As people continue to spend more energy than they have, problems may be more serious. When the “energy crisis” reached a critical stage, the person actually “blow a fuse” (called the hypothalamus) and develop myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS / ME) or painful cousin fibromyalgia. In most people, these conditions are the same process, two different names. ME / CFS previously he is known simply as chronic fatigue syndrome. Recently, a committee of seven medical professionals agreed to change the name of ME / CFS to describe more accurately the disease. Many patients and physicians familiar with ME / CFS felt the name “chronic fatigue syndrome” belittled those who suffered from the disease and gave a false impression of laziness. The CDC has yet to follow suit.
Who gets fibromyalgia?
Anyone can, from young children to people over 90 years and afflects 4 to 8 percent of the total adult population of the United States; compared to 2 percent a decade ago. As with many diseases associated with immune dysfunction (such as lupus, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, for example), more than three quarters of people with fibromyalgia are women. Eighty percent of people with ME / CFS and fibromyalgia are given the wrong diagnosis for years; often they are told they are depressed, have anxiety, lupus, arthritis, or a number of other misdiagnosis.
How do I know if I have fibromyalgia?
In the early stages of exhaustion, symptoms are largely anxiety, stress, and may also include symptoms of adrenal exhaustion. What is the easiest way to know if you have exhausted your adrenal glands handle stress? If you are irritable when hungry. I joked that the battle cry of people with adrenal exhaustion (when hungry) is “Feed me now, or I’ll kill you!”
Do you feel exhausted most of the time, have generalized muscle aches, “brain fog” and severe insomnia although they are exhausted? It has persisted for more than three months although it took a vacation or rest often? If the answers to these questions are yes, then you probably have fibromyalgia. It’s that simple.
This makes sense if you consider the effects of a wide body energy crisis. We talk about the main control center called the hypothalamus go offline. This center controls sleep, so the paradox despite severe exhaustion insomnia is a good marker of this type for fibromyalgia. It also controls the hormonal system, temperature regulation (at 98.6 degrees may be fever), sweating, bowel function, and blood pressure. And when you’re talking about generalized muscle pain, think of your muscles as a spring. They need energy to relax much more than the contract, so your muscles can be locked in the shortened position causes pain! To make this easier to understand, think rigor mortis after people die: Muscles do not go up emergency stiffen up, tight as a table. Due to the energy crisis of your body, your muscles get stuck in the shortened position. After a few weeks, tense muscles begin to ache. Chronic pain in your body amplifies pain messages to the brain itself (called “central sensitization”), and this causes widespread pain. Increase your energy production, however, and the muscles relax and the pain goes away!
The risk of fibromyalgia is lower in those who exercise more and weigh less. Unfortunately, the average weight gain in these diseases is 32 pound-and almost impossible to lose until the metabolism is restored.
There is also a symptom analysis program free online in endfatigue.com that can analyze your symptoms (and even laboratory tests if available) to determine what is causing the ME / CFS and fibromyalgia, and then help design a treatment protocol for you. This will figure out what you need to do quite simple.
What causes fibromyalgia?
In general, fibromyalgia and ME / CFS can be triggered by anything that dramatically increases your energy needs or decreases its energy production. Very often, people have a mixture of excess situational stress, then get pushed over the edge of some major physical stress.
I’ve seen this mixture in thousands of patients I have treated, and my own case serves as a good example, too. I came with ME / CFS in 1975, and left me out of medical school for a year, and left me homeless during that time. My mother and much of my family had passed through the concentration camps of Auschwitz during World War II, and while I was in medical school, which went through an emotional struggle. As is often the case, people with ME / CFS tend to be very empathetic, you can not say no, and they often allow themselves to be used as dumps emotional toxic waste on the other, though often well-intentioned-people. In my case, I tried to be the peacemaker; which became a big mistake.
years Meanwhile, my father had died before, so I was working and paying my own way through college and medical school, including working as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit. I basically finish college in three years and was running through medical school (taking a heavy load and finish school quickly become cheaper).
