January 24, 2017

Fibromyalgia Syndrome – “Doctor, I hurt all over!”

Fibromyalgia is not a disease; it’s a “syndrome” which means that is just a collection of symptoms.  The problem is that there may be many different causes of the same symptoms so it is very difficult to diagnose and treat, but when the cause of the fibromyalgia symptoms is known, then the treatment can be very effective.

Marilyn is in her 50’s, an interior decorator and very active in her community. Over a year before she came to see me, she suddenly “got sick.”   She had been to many doctors trying to get her health back.  She was in pain all the time and felt such a profound fatigue that she could no longer function in any of her activities.  Her hormone, liver, kidney, and metabolic tests were all normal so her doctors told her it was all in her head.  However, when we did further testing she was found to have a significant amount of mercury and lead on a provoked urine test.  She started a chelation protocol and gradually improved.  Though her heavy metal tests are now normal, she is still not.  However, she is on no medications and is able to continue most of her activities.

In this case, a fibromyalgia cause was found.  Heavy metals can prevent the production of energy in cells to create the symptoms of fibromyalgia.  Nerve cells are especially sensitive.   Moreover, it has been found that certain combinations of heavy metals, like mercury and lead, may have ten times the effects of either one alone.  The symptoms don’t all resolve immediately upon removing the metals because damage has been done that need to be repaired, which can take years in the nervous system.

There are many other potential causes of fibromyalgia syndrome besides heavy metals. This is by no means a complete list, only a sampling of possibilities:

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The Eating Plan for Managing Fibromyalgia

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome, not a disease, in which people experience long-term, body-wide pain and tender points in joints, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues.  Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, anxiety and other symptoms.

Since it is not necessarily caused by any one problem, fibromyalgia sufferers will benefit most from an overall healthy and balanced diet.

Eating Plan for Fibromyalgia

While there may not be a single set of dietary guidelines that are right for all fibromyalgia sufferers, there are certain foods, or food groups, that appear to make a difference for a significant number of people.

As important as sticking to a balanced diet and choosing foods wisely is, when dealing with fibromyalgia it is even more important to not choose the wrong foods. Certain foods and drinks could be causing you more pain then you can make up for by eating right.

It will take some trial and error to find what helps and what hurts, but with a little planning and diet management you can be on the road to managing your fibromyalgia.

Foods and Beverages to Avoid:

  1. Alcoholic beverages
  2. Artificial Sweeteners such as aspartame (NutraSweet) and saccharine
  3. Carbonated beverages such as colas and soda pop
  4. Coffee and caffeinated teas
  5. Dairy
  6. Food Additives such as preservatives, salt and MSG (monosodium glutamate)
  7. Fried foods
  8. Fructose
  9. Gluten
  10. High fat dairy foods
  11. Nightshade Plants such as tomatoes, chili and bell peppers, potatoes, and eggplan
  12. Red meats (especially salt cured, cured bacon, smoked, or nitrate cured)
  13. Simple carbohydrates
  14. Some acidic foods
  15. White flour
  16. White sugar
  17. Yeast

Control Inflammation

In many cases, inflammation is the leading cause of the underlying symptoms that lead to your pain. Like any inflammatory diet, people who suffer from Fibromyalgia Syndrome should limit intake of foods that are associated with typical allergies (gluten, milk, peanuts, shellfish and wheat). It is also important to add omega 3’s, antioxidants, lean proteins, fiber and water. These foods will help restore your immune system and help reverse chronic inflammation.

The Fibromyalgia Diet

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Can God Heal Fibromyalgia Or Is It Indeed Incurable?

The answer to the question, Can God heal Fibromyalgia?” — is YES! The Bible says, “He forgives all our sins and heals ALL our diseases!” (Psalm 103:3). There isn’t one disease or diagnosis that is beyond his ability or desire to heal today. I hope that is a hopeful truth for somebody who is hurting right now.

