As usual, whenever we read any information on fibromyalgia, there is always that underlying disclaimer that it is not conclusive or something to that effect. However, I personally find that biologically speaking these deficiencies do account for much of the symptoms that we feel and have.
Here are some of the deficiencies that we need to combat and battle with
- Low levels of serotonin
Yup! That definitely explains our fatigue and depression, doesn’t it? Low levels of serotonin also indicate a marked increase in pain levels. Read more on serotonin here.
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
This is another chemical which is not produced by our body. We get a 100% of our much needed B12 from animal-based foods.
A deficincy of B12 can cause a whole lot of problems such as anaemia, weakness, tiredness, nerve problems like numbness or tingling, muscle weakness, and problems walking and also mental problems such a memory loss and depression.
- Low levels of HGH
HGH or Human Growth Hormone, will result in fatigue, low energy levels, muscle weakness and a weak memory (often called fibro-fog).
Lower levels of HGH, means lower levels of IGF-1 (IGF-1 comes from your liver to repair damage to your body through injuries). So, without this IGF-1, our bodies are just not getting the jump start that they need in order to ensure that it’s fixing itself and getting the right signals that it needs in order to function correctly. Translated, that just means that our body is going to feel a lot more pain, our injuries are going to be more common and they’re going to last longer, and we’re going to be more tired.
That kind of sums up what fibromyalgia is all about!
- Decreased Adrenal Hormones
Fibromyalgia has been said to cause the adrenal glands to disfunction. This causes a lack of steroid hormones and leads to extreme fatigue and an inability to tackle stress and tension. This also leads to problems with the immune system.
- Significantly Low Thyroid Function
If you have been to the doctor, and he has tested your T4 and has decided that you are within the acceptable range, then you have not been fully tested. In order to see the true picture, you will need to be tested for all six different blood markers – TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies and Thyroglobulin Antibodies.
Just because your T4 falls within the range, that does not confirm that you have sufficient circulating T3. (the active thyroid hormone at the cellular level, which is produced in part by the thyroid, and in part by conversion of T4 hormone to T3) and is needed to maintain normal metabolism in cells. The lack of T3 will have significant symptoms including weakness and fatigue, hair loss, weight fluctuation, difficulty sleeping and tremors in the hands.
So, then what is the solution?
There is usually another deficiency which contributes to all these above mentioned deficiency and that is a decreased level of Magnesium .
Mg is needed by our body to produce ATP. It suffices to say that ATP is the crux of all our energy. So low levels of Mg will lower our ability to create energy causing fatigue.
Mg is also a major element in our nutrition and is one of the four electrolytes carrying an electrical charge. This controls the amount of water in our body.
Furthermore, the Mg:Ca ratio if altered (it does alter during the fight or flight situation) it will cause anxiety and depression and these are even more likely to cause cardiovascular problems than the orthodox risk factors.
Mg also controls the secretion of cortisol, a hormone that calms our nervous system. When our nervous system is calm, our thyroid hormone functions better. Mg also promotes restful sleep, sufficient amounts of Mg allow other hormones to be produced such as estrogen, progestrone and testosterone.
Mg is also essential for the production of serotonin and reducing the secretion of substance P (a neurotransmitter that serves as a pain messenger). Insufficient amounts of Mg in our system also accounts for irritability and insomnia.
Can you test for magnesium deficiency? No. The majority of magnesium is inside your cells, so there no way to measure it with a blood test. You just have to try some and see how you feel.
It is important to note that each chemical be it a mineral or a vitamin, relies on other chemicals to assist in the absorption and the metabolism process. Therefore, the best solution to all these problems can be best tackled (at least initially) with a proper and balanced diet.