So when I first thought that I may have FM it was because a mineral (sodium) test that I had done (a long with 10 other tests) that came out incredibly low. The nurse even asked me to stop taking my diuretics (even though I told her I didn't take any). Well, I eat a lot of salt, I mean a LOT! You ever see those beer salt candies in the corner store? I eat those sans the beer. I add salt to my canned green beans and beef jerky lasts about 1 millaseconds in my house.
So I did a search through some books on diseases and disorders and after feeling like a real hypochondriac I found a disorder that benefits from adding natural sea salt the the diet. Fibromyalgia.(1)
Well what the nurse told me was that I might be malnourished if my sodium level was so low. But knowing that I eat a proper diet, I wasn't sold on the idea. However I'm thinking that some part of FM interferes with the ability to absorb vital minerals, amino acids and vitamins.
I looked into that and found a book that showed some testing results on FM patients (2) some of them were:
- low levels of phosphocreatine and adenosine triphosphate during rest and in exercise. These are important for demanding cellular energy and growth areas (brain and nervous system)
- reduced high-energy phosphate levels in the muscles of patients with primary FM. (causes that pain in the fascia feeling)
-low levels of insulin-like growth factor 1. (may be linked to autism and malnutrition in children)
- low levels of selenium and magnesium
All of these tests showing an imporoper absorbtion or production of the nessecary components to hormonal regulation and developement. Hope I haven't bored you to death yet.
I stumbled on some muscle gainer a year ago on the promise from the sales clerk that I would not become sore the next day after working out. I tried it, and low and behold it worked pretty darn well. I've been taking it ever since and I've notice that my pain has subsided greatly. My foggy brain and intermittent sleeplessnes didn't improve much so I started to look into the ingredients that my muscle gainer contained. The main ingredient was Animal protein.
If you do a google search on Fibromyalgia and protein deficency you see a score of websites that have discovered a link. Protein breaks down in a healthy body into amino acids that in turn are the building blocks of a healthy body. Most of these websites agreed that people with FM are defiecient in protein and may not be able to properly metabolize it.
I'm now going to double the dose of muscle gainer that I take (incidentaly it is called Muscle Milk and I take it because the protein is derived from cow milk and is purported to have more amino acid potential than vegetable protein) and I'm going to intruduce a supplement called pancreatine. People with gluten allergies take this in order to be able to digest wheat products. It also helps to digest protein and fat. I might also start taking Betaine HCI if the pancreatine appears not to be providing any real results.
I've written to Cytosport about the two additives I want to take, just to be sure that those ingredients aren't already contained in Muscle Milk. That is because if I take too much, it could cause some pretty bad side effects. Especially the Betaine considering it is essentially hydrochloric acid.
Ok so finally to the point of all this.. Has anyone else had any tests done to show a low count on a particular vitamin or mineral? How about a positive test showing reduced levels of stomach acid? And if you were diagnosed with low stomach acid who was the doctor? (So I can get tested too b4 I burn a hole in my stomach!)
Well, I'll keep ya'll updated on any changes wether adverse or not. Please comment if you have anything to add. Also, the nice people at Cytosport are shipping me a complimentary jug of Muscle Milk for my e-mail. I don't wanna bogart it all so if anyone wants to try it out just e-mail me at email@example.com and I'll figure out a way to get you some. Or I might take some to the next FM meeting.
Wish me luck! :D
(1) Phyllis A Balch CNC, and James F Balch MD. 2000. Prescription for Nutritional Healing , 3rd edition. New York: Penguan Putnam Inc. p.33
(2) Devin Starlanyl and Mary Ellen Copeland. 2001. Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain, a Survival Manual, 2nd edition Oakland: New Harbinger Publications Inc. p.11