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Fibromyalgia, fibrositis

  

Many people experience mild to moderate muscle stiffness or soreness in the morning or at night, particularly in the legs, and the likelihood of this increases steadily with age and inactivity.

However, the terms fibrositis or fibromyalgia are used to describe a condition in which muscle and soft tissue pain becomes acute and/or chronic, and is often associated with other symptoms such as debilitating fatigue and widespread pain throughout the body, skin sensitivity and even hypersensitivity to noise or light.

 Fibromyalgia pain

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

The four main recognised symptoms of fibromyalgia are:

- generalised musculo-skeletal pain
- poor sleep that leaves you still tired and often feeling anxious or depressed
- muscle stiffness often focused in the neck, lower back and upper legs
- general feeling of fatigue

If these symptoms have been fairly continuously present for three months or more, then fibromyalgia will be normally be diagnosed.

The acute form can strike at any time in adult life and may be related to ‘chronic fatigue syndrome’ (CFS) which is characterised by general weakness and lack of energy with no obvious cause. There may be viral and/or autoimmune components to both conditions. A number of possible causes have been put forward, particularly some unrecognised form of viral infection. In many cases the condition appears to include a neurological component in addition to muscular problems.

Fibromyalgia is a frustrating, painful condition that can result in anxiety, decreased sleep, an inability to concentrate and a general fall in functional performance and quality of life.

 

Flare-ups

The symptoms of fibrositis are rarely constant and instead seem to 'flare up' intermittantly. One day a sufferer can be feeling absolutely normal, but the next they are debilitated by pain and feeling terrible. Or they may suffer more at certain times of day, on a regular and fairly predictable basis. Fibromyalgia sufferers may also experience apparently random flare ups of the condition which may be triggered by various external factors.

Weather

There is no medical evidence that links environmental factors to flare ups of symptoms, but many sufferers experience sudden increases in the intensity of fibromyalgia pain during cold and damp weather conditions, in much the same way that rheumatic attacks can be triggered by these factors.

The obvious steps to minimising flare ups are to wear warm clothing and avoid chills. Taking a hot shower will also often temporarily relieve symptoms to some extent. It is important to minimise cold drafts in the home by fitting draught excluders to windows and doors, and sealing any other sources of drafts, such as gaps between floorboards and under skirting boards and dados.

 


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Stress

The anxiety associated with stress frequently aggravates the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Stress causes elevated cortisol and adrenaline levels which may intensify pain levels and lead to further increases in anxiety levels - a viscious circle. affect how sufferers interpret physical pain. To avoid flare ups related to stress, sufferers should take breaks during stressful conditions, meditating throughout the day. 

Chemicals

A number of household chemicals such as paints, cleaning agents, solvents and similar have been found by some sufferers to trigger flare ups of fibrositis.  Smoking or even breathing second-hand smoke may aslo aggravates fibromyalgia symptoms, probably due to decreases in blood oxygen. If you suffer from inexplicable bouts of FM symptoms, it may be worth looking for possible chemical causes.

Foods

Triggering chemicals may also be introduced with processed foods, so keeping track of what you've eaten recently, and FM symptoms could indicate foods you might need to avoid.

 

Conventional Treatment of Fibrositis

Because the medical profession has not been able to isolate any specific causes, there are generally no effective treatments available from mainstream medicine other than pain relief. 

If you have acute fibromyalgia you may find that you are prescribed Lyrica (pregabalinthe), one of the latest drugs for treating the extreme pain associated with the condition. This drug was originally used for treating the nerve pain suffered by some diabetics, and acts to mask the pain, without of course addressing the root causes.

You may occasionally be prescribed steroids if your doctor thinks there is some possibility that you have the rare autoimmune condition known as polymyalgia rheumatica.

Pain killers

Recently, medical attention has also been turning to the powerful central nervous system depressant sodium oxybate (gamma-hydroxybutyrate or GHB) - well known as a 'date rape' drug. At low doses GHB is euphoric, reduces social inhibitions and increases libido. At higher doses it acts as a sedative.

A number of fibrositis sufferers have discovered that this chemical provides relief from fibrositis pain, and are self-medicating using illegal sources. This drug is already on the market for the treatment of narcolepsy under the name Xyrem, and the manufacturer is now pressing the US FDA to make it legal for the treatment of fibrositis (success would incidentally increase their market from about 150,000 patients to five million or more).

 

 

Alternative treatments for fibromylagia / fibrositis

Fibromyalgia seems to be more properly viewed as a syndrome rather than a disease - in other words a number of 'sub conditions' may be present which aggravate one another to result in the overall condition. Because of this, the symptoms are experienced by different sufferers to differing degrees, and different 'remedies' will probaly have different degrees of success.

The key to effective management of fibromyalgia is therefore the use of a combination of methods, and then 'homing in' on those which seem particularly effective on an individual basis.

Supplementation

A number of people with more severe fibromyalgia report significant reductions in pain following supplementation with a combination of magnesium (300-600 mg/day) and malic acid (1,200-1,400 mg/day). Pain levels are often reported to decline within 48 hours and symptoms of fatigue reportedly improve within two weeks.

Magnesium and malic acid both play important roles in the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) - the energy source of muscles - and are also important for tissue oxygenation. In general, this combination increases energy production and reduces lactic acid build-up, which may aggravate the muscular tenderness and pain that fibrositis sufferers experience. Caution should be used in those individuals with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) because magnesium malate may contribute to GI distress.

Many sufferers have turned to cannabis, taken by smoking or in food, to suppress fibromyalgia symptoms, and the anecdotal evidence looks convincing. Unfortunately cannabis is illegal even for medicinal use in most Western states, so unless you live in the Netherlands, experimenting with this option may not be open to you. The metabolic supplement NADH may also be potentially useful, but there is not much firm evidence for its usefulness at present.

The importance of exercise

One remedial component which is nearly always effective is low-level excercise which stretches muscles and warms them up. Ideally you need to identify or develop postures that stretch the muscles and muscle groups where pain is experienced, and hold these muscles in tension for 15 seconds or a little longer. The Eastern system of 'Quigong' is often claimed to be particularly useful for minimising fibromyalgia symptoms.

These stretching excercises should be preceded by wallking or some other mild exercise that warms up the whole body, in order to minimise pain while performing such movements. A hot shower beforehand may also help you loosen up. As the intensity of symptoms will usually tend to vary, then full advantage should be taken of 'good' days or intervals to do this work. Some people find that regular swimming is very helpful, but others find that relatively cold water brings on muscle pain, at least initially.

'Mind tools'

Many sufferers experience sleep disturbance and anxiety, and may find relief of these symptoms through hypnotherapy, meditation or special audio recordings containing 'brainwave entrainment' beats. When experiencing the 'mind states' induced by these techniques, the brain releases chemicals called endorphins, which act to reduce pain sensations and to block the 'anxiety hormone', adrenaline. There are additional benefits as well, that may help to reduce the physical symptoms of fibromyalgia to a surprising degree.

Other treatments that might help

Some sufferers have reported that keeping light levels high and even using high intensity 'daylight simulation' lighting can keep fibrositis 'attacks' to a minimum during dull weather. Bright light stimulates both vitamin D production and that of certain hormones related to wakefulness that may decrease the tendency towards depression experienced by many fibromyalgia sufferers, and so help minimise the impact of the physical symptoms felt by them.

There is some good anacdotal evidence that the manipulative treatment known as Chropractic may also reduce pain considerably, and in some cases may even produce an apparent cure.

 

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