Fibromyalgia is a cyclic and
progressive illness that, in its early stages, has symptoms that appear together
for only a few days at a time. As more areas of the body become involved, good
and bad days intersperse and eventually cycle from bad to worse. There are no
tests to diagnose fibromyalgia. Following are some of the more common
symptoms one might encounter.
Central Nervous System:
Fatigue, irritability, nervousness,
depression, apathy, listlessness, impaired memory & concentration,
anxieties, suicidal thoughts, insomnia and frequent awakening from pain.
Pain and generalized morning
stiffness in the muscles, tendons and ligaments arise from the shoulders, neck,
upper & lower back, hips, knees, inner & outer elbows, wrists, and
chest. Injured or old operative sites are often most affected. Joint pains with
or without swelling, redness and heat are frequent.
Leaky gut, spastic colon or mucous
colitis symptoms include nausea (often brief, repetitive waves), indigestion,
gas, bloating, cramps, constipation alternating with diarrhea and sometimes
mucus in the stools. (See below, Things that may help irritable bowel
Pungent urine, frequent urination,
bladder spasms, burning urination (dysuria) with or without repeated bladder
infections and interstitial cystitis are common. Vulvodynia (or vulvar pain
syndrome) includes vaginal spasms, irritation of the vaginal lips (vulvitis) or
opening (vestibulitis) and painful intercourse (dyspareunia). It typically
mimics a yeast infection but without the typical discharge. Intense PMS and
cramping are common, and all symptoms of fibromyalgia are worse premenstrually.
Various rashes may appear with or
without itching: hives, red blotches, tiny bumps or blisters, eczema, seborrheic
or neurodermatitis. Nails are often brittle and poor quality. Hair falls out
prematurely. The skin may give off sensations such as cold, heat (especially
palms, soles and thighs), crawling, electric vibrations, prickling,
super-sensitivity to touch, or flushing sometimes with heavy sweating.
Headaches (even migraines);
dizziness, vertigo (spinning) or imbalance; dry eyes with itching or burning
& blurred vision; nasal congestion & post-nasal drip; irritated tongue
or abnormal tastes (bad, scalded or metallic); ringing or swishing sounds;
numbness and tingling hands, feet or face; leg or foot cramps; weight gain; low
grade fevers; greater susceptibility to infections & allergies; heightened
sensitivity to sounds, lights, odors or chemicals; morning eyelid and hand
swelling from fluid retention that gravitates to the lower legs where it
stretches tissues causing restless leg syndrome.
This is a separate condition that can
be induced or intensified by fibromyalgia. When this occurs it is known as
fibroglycemia. Forty percent of female and 20 percent of male
fibromyalgics suffer from the combination of both conditions. Symptoms greatly
overlap those of fibromyalgia, but sugar craving accompanied by tremors,
sweating, anxiety, panic attacks, heart palpitations, faintness, and frontal
headaches, especially if hunger-induced, are solid clues to the diagnosis.
Hypoglycemia must be treated concurrently or the patient will not totally
recover despite reversal of fibromyalgia.
For more information:
For the causes and treatment for
reversing this disease, go to the Library
section of this web site for a book review on the most enlightening book, "What
Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia" by Dr. R. Paul
Amand and Claudia Marek. From there you can link to their web site for a list of doctors who are
familiar with his guaifenesin protocol.