Imagine having chronic pain and tenderness all over your body with fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, and depression, along with anxiety and frustration. In the past some doctors told patients suffering with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue that it was "all in their head." Thankfully even though doctors may not fully understand the cause, they now have diagnostic guidelines and protocols.
From the Arthritis Foundation we learn that fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue are similar disorders. They note that fibromyalgia pain is usually chronic with specific sites that are very tender, and that the fatigue of someone suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome is intense and can be disabling.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide tells us that muscular pains, flu-like symptoms, and mood changes are common with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. It also tells us that people with fibromyalgia have been found to have low serotonin and tryptophan levels. It has been suggested that 5-HTP might be useful. Similar findings are reported in a PubMed study.
According to Livestrong, an overgrowth of abnormal bacteria in the small bowel along with constipation and or diarrhea is also a symptom of fibromyalgia.
Probiotics are recommended in the treatment of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
PubMed reports that patients with chronic fatigue syndrome have changes in the microbial flora, including lowered levels of Bifidobacteria. They conclude that lactic acid bacteria may support the immune system.
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The Vitality Pack helps increases magnesium levels. CellWise, ProvexCV, ProVex-Plus, and Coldwater Omega-3 and Replenex help reduce inflammation. Florify contains an important blend of 5 billion colony units of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis needed to help establish and maintain healthy microbial flora in the digestive tract.
Renew Bath Oil relieves muscle aches to an amazing degree because of the Melaleuca Oil. Also, remember Pain-A-Trate to help with muscular pain.
Detailed information on chronic fatigue syndrome can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide also tells us to expect 12 to 16 weeks before any change is noted. A healthy diet, rest, and good nutritional supplements seem to be the most effective. Stress seems to aggravate the condition appreciably. Exercise is important, but when someone has been exhausted and sick for a long time, starting an exercise program will be difficult. EveryDay Health has suggestions to get started.
~ Richard M Barry
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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Testimonials
The people below will receive a free copy of The Melaleuca Wellness Guide for submitting their stories.
I have been a fibromyalgia sufferer for many years. I was initially diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in 1992 at the Cleveland Clinic. A few years later my diagnosis was changed to fibromyalgia. I have lived with debilitating exhaustion and pain, and at times I was unable to work. As a single mom, that was a very low time in my life.
I no longer feel the exhaustion thanks to the Vitality vitamins and minerals! I noticed a startling improvement after taking them for only three days. I used to spend most of my time when I wasn't at work on the couch. No way could I make plans during the week after work. And if I made plans on the weekend, I had to have at least one day to recover before going to work on Monday. Now, I have my life back...I am doing something most every night of the week. I have to make myself go to bed at a decent hour, and rarely, if ever, do I feel tired! I truly feel like I have the energy I had in my 20's! I am still experiencing pain but not as often, and it is not as debilitating. When I do, I use Pain-A-Trate and it works beautifully.
I have chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Daily I take three Vitality for Women, two Calcium Complete twice daily, two CellWise twice daily, two Phytomega twice daily, six Provex CV in the morning, one Replenex Extra Strength in the morning and two in the evening, and one Florify a day. I also take Activate for two weeks on and two weeks off to boost my immune system. My GP has advised the extra supplements and I have increased the dosages slowly until I felt the symptoms go away. Some of the dosages I have been able to reduce over time. If I forget my vitamins and supplements for a few days I really feel the effects, so I know it really works for me. I take all of them when I travel to make sure my holidays are not spoilt by pain or illness. Thank you Melaleuca!