By naturopath Margaret Jasinska
Victoria is a 46 year old lady who came to see me seeking help for fatigue, excess weight and fibromyalgia. Her biggest concern was the fibromyalgia.
Victoria mostly experienced it in her neck, across her shoulder blades and both arms. She often woke with a painful neck, and from there, the pain spread across her upper body throughout the rest of the day. Sometimes when she got out of bed to visit the bathroom in the middle of the night, she got a sharp stabbing pain along one side of her neck that took her breath away.
As is typical with fibromyalgia, Victoria also experienced fatigue throughout the day. This made it difficult to carry out her job, which involved writing lengthy documents. Victoria said she regularly had a foggy head and found it so hard to get going in the mornings. This led to quite a lot of stress because her job was full of tight deadlines.
Another common feature of fibromyalgia is poor quality sleep and unrefreshing sleep. Victoria would wake briefly several times throughout the night and rarely woke feeling refreshed in the mornings. This made her depressed and she often dreaded going to work.
Nutrient deficiencies are extremely common among my patients with fibromyalgia; even the ones who eat healthy home prepared meals. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can worsen inflammation and pain in the body. Inflammation can lead to fatigue, low mood or anxiety.