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Demand extensive tests to rule out other conditions. Seek out a physician who has experience dealing with muscle pain, and investigate ways to achieve sound sleep.  Seek natural methods for controlling depression and stress.
A positive outlook is extremely important.  Depression only leads to a vicious cycle of pain, disturbed sleep, fatigue, then more depression.
Avoid caffeine; it can promote insomnia and can make you feel jittery, which will only make your condition worse.  Examples would be soft drinks, colas, coffee, tea, chocolate, and pain relievers, either over-the-counter or by prescription.
Avoid or eliminate white flour and refined sugar from the diet. These reduce the immune system by as much as 95% and make recovery from autoimmune disorders difficult if not impossible.

I recommend the entire line of Southern Heritage products for natural, effective ways to combat fibromyalgia and related disorders. Here are some other nutrients that others have used to obtain relief:

MSM (methysulfonymethane)
MSM provides the body with sulfur, and is reported to help with muscle pain as well as with the joint pain of arthritis.

A second supplement being talked about as a possible pain remedy for FMS is glucosamine, which is a natural substance found in the human body, made of a combination of a sugar and an amine. Glucosamine is found in cartilage, contributing to its health and resilience. Now it has been found that glucosamine in pill form can be absorbed from the stomach and end up in cartilage. Double-blind studies have recently been conducted using glucosamine for arthritis patients. These patients reported pain relief, and glucosamine also seemed to help with joint tenderness, inflammation and swelling. As we have mentioned before, inflammation and swelling are not symptoms of FMS; however, there is growing anecdotal evidence that glucosamine does alleviate the pain of FMS.

Antioxidants, such as vitamin E and coenzyme Q10, can help reduce inflammation, and will protect against free-radical damage, which is believed to exacerbate this condition.

Excercise is absolutely vital for those suffering from the symptoms of fibromyalgia, in order to increase cardiovascular capacity and improve muscle tone.  Low-impact exercise such as swimming, bicycling, stretching, walking, and low-impact aerobics are recommended.  You may suffer more pain during the first few weeks of an exercise program,. However, it's worth it, because as your muscles become conditioned, pain eases.

People with fibromyalgia must be particularly vigilant about controlling stress, since women often report that symptoms worsen during periods of emotional crisis.  Inasmuch as the onset of the disease is often precipitated by periods of great stress, such as divorce, job change, moving, or a death in the family, stress management undoubtedly plays a key role in restoring good health.

Yoga, acupressure, tai chi, massage therapy, biofeedback, and other stress relievers, like an enjoyable hobby, can help.

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Larry P. Key

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