Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a soft tissue musculoskeletal syndrome that is similar to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It differs from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) in that the primary symptom of fatigue that is experienced by CFS patients is replaced with musculo-skeletal pain in fibromyalgia patients.
90% of fibromyalgia patients are women, usually aged 20-60 (most commonly 45 to 55). Although Fibromyalgia is less prevalent in men, men experience more severe symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Western medicine is beginning to acknowledge Fibromyalgia. The diagnosis often comes after all other diagnoses are exhausted.
The theories of cause are all over the place, with one common theory; that it stems from some physical trauma. Hypothyroidism may be a possible precipitating factor (and possibly a direct cause) of Fibromyalgia. Dr. Robin Murphy, N.D., my mentor, has proposed that it is a condition based upon emotional issues with males. It makes sense to me, as most sufferers are women and practically every man I have seen for Fibromyalgia has been abused by some male in their life. The few exceptions are likely physical trauma.
Case in point: Some time ago a woman called me about Fibromyalgia, as it started with an abusive second marriage. She divorced him and married a fine loving man, but the symptoms persisted. She had not resolved her issues with the abusive marriage. Often, emotional issues can affect our physical body in the form of a condition or disease. This particular condition is sometimes mistaken for or associated with Epstein-Barr Syndrome or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Major symptoms include muscular pain, depression, anxiety, severe exhaustion, memory, insomnia, digestive problems, blood sugar problems and urinary problems. Here are some descriptions:
Irritable bowel syndrome is one of the minor symptoms of Fibromyalgia. 70% of patients experience irritable bowel syndrome which is characterized by alternating diarrhea and constipation, intestinal cramps, flatulence and nausea.
Generalized fatigue is one of the minor symptoms of Fibromyalgia. 85% of patients experience overwhelming tiredness accompanied by an inability to perform physical tasks. It may occur without any precipitating events.
Anxiety is one of the minor symptoms of Fibromyalgia (62% experience), along with irritability and over-concern without any specific precipitating events causing these feelings.
Chronic headache or migraine is one of the minor symptoms of Fibromyalgia (approx. 70% experience).
Natural solutions include using supplements and good dietary nutrition for reducing stress and muscular pain. It is important to find a homeopathic remedy to help you deal with the emotional issues that keep the pain intact.
For a little extra help, use the following supplements that may help with or prevent symptoms of Fibromyalgia:
Vitex helps to increase progesterone which may alleviate some cases of Fibromyalgia (according to anecdotal reports).
Magnesium deficiency within muscle fibers is speculated to be a factor in the development of Fibromyalgia. Daily supplementation of 300 – 600 mg of magnesium, especially from the Magnesium malate form, may result in significant improvements in the number of tender points in Fibromyalgia patients (supposedly from the malic acid content of magnesium malate, rather than the magnesium content).
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) has anti-inflammatory affects and is speculated to be a useful treatment for Fibromyalgia.
Herbs for Fibromyalgia
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Dr. Christopher’s Immucalm – to help normalize immune system function
Dave’s Recovery Formula – for muscle pain and inflammation
Dave’s Lower Bowel Formula – to help with symptoms of irritable bowel
Dave’s Energy Formula – for fatigue and tiredness
Dave’s Mood Formula – feeds the nervous system to calm anxiety
Herb singles to help with symptoms:
Chlorella – may reduce pain associated and improve the “quality of life”
Olive Leaf – may alleviate many of the symptoms (primarily due to the oleeuopein content of olive leaf)
Cell Salts to Help with Fibromyalgia
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#4 Ferr phos 6X – to reduce inflammation
#6 Kali phos 6X – nerve repair
#8 Mag phos 6X – nerves, muscle repair, pain
#9 Nat mur 6X – emotions (grief)
#12 Silicea 6X – muscular support
Fibromyalgia Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
There are several remedies here because of the variety of pain experienced by those with Fibromyalgia.
Bryonia – Pains bursting, stitching, or heavy sore. Bursting, splitting headaches. Dryness of mucous membranes. Better lying on painful side, pressure, rest, cold things; worse from any movement, rising up, deep breathing. Irritable, talks of business and financial worries. Mostly right-sided remedy.
