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Fibromyalgia

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First I will give you the standard rundown on fibromyalgia, then for those who want to recover from this symptom (and it a symptom, not a disease), I will point you to another article to read.

Standard Rundown on Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia has only recently gained recognition as a distinct clinical entity, with the establishment of diagnostic criteria in 1990. It superficially resembles other disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, and has often been dismissed as an imaginary or psychiatric problem or a form of malingering.

Patients complain of widespread pain and tenderness, fatigue, and exhaustion after minimal effort. They feel unrested after sleep, yet sleep laboratory tests are usually normal. A diagnosis can be confirmed by a characteristic pattern of specific points on the body that are exquisitely tender to palpitation.

Fibromyalgia is characterized by the constant presence of widespread pain so severe that it is often incapacitating; it is also by the total absence of any definable patho-physiologic or laboratory abnormality, even under that most intense scrutiny.

Conventional treatment involves the use of analgesics such as ibuprofen, aspirin, acetaminophen, etc. While this provides some relief, it in no way goes to the root of the problem. Conventional treatment also sometimes includes anti-depressants, and while depression may also be present, fibromyalgia is in no way caused by depression.

The root of the problem is mitochondrial damage with deficient levels of oxidative phosphorylation and low ATP levels.

For Those Who Want To Recover

The specific areas of the body which are painful are the areas where ATP levels are low. When this happens in the brain it causes fatigue and we know this as the chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS. Often CFS and fibromyalgia are both present, but in fact fibromyalgia is a symptom of CFS. The immune system is always involved and the proper term for this illness of which fibromyalgia is a symptom is the Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome or CFIDS. To reiterate: fibromyalgia is a symptom of CFIDS, and the treatment approach should be identical to that of CFIDS. So, if you have not yet clicked on CFIDS, time to do so now and read that article carefully, for therein lies your salvation. If you are not yet fatigued, all that means is that the process has not yet affected your nervous system.. By the way, an old term for this illness was myalgic encephalopathy and also myalgic encephalomyelitis, These terms are still in use in Europe.


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The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.
Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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