numerous vital functions in the body, including........
- NORMALIZES BLOOD SUGAR: Cortisol increases blood sugar levels in the body. It helps to provide cellular energy in the form of glucose. When the body is under stress, it requires more energy. In Adrenal Fatigue, more cortisol is secreted during the early stages, but in later stages (when the adrenal glands become completely exhausted), cortisol output is reduced, and blood sugar balance becomes a problem. This is why people with Fibromyalgia often have severe (pathological) sugar cravings / addictions. It is also why people who have burned out their adrenal glands, also burn out their pancreas (or vise versa).
- ANTI-INFLAMMATORY RESPONSE: The word "Cortisol " sounds suspiciously like cortisone, and is itself a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. When we injure ourselves, one of the things that happens is INFLAMMATION and swelling. A certain amount of inflammatory mediators in the body actually aid injured or damaged tissue. These chemicals that we call "inflammation" actually attract swelling to the area. The objective is to remove and prevent the chemicals that are causing the inflammatory response from accumulating. Because inflammation is considered to be an immune response, cortisol is considered to be involved in........
- IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPRESSION: We know that people with high cortisol levels have weak immune systems. Cortisol suppresses most cells that participate in the immune reaction, especially white blood cells, natural killer cells, monocytes, macrophages, and mast cells. However, never forget that without cortisol to dampen your immune system response, it would tend to run like wildfire. But, as you can imagine, too much suppression is never a good thing when it comes to your immune system.
- BLOOD VESSEL CONSTRICTION: Cortisol contracts mid-size arteries. People with low cortisol (as in advance stages of Adrenal Fatigue) have low blood pressure and reduced reactivity to other chemicals that constrict blood vessels. Cortisol tends to increase blood pressure that is moderated by calcium and magnesium. RAGLAND'S TEST: Take your blood pressure while sitting down. Then, stand up and take your blood pressure again. Your systolic number should have increased by 8 or 10 points. If the number dropped, then you probably have Adrenal Fatigue.
- STRESS REACTIONS: In the right amounts, and in people who are not stressing their system all day, every day; cortisol is a wonderful hormone. However, people suffering with adrenal fatigue cannot tolerate stress and will eventually succumb to severe stress. As their stress increases, progressively higher levels of cortisol are required. When the cortisol level cannot rise in response to stress, it is impossible to maintain the body in optimum stress response. You've heard that Stress Kills. Unfortunately it is true.
Interestingly enough, cortisol regulates the immune system in two different ways. Firstly, it activates the immune system by its release. Secondly, it suppresses the immune system as more of it is released. It is a delicate feedback loop, which, when damaged, can cause multiple body systems to spiral out of control. And although you might be diagnosed with some sort of BLOOD SUGAR METABOLISM PROBLEM (Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, Hypoglycemia, etc), THYROID PROBLEMS, female issue, etc; your Adrenal Hormones will almost certainly remain normal on the blood tests. It is rare that these ranges to fall into the area where they indicate full-blown Addison's Disease or Cushing's Syndrome. This is why our Adrenal Testing uses saliva instead of blood.
Yes, that's right. Adrenal Glands can be tested. Even though I have been telling you that there are no objective medical tests that will show Fibromyalgia, this does not mean that there are no tests that show Adrenal Fatigue. Although Europe grasped this fact long ago, unfortunately, the American medical community has been ignoring some of the new Adrenal Testing that is done in the same manner as DNA Testing is done. Hair mineral analysis is another way (albeit not as good as saliva --- ASI) to evaluate adrenal function.
WHY YOU HAVE FIBROMYALGIA?
In a word, the reason that you have Fibromyalgia is "stress". I realize that this sounds like a huge cop out. It's not. Although mental or emotional stress can certainly be a large part of the picture, this "stress" can come in many other forms as well. What about dietary stress? It is all but impossible to find a person who suffers with Fibromyalgia who is not seriously and pathologically addicted to sugar, soda, junk food, fast food, refined / processed carbs, etc. But that is not all.
