Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain that is typically accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood imbalance issues. The pathophysiology behind Fibromyalgia most likely relates to changes in the central processing system for pain signals, such that peripheral pain signals are amplified, leading to an enhanced sensation of pain. Fibromyalgia is very difficult to diagnosis due to the vast array of symptoms that are characterized by this condition. Fibromyalgia affects over 5 million individuals of both sexes, although women are far more likely to develop Fibromyalgia. According to the National Institute of Health, “between 80 and 90 percent of people who receive this diagnosis are women.” Most women with Fibromyalgia are between the ages of 40 to 55 years, and symptoms may feel worse in women that are postmenopausal or experiencing menopause. When women enter menopause, the body produces 40 percent less estrogen. Estrogen is a huge factor in controlling serotonin, which helps manage pain and mood imbalances.
Fibromyalgia pain varies by each individual and occurs at different levels of intensity. Many individuals complain of pain that is often described as deep or a dull ache that begins in the muscles and radiates to other areas of the body. Some individuals have complained of pain that is more consistent with sharp pins and needles sensation. This pain typically occurs during intense “flare-ups.” Men and women do experience fibromyalgia pain differently. Both have reported experiencing extreme levels of pain, women tend to have higher levels of pain that are most likely contributed to decreased estrogen levels, which will reduce a woman’s pain tolerance over time.
Common tender points associated with Fibromyalgia:
- Back of the head
- Area between the shoulder blades
- Front of the neck
- Top of the chest
- Outside of the elbows
- Tops and sides of the hips
- Inside of the knees
- Ankle, wrist, and finger joints
A study published by Oxford University said, “the occurrences of depression in men and women who have Fibromyalgia is significantly higher in men.” Fibromyalgia typically causes decreased or lack of quality sleep, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, bowel issues (IBS), fatigue, depression, and lack of concentration. It is also more common in individuals who have immune system disorders such as Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, and Multiple sclerosis.
There is no cure for Fibromyalgia, but treatments are available. Individuals can manage their pain and live a happy, healthy, and active lifestyle. Some individuals manage their pain with over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Tylenol, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium. Some of the commonly prescribed drugs consist of duloxetine (Cymbalta), gabapentin for nerve pain (Neurontin, Gralise), and pregabalin (Lyrica).
A new way of treating Fibromyalgia is with intravenous (IV) vitamins and nutrients. When individuals are experiencing bowel issues, they are unable to absorb the proper nutrients required to function normally. By increasing the body’s ability to absorb several essential vitamins and minerals, the body will be able to work at a better capacity, which will decrease the effects of fibromyalgia pain.
VIP Total Health and Hydration offer a Fibromyalgia Infusion that can be tailored to fit the needs of our clientele. Magnesium is a crucial component to naturally reducing muscle pain, helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, regulates blood sugar levels, and blood pressure. Glutathione is a component that helps fight infections because it has a direct anti-bacterial effect, as it helps a cell of the immune system in fighting the bacterium. Zinc is another additive that could be helpful because zinc keeps the immune system healthy and supports normal growth. We typically always add a multi-vitamin to our infusions because appropriate vitamin levels are essential for everyday function. We can also add anti-inflammatories to most infusions to help regulate pain levels.