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January 2014




Antidepressants Ease Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Medications Helped Fibromyalgia Sufferers with Pain and Fatigue. Antidepressants may help people living with the chronic pain of fibromyalgia experience fewer symptoms and improve their quality of life, new research shows. The study, lead by Dr. Winfried Hauser, of Klinikum Saarbrucken in Germany, found that fibromyalgia patients had less pain, fatigue and depression while on certain antidepressants. Tricyclic and tetracyclic antidepressants helped the most people to reduce pain, fatigue and sleep disturbances, according to the report published in the January 14, 2009, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Medications used in England to treat fibromyalgia are painkillers, muscle relaxants and antidepressants. The painkillers are used to allow the patient to function and include over-the-counter medications such as Paracetomol or prescription painkillers such as Codeine. Muscle relaxants are used to aid in sleep and include medications such as Carisoprodol and Tizanidine. Antidepressants are prescribed to fibromyalgia patients not for their mood altering qualities, but rather for their ability to increase the number of neurotransmitters.

Amitriptyline is used for pain relief and depression. It works especially well for night time sleep. It also helps to boost your Serotonin which helps to make you feel happier. Not everyone is the same if you do not get on with this drug there are others that can help, just ask your doctor. By asking him more questions you will feel more positive with what he or she is giving you, don’t just say thank you and leave. You have no idea what it is and what exactly it will do to your body. It is not necessary to go into it so much you are scared to take them but to have a better understanding after all it is not the doctor’s body it’s yours.

Acupam is a medicine that belongs to a group called analgesics commonly known as pain killers and relievers. The active substance Nefopam Hydrochloride interrupts the messages being sent to your brain, it also acts in your brain to stop pain messages being felt. This means that Acupam does not stop the pain from happening but you will not be able to feel the pain as much. Acupam is used to relieve acute and chronic pain ( for example pain after an operation dental pain or muscle & joint pain or pain caused in cancer.

Amitriptyline belongs to a group of medicines called tricyclic antidepressant drugs. These medicines alter the levels of chemicals in the brain to relieve the symptoms of depression. Its an old fashioned antidepressant which has been found to relieve pain. Amitriptyline is used to treat the symptoms of depression. Also for the relief of bed-wetting at night by children and for pain relief to aid sleep. What Amitriptyline tablets look like and contents of the pack. Amitriptyline tablets are circular, biconvex, film-coated tablets in the following colours: 10mg - blue. 25mg – yellow. 50mg - tan. Pack sizes are 28 tablets.

Co-codamol 30/500 Effervescent Tablets (called co-codamol). Co-codamol contains two different medicines called Codeine Phosphate and Paracetamol. It belongs to a group of medicines called analgesics (painkillers) and is used to treat severe pain. They contain the active substances of Co-codamol 30/500 are codeine phosphate and Paracetamol. Each tablet contains 30mg of codeine phosphate and 500mg of Paracetamol. The other ingredients are sodium bicarbonate, anhydrous citric acid, anhydrous sodium carbonate, sorbitol powder, saccharin sodium, povidone, dimeticone and sodium luryl sulphate. What They look like and contents of pack are white bevelled-edge tablets, scored on one face. They are supplied in cartons of 100 tablets.

pregabalin Pregabalin is an oral medication that is chemically related to gabapentin (Neurontin, Gabarone). It is used for treating pain caused by neurologic diseases such as postherpetic neuralgia as well as seizures. It also is used for treating fibromyalgia. The mechanism of action of pregabalin is unknown. Pregabalin binds to calcium channels on nerves and may modify the release of neurotransmitters (chemicals that nerves use to communicate with each other). Reducing communication between nerves may contribute to pregabalin's effect on pain and seizures. The FDA approved pregabalin in December 2004. Capsules: 25, 50, 75, 100, 150, 200, 225, and 300 mg. Oral Solution: 20 mg/ml Fibromyalgia is treated with 300-450 mg/day in 2 or 3 divided doses. Brand name is under Lyrica.

Nutrients and Natural Products

Zimovane (Zopiclone) Sleeping Tablet. This tablet is also marketed under the name Zileze. It is a hypnotic (sleeping drug) used for short term treatment of insomnia. It possesses no anti-anxiety properties, therefore, it may be suitable in dosages from 3.75mg to 7.5mg for cases of insomnia that are not accompanied by anxiety. Intended for occasional use only. Side effects: Don’t be unduly alarmed. All drugs cause side effects for (some) patients. Some can feel daytime drowsiness, which normally diminishes after the first few days of treatment and a bitter taste in the mouth. Persistent morning drowsiness or impaired co-ordination are signs of excessive dose. Dependence can develop after as little as one week of continuous use. If you fall asleep without having taken a dose and wake some time later, do not take the missed dose. Patients who have been taking this drug for longer than seven days must consult their doctor before withdrawing treatment.

