Updated: Apr 15
Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterised by chronic diffuse muscle pain and other symptoms, which include fatigue, insomnia, memory deficits, restless legs, tingling and numbness. Fibromyalgia is frequently associated with depression, PTSD, and anxiety.
THERE IS NO SPECIFIC CAUSE for Fibromyalgia, but there are genetic and environmental factors that predispose people to develop this condition. Traditional treatments are focused around symptom relief. Patients with Fibromyalgia are being given powerful prescriptions. Antidepressants have had some limited success, better results have come with anti-seizure medications. Other treatments with opioids have been used to try to help. Limited results have led to further research investigations where there are promising findings. Research has now shown that there is evidence that Fibromyalgia is an oxidative stress disorder. This would mean we could correct this physiological weak spot at a cellular level, and we could modify the expression of this condition.
When oxidative stress toxins and free radicals, have the opportunity to cause damage to cells, there is extra sensitivity in certain cells. Nerve cells, especially in the central nervous system, are the obvious target. In the journal, Rheumatology International April 2005, Volume 25, issue 3, pp188-190, markers for free radical damage and intracellular antioxidant enzyme levels were shown to be significantly different in Fibromyalgia patients compared with the control subjects. In the journal, Redox Report, Volume 11, 2006-Issue 3, the author reported correlations between antioxidant capacity and the severity of pain in Fibromyalgia patients, specifically the total antioxidant capacity of the plasma of Fibromyalgia patients was significantly lower than healthy controls.
The brain and the peripheral nervous system are most susceptible to oxidative stress due to the heavy metabolic rates of nerve cells and their inherently slow repair rates. The brain consumes 20% of our oxygen but only accounts for 2% of our body weight. It makes perfect sense that as these cells are unable to protect themselves from the effects of free radicals and toxins that naturally occur, there will be cellular dysfunction. At the core of cellular repair mechanisms are REDOX molecules that are normally made in balanced and abundant amounts. They are critical resources for antioxidant molecules to use as they neutralise dangerous toxins. The problem occurs as we age, or are under stress, our tissues produce fewer of these molecules.
One obvious solution would be to provide the body with more of these molecules. Exercise has been shown to create more mitochondria, and therefore more REDOX molecules. Also the only other way to ramp up our resources of REDOX molecules is through taking a REDOX molecule supplement.
In summary, Fibromyalgia is a condition where there is obvious oxidative stress that leads to dysfunction of many cells in the body, especially nervous tissue cells. Restoring a balance to these stressed cells can lead to a return to proper function. REDOX molecules, in a balanced formulation, can provide the molecular resources for our cells to recover. Getting to the root of imbalances is often the best way to restore health rather than simply treating symptoms.