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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, implying that there was inflammation in the muscles, but research later proved that inflammation did not exist.

Most patients with fibromyalgia say that they ache all over. Their muscles may feel like they have been pulled or overworked. Sometimes the muscles twitch and at other times they burn. More women than men are afflicted with fibromyalgia, but it shows up in people of all ages.

To help your family and friends relate to your condition, have them think back to the last time they had a bad flu. Every muscle in their body shouted out in pain. In addition, they felt devoid of energy as though someone had unplugged their power supply. While the severity of symptoms fluctuate from person to person, FMS may resemble a post-viral state and this is why several experts in the field of FMS and CFS believe that these two syndromes are one and the same.


Pain - The pain of fibromyalgia has no boundaries. People describe the pain as deep muscular aching, burning, throbbing, shooting and stabbing. Quite often, the pain and stiffness are worse in the morning and you may hurt more in muscle groups that are used repetitively.

Fatigue - This symptom can be mild in some patients and yet incapacitating in others. The fatigue has been described as "brain fatigue" in which patients feel totally drained of energy. Many patients depict this situation by saying that they feel as though their arms and legs are tied to concrete blocks, and they have difficulty concentrating.

Sleep disorder - Most fibromyalgia patients have an associated sleep disorder called the alpha-EEG anomaly. This condition was uncovered in a sleep lab with the aid of a machine which recorded the brain waves of patients during sleep. Researchers found that fibromyalgia syndrome patients could fall asleep without much trouble, but their deep level (or stage 4) sleep was constantly interrupted by bursts of awake-like brain activity. Patients appeared to spend the night with one foot in sleep and the other one out of it. In most cases, a physician doesn't have to order expensive sleep lab tests to determine if you have disturbed sleep. If you wake up feeling as though you have just been run over by a Mack truck--what doctors refer to as unrefreshed sleep--it is reasonable for your physician to assume that you have a sleep disorder. It should be noted that most patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome have the same alpha-EEG sleep pattern and some fibromyalgia-diagnosed patients have been found to have other sleep disorders, such as sleep myoclonus or PLMS (nighttime jerking of the arms and legs), restless leg syndrome and bruxism (teeth grinding). The sleep pattern for clinically depressed patients is distinctly different from that found in FMS or CFS.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Constipation, diarrhea, frequent abdominal pain, abdominal gas and nausea represent symptoms frequently found in roughly 40% to 70% of fibromyalgia patients.

Chronic headaches - Recurrent migraine or tension-type headaches are seen in about 50% of fibromyalgia patients and can pose as a major problem in coping for this patient group.

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome - This syndrome, sometimes referred to as TMJD, causes tremendous face and head pain in one quarter of FMS patients. However, a 1997 report indicates that as many as 90% of fibromyalgia patients may have jaw and facial tenderness that could produce, at least intermittently, symptoms of TMJD. Most of the problems associated with this condition are thought to be related to the muscles and ligaments surrounding the joint and not necessarily the joint itself.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome - Sensitivities to odors, noise, bright lights, medications and various foods is common in roughly 50% of FMS or CFS patients.

Other common symptoms - 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.

Aggravating factors - Changes in weather, cold or drafty environments, hormonal fluctuations (premenstrual and menopausal states), stress, depression, anxiety and over-exertion can all contribute to symptom flare-ups.


The cause of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome remains elusive, but there are many triggering events thought to precipitate its onset. A few examples would be an infection (viral or bacterial), an automobile accident or the development of another disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or hypothyroidism. These triggering events probably don't cause FMS, but rather, they may awaken an underlying physiological abnormality that's already present in the form of genetic predisposition.

What could this abnormality be? Theories pertaining to alterations in neurotransmitter regulation (particularly serotonin and norepinephrine, and substance P), immune system function, sleep physiology, and hormonal control are under investigation. Substance P is a pain neurotransmitter that has been found by repeat studies to be elevated threefold in the spinal fluid of fibromyalgia patients. Two hormones that have been shown to be abnormal are cortisol and growth hormone. In addition, modern brain imaging techniques are being used to explore various aspects of brain function--while the structure may be intact, there is likely a dysregulation in the way the brain operates. The body's response to exercise, stress and simple alterations in position (vertical versus horizontal) are also being evaluated to determine if the autonomic nervous system is not working properly. Your body uses many neurotransmitters, such as norepinephrine and epinephrine, to regulate your heart, lungs and other vital organs that you don't have to consciously think about. Ironically, many of the drugs prescribed for FMS/CFS may have a favorable impact on these transmitters as well.

