DEAR PHARMACIST: FIGHT TO FIND OUT WHAT IS CAUSING FIBROMYALGIA

From the News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton

Extract from Tulsa World newspaper

Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2014 12:00 am by SUZY COHEN

Dear Pharmacist, I have had fibromyalgia for the past eight years, and I take Lyrica, hydrocodone and citalopram for medicine. My local pharmacist said those are used to treat pain and depression but I want to make sure with you. And also, I’d like to know what natural alternatives I have. — S.D., Gainesville, Florida

Fibromyalgia affects millions of people worldwide. In Latin, the term describes pain in the muscles and fibrous tissue.

The muscle pain and tender points can become rather painful, and sometimes disabling. I believe there is an underlying cause, perhaps infection, nutrient deficiencies, mitochondrial dysfunction, the drug mugging effect of medicines and more.

I will elaborate shortly, but you asked me to confirm the uses of your medicines. The Lyrica (Pregabalin) is used to soothe nerve pain and can make you drowsy. So can the hydrocodone, which is used to reduce a pain chemical called “Substance P” and the citalopram (Celexa) is classified as an antidepressant but that’s not necessarily how it is being used. Sure, it lifts a brain neurotransmitter called serotonin, which improves mood and reduces pain. Antidepressants that improve levels of both serotonin and norepinephrine may be even more effective. My point is this class of drugs is often used to relieve pain, not necessarily for depression. All three require prescription.

The cause of muscle pain varies greatly from person to person. Try not to concern yourself too much with the name of your disease or your “diagnosis” because the labels you take on as an identity make it harder for you to overcome. Just think in terms of having symptoms, rather than diseases, it is more pleasant.

The following are some known causes for muscle pain and if you can find out the cause you can address it. With the help of a conscientious practitioner and state-of-the-art blood tests, find out if you have:

Infections: Pathogens known as EBV, CMV and HSV are known to hide in the body and cause muscle pain. Some cause chicken pox and shingles. Lyme disease, Bartonella, Babesia, Hepatitis C, coxsackie and parvovirus may cause terrible muscle pain.

Magnesium deficiency: This causes widespread muscle pain. This nutrient is depleted by coffee, and “The Pill,” certain menopause medications, antacids, acid blockers, steroids and 200 other drugs. Taking high-quality magnesium supplements along with malic acid (derived from green apples) can support muscle health.

Selenium deficiency: This can cause thyroid disease as well as muscle pain. Improving selenium can reduce thyroid antibodies and support immune system health.
CoQ10 deficiency: Over 300 drugs are drug muggers, among them statin cholesterol- reducing medications. When you are CoQ10 deficient, your muscles can spasm, become weak and hurt badly.

There are more causes (and solutions) so if you would like to receive a more comprehensive version of this week’s column, please come to my website and sign up for my free newsletter, I will email it to you next week. The take home message today is that fibromyalgia may be correctable if you find out what the underlying cause is, so do not resign yourself.

NOTE: The author Suzy Cohen has appeared on a number of leading TV health shows including programmes called The Dr.Oz, Good Morning America – Health, The View, Mercola.com, The Doctors and The 700 Cub. For more about Suzy log on to http://suzycohen.com/

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About jeanne hambleton

Journalist-wordsmith, former reporter, columnist, film critic, editor, Town Clerk and then fibromite and eventer with 5 conferences done and dusted. Interested in all health and well being issues, passionate about research to find a cure and cause for fibromyalgia. Member LinkedIn. Worked for 4 years with FMA UK as Regional Coordinator for SW and SE,and Chair for FMS SAS the Sussex and Surrey FM umbrella charity and Chair Folly Pogs Fibromyalgia Research UK - finding funding for our "cause for a cure" and President and co ordinator of National FM Conferences. Just finished last national annual Fibromyalgia Conference Weekend. This was another success with speakers from the States . Next year's conference in Chichester Park Hotel, West Sussex, will be April 24/27 2015 and bookings are coming in from those who raved about the event every year. I am very busy but happy to produce articles for publication. News Editor of FMS Global News on line but a bit behind due to conference. A workaholic beyond redemption! The future - who knows? Open to offers with payment. Versatile and looking for a regular paid column - you call the tune and I will play the pipes.
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