Carcinosin – Weariness and fatigue; never well since Mononucleosis; insomnia. Lies in bed knee to elbow, or arms above head. Better being occupied, open air; worse physical exertion, approach of a storm. Sensitive, passionate, fastidious, rebellious, sympathetic, strong sense of duty, authority problems.
Causticum – Burning pains, rawness, soreness. Loss of muscle strength, paralysis of single parts. Sensation of muscles and tendons too short. Better wet weather, sips of cold water; worse clear weather, dry cold air, wind. Fear of the dark. Passionate, fanatic, fears, can’t stand injustice, authority issues.
Cimicifuga – Stiffness and contraction in neck and back. Pain across pelvis, hip to hip. Muscle cramps. Talkative, depressive like a black cloud hangs over everything. Hormonal issues. Better rest, warm wraps, open air; worse damp cold air, during menses, menopause, motion.
Gelsemium – Achy, flu-like symptoms. Feels shaky inside. Muscle weakness. Heavy eyelids. Better open air, bending forward, continued motion afternoon; worse from bad news, humidity, in spring. Stage fright; fear of doctors and dentists.
Kalmia – Combination of neuralgia, arthritis, heart problems. Arthritis from up downwards. Right-sided facial neuralgia; palpitations; rheumatism. Vertigo on movement. Better from eating, cloudy weather, continued motion; worse motion, open air, stooping or looking down. Mind confusion, anxiety, and palpitation; irritable.
Lacticum acid – Breast pain with armpit glands enlarged. Joints painful and weak; rheumatic affections. Nausea. Salivation. Discouraged, lazy, sarcastic, memory loss. Aversion to exercise. Pains move around. Pains worse from motion, cold, night.
Nux vomica – Feet dragging trembling, unsteady. Arms numb or tingling. Loss of limb strength. Legs paralyzed. Shooting pains from toes to thighs. Worse high living, stimulants, cold open air; better free discharges, naps, milk, moist air. Irritable, cross, aggressive, ambitious. Craves alcohol or stimulants.
Phosphoric acid – Cramps in upper arms and wrists; heavy forearms. Stumbles easily. Weakness and debility. Pains in limbs at night as if bones were scraped. Better warmth, after short sleep; worse grief, loss of vital fluids, talking. Apathetic, despair, homesick. Mental dullness; effects of grief and mental shock.
Phosphorus – Nerve problems start from the fingers or toes and mover along limbs. Arms and hands numb. Hands weak. Joints give way suddenly. Sharp pains in elbows and shoulders. Weakness and trembling. Frequent nosebleeds. Heat between shoulder blades.
Better massage, rubbing, cold, open air; worse touch, physical or mental exertion. Oversensitive, impressionable, clairvoyant, sensitive to dark and thunderstorms. Wants sympathy.
Phytolacca – Shooting pains in right shoulder with stiffness and inability to raise arm. Electric shock pains, shifting rapidly. Swelling of finger joints. Weather changes affect hips and thighs. Aching heels; feet swollen. Pain in ankles, feet and toes. Worse cold damp weather, rain, pressure aggravates joints; better warmth, dry weather, rest. Hates business, is indifferent to life, and feels like dying.
Ranunculus bulb – Crawling and tingling in fingers; muscular pain along lower margin of the shoulder blade; sharp pains in right forearm while writing. Skin problems; shingles with bluish eruptions. Burning, itching pains. Palms itching. Better standing, sitting bent forward; worse open air, damp, cold rainy and stormy weather. Irritability with pains, anxious, fears ghosts so can’t be alone; desires to die; quarrelsome.
Rhus tox – Stiffness of muscles and joints, “Tin Man” remedy;
can’t find a comfortable position; must move to feel better, yet first motion hurts. Back strain or injury. Tearing, shooting, stitching pains. Worse from cold wet weather , sitting or lying in one position, beginning motion; better warmth, continued motion, hot bath, warm dry weather. Restless, agitated, irritable, frustrated, helplessness.
Ruta graveolens – Tendonitis. Slipped disc; backache; sciatic pains. Thighs feel broken. Tendons feel broken; knees weak and give way; paralytic weakness. Hamstrings feel shortened; aching Achilles tendon; swollen ankles. Worse over-exertion or sprains, eye strain, camp wet; better lying on back, warmth, motion, rubbing. Feels weak and despair; dissatisfied with self and others; suspicious; quarrelsome.
Source: Dave’s Healing Notes