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fibromylagia and adrenal fatigue
Posted by: Julie
Date: February 19, 2001 3:59 PM

I was diagnosed a year ago with fibromylagia. It is closely linked to chronic fatigue, and they switch off being primary at any given time in my body. Do you think or have you researched the possibility of adrenal fatigue contributing to the fibromylagia? Depending on how tired you are, your pain threshold varies as well. If the adrenal fatigue were addressed, would the severity of the fibromylagia lessen?

RE: fibromylagia and adrenal fatigue
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 19, 2001 6:01 PM

Hypoadrenalism can certainly contribute to any fatigue syndrome, however it does not cause true fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia results from hypoxia, that is insufficient oxygen supply to muscles. The most common cause of that is hypercoagulability. In that condition a one micron thick fibrin sheet coats the inside of blood vessels and dramatically reduces oxygen diffusion. Hypercoagulability is a body defense to toxicity and infections. Apparently the aim of the fibrin sheet is to trap bacteria, viruses, and toxic substances in a kind of velcro action. After the infection or toxic insult is over, sometimes the hypercoagulability remains and until it is recognized and cleared up (there are specific therapies) the affected person remains in chronic pain due to muscle hypoxia.

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