Do I Have Fibromyalgia?

Filed Under: Bone & Joint Health

Over a year ago, I began to experience pain in my shoulders, upper back, and arms. I've tried everything recommended by my chiropractor and doctor and still no relief. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and told to take only aspirin. Do you have any other suggestions?


Fibromyalgia seems to be one of those "catch-all" conditions. The term refers to muscle pain and inflammation of fibrous connective tissue of the joints, tendons, and ligaments. Supposedly, it can be caused by exposure to dampness or cold, viruses, bacteria, toxemia, trauma, and emotional stress.

Rule Out Other Possible Problems First

In your case, several possible causes should be considered.

First, make sure your problem isn't related to a chronic case of constipation or diarrhea. Either can flood the body with toxins and create achiness and soreness throughout the body.

Between the small and large intestine near the appendix is a structure called the ileocecal valve. If it sticks open, you’ll experience diarrhea, and toxins from the large intestine will make their way back into the small intestine where they will be absorbed into the body. If the valve sticks shut, food that should be exiting the body putrefies and causes toxic buildup. Along with these toxins comes muscle soreness, achiness, fatigue and many of the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia.

If you don't have bowel problems, look next to the lymphatic system. Anything you do to promote lymphatic circulation will usually help fibromyalgia.

Try Targeted Nutritional Support

As for nutrition, supplemental malic acid and magnesium can be a big help.

In one study, 15 fibromyalgia patients were given 1,200 to 2,400 mg of malic acid and 300 to 600 mg of magnesium orally for eight weeks. Most noted substantial improvement within the first two days. At the end of the eight weeks, patients experienced from one-third to one-half less tenderness and pain.

You can find malic acid and magnesium products in health food stores and online.

Another nutritional supplement that might help with fibromyalgia is tryptophan. When the plasma of 29 fibromyalgia patients was compared to 30 controls, it was found to have significantly lower tryptophan levels.

You can also get tryptophan through supplements or in your diet. High-tryptophan foods include almonds, peanuts, Swiss cheese, low-fat cottage cheese, ham, pumpkin and squash seeds, chicken breast, dark duck and turkey meat, and eggs.

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