Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)

What is Fibromyalgia Syndrome?

Fibromyalgia (FMS) is characterized by chronic widespread pain, sleep disorders, fatigue, and anxiety. Commonly associated symptoms are morning stiffness. headaches, cognitive problems that include poor concentration and memory (foggy-headedness), irritable bowel syndrome, tingling or numbness in hands and feet, increased pain sensation to stimuli that non-FMS populations do not find painful.

Prevalence in the US has been estimated at ~5 million people (3.4% of women and 0.5% of men).

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Symptoms of fibromyalgia include morning stiffness. headaches, cognitive problems that include poor concentration and memory, irritable bowel syndrome, tingling or numbness in hands and feet, and increased pain sensation.

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

There is no determined/known cause for Fibromyalgia Syndrome according to the CDC. FMS is commonly associated with a history of  stressful or traumatic events (some researchers believe it may be related to PTSD), poor recovery after an illness or infection and obesity. There is strong evidence for genetic predisposition (genetic polymorphisms). FMS is often found along with autoimmune diseases (i.e., lupus, rheumatoid arthritis) and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Conventional Fibromyalgia Treatment

Conventional therapies for FMS include medications, exercise (aerobic and strength training), and relaxation and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Is It Really Fibromyalgia?

FMS has so many symptoms that a differential/complete diagnosis can become confused. Other illnesses are often misdiagnoesed as FMS – depression, various thyroid conditions, chronic low grade infections, adrenal gland dysfunction, functional hypoglycemia, autoimmune diseases, chronic systemic inflammation, various chemical and heavy metal toxicities, impaired cellular energy production (mitochondrial dysfunction), low neurotransmitter levels, low male/female hormones, diabetes, impaired liver and/or kidney function, and cardiovascular disease.

Note: It is important to work with a physician that can rule in or rule out these conditions and treat appropriately.

Chemical Intolerance Causes Fibromyalgia

Sensitivity/intolerance to sulfites, aldehydes, phenols, prostaglandins, tyramine, and/or histamine can – and usually does – trigger the cycle of changes that lead to fibromyalgia.

The genetic variations – polymorphisms – that predispose a person to being intolerant to these chemicals are known and can be tested. Through charting and testing the triggering chemicals for each person can be known.

Then? Decrease exposure to the offending chemical. Use very specific and targeted nutrition to support the enzymes that metabolize these chemicals. How? Vinami – it is a formula specifically designed, tested, and fine-tuned for improving chemical tolerance.

A Glass Of Wine and The Mystery of Fibromyalgia

It started with a glass of wine, a patients’ headache and asking, “Why is that?” It led to clarity as to how chemical intolerance triggers the changes that lead to fibromyalgia. The chemicals in wine that trigger suffering are the same chemicals to which people with fibromyalgia are intolerant to from their food and environment. The causes, mechanisms, and solutions are not a mystery – there is a path to make them known and control them.

The six part email on chemical intolerance will make the role of chemical intolerance in causing fibromyalgia clear for you. And, a 6-8 week trial of Vinami can be useful to find out how much these triggers  cause or contribute to fibromyalgia.

Clear up the fog of fibromyalgia

There is a lot of mystery and controversy around fibromyalgia syndrome. Is your fibromyalgia due to intolerance to chemicals in your food and environment? Do you know? Do you know what to do about it? Find out in our six installment educational program.