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Li-Zyme by Biotics Research

50 micrograms per tablet of naturally occurring lithium from vegetable culture. Use with depression, alcoholism, fibromyalgia and severe mental stress. 3 tablets, 3 times a day with meals. If the problem is severe and higher levels of lithium are required use LI-Zyme Forte which contains 150 micrograms of naturally occurring lithium per tablet.
Size: 100 tablets

Li-Zyme(TM) is specially grown, biologically active vegetable culture concentrate rich in phytonutrients, including polyphenolic compounds, superoxide dismutase, catalase, and phytochemically bound lithium (50 mcg) dehydrated at low temperatures to preserve associated enzyme factors.

Uses: Li-Zyme(TM) is useful for:

* Excessive alcohol consumption
* Fibromyalgia
* Calming the nervous system
* Reducing uric acid crystals
* Gout

Recommended dosage is 1-3 tablets three times a day with food and at bedtime or as otherwise directed.

Price:   $12.50 

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MG-Zyme by Biotics Research - Source of organically combined magnesium (100 milligrams per tablet). Consider with tissue injury, muscle cramps, inflammation, PMS, cardiac stress, asthma, renal and gall stones, chronic fatigue, diabetes, hypoglycemia and fibromyalgia.

MG-Zyme Is a source of organically derived magnesium plus magnesium aspartate and gluconate. Each tablet contains 100 mg of magnesium.

  • Organically derived magnesium
  • Each tablet contains 100 mg of magnesium
  • Address tissue injury and muscle cramps
  • Can aid with PMS
  • May help with renal and gall bladder stone
Size: 100 Capsules

Price:   $16.90 

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Li-Zyme Forte

LI-Zyme Forte by Biotics Research - Contains 150 micrograms of naturally occurring lithium from vegetable culture. Consider with depression, alcoholism, fibromyalgia and mental stress.

Li-Zyme Forte™ is fortified to 150 mcg per tablet for hyperthyroid and unresponsive adrenal hypofunction.

For bipolar and manic depression, lithium works wonderfully and we have found it to be effective in many cases of fibromyalgia where the patient failed to respond to thiamine, magnesium and dietary restrictions.

Li-Zyme Forte by Biotics Research is specially grown, biologically active vegetable culture concentrate rich in phytonutrients, including polyphenolic compounds, superoxide dismutase, catalase, and phytochemically bound lithium (50 mcg) dehydrated at low temperatures to preserve associated enzyme factors.

Uses: Li-Zyme is useful for:

* Excessive alcohol consumption
* Fibromyalgia
* Calming the nervous system
* Reducing uric acid crystals
* Gout

Recommended dosage is 1-3 tablets three times a day with food and at bedtime or as otherwise directed.

Size:100 tablets

Price:   $28.90 

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Complete F-M

Supplements by Nutri-West: Complete Fibro-M
Size: 120

Complete F-M

Nutritional support for healthy muscles and joints, especially those with fibromyalgia.

Each Two Tablets Supply: Magnesium (as malate, citrate) 118 mg, Calcium (as citrate) 20 mg, Zinc (as malate) 12 mg, Malic Acid 588 mg, Grapeseed Extract 8 mg, Betaine HCL 13 mg, Silymarin Extract (20% Silybin) 8 mg, Bromelain 24 mg, Papain 24 mg, Trypsin (chymotrypsin) 4 mg, Lipase 12 mg, Amylase 16 mg, Pancreatin 6X 44 mg, Lecithin (Phosphytidal Choline 12 mg) 26 mg, L-Leucine 22 mg, L-Valine 22 mg, Glucosamine Sulfate 50 mg, N-Acetyl Glucosamine 20 mg, Ornithine Alpha Ketoglutarate 20 mg.






2 tablets 3 x day or as directed

No known contraindications.

Price:   $42.00 
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