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What Causes Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Published: 2009-01-18 (Revised/Updated 2015-12-18) : Author: Mark Shaw
  • Synopsis: Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be caused by a whole range of factors all of which it is most likely your doctor or practitioner will not be able to diagnose.

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"Recent research has shown that in Fibromyalgia/CFS patients there is an irregular molecular weight for cells and enzymes that act as the body's defense mechanisms."

Only doctors and therapists expert in the treatment and management of these conditions will have the time, testing equipment and expertise to tell you the most likely causes and provide an accurate diagnosis and prognosis.

Recent research points toward a variety of triggers prevalent in these conditions.

A viral/ chemical exposure which entered your system causing a temporary brain injury to the area of the brain that deals with immune response.

Types 1 and 2 will cause the most prolonged type of Fibromyalgia/CFS, with 3 being mostly related to the type of post viral illness PVFS caused by EBV, in otherwise healthy patients this will usually dissipate over a period of 6 months to a year and should not necessarily result in or be classified as Fibromyalgia/CFS.

So what is the strategy that will improve the symptoms caused by type 1 and 2 by 300%

The strategy I am going to outline is multi pronged and it is so for a reason.

Fibromyalgia/CFS of Type 1 etiology will have been activated by borellia burgdorferi or a sub strain or a mycoplasmal infection, or ehrlichiosis, babesiosis or a host of other infectious agents. Please note that I use the word activated and not caused.

There is currently a lot of research into Lyme's disease and similar infections as a theory and subdivision of research in Fibromyalgia and CFS.

These infections may present in conjunction with each other and a variety of others which are beyond the scope of this document. If you have been traveling in tropical or subtropical regions prior to onset of your condition you should primarily present at a tropical disease clinic.

For the purposes of this document I am concentrating on viral and bacterial infections which are causing Fibromyalgia/CFS symptoms in North America/ Canadian States and European countries.

Bacterial infections are notoriously difficult to diagnose, they are transmitted by a variety of ticks and insects. Your doctor will most likely not even attempt a diagnosis.

However, and this is key what we are trying to achieve. The core treatment is the same for Fibromyalgia and CFS types 1 and 2, but a separate regime can be added to deal with type 1 which will facilitate quicker overall recovery.

Why is this, what is going on

A healthy functional immune system should be able to cope with these bacterial and viral invasions or chemical exposure over a period of time.

Where bacterial invasion is suspected a short course of antibiotics should be adequate to return the patient back to full health.

Similarly with viral/chemical invasion we do not have the luxury of antibiotics, but a normal immune system in conjunction with the bodies normal defense mechanisms and organs of elimination should regularize your system within a few weeks or so, indeed almost the entire population shows evidence of being carriers of borrelia and its subtypes, so there's no doubt that the presence of these organisms is certainly NOT the direct cause of Fibromyalgia and CFS.

So why do these agents trigger Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome seemingly at random in a significant percentage of people.

It's our theory that a chronic infection of these types can, in those predisposed, be the trigger for an episode of Fibromyalgia/ CFS, and indeed be a sustaining factor in the disease etiology in much the same way that viral and chemical attacks are known to trigger an episode.

None of these agents are by themselves the cause. Most Lyme's patients make a full recovery over a period of a few months. Most viral episodes and chemical exposures are dealt with over the short to medium term by the body's normal defenses..

The cause of these prolonged episodes of Fibromyalgia and CFS which can go on for years or even a lifetime, is that at the time of exposure in those patients musculoskeletally compromised the body's immune and nervous system, known as The Autonomic Nervous System effectively blew a fuse.

Pardon the unscientific language, but this is actually quite an effective analogy.

Recent research has shown that in Fibromyalgia/CFS patients there is an irregular molecular weight for cells and enzymes that act as the body's defense mechanisms.

Viral channels remain open as expressed by RNase L weights long after the viruses have effectively been eliminated.

This means that your body still thinks it is fighting infections long after they have been beaten, consuming energy resources and destroying otherwise healthy cells and thereby contributing to the overall feeling of exhaustion.

For example, lets examine a commonly cited feature of Fibromyalgia and CFS. You should have noticed that when you have the slightest inkling of a sore throat or a cold beginning, your Fibromyalgia/CFS symptoms get noticeably worse, but interestingly the cold itself never fully develops.

This is a well documented feature of an up-regulated immune system, overreacting to eliminate the infection and subsequently leaving the viral enzyme channels open, way longer than would normally be the case in a healthy patient.

