|Understanding the link between fibromyalgia and mold exposure|
|Written by Susan Lillard|
|Monday, 25 July 2011 19:22|
Approximately 80% of all people who have been afflicted with mold problems suffer from fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome in which a person has long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.
Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety. Fibromyalgia is most common among women aged 20 to 50.
Exposure to certain molds can destroy the mylein sheath (the fatty substance that protects the nerves).
The following conditions may be seen with fibromyalgia or mimic its symptoms:
Mild to severe pain is the prevailing symptom of fibromyalgia.
People with fibromyalgia tend to wake up with body aches and stiffness. For some patients, pain improves during the day and gets worse at night. Some patients have pain all day long.
Pain may get worse with activity, cold or damp weather, anxiety, and stress.
Fatigue, depressed mood, and sleep problems are seen in almost all patients with fibromyalgia. Many say that they can't get to sleep or stay asleep, and they feel tired when they wake up.
Other symptoms of fibromyalgia may include:
To date, there are a few prescriptions available to treat the symptoms such as Savella, Lyrica, and SSRI’s. According to doctors, patients have had little success in treating the symptoms with the above drugs. The pharmaceutical industry hasn’t quite perfected the protocol. Opiate painkillers do not work against this widespread pain and many doctors agree. In some cases it can worsen the effects.
Below are some natural treatments that have had a relative amount of success:
The Elimination Diet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elimination_diet)
Gua Sha (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua_Sha)
And Acupuncture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acupuncture)
Another highly controversial treatment is vibrational medicine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vibrational_medicine)
The Elimination Diet (also known as the caveman diet) has so far been most successful. It differs from the Mold Help Diet as it eliminates common food allergies. This works against autoimmune disease such as peanuts, soy, dairy, corn and gluten.