While your doctor is not likely to encourage or support you in taking Fibromyalgia Supplements, this is really too bad. There is MUCH research into the benefits that can be derived by using targeted nutritional supplements in the right form and the right dosage.
But since your doctor got 3 hours of nutritional training in medical school and is unlikely to be updated by pharmaceutical companies on the benefits of nutritional supplementation for Fibromyalgia. So, unless he is going out of his way to read the literature on his own time to study the compelling evidence for the use of Fibromyalgia Supplements to relieve the common Symptoms of Fibromyalgia, your doctor just really is not the best person to be asking about the usage of nutrients for these symptoms.
Most of these supplements have been studied very well and are INCREDIBLY safe as well as having an extremely high potential to relieve at least some amount of your symptoms. In medical terms, this is what we call a high 'risk to benefit ratio'- in other words there is a low risk of problems- even for Fibromyalgia in Children- with a high potential for benefit by using these Fibromyalgia Supplements that your doctor is not likely to tell you about.
But first, you should always cover all of your trace mineral and 'basic' nutrient needs with a professional quality multivitamin and mineral supplement pack like Jigsaw Health's Essential Daily Packs.
Vitamin D Deficiency is VERY FREQUENTLY misdiagnosed as Symptoms of Fibromyalgia- even in cases of Fibromyalgia in Children. It should be a LAW that doctors MUST check vitamin d levels and get them to within the range of 50 to 80 ng/ml as outlined on the Vitamin D Levels page before being able to give someone a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia.
Pain From Vitamin D Deficiency can be identical to Fibromyalgia Pain. And Vitamin D Deficiency is almost always accompanied by fatigue- sometimes PROFOUND fatigue that can miraculously disappear when vitamin d levels are at their optimal.
So, if you have symptoms of Fibromyalgia, unless you live in a nudist colony near the equator- if you are not on a high enough dosage to meet your Vitamin D Requirements, then your pain and fatigue ARE due to Vitamin D Deficiency until proven otherwise by getting your levels up using Vitamin D3 - probably the most important Fibromyalgia Supplements there are!
Read more about Fibromyalgia and Vitamin D here --->
Magnesium is another Fibromyalgia supplement that is really imperative to be taking regularly and in high dosages. Nearly EVERY SINGLE person who has Symptoms of Fibromyagia benefits ENORMOUSLY by taking high dose magnesium.
The big problem with magnesium as a fibromyalgia supplement is that doctors very often check blood magnesium levels, but when you read the Magnesium Level page, you will see that this test is absolutely worthless- yet your doctor will NEVER tell you to supplement with magnesium if you level is normal.
This is a HUGE mistake and your doctor would do better to simply tell you to give magnesium a try and see how it makes you feel. Magnesium as a fibromyalgia supplement acts in SO many great ways by:
and since EVERY one of these problems is generally a problem in those with Fibromyalgia symptoms, you can see how Fibromyalgia and Magnesium are connected. As with Vitamin D, though, simply taking a multivitamin with magnesium or a calcium/magnesium supplement is just simply not going to come EVEN CLOSE to meeting your needs.
Take a look a the Magnesium Dosage page and follow the instructions CAREFULLY. You may need to take close to 1000 mg/day OR MORE to improve your symptoms and 'top off' your depleted magnesium stores. But nearly everyone sees some degree of benefit- sometimes ENORMOUS benefit- from taking magnesium in high doses consistently.
Read more about Fibromyalgia and Magnesium here --->
but this sugar is not like table sugar that is refined, bad for your health and wreaks havoc on your own blood sugar. This sugar does NOT affect your blood sugar or provide empty calories. D Ribose is a POWERFUL intramuscular energy replenisher.
It works at the cellular level to provide the raw material to the 'power plant' of each and every individual cell in the body. For anyone with symptoms of fibromyalgia that don't resolve with vitamin d, magnesium and b12 therapy- D-Ribose Supplements could very well replenish energy levels significantly.
In addition, D Ribose also helps to decrease pain- whether it is fibromyalgia pain or post workout pain. The Fibromyalgia Cause page discusses how fibromyalgia pain is very similar to post workout pain. And interestingly enough, D-Ribose Supplements help to relieve post workout pain as well as potentially being able to resolve Statin Muscle Pain.
This is one of the most POWERFUL fibromyalgia supplements that you can have in your arsenal.
See the Ribose and Fibromyalgia page here--->
Vitamin B12 is another one of those Fibromyalgia supplements that can give AMAZING relief of fatigue and nerve pain, but that gets overlooked by doctors due to inaccurate blood testing. Since one Fibromyalgia Cause is supposed 'Overactive Nerves', and severe fatigue is a hallmark symptom, it is a complete mystery why more doctors do not suspect Vitamin B12 Deficiency when the classic Vitamin B 12 Deficiency Symptoms are:
Unfortunately, doctors also have blood levels as a completely inaccurate tool. Please read the Vitamin B12 Levels to see why you should ABSOLUTELY not rely on Vitamin B12 levels to determine your need for vitamin b12. Really the best way to see if Vitamin B12 will help you is to follow the directions for HIGH DOSE vitamin b12 on the Vitamin B12 Deficiency Treatment page and see how you feel after a couple of weeks.
But watch out for this one, as taking the wrong kind of B12 could be a disastrous mistake. Many, if not most people with a chronic health issue may have the MTHFR Gene, and Methylcobalamin B12 is the ONLY vitamin b12 supplements that you should use. They are incredible Fibromyalgia supplements because they help you to to detoxify heavy metals and other toxins as well as having the ability to 'reset' an abnormal sleep cycle.
Carnitine is another one of the Fibromyalgia supplements that can make such HUGE improvements in fatigue that is is unbelievable that no one is suggesting people simply give it a try. This article about Carnitine for Fatigue outlines it's uses for everyone from small children to the oldest of the elderly with nearly across the board improvements in fatigue with almost no side effects.
In one study, about a third of Chronic Fatigue patients improved DRAMATICALLY with the administration of carnitine. But again, the problem lies in laboratory testing. There ARE blood tests, but tests are unable to predict who will benefit when Carnitine Supplements are given.
Therefore, like Vitamin B12, simply giving this safe nutrient a trial for 6 to 8 weeks is really the BEST way to see if you might be one of the 1/3 of people who can get dramatic benefit from carnitine administration. Take a look at recommendations for Carnitine Supplements here.
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