I’m led to write today because people very close to me whom I love dearly, are getting pummeled by Fibromyalgia. We have seen God physically heal people here at Church at the Gate in numbers into the hundreds. However, so far, we have only seen what I’d call temporary relief as we pray for healing from Fibromyalgia. Also, I’m hearing Fibromyalgia being regularly called out through the Word of Knowledge in healing and revival meetings throughout America. I do believe the Great Physician is giving great and full victory to many people from this devastating infirmity. I have more many more questions than answers – so pardon my ignorance – is this only an American malady? I’ve seen/heard nothing of it in the healing meetings I’ve attended overseas. I want to hear from those of you who have been freed of Fibromyalgia wherever you are.

If you, or anyone you know, have been healed by God from Fibromyalgia, then please share your story here in the comment section of this post. The Bible says we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the WORD OF OUR TESTIMONY. If you have been healed of Fibromyalgia, please share your testimony for the benefit of others here. If you have experienced any victory from Fibromyalgia through Christian healing prayer, please share that here. If you know of someone who has been supernaturally healed of Fibromyalgia, encourage them to share their testimony here.

Our local newspaper did a brief story on “Mysterious Fibromyalgia” (and recently removed from post). The subheading is “Chronic pain brings on insomnia, depression, loss of brain activity and IS INCURABLE.” The last two words paint a hopeless picture. Here’s the opening paragraph of the article…

“Imagine hurting all over, every day, with a physical exhaustion that never completely subsides, not even with adequate sleep and rest. Add insomnia, brain fog, and depression. The worst part – there’s no cure. Sufferers of fibromyalgia don’t have to imagine that nightmare. They live it. Daily.”

The article gives these facts, that according to the National Fibromyalgia Association, 3-6% of the population suffers from it. Women are most affected by it. And, there are physicians that don’t believe the disease even exists.

I’ve spoken recently with some of our doctors and it’s a mixed bag. Some think it’s a “catch all” diagnosis for something that no one can really explain. One said she never saw these symptoms twenty years ago and now she sees them every day in her office. Others say “its real” and relief can be found in various treatments – acupuncture, chiropractic care, osteopathy, pain meds, etc. but that there is no cure or any real understanding of root causes. I’ve spoken to some of our counselors and mental health people about it. Some say they have found it relates to previous trauma or (sexual) abuse. Some of my friends in healing and deliverance ministry also say this is the case, and this is how a demonic spirit of infirmity first gains access – through some trauma or abuse. I was given a Gulf War Vet newsletter minutes ago that says the United States military now lists Fibromyalgia at the top of the list of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder manifestations.

I am no expert, nor am I a doctor. Those of you reading this who suffer from Fibromyalgia know light years more about this than I. If you are struggling with Fibromyalgia, I hope you’ll join the conversation here and dialog with others who comment here about their victory. I do welcome you to comment about your journey into supernatural healing and even mentioning how people have prayed for you in not-very-helpful-ways (as long as you stay positive about it). I think there is something to learn from unsuccessful well-intentioned attempts at divine healing.

I seek no controversial debate or attack here, nor do I want to lay a lack-of-faith guilt-trip on those who honestly and desperately desire a touch from God. I have a pastoral heart and desire to see God touch people’s lives. I’ve seen him do amazing things and I know he loves people. I’m throwing this post out there to solicit comments from people who’ve seen God heal Fibromyalgia. The most valuable thing about this post is not in what I have to say; it will be in what these folks share. In fact, I probably won’t offer much in the comments section because again, I’m not an expert and have little more to say. I would welcome comments from people in healing and deliverance ministries who have insights into how to pray for healing for people suffering from Fibromyalgia and more importantly, what are the spiritual dynamics behind this infirmity. The article I quoted above said there is some thought that this is genetic. But, even there, I don’t want this to be a medical discussion. I’m asking for testimonies of how God healed people of Fibromyalgia and graceful dialog about the spiritual realities here. I’m hoping hope comes forth.

