(fi"bro-si'tis) [fibrous tissue
+ -itis]. Inflammatory hyperplasia of
the white fibrous tissue of the body, especially of the muscle sheaths and
facial layers of the locomotor system. It
is marked by pain and stiffness.
1. Controlled trials have demonstrated
improvement in fibromyalgia patients who underwent cardiovascular fitness
training. Low-impact exercises such
as fast-walking, biking, swimming, or water aerobics with stretching techniques
have been the most helpful.
Ice seems to help some patients while heat may make things worse.
Put a heating pad on high until it gets hot.
Turn it off and lie down with your back on it, then put the ice packs on
the hips and thighs. It can take
several hours of ice on and off to bring the pain down.
For joint pain it can be a toss-up between heat and ice, whichever feels
Regularize your sleep cycle. Go
to bed and get up at the same time each day- weekends or weekdays.
Find out where your muscle knots (trigger points) are and do stretching,
starting with these painful muscles first.
Hot packs will help relax them, and then massage and stretching will make
them go away (for a while). Getting
rid of the knots eliminates a lot of pain.
Try a three-month course of oral magnesium chloride.
The pharmacist can make it up in a 25 per cent solution.
The usual dose is 1 to 2 teaspoons a day.
However, it should be diluted in water or another liquid so as to make it
palatable. Fibromyalgia patients
are nearly always deficient in magnesium. If
calcium, magnesium and potassium are available in one dose, try it.
Some patients note improvements in pain and fatigue when they take
vitamin supplements of B-1 (100 mg.) daily, B-6, B-12, folic acid and vitamin C.
Try a three month course.
Try using one tablespoon of flaxseed twice a day; Boswellia Plus, two
capsules, four times a day; St. John’s wort, 1 cup three times a day of the
tea. or 2 capsules three times a day; and white willow bark tea, 2 to 4 capsules
every 4 hours while awake.
Research by Dr. James Penland revealed that those on low copper diets requested
pain medications more often than those on diets containing normal levels of
copper. Find foods high in copper
from a library.
Symptoms are often relieved by warm and dry weather, a hot shower or
bath, local heat, restful sleep, general relaxation, moderate activity, massage,
stretching exercises, and swimming.
The patient may worsen the condition by anxiety, stress, or consumption
of coffee or tea.11. Many who treat the fibromyalgia type of pain recommend
taking baths in water as hot as can be tolerated for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
This may be fatiguing, and is recommended before bedtime.
Some have suggested a relationship between systemic candidiasis and fibromyalgia.
Garlic also helps. Use 1 to 5 fresh
cloves sliced thinly at each meal for a 4 week trial, or use 3 Kyolic capsules,
3 to 4 times a day.
In addition to routine, daily stretching, I would suggest doing stretches in a
hot tub once or twice a week. The
only time some patients have been able to achieve a remission they had had a hot
tub for the previous year. Stretching
exercises in a hot tub 4 to 10 times a week, temperature about 103o
or whatever is comfortable, for 20 to 30 minutes.
Remission for one patient on this routine for one year built up
gradually, starting after the first month and continued at about 80 per cent
after the hot tub was discontinued.
Try to stay warm and flexible through whatever means.
Try not to stand or sit too long, and wear support stockings and good
shoes with arch supports.
You may wish to try lymphatic drainage massage if you have it available in your
area. Alternating hot and cold
packs can be most helpful, 3 to 5 minutes of hot, 30 to 60 seconds of cold.
Manual vibration (not mechanical) as well as ice massage, ice wrap or ice pack
“I have had very good results in dealing with my fibromyalgia symptoms by
following a non-fat vegan diet,” so goes
the testimonial of one fibromyalgia patient.
Magnesium peroxide formula called Superoxide-Plus has been used with success by
some to reduce pain and increase energy.
Herb mix: 2 parts wild yam, 1 part licorice root.
To one quart of water add one heaping tablespoon of the herb mixture and
simmer gently 20 minutes. Strain
and drink the quart in one day. Make
There are certain nutrients involved in making sugar metabolism in muscles more
abundant, and in correcting biochemical abnormalities in sugar metabolism in
fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome patients.
These nutrients are vitamins B-1, B-6, C, and the mineral magnesium, and
the substance called carnitine. There
are foods high in each of these, but it is also possible to take them in pill
should be taken at 50 to 300 milligrams a day, B-6 at 60 to 200, C at 50 to 500
milligrams per day, magnesium citrate or aspartate can be taken at 200 to 500
milligrams per day, and carnitine at 250 to 1,000 per day.
Oranges, tangerines, melons, figs, raisins, whole grains, nuts, spinach,
dry beans, limas, peas, lentils, soybeans, smaller amounts widely distributed in
Whole grains, legumes, potatoes, bananas, and oatmeal.
Small amounts in vegetables and fruits.
Raw fruits and vegetables, salads, cooked potatoes and cabbage, etc.
Magnesium: Nuts, well cooked whole grains, legumes and peanuts, carrots, spinach and other greens.
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