One of the chief ways that the human body and immune system are stressed, is by Gut Dysfunction. Because 80% of the immune system is found in the Gut / Intestines, it is impossible to be healthy while dealing with a dysfunctional gut. This is why I created the sister post to this one; ENDOGUT.
Detailed interviews of 40 Fibromyalgia patients from three countries (United States, Germany and France) showed that with Fibromyalgia, fatigue is the second most severe symptom after pain. The interviews were conducted with non-leading queries, such as "Tell me about your experience of having fibromyalgia?" The average duration of Fibromyalgia symptoms for the 40 participants was 6.6 years, the average age was 49, and 70 percent were female. When asked about their experiences with Fibromyalgia, these were their reported symptoms:
- pain (78%)
- fatigue not relieved by sleep (43%)
- sleeping difficulties (18%)
- mobility problems (10%)
The participants then described their fatigue as follows:
- Overwhelming feeling of tiredness (43%)
- Fatigue not relieved by resting or sleeping (38%)
- Fatigue that is not proportional to the amount of effort exerted (63%)
- Feelings of weakness or heaviness (28%)
- Difficult to get motivated or get moving (83%)
- Difficulty doing the things they want or enjoy doing (60%)
- Having to do things more slowly (38%)
- Difficulty to concentrate, think, or remember things (Fibro-Fog) (68%)
MORE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT FIBROMYALGIA
- Painful, Knotted, Muscles: Fibromyalgia is primarily characterized by widespread muscle pain and tenderness. Interestingly enough, Fibromyalgia does not cause inflammation or damage to the joints, muscles, or other tissues. However, Inflammation, particularly that from chronic Gut Dysfunctions such as Dysbiosis can cause Fibromyalgia. Be aware that although Fibromyalgia, literally means "Fibrous" "Muscle" "Pain" (Painful, Knotted, Muscles), this is the farthest thing from the truth. It is always associated with some sort of subclinical hypoadrenia (Adrenal Gland Dysfunction). "Sub-clinical Hypoadrenia" describes diminished adrenal function that is not to the point it actually shows up on blood work. There are, however, excellent tests for evaluating Adrenal Fatigue. It's just that our medical community continues to ignore them. And although the medical community continues to OVER-UTILIZE MRI in their attempt to "see" Fibromyalgia, the imaging is a waste of time and money.
- It is Heavily Associated with Autoimmune Diseases: Fibromyalgia can occur as a primary or secondary condition. Fibromyalgia can occur as a primary syndrome characterized by muscular pain or as a secondary syndrome to other diseases. Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, lupus, Ankylosing Spondylitis, or any other of the multitudes of AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES that affect 60 to 100 million Americans, are at increased risk of also developing Fibromyalgia. Many of these people end up with overlapping symptoms.
- It is Misunderstood & Misdiagnosed: Fibromyalgia is typically misunderstood by a medical community who on one hand either denies its existence, or, on the other hand, has no idea what causes it or how to treat it. Symptoms often go unrecognized for years, and are frequently confused with other conditions. According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, it takes about five years on average to get an accurate diagnosis of fibromyalgia --- and all this means is that your doctor will prescribe you more drugs. Lots more drugs!
- It Involves Insomnia & Chronic Fatigue: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (a name often used synonymously with Fibromyalgia) and insomnia are so ubiquitous to Fibromyalgia, that over 90% suffer with these two problems. Because of this, other problems develop because of poor sleep. These include cognitive problems, memory lapses (Fibro Fog), and a complete lack of energy that is not relieved by sleeping. These people are literally exhausted all the time, but unable to sleep well.
- The Mind / Brain is Affected: As you have seen, there are psychological as well as physical aspects associated with fibromyalgia (Depression, Anxiety, memory issues, Fibro Fog, etc). Dr. Yanus reported to a meeting of the American College of Rheumatolgy that an 11 year study of 307 patients evaluated over an 11-year period, showed both physical and psychological problems are commonly associated with Fibromyalgia.
