Definition of Fibromyalgia:

Originally named fibrositis, it is a mysteriously debilitating syndrome that attacks women more often than men.  It is not physically damaging to the body in any way, but is characterized by the constant presence of widespread pain that often moves about the body.  Fibromyalgia can be so severe that it is often incapacitating.

Also: FMS

Topics Related to Fibromyalgia


...relationship to Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome
“...It is also possible that the same chemical imbalances in the brain that cause fibromyalgia also cause depression and anxiety...”

Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Avoidance a treatment
“...Aspartame Disease may mimic symptoms of, or worsen: Fibromyalgia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease, lupus, multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), diabetes and diabetic Complications, seizures, Alzheimer's disease, birth defects...”
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Biofeedback a treatment
“...EMG biofeedback has been shown to reduce pain, morning stiffness, and the number of tender points in people with fibromyalgia.  A review of scientific studies found that biofeedback may help people with insomnia fall asleep...”

Borderline Personality Disorder

...the condition
“...Medications that are used to treat BPD and other mental disorders can lead to obesity, which in turn can lead to diabetes, hypertension, chronic back pain, arthritis and fibromyalgia.”

Calcium-D-Glucarate a treatment
“...Detoxification For people who suffer contamination from heavy metals/plasticizers and those with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), auto-immune disorders or fibromyalgia, the detoxifying effect of glucarate offers great benefits by reducing total toxin burden...”

Chlorophyll a treatment
“...It has been used to ... reduce inflammation in arthritis and fibromyalgia patients...”

Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome

...the condition
“...Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a pain disorder associated with multiple tender points, sleep disturbances (insomnia and non-restorative sleep), and fatigue...”
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Fibromyalgia sufferers can have difficulty speaking or making themselves understood.”
...relationship to Gulf War Illness
“Although there is not yet a case definition for Gulf War Illness, the chronic signs and symptoms loosely fit the clinical criteria for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and/or Fibromyalgia Syndrome.”
...relationship to Hypercoagulation (Thickened Blood)
“Studies show that 79-92% of CFS/FMS patients have a hypercoagulation defect.”
...relationship to Lyme Disease
“Lyme disease should be a differential diagnosis for all fibromyalgia patients who could have been exposed to a tick bite.”
...relationship to Vitamin D Requirement
“Some doctors automatically test the vitamin D status of anyone who comes to them with "fibromyalgia", since fibromyalgia is easily misdiagnosed and vitamin D deficiency is easily cured.”
...relationship to Low HGH (Human Growth Hormone)
“...IGF-1 levels are abnormally low in some fibromyalgia patients.  In an analysis of IGF-1 levels in 500 female FM patients and 152 age matched non-FM subjects the mean IGF-1 level in the FM patients was 137 +/- 58ng/ml versus 216 +/- 86ng/ml...”
...recommendation Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Avoidance
“According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia among other conditions can be triggered or worsened by ingesting aspartame.”
...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“See the link between Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia and Raw Food Diet.”
...recommendation Calming / Stretching Exercises
“...FMS sufferers frequently complain about decreased energy, but the Tech subjects reported that the yoga exercises actually increased energy levels.”
...recommendation Therapeutic Fasting
“Fasting is reported to help in cases of fibromyalgia, but probably not chronic fatigue syndrome.”
...recommendation GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate)
“GHB has been reported to help decrease pain and improve sleep amongst fibromyalgia patients.”
...recommendation Melatonin
“A randomized, placebo-controlled study found that melatonin supplementation (either alone or in conjunction with fluoxetine/Prozac) significantly reduced fibromyalgia symptoms.”
...recommendation MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane)
“According to Dr. Stanley Jacobs, MD, MSM can be helpful in most musculoskeletal pain and inflammation conditions, including fibromyalgia.”
...recommendation Raw Food Diet
“...This dietary intervention shows that many fibromyalgia subjects can be helped by a mostly raw vegetarian diet...”

Cold Hands and Feet

...relationship to Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome
“Raynaud's phenomenon (severe cold hands and feet) affects about 16% of fibromyalgia sufferers.”


...relationship to Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome
“70% to 100% (different studies show various numbers) of fibromyalgia patients are found to have depression, though many consider that this is more likely to be a result of the muscular pain rather than part of the cause...”

Fibromyalgia Tender Points

...related topic
“Specific points on the body that are exceptionally sensitive/painful to the touch in people with fibromyalgia.  There are 18 possible locations, made up of 9 pairs located on opposite sides of the body...”

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) a treatment
“...This activity has made GABA supplements one of the more useful substances for nerve-induced muscle spasms, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, trigger point pain, fibromyalgia, and some menstrual cramping...”
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Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease

...the condition
“...Bone and Joint Symptoms Frequent joint pains (with or without activity); Chronic myalgia (muscle aches); Migrating joint pain (without injury); Frequent muscle spasms (especially in the legs); A Fibromyalgia diagnosis; An autoimmune arthritis diagnosis (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Sjogren's); Bone pain; Growing pains...”

Guaifenesin a treatment
“...Guaifenesin was chosen for the experimental guaifenesin protocol in the 1990s as a treatment for fibromyalgia, and proponents of the guaifenesin protocol believe that it cures fibromyalgia by removing excess phosphate from the body...”