pregabalin Pure Bio, Pure Encapsulation Pure Encapsulations is committed to producing the most complete line of science-based nutritional supplements. Products contain absolutely no hidden fillers, coatings, artificial colours or other excipients that would disrupt or diminish the bioavailability of the ingredients. Additionally, formulas are free of wheat, gluten, preservatives and hydrogenated oils. Hypo-allergenic plant fibre. Take 1 capsule daily with meals. Antioxidant CoQ10: The essential nutrient Coenzyme Q10 is a necessary component of cellular energy production and respiration. It is a component of the mitochondrial electron transport system, which supplies the energy required for a variety of physiological functions. CoQ10 provides support to all cells of the body, and is especially supportive of tissues that require a lot of energy, such as the heart muscle, periodontal tissue, and the cells of the body's natural defence system. It is very good for our memory.

pregabalin Pure Encapsulation I-Tyrosine This has been proven that it can when taken when carrying out particular exercise will turn off our adrenaline switch which is also called the Moro Reflex, subsequently taking the stress and fatigue away. In the body phenylalanine is converted to tyrosine. The amino acid tyrosine is a precursor of catecholamine neurotransmitter, including I-dopa, dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine. Theses neurotransmitters are responsible for supporting emotional well-being and mental function. I-Tyrosine plays a role in promoting healthy neurotransmitter function in response to environmental and emotional stress. Research has indicated its potential to promote cognitive function and memory under stressful conditions in one study I-tyrosine enhanced mood and sleep in subjects with low dopamine levels.

Fibromyalgia Nutrition:

Vitamins and Minerals are Critical

By Dr Nasr

This fibromyalgia nutrition page covers which nutrients your muscles need in order to perform all their necessary functions. You will have the knowledge to build healthy muscles, at the cellular level, helping give you fibromyalgia symptom relief, naturally.

I know this is hard to believe, because it sounds too simple--just get the right nutrients into your muscles. This fibromyalgia nutrition information is from lectures by Dr Nasr, whose generous spirit is allowing me to pass his knowledge of nutrition on to you. You will find his incredible education and advice below:

The main job of your muscles is to provide movement. This could be moving your bones, moving your blood, or moving your food through your digestive system, but they all need to move.

Muscles live on blood. Food travels to the muscle through the bloodstream and waste travels away from the muscles, again through the bloodstream.

One aspect of fibromyalgia nutrition is that the energy supply (food and oxygen) in the bloodstream has to get inside the muscle cell.

The transport system in and out of the cell is done by minerals. This is one key to fibromyalgia nutrition, however certainly not the only one.

Muscles work on an active transport mechanism. An active transport system is where the muscle has to ask for the food, through a need for more energy, before the food will go in.

Therefore, you have to demand nutrients to your muscles through exercise in order to heal your muscles. Yeah, sorry, you will have to move your muscles. But you also have to supply the right nutrients to the muscles, through a fibromyalgia nutrition plan.

Then, the individual muscle cells must produce energy, from the food and oxygen supplied, in order to move. This is the second part of fibromyalgia nutrition that affects your health.

Here's an overall view of what nutrients are needed by your muscles:

Potassium and calcium need to be properly balanced. This is because potassium and calcium will exchange places, inside and outside the cell. Sodium plays a role with these minerals in fibromyalgia nutrition, too.

Absorption of food by the muscle cells requires zinc, magnesium, and manganese.

Magnesium and calcium also work together, allowing the muscle to contract and relax. Your muscles get fatigued and weak when they can't relax. You've experienced this, haven't you?

This is also the reason you can't sleep; your muscles won't relax. Here is where fibromyalgia nutrition can make a huge difference in the quality of your life.

When muscles either spasm (tighten) or are too relaxed, this causes the joints to hit each other. More pain for you.

Minerals also hold everything together in the cell so that it can work. That's the best way I can describe in simple terms this aspect of mineral function for fibromyalgia nutrition in your body.

Vitamin E, like a guy with one hand in and one hand out of the cell, grabs the carbs or fats and transports them into the cell. Insulin helps Vitamin E to shove the energy (food) into the cell.

Side note: Vitamin E loves to get rid of fat. It is oil soluble and will use fat for energy. Fat converts to energy using Vitamin B1, B2, B3, Vitamin E, and Beta Carotene. So, good nutrition helps you lose weight, too.

After getting the food inside the muscle cell, it needs to be converted to energy.

Your muscles work like a cylinder and piston works in an engine. In a car, compression makes the fuel in the engine fire, creating energy. In the body, hormones and enzymes make the fuel (food and oxygen) 'fire', which produces energy.

Where an engine needs gas, muscles need food.

While an engine needs air, muscles need oxygen.

We know that an engine needs oil, right? Did you know that muscles need fat or oil, too? No-fat diets are not in line with fibromyalgia nutrition.

Fat lubricates your muscles, just like oil lubricates an engine.

Fat also provides energy. The muscles in your body burn 20 times more energy in a day than the energy of one tank of gas in your car. Hard to believe, isn't it?

Inside the cell, the mitochondria are the furnace of the cell. It combines the food and oxygen, producing energy plus waste.

When the muscle cell breaks the bond of a carbon molecule at the end of a chain of carbon molecules (carbs), energy is released.

A lack of oxygen will cause lack of energy. (Remember the fuel has to combine with oxygen to create energy.) This can be from poor air quality or shallow breathing. But, lack of oxygen can also be from a lack of haemoglobin, which carries the oxygen in your blood. Vitamin B12 and Iron are important for your blood to carry oxygen to your cells.

