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

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

Irritable bladder symptoms are experienced by about half of these patients.

Restless leg syndrome is more common in fibromyalgia patients than in

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 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