FibromyalgiaMultiple Sclerosis

Autoimmune Diseases Conflicts In Treatments

In this century autoimmune disease seem to be running  Rampant! Two of the most prominent are:

Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an ascending paralysis  in the entire body, is thought to be caused by an  autoimmune attack on the nerves. Some believe a  recent viral infection or vaccination may be responsible  for this autoimmune reaction. There is no true effective  treatment; yet again nutritional supplementation has  given very good response.

Guillain-Barre

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS In which the immune system  attacks the myelin sheath around the nerve and causes  an inflammatory response. Aspartame products have  been traced to being one of the instigators of MS.

Click “All About Multiple Sclerosis” for more information.

Last but not the least, as it probably affects the most people:

FIBROMYALGIA

FMS (fibromyalgia syndrome) is a widespread  musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder for which  the cause is still unknown. Fibromyalgia means pain  in the muscles, ligaments and tendons–the fibrous  tissues in the body. FMS used to be called fibrositis,  and fibromyositis implying that there was inflammation  in the muscles, but research later proved that inflammation  did not exist.

Is fibromyalgia the same for everybody

PAIN– The pain of fibromyalgia has no boundaries.  People describe the pain as deep muscular aching, burning,  throbbing, shooting and stabbing. 

FATIGUE– This symptom can be mild in some patients  and yet incapacitating in others.  

Click “Dealing With Chronic Pain And Fatigue” for more information.


SLEEP DISORDER – Most fibromyalgia patients have  an associated sleep disorder.  

Click “The Sleep Disorder in Chronic Pain” for more info.

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) – Constipation, diarrhea,  frequent abdominal pain, abdominal gas and nausea  represent symptoms.  

CHRONIC HEADACHES – Recurrent migraine or  tension-type headaches are seen in about 50%.  

A detailed article on this subject.(Chronic Daily Headache Syndrome

TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome) –  This syndrome causes tremendous face and head pain in  one quarter of FMS patients.  (Chronic TMD Treatment Options)

MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome) –  Sensitivities to odors, noise, bright lights, medications  and various foods is common in roughly 50%.  

ALSO – Painful menstrual periods (dysmenorrhea),  chest pain, morning stiffness, cognitive or memory  impairment, numbness and tingling sensations, muscle  twitching, irritable bladder, the feeling of swollen  extremities, skin sensitivities, dry eyes and mouth,  frequent changes in eye prescription, dizziness, and  impaired coordination can occur.

KNOWN FACTS:  Patients who are suffering from any autoimmune  condition have significantly more free radicals to handle.  And the key to preventing oxidative stress is balance.  You want to have enough antioxidants on board to  handle the number of free radicals the body is producing  by attacking itself. People who are suffering from any  autoimmune disease have a tremendous amount of  oxidative stress (imbalance in the number of free radicals  to antioxidants).


CONFLICT IN TREATMENT for autoimmune  conditions arise with different points of view in treatment.

One viewpoint is that the immune system has to be destroyed  in that particular area (nerve) so as not to cause further  problems. Nerve blocks are used.

Another is; Very high amounts of antibiotics or other drugs  are used. (Creating even more free radicals.)

Still another point of view is to try and rebuild and  re-energize the immune system, by giving it all the  antioxidants it can take – more than the basic amounts.  That ensures optimum doses of all the nutrients required  in a form that the body can metabolize immediately.  Moreover they are balanced and completeso no guessing  is required.

The University of Missouri (Columbia) researchers analyzed  49 fibromyalgia studies and concluded that exercise, relaxation,  and other non-drug treatments are more effective than drugs for  the condition. Patients are often given antidepressants, muscle  relaxants and NSAIDs such as ibuprofen. Patients in non-drug  therapies reported fewer pain symptoms and less fatigue.

I concur with Columbia, that is exactly how I choose to  Treat my 30 year bout with FMS, but only after twenty years  of letting doctors use me as a guinea pig of sorts. Then I turned  to nutritional, antioxidant, herbal and exercise and found relief!  My wish is for your life to be pain free and happy!

Mrs Lena J Sanchez

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