Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia are both devastating and disabling diseases that the medical community believes to be different expressions of the same disease. Chronic fatigue patients have more sore throats, swollen glands and fever, fibromyalgia patients suffer from severe fatigue and total body pain. As I’ve said, I believe they share a common cause – oxidative stress.
No specific treatment exists for either of these diseases As a result, fibromyalgia used to be called psychosomatic rheumatism. In fact, many physicians still believe this disease is just in the patient’s head. No doubt these are frustrating illness for both the physician and the patient. Unfortunately, traditional medicine offers only symptomatic medications non steroidal anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, anti depressants and sleeping medication. Physicians also refer the patient to a support group and tell them they just need to learn to live with it.
Let’s look at these illnesses in more detail and see what better treatments are available.