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FIBROMYALGIA: FRIEND OR FOE
by Dave Koivuranta D.C.

Have you ever been labelled something in your life? Some of us are labelled as average, genius or slow-learners. Sometimes we're labelled as well behaved, ill mannered or aloof. Others can label us but often we label ourselves. We tell ourselves “I can't do that, I'm not that way, I'm not fit”, or other such negatives. Perhaps we were wiser than that and we think of ourselves as attractive, hard working, successful and fun. Whatever the case may be, the labels often stick.

When it comes to health care, we are often labelled with the diagnosis a health care provider gives us. Arthritis, migraines, menopause, back pain, Crohn's Disease and the list goes on. Although the diagnosis will help to direct a treatment program, too often the focus turns to the negatives of the condition. Since you have that particular problem, you might as well live up to the title, right?

Wrong. From what we know about the singularity of the mind and body this thought process of becoming labelled with the problem you were diagnosed with is detrimental. The best focus is on the person who has the disease and not what disease the person has. We are all unique individuals with unique experiences that require a positive mindset to live the life we were given the opportunity to lead. And perhaps the best example of the worst-case scenario in an instance such as this is those people diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

Eighty percent of those who suffer from this so-called disease are women. Only in the past 10 to 15 years has this condition been accepted by many as a disease yet it is still a scientific mystery in terms of its source and its nature. What is known is that there is a deficient amount of magnesium in the body compared to normal values. Along with this, it is thought that lower levels of maltic acid also exist in fibromyalgia sufferers. A link is often thought to occur with clinical depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, mononucleosis, Epsein-Barr virus and Candida albicans infection or imbalance.

Many health care professionals consider the diagnosis of fibromyalgia a "waste-basket" diagnosis because of the lack of an effective treatment protocol. Couple this with the less-than-concrete diagnostic guidelines and it would appear many people with unexplained soreness or 'abnormal" activity levels fall into this category. On examination, fibromyalgia sufferers must present with 11 tender points amongst 18 key areas of the body that persist for greater than 3 months. Achy pain, tenderness and stiffness of muscles, tendons and other soft tissues characterize the core of the condition while a secondary condition or activity may also be involved and can be the result of an accident.

The condition is more prominent in times of physical or mental stress and can be aggravated by poor sleep, trauma and weather changes such as dampness or cold. Underlying factors such as rheumatoid arthritis or polymyalgia rheumatica need to be ruled out by a physician. Treatment generally focuses on restoring more than adequate levels of magnesium, maltic acid and certain vitamins and herbs to support the musculoskeletal nature of the condition. Avoiding nightshade family vegetables such as green peppers, tomatoes and potatoes is a good idea as is increasing exercise to a moderate level while doing all things possible to get a proper night's sleep. Massage therapy, chiropractic and naturopathic care are definitely indicated.

Unfortunately, too often fibromyalgia patients suffer a downward spiral in health once they are thought to have the condition. Each person is different and should have a plan of attack to deal with their problems on an individual basis to ensure the proper approach is being taken. This will help to avoid frustration that can come with following generic plans such as those found on the internet or many self-help books. And the first step is to remove the label. You are not a fibromyalgia patient; you are a person with fibromyalgia-like problems looking for a solution. In the case of fibromyalgia or any other health care concern, if you stick to the positive and optimistic end of the spectrum an answer will not be too far away.