Here are just a couple “rules” for this post and commenting. I don’t want to hear anything about turning to Buddhism for relief or anything like TM, Oprah, or anything other than Jesus and Biblical Christianity. If you suggest anything else is our hope, I’ll delete that comment immediately. Jesus is our only hope. If you are among those who’ve given up hope concluding Fibromyalgia is your “lot in life,” then I’d rather you not share that here either. If you think it’s God’s Will that you are sick, I’d rather that get discussed elsewhere also. Not here. Really, if we are unsure it’s God’s Will we have relief from Fibromyalgia we better sort that out before we even go to a doctor seeking relief. With that thinking, taking meds would go against what God wants for you. I don’t like to debate if healing is God’s will and don’t want to open that can of worms here. I just want to pray for healing for the sick and let God be God. I want to hear testimonies of the grace of God. I do know God uses suffering and that there are redemptive purposes for pain but I also know one of the reasons God allows sickness is to reveal himself as Healer.

My sole purpose and hope in bringing this up is to provide a place where one beggar can share with another beggar where they found bread. I’m not the baker. But I know the answer is in the one who multiplies the loaves.

Steve Hickey is the founding pastor of a life-giving church with over 700 members, a church planter, a trainer of leaders with John Maxwell’s organization, a police chaplain, and is very active in politics as a national voice for the unborn. He’s written several books, including his latest, Momentum: God’s Ever Increasing Kingdom (www.MomentumHandbook.com). Steve and his wife would like to pray for your specific needs and have a prayer team at the church waiting to hear from you. For more information or to submit a prayer request, visit: www.ChurchAtTheGate.com/prayer.php

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep – Melatonin Review

Overcoming insomnia or sleep disturbances greatly improves fibromyalgia symptoms.

Try melatonin for restorative sleep at night for a no “hangover” morning the next day.  Melatonin might require a few days to start working, but remember natural products are simply nutritional support for sleep – not knock out pills.  But, with consistency, restorative sleep may help you feel refreshed the next day with time.  With the right nutrition and melatonin supplement, you can get deeper sleep, resulting in more energy and feeling of well-being the next day.  Furthermore, a good night’s sleep strengthens and repairs the immune system.  Plus, it simply feels good!

Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland (part of the endocrine system) and has been widely studied for its ability to produce sleep. In the body, melatonin is secreted in response to darkness, causing sleepiness, to help regulate the body’s natural wake-sleep cycle.  When exposure to light decreases melatonin increases, but decreases when light exposure increased.   For those with disturbances in their sleep cycle (not work or travel related), melatonin used is for treatment.  It has also shown promise for people with withdrawing from sleeping medications, and for improving sleep in people with diabetes, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, or Parkinson’s disease, or who are hospitalized

Studies have found that people with fibromyalgia have low melatonin levels. Supplementation with melatonin resulted in improved sleep and lowered requirements for prescription drugs.

A Swedish study determined that patients with fibromyalgia produce less melatonin during hours of darkness than do healthy control subject s, making melatonin therapy potentially helpful as a sleep aid.

Researchers in Argentina conducted a pilot study in which they found that sleep patterns, sleep quality, and pain measures markedly improve in patients with fibromyalgia after 4 weeks of treatment with melatonin.

In the United States, a double blind, placebo-controlled study showed that 20 percent of the patients with fibromyalgia significantly improved their sleep patterns and quality when they took 6 mg of melatonin each night before bed.

To aid in falling asleep: Typically a dose of 2-3 mg of melatonin is taken one half-hour to one hour before bedtime, although recommendations vary from 0.5 to 5 mg

For irritable bowel syndrome, often associated with fibromyalgia, take 3 mg at bedtime daily.

The melatonin supplements selected for testing all passed in relation to their claimed amounts of melatonin, properly broke apart in digestion and were found lead-free.

