Friday, March 11, 2011

Fibromyalgia: Personal Viewpoints

Fibromyalgia is most often described as a a painful condition involving the muscles and certain points on your body, such as your neck, shoulders, back, arms and legs. Symptoms include fatigue, difficulty sleeping and tingling of the hands and feet, among other things. and causing a great deal of fatigue.

The exact cause of fibromyalgia is not known, but there are a number of theories about the causes, including physical injury, infections, and psychological stress. Some sufferers, as you will see in the referenced article below, associate their disease with certain minerals, vitamins and other compounds in food or water.

Fluoride, aluminum, vitamin D and gluten are often mentioned by fibromyalgia sufferers and point to the need to assess your diet and lifestyle and note any changes that either trigger or reduce the symptoms.

According to an article on fibromyalgia by staff at the MayoClinic, there is no cure for fibromyalgia. However, symptoms may be controlled by medication, exercise and relaxation. Eliminating stress factors might also help.

If you have fibromyalgia, know someone who suffers from this condition, or if you just want to gain insight in to this disease for which a cause seems so elusive, the website below might be of interest to you. It provides a number of interesting perspectives from fibromyalgia sufferers or others who have been looking into the disease. I came across it by chance, and thought it illuminating enough to share on here.

Here is the forum link:


Fibromyalgia; Mayo Clinic Staff; January 2011

Fibromyalgia; National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases; July 2009

Fibromyalgia: A Likely Cause and Some Possible Actions

If you have a medical condition requiring attention to diet, talk to a registered dietitian. You can find a registered dietitian by visiting the American Dietetic Association website at