Human Growth Hormone and Fibromyalgia
In the 14 years I have been involved with human growth hormone I have many times been asked whether it helps those who suffer with fibromyalgia. Over these past years we have had clients diagnosed with fibromyalgia who report improvements with their symptoms while taking our product, and I consider my own fibromyalgia now cured due to homeopathic HGH.
Lisa Wells, RN.
The Human Growth Hormone Factor
Clinical studies have found a correlation between patients with fibromyalgia and low IGF-1 levels. meaning the patients had low human growth hormone as was evidenced by their low blood IGF-1 levels.
Test Subjects Saw Definite Improvements With HGH Therapy!
Some improvements were seen in the first 6 months with significant improvements being seen after 9 consecutive months of HGH therapy. Studies of test subjects found that symptoms decreased substantially with the increase of their previously low IGF-1 levels.
After the study, when the growth hormone therapy was discontinued, the test subjects reported a worsening of their symptoms.
Improvements in symptoms have been reported by patients taking synthetic HGH injections and also by patients taking non-injection products such as high quality homeopathic products that help the pituitary gland to produce and release more of its own human growth hormone.
As stated, through the years I have heard many positive reports from my clients taking homeopathic HGH therapy. If you would like to learn more about human growth hormone please click the links on the left.
The Mystery of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is defined as "pain in the fibrous tissue of the body". It has been around for a long time, yet in the past it was often misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue syndrome, or giant cell arteritis. It is not life threatening, it is a chronic disease. We do not know the cause and it cannot be diagnosed by the usual medical tests such as blood studies, X-rays, MRI's, CT scans, etc.
Between 3 to 6 million Americans presently suffer with fibromyalgia. It is much more common in women than in men by a ratio of 20:1. The onset typically occurs between the ages of 29 and 37, although it can strike at any age.
As a registered nurse and also a past sufferer of fibromyalgia I have witnessed an opinion by some in the medical profession that the idea and symptoms of fibromyalgia are in the patient's head.
In the medical community some have had the opinion that some physicians will diagnose a patient as having fibromyalgia when the physician cannot find medical evidence of any other illness. Some believe the doctors do this partly to satisfy the patient by giving him/her a specific diagnosis.
Fibromyalgia is now finally getting more attention in the medical profession as a legitimate diagnosis but there are still some who have the opinion that since it is not life threatening and cannot be diagnosed by traditional means, and because it is chronic the patient must learn to live with it.
Possible Physiologic Causes of Fibromyalgia
As stated above, it is usually diagnosed by ruling out other conditions such as rheumatologic syndromes, hypothyroidism, etc., and by obtaining an accurate and detailed patient history.
The American College of Rheumatology
The patient may suffer with some of the following symptoms and/or conditions:
Common Treatments For Fibromyalgia
Mainstream Western medical doctors may prescribe pharmaceutical drugs.
Medications such as duloxetine (Cymbalta), milnacipran (Savella) and pregablin (Lyrica) are FDA approved for treatment of fibromyalgia.
Anti-anxiety drugs and antidepressants such as tricyclics and selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI) are commonly used.
Some prescribe zolpidem (Ambien) and alprazolam (Xanax) as short-term sleeping aids.
Muscle relaxants and NSAIDs may be prescribed for muscle spasms and to control pain.
Local anesthetics or corticosteroid injections at painful tender points are other options.
Opiate analgesics may be used when pain is moderate to severe despite other therapies.
Once the patient gets over the initial pain hurdle, one of the most beneficial treatments is exercise.
Exercise increases endorphins, the body's natural painkillers and sleep-deepening substances and stimulates the secretion of human growth hormone, serotonin, and blood flow to the muscles.
A physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation should recommend and design a program tailored to the patient's condition. For example, the patient may begin with just 3 to 5 minutes of exercise per day with slow increases to avoid inducing pain.
Swimming or exercising in water is often recommended because it puts less strain on the joints. The patient's muscles may have atrophied from prolonged inactivity. Collaborating with a physiatrist should give the patient the support needed to build up stamina.
Human Growth Hormone: Restoring the HGH level to what is optimum for the patient may improve symptoms substantially. Doctors and patients monitor their growth hormone using the blood IGF-1 test.
Nonpharmacologic treatments include cognitive therapy and psychotherapy which can help patients understand and deal with the pain and life changes brought about by fibromyalgia.
Massage therapy can help with general muscle aches and pains and stretching can help limber up inactive joints.
Acupuncture can be combined with other therapies for pain relief.
Because symptoms change over time treatment is progressive and should be individually tailored to the patient.
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