Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by persistent widespread aching or pain in soft tissues, lasting for at least three months. It occurs on both sides of the body and is often accompanied by fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, and mood issues. Other common symptoms include digestive problems (including IBS), dizziness, dry mouth, painful menstrual periods, problems with balance, tension and/or migraine headaches, tingling or numbness in the extremities, and frequent urination. It is not an autoimmune disorder, although many people who have fibromyalgia also have rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.1
Little is known about the causes of the disease. Many patients report a physically or emotionally traumatic event immediately prior to the onset of symptoms. It may be that repeated stress/stimulation has changed their nervous systems’ ability to properly assess and cope with pain, or that there is a genetic issue that alters the interpretation of painful stimuli. Research suggests that localized inflammation is not a part of the problem.2
Fibromyalgia affects up to four percent of the population, and women more than men by about a 10:1 ratio. It usually does not become apparent until after the age of 40.
According to the American Pain Society Fibromyalgia Panel, treatment protocols should include exercise, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication, education, diet, and massage.3
The National Health Service in the United Kingdom cites research that found low levels of serotonin, noradrenaline, and dopamine in the brains of people who have fibromyalgia. Low magnesium levels have also been implicated in fibromyalgia.4 As such, I feel strongly that dietary correction needs to be the first thing to happen in any protocol. Iridology can offer massive insights into the best dietary practices for an individual. Please register for my upcoming webinar on this subject.
Mark London also cites studies that people who have fibromyalgia are more likely to have issues with carbohydrate metabolism (making them insulin resistant), magnesium levels, and vitamin D levels.5
Fibromyalgia is very complex syndrome.
While we cannot ‘see’ fibromyalgia in the eyes, we can glean information about the nerves and the brain via iridology and sclerology. Learn more about iridology and our free webinars here.
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