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Have The Brits Found A
Fibromyalgia Cure And Cause?

A British group claims "granite hard" results from a study for a "fibromyalgia cure and cause". Is it true?  I do know from both my studies and my experience working in the field of holistic health and nutrition, that the thyroid seems to be strongly connected to fibromyalgia. After many years of thyroid testing and even paying out of pocket full cost just to get a complete thyroid panel, I've always believed in the correlation and importance of proper endocrine hormonal balance. 

As we know, fibromyalgia is complex and there are still many variables. Yet, I believe that addressing as many "root" causes as possible is still the best and most effective way to manage fibromyalgia and all of it's complexities. Basically, we don't want to miss any variable that could have an impact on our health and well-being even if we cannot "cure" the entire multitude of symptoms. 

The Study Approach: A Specific Thyroid Hormone Therapy Plus The Equivalent Of
Fibro-Girl's Recommended Protocol

If you read the last paragraph of the Reprint Article, you'll find that you won't be able to escape my fibromyalgia protocol. And, for those who say you just cannot exercise due to fibromyalgia and/or CFS, the last paragraph of the reprint article states that a natural food diet, sleep, and moderate exercise are required to diminish or eliminate symptoms. How many times have you heard that from me?  Those are key points in my protocol. These studies go beyond my approach by prescribing medical thyroid hormone therapy which I would never do as my Disclaimer states. However, I do address effective methods to dealing with thyroid health naturally throughout the website. 

I know from comments I receive on my FB page ( that more people are understanding and applying the concepts we ascribe to in regards to lifestyle and fitness when living with fibromyalgia. The majority of "high authority" websites such as WebMD and Mayo Clinic say the same thing.  I also know from many testimonials that I get that I'm "preaching to the choir" for most of you.

Since the Treatment Protocol that I recommend here on "Living Smarter" has made a dramatic improvement in my life by consistently following it, I wonder what the results would be for a control study:

  • one group which faithfully followed only my protocol
  • one group which did the same plus the thyroid therapy (ie. the Study Approach) 

Would the results be the same for both groups? If so, that would suggest that my protocol was the primary driver to improvement!  If the results differed, that would suggest the hormone therapy was also critical, but by the study author's own admission, an additional  regimine the same or very similiar to my protocol is also required.  

If these British results hold up, I suspect the hormone therapy is a critical step. Remember, I do not claim a cure for fibromyalgia thru use of my protocol; but, I do know that consistent application of my protocol continues to help myself and others.  This website and the suggestions throughout are meant to provide the same improvement and a better quality of life. 

I get hundreds of testimonials that lead me to think my protocol is helping. but, I know consistently following it is not easy; in fact, from time to time, I have to stop and look in my "toolbox" for a tool I haven't used for awhile in order to breakthrough the extra bad fibro flare I might be experiencing. Yes, even fibro-girl needs a wake up call sometimes to be more faithful to my own protocol. And, fibro is always ready to deliver that kick! 

Although we have always believed in the correlation between the endocrine system and fibromyalgia, this study that was conducted applies proof to this important part of the fibromyalgia equation. Especially the vulnerability within our thyroid and adrenals. It is true that the adrenals can drain thyroid hormone when we are in constant overdrive. The "adrenal stress" article in our website addresses this correlation and creative solutions to gaining more control. 

Starting with the headline, just below, is the article that appeared in the Washington Times. They have graciously given me permission to reprint the article for my readers.

You'll have to make up your own mind, but as for me, my approach in matters like these is to "trust, but verify". That is exactly what I'll try to do and report back to you.  We as fibro sufferers should always take care when "fibromyalgia cure" claims are made. Here on my website, I say on many pages that my protocol is NOT a fibromyalgia cure; but it is a path to a much better quality of life by managing the symptoms of fibro.  Two years ago it was widely reported that a breakthrough had led to the cause of fibromyalgia. It was a significant advance in one of the three types of pain we endure with fibromyalgia - but only one; and, all the other fibro symptoms were not even mentioned.

The public always focuses on the pain of fibro, but we know fibro from the inside out. There are many symptoms, and several rank right up next to the pain; taken all together, if pain were totally eliminated many of us would still be in pretty bad shape from the effect of those remaining symptoms.

I'm not trying to throw "cold water" on the results stated in this article. In fact the results stated are definitely more far-reaching than most research I read.  So there is "HOPE".  But, we need to take one step at a time and as I said, trust, but verify".