When the brain realizes you need more energy, like when you're walking up the stairs, it tells the ATP inside the cell. The ATP determines how much energy you need. (ATP stands for a big long word that we really don't need to know, since we can't pronounce it anyway!)

Inside the cell, enzymes and hormones get to work in order to create energy. Your fibromyalgia nutrition program supports these functions. Enzymes are little munchers. They take the fuel, bite it off and let it go free. Co-enzymes help the enzymes.

Enzymes are made of:
1) Vitamins that convert to co-enzymes.
2) Zinc, magnesium, and manganese.
3) Amino acids (protein).

Without enzymes, you can't digest your food. A deficiency of enzymes will lead to lack of energy. Every vitamin is necessary to make enzymes.

Hormones regulate how much energy is to be created. A hot flash in menopausal women comes from the hormones telling the cells to make too much energy (heat). Hormones are made from amino acids, minerals, plus some enzymes.

This process of producing energy also produces waste. In fibromyalgia nutrition, if we don't clean out the wastes, this will cause disease. We call these wastes free radicals. Free-radical protectors are called antioxidants. When antioxidants see a free radical, they grab it, so that the free radical can't do damage to your other cells.

Remember how you learned that Vitamin E takes food into the cell? Vitamin E is an antioxidant that also takes waste out of the cell.

Then Vitamin C helps out by grabbing the free radical in the bloodstream and taking it out of the body, through the kidneys.

This is the process of detoxification. A Vitamin C deficiency will cause toxicity problems. Too much toxicity will cause even more problems. When the cell gets congested with waste, reactions (needed to produce energy) are unable to take place.

Too many chemicals create too much waste and toxins in the cells. This makes the cells less elastic. This can cause pain when the cells lose elasticity; they can't move with you.

There are numerous factors to fibromyalgia nutrition.

The muscles of the arteries are the most sensitive to lack of minerals. Lack of trace minerals and of calcium will cause spasms in the arteries leading to the muscles.

This is like a cramp. The artery will tighten up to the point of blocking blood flow to the muscle. This in turn starves the muscle of nutrients and oxygen. This is how fibromyalgia can begin.

When you’re, the arteries to your heart, or the heart itself goes into spasm, this is when you experience fibromyalgia chest pain (angina). When the muscles don't get enough blood, they lack oxygen. The muscle cells call the brain when there is too much waste and not enough oxygen. This call for help, unanswered, becomes your pain. It's time to listen, don't you think?

As you know, pain is very destructive and difficult to tolerate. It keeps you awake; you can't rest. Pain can completely destroy you. Here's your chance to get rid of your pain!

Do you understand why you need a complete nutritional program in order to heal, not just a few extracted vitamins? To demonstrate how nutrients work together:

Vitamin C needs Vitamin E,
Vitamin E needs Vitamin B,
Vitamin B needs Beta Carotene.

Dr. Nasr always recommends nutrition first; drug therapy is secondary in his medical practice. Here is an example of how drugs might sometimes be necessary in fibromyalgia treatment:

If the spasms in your arteries or muscles are so severe that they will not allow any nutrients in, you may need antispasmodic medicine for a short period of time, in order for the muscle to relax and allow the good nutrients, you are now supplying, to get in.

Of course, if you're not on a good nutrition program, the antispasmodic medicine will not aid in your cure, just temporarily cover up symptoms.

I hope this page helps you understand why fibromyalgia nutrition is vital to your recovery. And why a complete array of fibromyalgia supplements is necessary, not just one vitamin or supplement. But, fibromyalgia nutrition alone can't heal you. Yes, you have to feed the muscles the nutrients they need. You also need a digestive system clear of waste, mucous, and toxins so the nutrients can get into your blood stream. Then, you have to begin to exercise in order to actively bring these nutrients into the muscle cells.

Vitamins, minerals, exercise, and protein builds muscles. This is why a good source of protein is included in my fibromyalgia nutrition program. Your muscles need all of these to become healthy again.

Fibromyalgia is a symptom that can be caused by various conditions, but the muscle problems all boil down to either lack of nutrients in the muscles or increased demand for nutrients by the muscles. Solve this and you are on the road to feeling better.

Of course, it's not that simple. Factors contributing to your fibromyalgia nutrition problems can be:

1) lack of nutrients in the food you consume
2) lack of nutrients in the soil in which your food is grown
3) a spasm in the artery leading to the muscle
4) poor digestion
5) lack of exercise
6) stress (which increases your demand for nutrients)
7) chronic fatigue
8) hormonal imbalances
9) viruses and toxins

After beginning a fibromyalgia nutrition program, you will need to evaluate your results after 3-6 weeks. You do this by recording your symptoms before and after starting supplements. From there, you must decide if other nutrients or alternative therapies are necessary to target contributing factors, such as hormonal imbalances or hidden viruses.

Health Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The statements and products are not intended to diagnose, cure, prevent or treat any diseases. The information here is not provided by medical professionals and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your physician before beginning any course of treatment.