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Fibromyalgia is an unfortunately common condition that manifests as pain and tenderness in joints, muscles and soft tissue. This is sometimes combined with other symptoms such as chronic headaches or nausea – complicating diagnosis and contributing to the debilitating nature of the condition.

Fibromyalgia can seem unbearable at times – not least because the condition is notoriously hard to treat. Improvement is often gradual, and slow-paced at that.

Alkalising the diet is often recommended, with particular focus on foods that reduce inflammation and promote circulation. Avoiding allergenic foods is also recommended. Nutritional supplementation can be highly beneficial – particularly Magnesium, B12, Vitamin C, Bioflavonoids (such as Quercetin), and Coenzyme Q10.

Stress and mental state plays a major role in symptom progression – the power of the mind is a very real factor in pain perception. Learning to manage stress and channel negative thoughts is an important part of dealing with fibromyalgia.

The below suggestions below can help to calm the nervous system and reduce pain:

  • Deep-breathing exercises. Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose to a count of five. Hold the air in your lungs for a count of five and then breathe out slowly through your mouth to a count of 10.
  • Progressive muscle relaxation. Tighten and then relax body parts one at a time, starting at either your head or your feet.
  • Meditation. Focusing on a single object or repeating a particular sound can help quiet your mind and relax your muscles.

Ultimately, there is no one remedy / set of exercises / dietary regime that will ‘fix’ fibromyalgia. However, there are many options available to help those suffering and relieve – at least some of – their pain.

About Kathleen Murphy

Australian naturopath and freelance writer, based in Sydney. I love working with people from all walks of life, helping them institute changes that can become life-long health habits. I can be found at Uclinic | 421 Bourke Street, Surry Hills | Ph: 02 9332 0400 |

3 responses »

  1. tessafinneybrown

    Have you ever tried celloids for fibromyalgia?

  2. No Tess I haven’t – you?
    I have however discussed cases with practitioners who do.. I just don’t seem to use celloids very much in my own practice. Something for me to look into? Yes, maybe.

  3. tessafinneybrown

    No, I haven’t as yet. I tend not to use celloids much either, but keep hearing raves about them so am going to start using them more I think…


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