Fibromyalgia Pain and Muscle Fatigue

Q: I have fibromyalgia (FM) and I am wondering are there nutrients that have shown effectiveness in controlling the pain and muscle fatigue I experience?

A: Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common rheumatic syndrome affecting close to 4 million Canadians predominantly women. This multi-syndrome disorder is noted for causing widespread muscle pain and fatigue not unlike the feeling you get from shovelling snow for days. The following nutrients are the most effective.

5-HTP, the happy pill, is effective at increasing serotonin levels in the brain. Many clinical trials have shown their effectiveness at relieving depression. One double-blind study involving 50 fibromyalgia patients showed that 5-HTP in a dose of 100 mg three times per day improved symptoms of anxiety, muscle pain, sleep patterns and early morning stiffness. 5HTP increases serotonin levels, improving sleep and mood.

Magnesium, a potent immune nutrient, is especially important for those with FM. Magnesium levels are low in most people with muscle pain. In healthy individuals it is found in high concentration in muscle cells, as it is required for production of ATP which provides us with energy. Magnesium should be supplemented in a dose of 500 mg per day. Studies have shown that the combination of magnesium along with malic acid, reduce FM symptoms.

Malic acid should be added in a dose of 2400 mg per day. It is a powerful nutrient that has been shown in clinical studies to reduce the pain associated with FM. Research shows that less than 2400mg per day will not relieve the symptoms of FM.

Celadrin, a new fatty acid recently published in the Journal of Rheumatology, relieves pain and inflammation quickly. Celadrin comes in capsule and cream. Take 3 Celadrin capsules daily and massage the Celadrin cream, morning and night, to sore areas for effective relief. Within weeks you will report a decrease in pain and general improvement in well-being.