Struggling with fibromyalgia &/or CFS? Here’s 3 simple reasons for your symptoms that you may be experiencing – a lot of which can be easily resolved and even rectified – naturally, too.
After receiving a diagnosis for both fibromyalgia and CFS 9 years ago, I was not content to accept this as the ‘end all and be all’, and decided to do my own research and start looking at alternative treatments and options.
What I found?
Answers. And help.
Although there are a few other things that I have done regarding improving my health and well-being, here are my top 3 simple things that were the reasons to my symptoms. Seriously…
A poor mattress equals poor posture, poor sleep, aches and pains…and there is also a whole sleep/depression/pain cycle that exists. By changing your mattress, you may just change your life! (We sure did!).
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Your doctor’s answer to pain, sleep and mood issues will most likely be…medication. Meanwhile, changing your mattress to something that is supportive and comfortable can literally make a huge difference in your pain, mental health – and of course, sleep. And immediate relief!
In fact, you should replace your mattress every 5-7 years. And if you are in bed all the time? Even sooner!
ps. You should also change your pillows every year!
The mattress we changed to, was the N:Rem, which was designed for people living with chronic pain. This mattress literally changed my life (and my husband’s).
We love the N:Rem mattress because:
- We are able to change the foam slabs with different densities to suit each of our requirements
- The mattress made a massive difference on our hip and back pain
- We now sleep through the night!
- 100 night free trial
- £1 a night
You can find out more about the N:Rem sleep system here. (Unfortunately, this mattress is only available in the UK, sorry!).
Ps. Mention FIBROMAPP if you buy it…and get a £30 discount!
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A few months ago we had to go away and wound up sleeping on some diabolical mattresses…long story short, I couldn’t walk properly for 2 weeks, both my husband and my hips were absolutely aching, and we ended up needing a postural adjustment – that was just 2 days on a crappy mattress! I think that says it all…
As per my article written about magnesium deficiency, nutritional deficiencies can cause a whole range of symptoms and health issues – and most of them actually correlate with the 200+ symptoms and co-existing conditions found in fibromyalgia and CFS.
Unfortunately, in many cases, your doctor will not clue in to the fact that you may be dealing with nutritional issues. (As you may have figured out, doctors treat symptoms, they generally do not treat root causes…!)
Here are just a few examples of symptoms.
Please note: The following content is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as advice or treatment. Please seek advice from your health practitioner.
B12 Deficiency Symptoms
Having B12 deficiency, you may become anaemic. Although a mild deficiency may not cause symptoms, some people who are B12 deficient may experience the following symptoms:
- Weakness, tiredness, or light-headedness
- Pale skin
- A smooth tongue
- Heart palpitations and shortness of breath
- Nerve problems like numbness or tingling, muscle weakness, and problems walking
- Constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or gas
- Vision loss
- Mental problems like depression, memory loss, or behavioural changes
In order to find out if you are B12 deficient, please ask your doctor to carry out a blood test. You may need to get injections every few weeks, if you are severely deficient. Otherwise, you can get OTC B12 supplement options such as this MaryRuth’s organic B12 liquid spray.
Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms
According to USDA guidelines, it is believed that up to 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. As you can see, a lot of these symptoms also go hand in hand with CFS and fibromyalgia…
- Parkinson’s disease
- Sleep problems
- Cluster headaches
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Chest pain (angina)
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- Heart palpitations
- Coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis
- Type II diabetes
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
BTW, getting a correct blood test to determine mag deficiency is very difficult.
Magnesium Bood Tests are Generally Inaccurate
Shockingly, most mag blood tests done are inaccurate. Therefore, it is important to get a correct test to determine if there is an issue. (Ps. with 80% of Americans being mag deficient, assume that this is most likely an issue…).
For more information on the different types of tests, go here.
However….the best way to figure out if you are magnesium deficient is by your symptoms.
Some magnesiums can be highly ineffective, and will not be absorbed by your body and in turn can cause diarrhea.
I personally use magnesium malate, as the malate is malic acid that coats the muscle and nerve endings. I also find that it really helps with sleep, anxiety, headaches and much more – as do many people.
Look for an organic magnesium product, if possible – and one that is bioavailable, such as Jigsaw premium, organic, slow release magnesium supplement, which are active, bioavailable magnesium malate tablets with B-Vitamin co-factors.
Another way to get magnesium into your system is through your skin.
Epsom salt is a great way to have a soak in the bath, reduce pain and get your mag hit! I do recommend buying Epsom salt in bulk, however, as you do need at least 2-3 cups each soak, which can add up in cost.
