What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes aches and pain all over the body. The symptoms are characterised by all over body tenderness and widespread pain in the body. Musculoskeletal pain and significant levels of fatigue are symptoms that are often evident.
Fibromyalgia is estimated affecting approximately 2% of the population; 9:1 female to male between the ages of 20 - 50 years (1).
Diagnosing a person for fibromyalgia can be at times very difficult as the symptoms tends to overlap other diagnosis like chronic fatigue syndrome or chronic headache syndrome.
Causes of Fibromyalgia
It is not known what is the definitely causes of fibromyalgia however fibromyalgia are common on people with:
- Injury or trauma
- Emotional stress including anxiety and depression
- Inflammatory condition such as arthritis
- Chemical imbalance - e.g. Low level of hormones including dopamine, noradrenalin and serotonin
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
- Difficulty sleeping
- Muscle stiffness
- Severe fatigue
- Poor memory and concentration
- Increased sensitivity to pain
- Sensitivity to light and noises (2).
How is Fibromylagia diagnosed?
When diagnosing Fibromyalgia, there are two criteria that a doctor uses:
- Presence of tender point - there are 18 sites in the body for possible tender points; a person must have at least 11 tender points to be considered of having fibromyalgia
- The history and location of the person's pain and lasting more than 3 months; both sides of the body must be affected (5).
The importance of Magnesium with Fibromyalgia?
Magnesium deficiency and fibromylagia
Magnesium has over 300 Biochemical functions in the body. This includes:
- Maintaining a healthy immune system
- Regulating the heart
- Helping maintain bone density
- Magnesium plays a major role in energy production in the cells of the body
- Aids in the regulation of blood glucose control
- Protein synthesis for muscle development
- There are countless amounts of researches that emphasizes the important role that magnesium has in our body.
- Magnesium can help with nerve conduct ions and relaxation of the muscles in the body and Research shows that people with Fibromyalgia have a significant low level of magnesium in the their body (5).
The symptoms of magnesium deficiency include:
- muscle twitching
- poor memory
- high Blood pressure
Magnesium are found in foods that includes dark leafy greens, nuts, beans seeds, soy products or dried fruits however, unless you are eating these type of foods on a regular basis then the chances are; your are magnesium deficient. Another alternative method is by taking magnesium supplement tablets however when magnesium tablets are taken orally approximately only 10% of the magnesium is absorbed by the body; the rest passes through the digestive system (4).
Magnesium performs most of its role in the body's tissues, bones and cells and the best method for magnesium absorption is via topical application of magnesium (transdermal Magnesium).
Magnesium Chloride is the most absorbable form of magnesium. Magnesium oil is created from Magnesium Chloride flakes. When Magnesium oil is sprayed onto the skin topically; the pores of the skin rapidly absorbs the magnesium chloride and distributes it to most of the cells, tissues or muscles.
When magnesium spray is used to relieve muscular pain; the site where the magnesium oil is sprayed provides an instant relief from cramps, pain or spasm. It is commonly known that taking magnesium supplements can help minimise and ease muscle cramps. When magnesium chloride is sprayed onto the skin and massaged; the muscle cramps or discomfort felt in that area is minimised.
Alternatively Magnesium chloride flakes is also another method in which the body can absorbed the magnesium. applying two scoops of downunder magnesium chloride flakes into a warm bucket of water and soaking your feet in it will not only help relieve foot tension or discomfort that most people get from walking or standing on the feet all day but will also help you relax.
Downunder Oil products provide a wide range of magnesium chloride products that will cater to everyone's needs. The magnesium chloride flakes in the lavender when used for a bath will need only relax the whole body but will also give that soothing and refreshing lavender smell.
There is countless amount of research that indicates that magnesium deficiency is evident with people who has fibromyalgia. The use of magnesium chloride as an alternative remedy to help correct the magnesium deficiency with a person who has fibromyalgia may help in easing their pain and discomfort in the long run.
(1) Arthritis and Osteoporosis (2016) Fibromyalgia, Available at: http://arthritisnsw.org.au/arthritis/information-sheets/fibromyalgia/ (Accessed: 20/12/2016).
(2) Emerge Australia (2016) Fibromyalgia, Available at: https://emerge.org.au/about-mecfs/diagnosis/related-conditions/fibromyalgia-fm/#.WFkwLBt9600 (Accessed: 19/12/2016).
(3) Move - Muscle, Bone and Joint Health (2016) Fibromyalgia, Available at: http://www.move.org.au/conditions-and-symptoms/fibromyalgia (Accessed: 19/12/2016).
(4) Dr Michael Murray (2016) Fibromyalgia, Available at: http://doctormurray.com/health-conditions/fibromyalgia/ (Accessed: 20/12/2016).
(5) Staud, Roland & Adamec, Christine 2002, Fibromyalgia for dummies, Wiley Publishing Inc, New York NY.