GOOD NEWS FOR FIBROMYALGIA PATIENTS First the bad news: Fibromyalgia is a condition involving widespread chronic pain which is often severe. To be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a patient must have widespread pain for three months or more, and must have tenderness at 11 or more of 18 specific points on the body. Ninety percent of patients are women, and about 3.5% of the female population suffer from the condition. Fibromyalgia can be a very serious problem - 70% of patients consider themselves to be disabled. Twenty-six percent receive at least one form of disability payment. Sixteen percent receive Social Security disability payments compared with 2.2% of the general population in the USA. In addition to pain, patients also experience a number of other symptoms: Seventy-five percent of fibromyalgia patients also have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Most, if not all, report sleep problems. Most report that they are light sleepers. Even those who sleep 8 or more hours a night report that they are not rested in the morning. Irritable bowel problems are found in 60% compared to 20% of the general population. Irritable bladder symptoms are experienced by about half of these patients. Restless leg syndrome is more common in fibromyalgia patients than in non-patients. Problems with mental fatigue and emotional distress are common. Thirty percent complain of being cold much of the time. Dizziness is a common symptom. One study found that 52% of patients also have multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS). A large number have various forms of arthritis. Dr. Samuel Yue also reports that chronic headaches, mitral valve prolapse, menstrual problems, endometriosis, and TMJ problems are all many more times more common in fibromyalgia patients than in the rest of the population. Their tissues age more rapidly than normal, he says, and many of their symptoms are related to this premature aging. Patients who receive the usual treatments do not usually improve much over the years. After years of treatment, most patients rate their health as only fair or poor, each takes an average of 2.7 fibromyalgia related medications in every 6-month period. What causes this condition? Premature aging of tissues is related to the catabolic imbalance described by Revici. This is also called the dysaerobic imbalance by Schenker. See Metabolic Balancing for more on this. I have recently seen a fibromyalgia patient experience a reduction of symptoms from simply taking Oxygenic D Plus drops for her dysaerobic imbalance. Correction of metabolic imbalances is a good first step. You can phone 1-800-736-4320 for the name of a doctor in your area who knows how to do this. Dr. Samuel Yue noted that many women with fibromyalgia enjoy a reduction or even a remission of symptoms during pregnancy. He then began to research the hormonal changes during pregnancy. The most striking change is a ten-fold increase in the ovarian hormone called relaxin. This finding is consistent with the fact that many fibromyalgia patients have their first symptoms after removal of the ovaries or after menopause. Both of these conditions greatly reduce relaxin levels - a problem not addressed by the usual hormone therapies. Further research revealed that 70% of female patients experience dramatic improvement when relaxin supplementation is used. Only 30% of male patients experience this improvement. Raynaud's phenomenon is also known to disappear during pregnancy, by the way, suggesting that this condition may also be an insufficiency of relaxin. There are some possible side effects from relaxin replacement. Nausea, diarrhea, anxiety, breast tenderness, increased menstrual flow, and acne can last up to 7-10 days as the body adjusts to more normal hormone levels. On the other hand, common beneficial effects include improved hair growth and quality, improved nail growth and strength, clearer and more youthful skin, increased libido, improved memory, clearer thinking, increased calmness, increased motivation, increased senses of taste and smell, better thermal regulation, improved circulation, deeper and more restful sleep, increased energy, reduction of digestive symptoms, reduction of urinary symptoms, and decreased muscle tightness and pain. The effects are in general anti-aging. Relaxin is available as a product called Vitalaxin, 20 mcg per tablet. The recommendation for women is to start with 1 tablet in the evening for 2-3 days. If there are no side effects, increase to 1 tablet AM and 1 tablet PM for 2-3 days. If there are no side effects, increase to 1 tablet AM and 2 PM for 2-3 days. Then to 2 AM and 2 PM. In 6-9 months, the connective tissue will be remodeled to a more youthful state, and the dose can be reduced to 1 tablet daily. For men, the maximum dose is 2 tablets per day. WARNING: Relaxin increases serotonin levels. (This is good.) Most fibromyalgia patients are also taking St John's wort or medications such as Elavil, Paxil, Prozac or others that raise serotonin levels or block serotonin uptake. It is necessary to consult with your physician so that medications can be reduced if necessary to avoid a hyper-serotonin situation. That would not be so good. Hopefully it will be possible to eventually do without the medications. See http://www.samyue.com for more on fibromyalgia and relaxin.
There are people with fibromyalgia who are using "Rife machines" of various
types who are reporting benefit. Rife-Bare, EMEM2, EMEM3, and other units
are being reported to help. One researcher reported that the following
frequencies helped: 300, 318, 460, 600, 1014, 1100, 1184, 1200, 1320, 1370,
1460, 1570, 1686-1688, 1730-1800, 1862, 1900, 1970, 2040, and 2190.
Dr. Vickery's excellent article