Tips to Help Ease The Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Common Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is condition that I often get asked about. It can be difficult to get diagnosed as you can have a number of symptoms all going on at the same time. The most common symptoms are pain and extreme tiredness. You can feel pain in your neck, back, shoulders, back of head, upper chest and/or thighs. You can feel like you’re going crazy you have pain in so many places. The pain and stiffness may be accompanied by chronic headaches, insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, poor circulation, allergies, and thyroid problems.

Causes of Fibromylagia

The actual cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. Some theories on it include compromised energy production in the cells of the body. Another contributing factor that can cause pain is a build-up of lactic acid in the muscles which contributes to soreness and pain. Another thought is that it could be associated with changes in the way the central nervous system processes the pain messages that are carried around the body. Research has shown that people with fibromyalgia have low levels of hormones like serotonin, noradrenaline, and dopamine. These hormones are responsible for regulating mood, appetite, sleep, and how you react to stressful situations. An increase in cortisol a chemical released when the body is under stress may also be a contributing factor. Inadequate sleep may be a cause too, because without deep sleep it can cause extreme tiredness and an increase in pain tolerance.

Supplements to Help Relieve Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Supplements that may help include: flexofytol, an extract of turmeric used to reduce inflammation and pain it’s a supplement that Craig in our Kilkenny Store recommends. He has seen some good results with it. Especially when it’s combined with Biocare Magnesium Malate, which is important for ATP (energy) production. He says that customers have reported pain reduction and some increase in energy when these are taken regularly. Davina, Nutritional Therapist in our Wexford store agrees. She has seen very positive results with the use of turmeric and magnesium supplements, one to reduce inflammation and pain and the other to help with energy. Davina would add Eskimo Omega 3 liquid fish oils too.

For days when you’re feeling short on energy you could add in Solgar B 100 Complex, or One Nutrition CoQ10 both can help energy production. CoQ10 has been shown to be deficient in people with fibromyalgia. If there is lactic acid build up Lifeplan Montmorency Cherry tablets could help reduce this.

Foods to avoid Fibromyalgia

Avoid processed foods and refined carbohydrates, caffeine, alcohol, sugar. Sugar increases fatigue, pain, and disturbs sleep. Food triggers can include nightshade vegetables and dairy foods. Dairy avoidance may be particularly beneficial.

This is a tough condition to be dealing with. Ultimately it might be one of the times where you sit down with a nutritional therapist for one-to-one advice to help you deal with the symptoms so you can get relief from the pain and the tiredness you are experiencing.

I hope this information helps.

Flexofytol is my go to supplement to reduce inflammation and pain associated with fibromyalgia

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