New studies find causes of fibromyalgia,
offer hope of relief

Paul Mountjoy 
Posted with permission from The Washington Times

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2013 - Two new studies on fibromyalgia focus the problem on the thyroid, pituitary and hypothalamus, and suggest new avenues of relief for sufferers.

Research from the Fibromyalgia Research Foundation reveals deficient thyroid hormone regulation (DTHR) as an underlying cause of Fibromyalgia (FM). Poor diet, poor physical fitness and metabolism slowing drugs are primary contributors to symptoms as do additional hormonal imbalances of cortisol, estrogen and progesterone.

Another study, by Dr. John Lowe, Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management and Director of Research at the Fibromyalgia Research Foundation in the UK claims "indisputable proof" that the primary cause of fibromyalgia (FM) are with the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus.

The most often reported symptoms of FM so closely match with hypothyroidism that many physicians order a standard thyroid test in response to complaints from FM sufferers. When that test comes back negative, physicians dismiss a thyroid or hormonal disease.

Health care practitioners use the TSH test, or thyroid stimulating hormone tests, to determine whether the thyroid is malfunctioning. TSH is produced when the hypothalamus releases a substance called thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH) and triggers the pituitary gland to release TSH. TSH causes the thyroid to make two hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), to help control body metabolism.

Many of those tested show 'thyroid anti-bodies' with a normal TSH. The presence of anti-bodies indicates the thyroid is in the process auto-immune failure. However, because the TSH levels are normal, doctors do not prescribe medications.  

Endocrinologists support treating the thyroid even if the TSH test is within normal range. The patient may present with symptoms of hypo-thyroidism, hyper-thyroidism or a flux of the two and often told they have FM.The UK studies claim this description is, in fact, FM.

There is a condition called thyroiditis, where the thyroid is inflamed and reveals FM like symptoms. A most serious issue is when TSH results come back as 'normal range'. This affliction is most prevalent in females.

Many doctors do not understand this is a bell curve measurement and 'normal' may not mean 'individual,' and two different laboratories may indicate two separate results.

The words of Dr. Elizabeth Vliet who runs a women's health clinic at All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth TX and is the author of  "Screaming to be heard: Hormonal connections women Suspect and Doctors Ignore," seems to support the UK findings.

"The problem I have found is that too often women are told their thyroid is normal without having the complete thyroid test done. Of course, what most people and many physicians don't realize is that a 'normal range' on a laboratory report is just that: a range.

A given person may require higher or lower levels to feel well and to function optimally. I think we must look at the lab test results along with the clinical picture described by the patient. 

I have a series of more than 100 patients, all but two are women, who had a normal TSH and turned out to have significantly elevated thyroid anti-bodies that meant they needed thyroid medication in order to feel normal.

This type of oversight is particularly common with a disease call thyroiditis which is 25 times more common in females than males. A woman may experience symptoms of the disease for months to years before the TSH goes up."This fits nicely with the UK research which states the condition may not rest with the thyroid but with the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus.

The UK research claims plausible evidence of at least 40 abnormalities of FM patients as a result of testing within range and show such symptoms as:

Widespread pain, tenderness, chronic fatigue, stiffness, depression, fuzzy brained, anxious, intolerance to cold , hot flashes (dependant) bowel issues, sleep disturbances, numbness and tingling, dry skin and mucus membranes, headaches and exercise intolerance-all hallmarks of FM.

Too little thyroid regulation also affects the metabolic aspects of FM and the UK studies concluded resting metabolic rates of those with thyroid issues undetected by conventional testing measured of 29 percent lower than average. A second test indicated 30 percent.

Basal body temperature was 96.95 and the second study 96.38. This lower core temperature combined with a poor resting metabolic rate can make an FM victim run the gamut in symptoms.

The new research provides hope for a cure for FM sufferers. The Fibromyalgia Research Foundation ran clinical trials with FM patients using thyroid hormone therapy without using the T4 hormone and found those in the controls groups that had FM improved substantially when re-tested one to five years after initial treatment.The researchers claim "granite hard findings" for the cause of FM and the relief via treatment. FM sufferers may benefit from consultations with a neuro- endocrinologist for diagnosis and treatment.

An all-natural, reduced calorie diet along with moderate exercise is mandatory to diminish or eliminate symptoms. Analgesics and sleep medication may also help reduce the symptoms of FM.Paul Mountjoy is a Virginia based writer and Psychotherapist

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For more Fibromyalgia Research Articles, check out the following:

        * Underactive Thyroid 

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