Being an adrenaline junkie, I seemed to be handling this very well. I was also a sugar junkie and live in breakfast cereal and hot dogs, so my nutrition was not great. Without knowing it, it had underlying candida overgrowth / yeast I took antibiotics during hospitalization as a child. In the context of all this, I came down with me a severe infection, a viral common trigger ME / CFS and fibromyalgia. I called the “flu drop dead.” When no improvement after several months, my teachers gave me and thought it was just another student depressed medicine. He could not work, I had to leave medical school, and I found myself homeless and sleeping in parks.
Personally, I have found that God always gives us what we need. While I was in that bank, which was like the universe he puts a sign “School of Holistic Medicine” in me. Naturopaths, herbalists, energy workers, and a number of other holistic practitioners just seemed to wander and I started talking with them. Over time, I learned the different pieces of the puzzle I needed to get well, was able to return to medical school, and have spent the last 35 years researching this field and teach others to recover from it too.
So what are the common emotional triggers?
People with fibromyalgia tend to be addicted to overachieving adrenaline, you can not say no, seek the approval of others (often of people who simply will not give it), and basically answer the fatigue redoubling its efforts instead of resting.
An important trigger in modern life is that women do not recognize that raising a child is a full time job. When they return or enter the workplace, this basically becomes overtime. While it is, of course, certainly well (and often beautiful) women are in the workplace, they have to be given credit for two full-time jobs. This means getting help at home and moderating your stress at work as much as possible.
What are the common physical triggers?
In those with sudden onset, the most common triggers are infections, pregnancy and injuries. In those with gradual onset, hormonal deficiencies (thyroid, adrenal, and perimenopause), sleep problems (including restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, young children, the snoring husband, or simply do not make time for sleep) nutritional deficiencies with excess consumption of sugar, and autoimmune disorders such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis are some of the most common triggers.
But these triggers are not the rule by any means; sometimes they trigger fibromyalgia in some but not others. In part, this is because people with ME / CFS and fibromyalgia are often set for an energy crisis by both genetic and stress in your life.
I’m tired of being sick and in pain! How I can get it?
The good news is that research has shown that more than 91 percent of fibromyalgia patients improve with proper treatment, with an average increase of over 90 percent in the quality of your life.
On an emotional level, the keys to check with your feelings and learn to say “no” to things that feel bad, while saying “yes” to the things in your life that feel good . Joseph Campbell, the world-renowned anthropologist, summed it up well when he said “Follow your bliss!”
be people pleasers, who have trouble saying no, so here are the orders of my doctor: If you have fibromyalgia or ME / CFS and something feels wrong, to say no. If necessary, blame me-Dr. T. This includes when the “friends” who are energy vampires will you use as a dumping ground for toxic waste emotional. “No” it is a big word. It is also a complete sentence and requires no further explanation.
On a physical level, it is necessary Shine: getting enough sleep, check hormone balances, eliminate or treat any infection, add some nutritional supplements to your diet and exercise as possible. If any of them are out of balance, not only can the ME / CFS or fibromyalgia worse, but can also be installed for other infections and other emotional and physical complications.
My doctor has no idea! How I can get the help I need?
Unfortunately, most doctors are simply not trained to diagnose or treat ME / CFS or fibromyalgia. Some doctors may misdiagnose or tell you the problem is in your head, but do not expect fibromyalgia experts who know how to make a heart bypass surgery and do not expect a standard doctor to understand fibromyalgia. If you suspect you have fibromyalgia or ME / CFS, you have to go to someone trained in the field.
Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers (FFC fibroandfatigue.com) nationwide have successfully treated more than 20,000 using the Protocol brightness. FFC physicians specialize in these diseases, and as its medical director, I have the honor of collaborating in their training. Many holistic practitioners are excellent in the treatment of this disease, and thousands of practitioners can be found in holisticboard.org and naturopathic.org. Stop setting yourself up for frustration and go to a doctor familiar with how to get good now.
