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Last update: 1/1/2001

What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic disorder in which there is chronic muscular pain, which may be burning, throbbing, shooting, or stabbing, for which no physical cause is evident. Discomfort is most commonly concentrated in the lower back, neck, shoulders, back of the head, upper chest, and thighs, although it may manifest at other points in the body.

What are other symptoms of fibromyalgia?

irritable bowel syndromeskin sensitivities
TMJdry eyes and mouth
Memory impairmentimpaired coordination
painful periodsdifficulty climbing stairs
anxietydifficulty lifting things

Characteristically there are nine pairs of specific spots which are very tender to the touch.

Who gets fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is more common in women. It often begins in early adulthood, with the symptoms increasing in intensity over time.

What triggers fibromyalgia episodes?

Episodes can be triggered by
overexertionextremes of temperature
stressextremes of humidity
lack of sleepillness
lack of exercise

Symptoms can be severe enough to impede daily activities.

What causes fibromyalgia?

While medical science has not identified a specific cause for fibromyalgia, evidence points to an immune disorder. Possible causes which have been suggested are:
Epstein-Barr Virusparasites
mercury poisoning

It is known that people with fibromyalgia (PWFs) respond and improve with treatment for candidiasis.

How can fibromyalgia be treated?

Allopathic medicine tends to prescribe pain relievers for PWFs, and send them home. Naturopathic/nutritional protocols, however, treat the entire person, relieving the condition as well as the discomfort.

The first step is to treat the person for candidiasis, and eradicate this condition. It is also necessary to detoxify the liver, and modify the diet.

What are some adjunct therapies which can help with fibromyalgia?

Adjunct therapies, which can ease the discomfort whilethe PWF is following the nutritional therapy include:
physical therapymassage therapy
exercise therapyrelaxation techniques
deep heat therapyhypnotherapy
magnetic therapyReiki or other energy or touch therapy

What diet should PWFs follow?

PWFs should first follow a candidiasis elimination diet and treatment protocol.