Gulf War Illness

...the condition
“...Although there is not yet a case definition for Gulf War Illness, the chronic signs and symptoms loosely fit the clinical criteria for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and/or Fibromyalgia Syndrome.  Some patients also have what appears to be neurotoxicity and brainstem dysfunction that can result in autonomic, cranial and peripheral nerve demyelination, possibly due to...”
...recommendation Antibiotics
“ The Institute for Molecular Medicine have found that slightly under one-half of the very sick Gulf War Illness patients in a pilot study with the signs and symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia have chronic invasive infections involving certain uncommon mycoplasmas, such as Mycoplasma fermentans (incognitus strain)...”


...relationship to Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome
“Severe headaches are experienced by 44-56% of fibromyalgia sufferers.”

Hot Applications (Thermotherapy) a treatment
“...Fibromyalgia.  Therapeutic use of heat may help treat this chronic pain condition, characterized by musculoskeletal aches, Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can cause joint pain and...”

Hypercoagulation (Thickened Blood)

...the condition
“...This list currently includes CFS/FMS, myofascial pain syndrome, osteonecrosis of the jaw, fetal loss, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, Sjogren's syndrome, IBS, Lyme disease, autism, gulf war illness and ADD...”

Increased Intestinal Permeability / Leaky Gut

...the condition
“...Chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia and escalating food allergies are among the many manifestations of a leaky gut.”


...the condition
“...Compulsive urination insomnia is often seen in patients suffering from fibromyalgia (FMS) due to hypersensitive nerve endings that cause wakening due to bladder pressure...”

Liver Detoxification Phase II Support a treatment
“...In some cases this combination is believed to be the cause of marked environmental sensitivities, drug intolerances and interactions that characterize many chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia patients.  Patients with underactive Phase 1 detoxification will experience an intolerance to caffeine, perfumes and other environmental chemicals, and an increased risk for liver disease...”

Magnesium a treatment
“...Magnesium supplements have been found useful for: Angina, Asthma, Gall Stones, Menstrual cramps, High blood pressure, Hyperactivity, Glucose intolerance – diabetes and hypoglycemia, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Prevention of hearing loss, Kidney stones, Leg cramps, Migraine, Osteoporosis, PMS and Prostate health...”

Magnesium Malate a treatment
“...Because malic acid plays a key role in the production of energy in the mitochondria, it is often recommended with magnesium for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.”

Malic Acid a treatment
“...It has made its way into the list of supplemental ingredients as a support for the condition known as fibromyalgia.  It has been postulated that fibromyalgia is caused by local hypoxic (low oxygen) conditions within muscle fibers...”

Meyer's Cocktail a treatment
“...The "cocktail" is indicated for chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, muscle spasm, asthma, hives, allergic rhinitis, congestive heart failure, angina, ischemic vascular disease, acute infections, and senile dementia...”

Muscle Pains (Myalgia)

...the condition
“...Some of the most common causes are ... Fibromyalgia...”

Neurostructural Therapy a treatment
“...Other conditions that usually respond favorably to treatment include: Parkinson's Disease; Multiple Sclerosis ; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; Autism and Attention Deficit Disorder; Fibromyalgia; TMJ Syndrome; Herniated Disks; Seizures”

Prolotherapy a treatment
“...Muscle pain from fibromyalgia and other similar conditions...”

Raynaud's Phenomenon

...relationship to Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome
“Raynaud's phenomenon is found in between 30% to 50% of CFS/FMS sufferers.”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

...relationship to Chronic Thyroiditis
“ seen at least 3 times more often in women with rheumatoid arthritis than in women with similar demographic features with non-inflammatory rheumatoid diseases such as osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia...”

S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe) a treatment
“...Both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome respond very well to this chemical in many cases...”

T4 Syndrome

...the condition
“...T4 syndrome is rare, so it's usually a diagnosis of exclusion in which myelopathy, cardiac pain, thoracic outlet syndrome, systemic illness, thoracic tumor, polyneuritis, fibromyalgia, nerve root compression, and complex regional pain syndrome should be ruled out...”

Tryptophan / 5HTP a treatment
“...It can restore serotonin levels and help improve general mood, insomnia, chronic headaches, depression, weight loss, migraines, anxiety, PMS, and Fibromyalgia.  Tryptophan has an antidepressant effect and is particularly effective against manic depression and depression associated with menopause...”

Vulvodynia / Vestibulitis

...relationship to Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome
“Dr. St. Amand, MD, specializing in fibromyalgia and author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia believes that all women with chronic vulvodynia have a form of fibromyalgia...”

Weakened Immune System

...the condition
“...Such conditions include, but are not limited to, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders in general, primary chronic polyarthritis, chronic candidiasis, cancer, neurodermatitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, food and other allergies, Chronic...”

Yeast / Candida Infection

...the condition
“...The symptoms include: muscle aches, sore/stiff joints, fatigue, problems with particular organs, recurrent urinary tract infections, serious illnesses (Asthma, ADHD, Diabetes, MS, Arthritis, CFS, Fibromyalgia).  Reading a book such as Dr. Crook's The Yeast Connection can be helpful in understanding the condition.”
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