If you can not see a doctor immediately, it is not a “Fibromyalgia Specialist” online program computer I’ve created to help assess your symptoms (and if you have them available even lab tests) to determine the likely causes of CFS and fibromyalgia. Will adapt a combination of natural and prescription therapies for your specific case. This way you can start on your own with natural therapies (most of the treatment can be done naturally), and discuss the few recipes you might need with your family doctor. This program can be found at endfatigue.com.
Are there other useful treatments as well?
Of course! New research on fibromyalgia has skyrocketed. Here are some of the latest research, as well as the important area of food processing and other toxicities / sensitivities. promising new research includes:
methylation protocol. It seems that a subset of people with ME / CFS and fibromyalgia has a biochemical defect in what is called the “cycle of methylation,” which makes it very difficult to maintain energy production. This defect can be treated with a special nutritional protocol initially proposed by Amy Yasko for the treatment of autism and developed by two of my ME / CFS and fibromyalgia researchers-Rich Van Konynenburg favorites, PhD, and Neil Nathan, MD.
Nathan discusses the protocol methylation in chapter 14 of his new book on Hope and Healing (Et Alia Press, 2010). It is recommended protocol should be under the supervision of a holistic doctor because sometimes symptoms can initially explode. The problem is that very few doctors are still unfamiliar with it.
Nathan said that “what is most important is that we have recently shown that the use of small doses of very specific combinations of vitamin B-12 and folic acid has resulted in a significant improvement in patients with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. ” He completed two studies with this protocol and found that 70 percent of patients improved within three months, 20 percent reported they were “much better, sometimes to the point of being cured. In the second study 30 patients, the mean improvement was described by our patients, 48 percent. ”
Antiviral . Another exciting new research explores different viruses and the use of different antivirals in a subgroup of patients with ME / CFS. Some of the most exciting and controversial, research is exploring the presence of virus / MLV XMRV in ME / CFS and fibromyalgia. Studies are still ongoing, but keep your eyes peeled for more information in the next year.
Diet . A subset of people with fibromyalgia have severe food and other sensitivities. When it comes to candida and low adrenal levels, I have found that food allergies often disappear. In those that persist, or in patients who can not take anything, even natural remedies because they have serious sensitivities, a simple but powerful treatment is a great promise.
NAET . The technique Nambudripad Allergy Elimination uses a combination of muscle testing and acupressure approach to eliminate special sensitivities. I have found this so remarkable that our foundation designed and funded a study using NAET for autism, which has recently been accepted for publication. In this study, 23 of the 30 children in the active treatment group were back in regular schools at the end of one year of treatment compared with 0 of 30 in the untreated control group. We often see equally dramatic results in fibromyalgia and CFS / ME patients with severe sensitivities. NAET was developed by Devi Nambudripad, MD, PhD, Lac. Although some patients are also sensitive to hormones, chemicals, and sometimes even spouses, Nambudripad focuses on the treatment of food sensitivities. She says that “we focus on the treatment of 10 key food allergens first. There 50groups more of the foods that patients should be tested embargo. Once these food sensitivities are cleared, the patient can eat and usually it feels much better. “More than 12,000 professionals worldwide NAET can be found in naet.com.
. A special nutrient energy called ribose demonstrated in a recent power to increase an average of 61 percent after only three weeks study. D-ribose is an exceptional nutrient (a special sugar, even good for those who need to avoid sugar). In addition to its role in making DNA and RNA, ribose is the key building block for energy. After a first study in our research center showed an average increase of 45 percent of energy in fibromyalgia patients taking ribose. a larger study was performed (and has been submitted for publication). In the study, 257 patients with MS / CFS and fibromyalgia in 53 professional health offices were given 5 g of ribose three times a day for three weeks. The effects were amazing:
- An average of 61.3 percent had increased energy.
- an average improvement in the general welfare of 37 percent.
- sleep improved by an average of 29.3 percent. mental clarity improved by an average of 30 percent.
- The pain decreased by an average of 15.6 percent.