The Melaleuca Wellness Guide tells us that fibromyalgia is not a form of arthritis but a medical condition that causes widespread pain and tenderness (sore to the touch) at specific body sites. What causes fibromyalgia is unknown, although several factors may contribute to the development of this painful disease. According to the Arthritis Foundation, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are similar and probably related disorders.
Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Research has demonstrated that up to 33% of fibromyalgia patients also suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Patients with IBS appear to have a high occurrence of small intestinal bacteria overgrowth (SIBO). The inflammatory cascade caused by leaky gut is believed to contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases.
A similar condition is being found in patients who have chronic fatigue syndrome. Science Daily reports on a very recent study from Cornel University that discovered abnormal gut bacterial microbiome in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. The article notes that inflammatory markers were found that are likely due to leaky gut.
Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
Multiple chemical sensitivity is a common factor in people who suffer from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
A PubMed article notes that 20 to 47% of individuals with fibromyalgia suffer from chemical intolerance. Low levels of environmental chemicals that would normally be considered non-toxic are reported to trigger reactions in persons with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
A Science Daily article reports that since fibromyalgia pain comes from the central nervous system, narcotic pain medicines are not effective. Antidepressants that work with brain neurotransmitters and exercise and stress reduction are recommended.
This correlates with The Melaleuca Wellness Guide's observance that people with fibromyalgia have been found to have low serotonin and tryptophan levels. It has been suggested that 5-HTP might be useful, such as found in Luminex. A larger dose of 5HTP may be even more useful. Luminex may also help with the depression associated with fibromyalgia.
Vitality Calcium Complete helps increase magnesium levels. Magnesium supplementation has produced very good results, which may also be due to its importance in serotonin function. Taken at night may facilitate deep tissue repair, which is largely accomplished while you are sleeping. Be sure to get sufficient rest, at least eight hours of sleep each night.
Coldwater Omega-3, Provex Plus, and Replenex help reduce inflammation.
Massage therapy can also be beneficial. A bath in Melaleuca's Renew Bath Oil will relieve muscle aches to an amazing degree because of the Melaleuca oil. Also, patented Pain-A-Trate will help with muscular pain.
Probiotics and digestive enzymes are often recommended. Florify contains 10 billion colony units from 4 different Lactobacillus strains and 3 different Bifidobacterium strains.
Good Zymes contain 18 different digestive enzymes to help digest not only dairy and beans but also proteins, carbohydrates, fats, starches and fiber.
To reduce exposure to harmful chemicals, convert your cleaning and laundry products to EcoSense products.
Fibromyalgia Myths and Misconceptions
Please visit this Mayo Clinic site to read about common misconceptions about fibromyalgia.
~ Richard M Barry
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I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a few years ago and suffered for the first few years with medication that did not work with me and had horrible side effects. Thankfully this year I was introduced to Melaleuca and I have been using a number of amazing products that have helped me get my life back. I currently take the Vitality vitamins, Replenex Extra Strength, Provex Plus, Pain-A-Trate, Sustain, Access bars, changed ALL of my home, laundry and personal care products to Melaleuca, and I have noticed a huge change being able to manage my pain and have zero side effects! So thankful for Melaleuca for creating these amazing products for us who suffer in pain on the inside even though we don't look like we are on the outside.
After being healthy most of my life I began experiencing troubling health symptoms. Over the course of the next six months I couldn't sleep more than a few hours, had trouble concentrating and experienced severe pain that medication could not treat. I woke one morning and crawled on the floor to the bathroom because the pain was so intense. I quickly headed to my physician. That day I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. My doctor told me I had one of the worst cases she had ever seen (I had 17 or the 18 tender point sites list on the diagnostic criteria). She tried many different medications with only limited success. Eventually I was told I would have to look for another job because my career as a registered nurse put me under too much stress. That stress made my symptoms worse. In the summer of 2009 I was introduced to Melaleuca by a wonderful woman named Jo. She had me come to her house for an overview. After seeing presentation I became a Melaleuca customer. I was impressed by the product line and the integrity of the company. Wanting to rid my home of chemicals I purchased a home conversion pack. In a few days I started to notice a difference. My pain was reduced and my concentration was better. I ordered the Vitality Pack, Replenex and Pain-A-Trate. In a few weeks I felt like a new person. I had energy and focus. Eventually I added Provex Plus, Luminex and Rest-EZ. I use the Access bar before exercise and massages to decrease my pain. I cannot say enough about the turnaround in my symptoms from using the products. As a result of this success I have converted my entire home and do not purchase other brands. If Melaleuca makes it I purchase it. Why? I had my life back. If I had never found these wonderful products I cannot imagine where I would be.