Millions of people suffer from a condition known as “Fibromyalgia” and don’t even know it. Since there are no tests that can conclusively confirm a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia (also called “Fibromyalgia Syndrome or “FMS”) and, because there are no visible signs of the condition, it has been named “the invisible disability.”

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia: Fatigue is the primary symptom of this mysterious condition. It is most often accompanied by pain or aching in the soft tissue of the neck, feet and/or shoulders and can include muscle spasms as well as a burning sensation. A person may have some or all of the symptoms which can vary in intensity from mild to quite severe. The pain and discomfort may interfere with work and daily routines. Although anyone can have FMS, it typically affects more women than men. The condition can be exacerbated by, among other things, consuming certain foods.

Self-Care Options For Treatment of Fibromyalgia: First, avoid eating wheat and products that contain wheat such as certain breads & biscuits, pasta, cereals, and crackers. According to Dr. Peter D’Adamo, author of “Eat Right for 4 Your Type,” wheat contains lectin proteins that are unfavorable to all blood types but, especially to Blood Type “O.”

Second,consider supplements that reduce inflammation, support nerve health and/or fight fatigue to keep in the home arsenal of natural defense weapons. A few examples of the foregoing supplements are: Vitamin B6, ultra-purified fish oil, Ashwaganda, Ginseng, Vitamin C, Magnesium and Pantothenic Acid. Some local sources for supplements include Earth Fare, The Vitamin Shoppe, and Whole Foods.

Physical therapy can also be very beneficial for individuals with chronic problems. Click here for a complete listing of professional service providers in the Greenville area. Home treatment options for physical therapy include far infrared saunas and steam saunas. A local resource for home saunas is Hot Springs Pool and Spa of Greenville and Arden, NC.  If purchasing a sauna is cost prohibitive, consider joining a fitness club that has a sauna or steam room on-site.  Most importantly, stretch, keep fit and well hydrated and eat a diet free of artificial anything.