Struggling with fibromyalgia &/or CFS? Here’s 3 simple reasons for symptoms 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 did I find? Well, it turned out that a number of my suspected fibromyalgia and CFS symptoms were actually attributable to other simple environmental and dietary factors.
Although everyone is obviously different, when you read what these 3 simple reasons are, then hopefully you will have an ‘Aha!’ moment, (like I have!).
Here were the top 3 simple things that were root causes of my fibromyalgia and CFS symptoms. Seriously…
1. A POOR MATTRESS
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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!).
Your doctor’s answer to pain, sleep and mood issues will most likely be…
Medication! And they will also most likely inform you that all of these issues are all part and parcel with fibromyalgia and CFS/ME!
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!
The thing is, many of us think that there’s nothing wrong with our mattress. It may not be sagging, and when we get into it we think ‘ahhhh’…However. This does NOT mean that it is giving us the best support!
In fact, you should replace your mattress every 5-7 years. And if you are in bed all the time? Even sooner!
Our Personal Experience…
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’s 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…
Ps. You should also change your pillows every year, too! (We love our organic buckwheat hull pillows, because you can get great neck and head support with them).
2. NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES
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.
When Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Best…
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…! And if you have a fibromyalgia or CFS/ME diagnosis? Getting tested for vitamin and mineral deficiencies seems to be even harder…).
Here are just a few examples of vitamin and mineral deficiency symptoms:
Please note: This content is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as advice or treatment. Please seek advice from your health practitioner.
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. In fact, here is an article I wrote about magnesium deficiency.
- 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
Before you run out to your doctor and ask for a blood test, it is important to know this…!
Most magnesium 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 magnesium deficient, assume that this is most likely an issue…).
For more information on the different types of tests, go here.
However, the test that most doctors will carry out will be a blood serum test…Which will most likely come back normal...because it is the wrong test!
If you’re serious about understanding the best way forward with the right magnesium treatment, I would highly recommend seeing a functional health practitioner who’s expertise includes deficiencies.
I would also recommend reading Dr Carolyn Dean’s book on magnesium (listed below.)
Magnesium – The Miracle Mineral!
Dr Carolyn Dean, author of the book The Magnesium Miracle, is a naturopath and magnesium expert. Dr Dean states:
Serum magnesium is a very inaccurate measurement of magnesium in the body. Magnesium in the blood stream, AKA serum magnesium, measures only 1% of the total body magnesium; the range is 1.8-3.6mg/dL. When serum magnesium drops, mechanisms in the body push the levels up by dragging magnesium out of the bones and muscles. This is done for a very important reason – the heart muscle requires a constant level of magnesium or it will go into spasm – AKA a heart attack!
However….the best way to figure out if you are magnesium deficient is by your symptoms!
There are a variety of different types of magnesium available such as magnesium citrate, magnesium malate, magnesium chlorate (to name a few).
Some magnesiums can be highly ineffective, and will not be absorbed by your body and in turn can cause diarrhea.
Getting the RIGHT Magnesium Supplement…
If you’re interested in using magnesium as a supplement, then consider a magnesium complex, as there are many different kinds of magnesium and finding the best one for you, may be difficult. Dr Dean recommends ReMag, however, it’s not available outside of the USA.
You can definitely do magnesium supplements together with transdermal (through the skin) together, too
To use magnesium via a transdermal method can be as easy as using Epsom salt (ie, in a lovely soak in the tub!) or magnesium oil for your skin.
I also find that when I do have an Epsom salt soak, it helps sore muscles and I also sleep better, too. However, there are loads of lovely essential oil Epsom salt products on the market, such as Dr Teals.
Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt – Muscle Recovery Soak – Whole Body Relief with Arnica, Menthol, Eucalyptus – 2lb bag (Pack of 3)
Relax, Relieve & Soothe Away Pain Naturally with Arnica, Eucalyptus & Menthol
B12 Deficiency Symptoms
With a 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 Mary Ruth’s organic B12 liquid spray.
Low in Energy? Why Not Try This Great Tasting, Organic Energy Boost of B12?
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 vegetables – 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 man-made chemicals from glyphosate to other highly concerning pesticides and herbicides – even organic foods are not immune (as the USDA found 40 synthetic pesticide residues on samples of organic foods).
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 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 go here.
Dealing with toxicity is a huge issue…as it not only has to do with detoxing on a regular basis, but it also requires 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 the 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 Te Divina Detox 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 toxin-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 personalized 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 three simple reasons and how they may correlate with your symptoms if you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and/or CFS. And although the mattress and mineral deficiencies can be relatively easy to resolve, toxicity, on the other hand, is unfortunately not as easy, but worth dealing with to help improve your health.