The following 18 melatonin supplements are safe for consumption and treating sleep disturbances in fibromyalgia sufferers, in alphabetical order:

  • CVS ® Pharmacy Melatonin (3,000 mcg per tablet, 1 per day)
  • Dr. Ronald Hoffman/Vitamin Shoppe M.D. Select, Advanced Sleep Formula (750 mcg per capsule, 2 per day)
  • Formula 605™ Dietary Melatonin Supplement (3,000 mcg per capsule, 1-2 per day)
  • Futurebiotics Melatonin (3,000 mcg per tablet, 1 per day)
  • GNC Melatonin 3 (3,000 mcg per tablet, 1 per day)
  • Life Extension® Melatonin (3,000 mcg per lozenge, 1 per day)
  • Melatonin Solution™ (1,000 mcg per full dropper (1 dropper = 1 c.c.), 1-3 per day)
  • MidNite® (1,500 mcg per chewable tablet, 1 per day)
  • Nature Made® Melatonin (3,000 mcg per tablet, 1 per day)
  • Nature’s Bounty® Melatonin 5 mg (5,000 mcg per tablet, 1 per day)
  • Olympian Labs Incorporated Melatonin (3,000 mcg per capsule, 1 per day)
  • Pure Encapsulations® Melatonin (3,000 mcg per capsule, 1 per day)
  • Schiff® Melatonin Plus (3,000 mcg per tablet, 1 per day)
  • Sunsource® Melatonex® (3,000 mcg per time-release tablet, 1 per day)
  • Unicity™ Melatonin (2,500 mcg per sublingual tablet, 1 per day)
  • Vitaline® Melatonin Forte™ with L-Theanine (3,000 mcg per tablet, 1 per day)
  • Vitamin Shoppe™ Melatonin (3,000 mcg per capsule, 1 per day)
  • Vitamin World® Melatonin 3 mg (3,000 mcg per tablet, 1 per day)

Sleep disturbances and the disruption of circadian rhythms frequently occur in fibromyalgia. Melatonin has often been shown to synchronize circadian rhythms and improve the quality of sleep. Consider melatonin as an option, either alone or in conjunction with other treatments, when treating fibromyalgia associated sleep disturbances.

Try Nature’s Bounty Melatonin Supplement as Part of Your Wellness Plan for Fibromyalgia.

FibroFree Complex For Relief Of Fibromyalgia Fatigue And Muscle Pain

Everybody handles pain differently.  But for fibromyalgia sufferers, body aches, sore muscles, cramps and tender spots scream a “10” at all hours of the day.  Because the neurotransmitters in the brain that regulate the pain highway are sensitive and heightened, nerve stimulation respond to pressure with painful sensations.

Thankfully, FibroFree Complex is a combination of homeopathic ingredients to relieve fatigue, promote energy, clarify mood and brain fog – without side effects! You can sooth body aches; alleviate facial pains and headaches with a few daily drops of FibroFree Complex!

Go natural and you’ll find that you don’t have to quit your beloved activities and still go strong.

FibroFree Complex Benefits:

  • Soothes body aches, cramps and pains
  • Alleviates facial pain and headaches
  • Reduces localized pain and tenderness in muscles, ligaments and tendons
  • Relieves fatigue and promotes energy levels
  • Reduces hypersensitivity to pressure on tender spots
  • Helps improve overall mood & mental clarity
  • Safe for all ages, also during pregnancy and nursing

FibroFree Complex is manufactured in an FDA and GMP registered pharmaceutical facility under the supervision of qualified homeopaths and responsible pharmacists. Individual ingredients are listed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS).

There are many things that you can do to naturally soothe aching muscles and tendons and support the body’s pain threshold. Muscles and tendons in the body need a steady flow of

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Fibromyalgia Patients Age Faster But Relaxin May Help

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.

Michael James Hastings: Fibromyalgia Activist

You may know him as the Navy “Captain Mike” from the popular series “The West Wing,” but Michael James Hastings creates more popularity by being a spokesman for fibromyalgia.

As an energetic twenty-something, Hastings was athletic, dedicated to his workouts and career as a school teacher.  However, around 30 years of age, his energy started to drop and his muscles after workouts made it hard to stand or even walk because they were so tight.  After many doctor visits, large sums of money out the door and record number of tests, Hasting was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia (FM).

