Fibromyalgia patients appear to age significantly faster than the general population. The basic characteristics of fibromyalgia patients are described in Yue, U.S. Pat. No. 5,612,051, METHOD OF TREATING INVOLUNTARY MUSCLE DYSFUNCTION WITH RELAXIN HORMONE.
Fibromyalgia patients often times have memory loss, sleep disturbance and cognitive dysfunction and affective dysfunction. These fibromyalgia patients frequently mimic symptoms shown by the elderly population of the ages of late 70s through age 90 and beyond. This type of central nervous system dysfunction occurs much earlier in fibromyalgia patients (who are in their 30s and 40s), together with pain, muscle tightness and weakness, fatigue and various problems associated with this disease.
These problems frequently include irritable or spasm bowel, osteodegenerative and osteoporotic changes of the spine, dysautomonia (dysfunction and poor control of internal organs), and others. Many late manifestations of the dysautomonia and other age-related changes in one’s body, e.g., bladder control, swallowing difficulty, circulation, bony changes, etc. in the elderly population also occur rather early in the fibromyalgia population. Osteodegenerative and osteoporotic changes of the spine are extremely prevalent in the fibromyalgia population.
Fibromyalgia patients appear to age much earlier and faster than the general population. Degradation of the connective tissue occurs prematurely. Growth of the skin, hair and nails is retarded, while wound-healing and immuno-response to infections, stress and injuries are blunted. Other premature aging symptoms include dyspepsia or GI tract problems, control of hollow organs and its sphincters, chemical sensitivities, hypoglycemia, and others. All of these findings reflect premature aging of the body parts and functions resulting in premature derangement of the internal and external environments or milieu of the fibromyalgia patient.
As supported by the inventor’s current clinical observations, relaxin supplements given to the fibromyalgia patients restores most of these premature-aging symptoms and problems. Accordingly, relaxin functions as an essential hormone within a normal person’s body to prevent premature aging of his/her body parts and functions. If a deficit of relaxin leads to fibromyalgia and premature aging, then age-related decline of relaxin likely explains the normal aging of one’s body parts and functions. Since many of the aging symptoms and problems are similar in the fibromyalgia and elderly populations, a deficit of relaxin early in one’s life leads to fibromyalgia and its related premature aging difficulties, and age-related decline of relaxin leads to normal aging difficulties in the elderly population.
Genetically-blessed individuals with healthy genes who live a long, healthy life may be related to abundant production of relaxin throughout their life. Taking a relaxin supplement will be an artificial way of improving a person’s health status and mimicking these genetically-blessed individuals.
Therefore, relaxin supplements given to the elderly can prevent premature aging of internal organs, skin, joints and other body parts and functions. The elderly can be kept healthy with relaxin supplements until some organs break down according to their internal clock or predetermined life span. Slow, degenerative, and vegetative death may be avoided.