Fibromyalgia has taken center stage since Lady Gaga revealed that this condition has forced her to cancel part of her 2017 European tour. According to WebMD, fibromyalgia is the second most common condition affecting bones and muscles with widespread muscle and joint pain and fatigue. The muscle pain is described as burning, twitching, or tightness.
It wasn’t until 1990 that The American College of Rheumatology wrote the first set of guidelines to help diagnose fibromyalgia. So it’s a relatively new disease.
I became aware of it early on because I was working with yeast overgrowth syndrome (YOS). In 1987, I was asked to be a guest expert on a 90-minute TV show in Toronto with Dr. William Crook, who wrote The Yeast Connection. The show garnered 80,000 calls from viewers and was declared their most popular show. It was evident to me that many people were suffering from the symptoms of YOS. Symptoms included muscle and joint pain. In my observation there was a natural progression of untreated YOS to chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
I wrote a medical paper in 1991 called 2000 Cases of Candidiasis where I recommended treatment for yeast overgrowth in the form of diet, probiotics and natural antifungals. I also recommended 500mg of magnesium. Over the years I became more vocal about the cause of fibromyalgia being yeast overgrowth and magnesium deficiency. It’s only in the past few years that I’ve developed such a well-absorbed form of magnesium (ReMag) along with a multiple mineral combination (ReMyte) that people suffering from fibromyalgia are finding lasting relief.
Let me explain what is known about fibromyalgia and how most doctors are missing its true cause. I already mentioned that it’s a painful condition of the muscles and bones, which should alert you immediately to magnesium deficiency. It’s associated with multiple magnesium deficiency symptoms such as: pain anywhere in the body, headaches, TMJ syndrome, anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, restless legs, numbness, tingling, paresthesias, noise sensitivity, muscle spasms, myofascial pain syndrome, weakness, nerve pain, muscle twitching, and palpitations. Symptoms such as fibrofog, poor concentration, and memory disturbances I equate with the brain fog of YOS. IBS, genitourinary symptoms, interstitial cystitis, skin conditions, and hypoglycemia that are associated with fibromyalgia I also put in the YOS camp.
Ignoring magnesium deficiency and YOS, doctors say they are mystified by fibromyalgia and speculate that it’s genetic, or due to stress and trauma, or triggered by infections – none of which give a clue as to how to treat this condition.
There are no specific tests to diagnose fibromyalgia, which meant that in the early days doctors treated as if it were a psychological disorder and many still do.
The only allopathic treatment for fibromyalgia is medication for pain, sleep, and muscle spasms such as pain relievers, antidepressants, and anti-seizure drugs. The side effects of the drugs often make people worse. Doctors try to prescribe physical exercise for sufferers but it makes many people worse.
In my book The Magnesium Miracle (2017) I have a section called Living with Neuritis about a mother of 4 who was well on the road to fibromyalgia when she discovered she had magnesium deficiency and yeast overgrowth.
I’d say that about half of the customers who consult with our customer service suffer from various stages of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and have layers of hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue that are all related to magnesium and mineral deficiency and intestinal flora imbalance that can be addressed with the right nutrients. I’m not recommending intervention for diseases but for the deficiencies that are not addressed by our modern diets and lifestyle.
I don’t know if Lady Gaga will ever see this post and if she does ask her doctors about alternatives, I’m sure they will dismiss them and keep treating her with drugs that are universally ineffective for mineral deficiencies and imbalanced intestinal flora. But you know better and can save yourself and your loved ones from years of suffering by embracing this information. You can learn more at www.drcarolyndeanlive.com by listening to my archives, reading my free eBooks, and learning more about maintaining a healthy body.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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