Early treatment included thyroid medication, which immediately helped in loosening the tight muscles, now even tense without any workout.

Supplements of various forms became the standard part of Michael James HastingsFM program to help restore systems back to their natural balance.  With the assistant of Dr. Teitelbaum’s book, From Fatigue to Fantastic, these supplements are recommended:

  • NADH, glutathione
  • L-carnitine
  • Acetyl l-carnitine
  • Revitalizing sleep formula
  • Daily infusion powder
  • Calcium d-glucarate
  • IODORAL, which is a high iodine and potassium supplement

Forced to retire from his teaching position, Hastings moved to LA to pursue an acting career.  However, there was still the need to pace himself and not push the limits too far.  Staying healthy and maintaining energy is a priority, so he’s learned not to over-extend himself and learned to say no to some projects and activities, releasing any guilt about not over doing it.

One of the strongest forces to keep him functioning, thriving and strong has been Hastings spiritual commitment to living and healing.  His faith in God and the support of his spiritual network, as well as family and friends, have helped him with those dark days and FM complications.  Prayer with dedicated neighbors saw improved health and open doors for work, including his West Wing career as Captain Mike.

For more information about vitamin supplements and how to reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia, as well as chronic pain, Michael James Hastings has a website dedicated to bringing awareness on how to live and thrive with fibromyalgia, including faith stories, chiropractor help, how to have a fibro friendly kitchen, bedroom and much, much more!

www.captainhastings.com

Fibromyalgia Syndrome Simplified

Fibromyalgia has been “trash can” labeled, just as another syndrome, simply because no one is sure what causes fibromyalgia.

It’s not any easy task; fibromyalgia represents a whole barrage of symptoms with groups or clusters of symptoms, which makes it hard to properly diagnose, treat or cure.

Fibromyalgia has been generally thought of as a type of “rheumatic” or inflammatory pain disorder, but instead of involving the joints it’s characterized by a painful tenderness around tendons, surrounding tissue and muscles.

Later in this article I will reveal how some leading researchers now suspect fibromyalgia may be more of a neurological disorder than inflammatory.

How Is Fibromyalgia Classified?

First, let’s look at the diagnostic criteria established more than two decades ago by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) in 1990.

According to ACR guidelines, fibromyalgia symptoms must represent wide spread chronic pain in at least 11 of 18 defined “tender points” of the body.

Currently, these “tender points” are being reconsidered because after all these years of misdiagnosing people. Doctors have finally accepted the possibility that there is more to fibromyalgia then just inflammatory pain.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Sleep disorders
  • Mental issues

Fibromyalgia is like electricity: we can say we know a lot about it, but we still can’t explain exactly what it is.

The Adrenal Connection

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Common Adrenal Fatigue symptoms are: *Cravings for sugar, *Cravings for salt on food when you eat, *Feel dehydrated and thirsty and require plenty of water, *Difficulty falling asleep at night, sleep lightly or wake early or often, *Difficulty relaxing, nervous, anxious or hyperactive, *Often spacey, or foggy thinking, even memory loss,* Lack willpower to accomplish, *General exhaustion,*Hormone imbalances, *Low libido,*Weight gain, especially in abdomen and waist area, *Losing muscle tone, *Sagging skin, dry, yellow or pale in color, *Hair starting to gray, thin out and become dry, *Lips losing their color,*Loss of appetite, *Anorexia, *Weight loss,*High blood sugar

Fibromyalgia can also be related to a decreased adrenal function or adrenal fatigue. There are a few other diseases that also have an adrenal system component, such as: chronic fatigue syndrome, alcoholism, ischemic heart disease, hypoglycemia, rheumatoid arthritis and recurrent respiratory infections.

I am mentioning this because it’s important to identify where fibromyalgia and other disease patterns overlap in the hope of finding better solutions than what are typically offered.

It’s also interesting to note that researchers have found circulatory abnormalities in as many as 30% of fibromyalgia patients in preliminary studies (3).

Here’s another interesting piece of research from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA):

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