We have been providing natural solutions for Fibromyalgia in San Francisco for over 20 years.
(FM) management can be as difficult as making a definitive diagnosis. FM is characterized by generalized body aches
and feeling exhausted, and yet, in spite of the exhaustion, the inability to
sleep is a “classic” FM complaint. Some have referred to FM as “blowing a fuse”
or as an “energy crisis,” as more energy is expended than what’s being made. FM
sufferers, as well as the caregivers, know how physically and mentally
difficult it is to manage this controversial condition. Many management
strategies that have been published; SHINE is one approach. SHINE stands for
Sleep, Hormones, Infections, Nutritional supplements, and Exercise. By focusing
treatment strategies on these 5 areas, significant benefits can be achieved.
Some feel this is the most important problem to manage in order to gain control
of FM. If we cannot reach “deep sleep,” (which is the sleep stage that is
usually reached after about the 4th hour into sleep) then the body cannot fully
rest. When discussing sleep problems with the FM patient, it is common to hear
them say, “…I wake up every 1-2 hours and can’t get back to sleep for at least
15-30 minutes.” This results in NEVER getting to the deep sleep stage and eventually,
because the body hasn’t fully relaxed often for years, everything starts
hurting. This is the hallmark of FM. Some “tips” to help us get to sleep and
stay sleeping include: keeping the bedroom cool (such as 65°), taking a hot
bath before sleep to relax your tight muscles, spraying the pillow with
lavender oil (helps promote sleep), taking 75-150mg of magnesium, avoiding
caffeine (especially later in the day), the use of Valarian Root (a muscle
relaxing herb) and/or melatonin (an amino acid that promotes sleep) can also
help. The goal is to try to get 8-9 hours of sleep a night. Establish a routine
in the evenings and go to bed at the same time or close to it.
These chemicals are produced by our endocrine glands (pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid,
adrenals, ovaries/testes, and part of our pancreas. They are in balance with
each other, and somehow, in FM they often fall out of balance. Have your health
care provider perform tests (usually blood and/or urine) to determine your
hormone levels and get them balanced!
INFECTION: The lack of sleep lowers our immune
function, and infections can occur more readily. In addition to treatments,
there are nutritionally based approaches to improve immune function, and if
recurrent illnesses are part of your FM profile PLEASE consult with us
regarding ways to boost your immune system!
SUPPLEMENTS: This topic is related to the last as there are MANY supplement
recommendations that have been found to boost immune function, increase energy,
enhance sleep quality, and more. This is an area of FM management that is
largely overlooked by traditional medical management approaches. Remember, a
“team” of providers offers the FM sufferer the best way to manage this
challenging to treat condition. Look for health care providers who are willing
to work together as a team on your behalf.
This is a MUST! For example, in a 2010 Oregon Health &
study, women with FM who practiced yoga for 8 weeks had a 24% pain reduction,
30% fatigue reduction, and 42% depression reduction.
If you, a friend or family member
requires care for FM, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by
choosing our services!
To schedule an appointment with a Fibromyalgia doctor in San Francisco call 415-392-2225.