The cold virus is beaten but your immune system is still effectively fighting it, the lymphocytes can't find what they are looking for so float around attacking the wrong cells.

The effect is that your Fibromyalgia/CFS gets worse.

Not surprisingly, Ampligen has been found to have positive results in some CFS sufferers, as it has a strong antiviral mechanism, the incidence of viral infection and viral channel activation is reduced taking the stress off the ANS and effectively making the patient "feel" better.

However the ultimate goal should be to restore healthy immune function and appropriate immune response.

Similarly with Fibromyalgia/CFS of bacterial origin, the presence of these bacteria are causing an irregular dysfunctional immune response. What we can do of course with bacterial infections is reduce the presence of the organisms to almost zero while simultaneously addressing the underlying cause, the dysfunctional immune system.

There are widely over-reported instances of patients diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and CFS making a full recovery after antibiotics which only goes to indicate that the original diagnosis should have been Lyme's borrelia.

However this is a minority of cases and does not warrant the abuse of this data being touted around on various internet sites as Lyme's IS Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

In order to treat patients with Fibromyalgia/CFS type 1, I advocate reducing the bacterial load using synthetic antibiotics.

The regime I recommend is to start with 1.5g Amoxicillin working up to 3g taken through the course of the day. After 2 months on this regime a 4 month program of Metronidazole and Amoxicillin should be taken together.

This rigorous program will address the problem of borrelia in their latent and active states and give enough time and high enough volumes to penetrate deep into all body tissues where borrelial spirochetes can lie dormant, finish off with 2 months of Amoxicillin to consolidate results.

Amoxicillin is very well tolerated in most individuals with a negligible side effect profile. In patients where Amoxicillin is not tolerated, or if there appears to be some bacterial resistance, Doxycycline should be substituted.

Metronidazole I'm afraid is awful and may make you feel as poorly as the Syndrome itself, it can be taken for 4 days of a 7 day window thus reducing the side effects. Like most things that are nasty it works extremely well.

In patients averse to the concept of taking synthetics, a herbal supplement has been receiving reports from colleagues of powerful antibiotic, antiviral and immuno-modulatory properties. Pentacyclic Alkaloid Type Uncaria Tomentosa, is a Peruvian herb, it is produced by Nutrimedix Ltd under the trade name, Samento. It is an arena I will be investigating personally in the near future and will post reports after a statistically relevant period.

If you google nutrimedix you will find them. As you would expect, it is expensive whereas the antibiotic regime should be free or will relate to your individual country's adult prescription charge.

In following this program, it is imperative that you explain to your doctor what you are doing, why and what you are trying to achieve, and get his support in prescribing these quantities of antibiotics.

There is strong controversy around the whole Lyme's arena and some doctors are under pressure from authorities to reduce antibiotic prescriptions due to the emergence of bacteria that are becoming resistant to them.

This is not your problem at the moment. If your practitioner cannot give you good reason that you are unsuitable for long-term antibiotic therapy then take your business elsewhere.

A true borrelial infestation should be terminated with the same prejudice that a provider would associate with severe syphilitic infections, a similar spirochetal organism which can ultimately cause brain and tissue damage if left untreated.

Under NO circumstances should a sufferer self prescribe or self administer drugs and the author takes NO responsibility should adverse effects occur as a result of self-administration after reading this document.

As a Fibromyalgia/CFS sufferer you will have suffered for some time with musculoskeletal abnormalities. You may be at an age where these abnormalities may not YET have manifested themselves as musculoskeletal pain.

The body is a resilient and hard-wearing organism that can tolerate deficiencies, anomalies and abnormalities for many years before becoming symptomatic. You may be somewhat older and have already suffered back pain, either lumbar, thoracic or cervical, over many years. You may have suffered from TMJ and headaches for many years.

In the next chapter I will explain how these abnormalities have come together to present as "torsion" in the thoracic area of the spine, how this relates to your Autonomic Nervous System, and how this in turn relates to the symptoms of your Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

It does not matter about the exact etiology of your personal condition. All these anomalies and abnormalities in your musculoskeletal make-up, balance and gait are what has finally lead you down the path of Fibromyalgia/CFS.

And the good news is that THEY ARE REVERSIBLE.

Some may take longer to address than others. Some may be more expensive to address than others, and some may entail an increased element of hardship and suffering to address.

But ultimately, they CAN be addressed, and by combining an undertaking to correct these structural anomalies, with my techniques and procedures, you will be able to see rapid improvements in your condition with noticeable improvement in the first month of between 25 and 50%, and an 80 to 90% improvement over the year that you stay on the treatment protocol.

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