Vitamin D Deficiency
You probably already know that vitamin D is also known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’.
What you may not know is that vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency is now a global public-health problem affecting an estimated 1 billion people worldwide. Vitamin D acts like a hormone, and our cells have receptors for it.
Vitamin D deficiency has a vast swathe of health issues that it is connected to, from cancer to an increased risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes (by 43%). It is also connected to MS, sleep apnea and even erectile dysfunction.
For more information about Vitamin D deficiency go see this MedicineNet article.
Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms
- Fatigue and Tiredness
- Getting Sick Often/Low Immune System
- Bone and Back Pain
- Slow Wound Healing
- Bone Loss
- Hair Loss
- Muscle Pain
You can try to increase your vitamin D through foods, however, unfortunately, not only are most of our foods contaminated with toxic chemicals (including organic now, sadly).
Because of this, there is hardly any nutrition left in the soil regarding fruits and veg – meaning the plant is not able to absorb these important minerals to pass on to you when you eat them.
Therefore, a vitamin D3 supplement is a good bet regarding increasing your intake levels.
Viva Naturals, Vitamin D3 is delivered in organic coconut oil for higher absorption.
Last but not least, there is what I call the ‘white elephant in the room’…
I hate to tell you this, but you are toxic.
How do I know?
An Environmental Working Group study found 287 toxic pollutants in the umbilical cord blood of new born babies (so, passed from the mother)…
The CDC warns of parasites plaguing millions of people... (parasites are considered as toxins, such as the parasite, causing Lyme Disease), ps. it is estimated that up to 60 million Americans are dealing with toxoplasmosis, from pets to foods…
There are over 80,000 chemicals, most of which are unregulated, lurking in our daily lives, according to the NRDC…
Foods, Water Supply…Contaminated…
Our foods are contaminated with a plethora of chemicals from glyphosate and other highly concerning toxic chemicals – even organic ones, (the USDA found 40 synthetic pesticide residues on samples from organic foods).
Check out my article regarding how our ‘healthy’ foods aren’t so healthy any more… Just because you only eat fresh fruit and veg and avoid processed foods, sadly is still highly toxic. Fact.
We are dealing with water supplies which are contaminated with everything from heavy metals, to hormones and soooo much more… and our bottled water? Yah, that water isn’t so clean, either any more… and the plastic has the hormone disruptor, BPA, which destroys your body…
Face it. You are toxic. we all are.
Toxic Overload Symptoms
For more information on toxic overload, including a quiz to find out how toxic you really are, go here.
As you can see below, a lot of the symptoms listed are the same as those experienced by people living with fibromyalgia and CFS….
- Joint pain
- Sinus congestion
- Muscle aches
- Postnasal drip
- Headaches and migraines
- Excessive sinus problems
- Foul-smelling stools
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sleep problems
- Water retention
- Trouble losing weight and keeping it off (ps. Toxins love to live in fat!)
- Food cravings
- Skin problems
- Canker sores
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Other menstrual disorders
- Bad breath
- Body Odour
- Puffy, dark circles under the eyes
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Constantly ill with colds and flu bugs
- Leaky Gut Syndrome
(Do these symptoms look familiar, and seem to be the same of those connected to fibromyalgia and CFS???)
Dealing with toxicity is a huge issue…as it not only has to do with detoxing on a regular basis, but also making some serious lifestyle changes regarding food, body care products, cookware and more…
Toxicity is Affecting Us ALL
Here’s a good video to watch that briefly highlights how toxic overload can be a root cause to many of our symptoms (and health conditions).
The product we use on a daily basis is Te Divina Detox Tea.
Hubby and I have been using this tea for 2 years now. It has helped to eliminate parasaties, and I believe it is proving helpful regarding elimination of heavy metals,(I know, because I can smell them faintly on my skin…nobody else can, though!).
This tea is a gentle option, and you can still eat real food, (clean eating), too.
According to functional health professionals, we should be detoxing at least 4x a year.
We noticed within a few days of using this tea that we were sleeping better, our mood improved hugely, bloating disappeared, skin tone improved, (we went from gray to glowing), fatigue lessened – and…I lost 36” in 3 months using this tea and eating clean!
I have to be honest with you, you will never be toxic-free. But you can do things to reduce exposure and help eliminate what is already in your body.
A good option regarding getting the proper help you need for diagnosing nutritional deficiencies and toxicity, and creating a personalised plan of action, is to work with a functional health expert.
As you can see from the information provided above, there is a lot to be said for just these 3 simple (but not always easy to deal with) reasons and how they may correlate with the symptoms you are experiencing and have been diagnosed as fibromyalgia and/or CFS.