- Ridiculous Diagnostic Criteria: How is Fibromyalgia diagnosed? Because the standard medical tests are worthless for diagnosing fibromyalgia, diagnosis focuses on tender points. This means that the Medical Diagnosis of fibromyalgia is solely based on symptoms; making it a very easy thing to fake for those who would rather collect Social Security Disability than work for a living. In 1990, the American College of Rheumatology established a definitive criteria to diagnose fibromyalgia:
- A history of widespread pain: The pain must be in all four quadrants of the body (e.g. above the waist on both sides; below the waist on both sides of the body) for three months or more.
- Pain at 11 of 18 tender point sites: (the same points that are seen on our site banner at the very top of the page)
- Medical Treatments not only do not Greatly Help those who Suffer with Fibromyalgia, they Often Make it Worse: Although drugs are the treatment most often used to manage fibromyalgia (pain pills, anti-depressants, sleep aids, anti-inflammatories, cortico-steroids, etc), scientific research tells us that many of these can actually make Fibromyalgia worse.That's right. Did you know that Anti-inflammatory drugs actually contribute to LEAKY GUT SYNDROME --- a component of Fibromyalgia shared by 100% (one hundred percent) (all) (the whole enchilada) of its sufferers.
- Like the Majority of Endocrine System Problems, Fibromyalgia (a form of Adrenal Fatigue) Affects Far More Women than Men: Although the prevalence of fibromyalgia is thought to be slightly less than five percent of the population, the vast majority of those suffering are women. This is because women seem to be more susceptible to virtually every single ENDOCRINE PROBLEM on the planet including Adrenal Fatigue, Stress, Blood Sugar Dysregulation, Thyroid Problems, Estrogen Dominance, and Autoimmunity as well. On top of this, women seem to have more Gut Dysfuntions than men. This could be at least partially because women take more antibiotics than men.
- In Order to have any Hope of Managing Fibromyalgia, you Will Have to Take a Leap of Faith and Step Outside the Medical Box: Ask yourself a real simple question. How many people do you personally know to be suffering with Fibromyalgia are getting any sort of help from the Medical Community? Not many. In fact, you can probably cite many who have been made worse by their treatment (see previous two bullet points). You are going to have to be tested if you want to figure out what is causing Fibromyalgia, or any of the host of other associated health problems (SEE HERE).
Fibromyalgia is associated with additional symptoms which seem distinct themselves but are actually included in "Fibromyalgia Syndrome ". Other than muscle pain and fatigue, fibromyalgia patients also may struggle with:
- Headaches / MIGRAINES
- Irritable Bladder Syndrome / Irritable Bowel Syndrome (SEE HERE)
- LEAKY GUT SYNDROME
- Memory Problems ("Fibro Fog")
- BRAIN DYSFUNCTIONS
- Diffuse Pelvic Pain
- Noise Sensitivity / Light Sensitivity / Temperature Sensitivity
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Depression / Anxiety / Addictions (particularly sugar and junk food)
- Other ENDOCRINE PROBLEMS (BLOOD SUGAR REGULATION ISSUES, ESTROGEN DOMINANCE, Adrenal Insufficiency, POOR THYROID FUNCTION)
- A Predisposition to AUTOIMMUNITY (Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Eczema / Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, etc, etc, etc.)
CRITICAL FACT ABOUT AUTOIMMUNITY: REMEMBER; ALL OF THE DISEASES LISTED HERE ARE TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN. IN OTHER WORDS, THEY ARE SIMPLY DIFFERENT MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SAME UNDERLYING HEALTH PROBLEM ---- AUTOIMMUNITY. IF YOU FAIL TO UNDERSTAND THE SERIOUSNESS OF AUTOIMMUNITY, AND DO NOT REALIZE THAT AUTOIMMUNITY IS NOT A PROBLEM WITH THE ORGAN / GLAND/ TISSUE BEING ATTACKED; BUT IS INSTEAD A PROBLEM WITH THE IMMUNE SYSTEM ITSELF; YOU WILL NEVER GET YOUR HEALTH PROBLEMS UNDER CONTROL! FOR EVERY AUTOIMMUNE PROBLEM THAT YOU MANAGE TO MEDICATE TO INVISIBILITY, THERE WILL BE THREE MORE CROP UP TO TAKE ITS PLACE. THIS IS THE WOLF-PACK THAT IS AUTOIMMUNITY!