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Vitamin D Deficiency and Fibromyalgia: Lessening the Pain and Depression
Yahoo ^ | March 12, 2012 | Sherry Tomfeld

Posted on 03/12/2012 6:37:19 AM PDT by stillafreemind

Two years ago, I started reading about vitamin D deficiency. In articles by Dr. Frank Lipkin and on Natural News, they explained the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency. Guess what? To my surprise and curiosity, a lot of the symptoms were like fibromyalgia. I went back through my paperwork and saw that the nurse had indeed told me to take vitamin D.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: depression; fibromyalgia; health; lymedisease; medicine; sun; vitamind; vitamins; vitd
I have members of my family that have fibromyalgia. If I remember correctly, there were quite a few people on here that were affected directly or indirectly from it.

I gave this to the girls to read. I hope something helps them. I think there may well be a connection.

1 posted on 03/12/2012 6:37:26 AM PDT by stillafreemind
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To: stillafreemind

Do yourself a favor and start taking Iodine supplements too. Most Americans are deficient in Vitamin D and Iodine.


2 posted on 03/12/2012 6:40:18 AM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: stillafreemind

Check a spiritual component too.

I was talking to a PhD from our health plan about this. He has observed a strong correlation between unforgiveness and fibromyalgia. Seems that a person who chooses not to forgive(predominantly a woman) begins to lock up with pain.

Counseling to let go, then, becomes part of the solution.


3 posted on 03/12/2012 6:47:23 AM PDT by lurk
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To: lurk

Excellent post! I too believe in mind, body and spirit healing.


4 posted on 03/12/2012 6:50:13 AM PDT by stillafreemind
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To: lurk

There are many in the medical community who believe that fibromyalgia was created to describe something they (the medical community) can’t figure out. That’s why there is so much trouble treeating it. Possibilities of what it REALLY is range from depression, to hormonal issues linked to menopause, especially in early onset, neurological issues, or any combination of the the aforementioned.


5 posted on 03/12/2012 6:53:58 AM PDT by cumbo78
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To: armymarinemom

I’ve suffered with depression and lots of anxiety for years. My doctor tested my Vitamin D levels. I was mildly low, but enough she put me on a prescription form of Vitamin D. I’ve noticed I’m dealing with anxiety a bit better and overall better attitude.


6 posted on 03/12/2012 7:10:48 AM PDT by Halls (Jesus is my Lord and Savior)
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To: Halls

I’m glad to hear you are doing better. The one girl has SAD (seasonal affected disorder) and seems to thrive when she is able to be outside in the sun. So for her, this kinda makes since.


7 posted on 03/12/2012 7:13:46 AM PDT by stillafreemind
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To: stillafreemind
Vitamin D in large quantities works like prednisone to hide the inflammation, it doesn't cure it.

If you want to cure fibromyalgia, try this: Marshall Protocol

And yes, I do use the MP for sarcoid, so this is not a random suggestion but one I know works.

8 posted on 03/12/2012 7:29:26 AM PDT by slowhandluke (It's hard to be cynical enough in this age.)
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To: armymarinemom
Do yourself a favor and start taking Iodine supplements too. Most Americans are deficient in Vitamin D and Iodine.

My wife had been telling me to take iodoral (iodine supplement) for years. I used to tease her about it - she was always claiming it did these miraculous things for her.

I started taking it myself about six months ago. I'm not kidding or exaggerating when I say I feel twenty years younger. The stiffness in my joints has all but disappeared.

9 posted on 03/12/2012 7:33:09 AM PDT by old and tired (Go Rick! Go Newt! Go ABR!)
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To: old and tired

I am going to pass that along! Thanks! Hey, is that something that requires a prescription..the iodoral?


10 posted on 03/12/2012 7:37:44 AM PDT by stillafreemind
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To: stillafreemind; lurk

I believe in body mind connection also, but it’s really annoying to be sick and then told it’s your fault because you didn’t forgive or something.

We’ve all known too many people with various painful and serious disorders who are totally good and nice.


11 posted on 03/12/2012 7:39:20 AM PDT by altura
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To: cumbo78

Part of the Menopause problem is Iron. Women who do not bleed and men DO NOT need Iron supplements. Iron has tons of problems associated with it.


12 posted on 03/12/2012 7:43:51 AM PDT by netmilsmom (I am Breitbart)
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To: altura

I agree. But when I think mind, body, spirit..I am thinking that stinkin’ thinkin’ can play havoc with the body. I think positive thinking and for me, a strong spiritual life gets me through a lot of tough times.

I think if you are truly upset about something, but not dealing with it head on..it can and does aggravate illnesses. But yes, a cousin of mine had to deal with MS for most of her adult life. The medicine she took ended up causing her bones, especially in her back, to fracture. She then got cancer. Through it all, she was a prime example of someone walking in faith.


13 posted on 03/12/2012 7:52:45 AM PDT by stillafreemind
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To: lurk
Clinicians seeing limited patient subsets come up with all kinds of nutty associations. Especially if they've been reading too many old psychodynamics textbooks. My wife with Fib is the most forgiving person in the world. Staying with me is proof lol.
14 posted on 03/12/2012 8:08:02 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: lurk
Check a spiritual component too.

I was going to shrug this off, but began mentally listing the women if my life in the healthy / unhealthy categories. Pretty much follows the forgive / hold grudge pattern.

So your point should be given consideration.

15 posted on 03/12/2012 8:14:54 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: steve86

There’s some book making the rounds called A More Excellent Way. The guy tries to link particular sins to particular diseases. Unbelievable. If sin in one’s life resulted in illness, the whole world would be sick.

I just figure they’ve never read the book of Job.

Blessings to your wife, I, too, have a chronic illness (MS), and they’re hard enough to deal with aside from “well meaning” folk trying to tell you if you’d only think right, eat right, exercise right, repent right, take this supplement, try that meditation technique...you wouldn’t have the illness.

That being said, I do take vitamin D in fairly large doses because I do tend to test low. Has it helped the course of my disease, or made me feel any better or altered the progression? Not that I’m aware of, but maybe I would be worse off if I didn’t.


16 posted on 03/12/2012 8:31:47 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: cicero2k

Psychodymaic explanations can often appears to be clever and viable on the surface, yet are ultimately useless in therapy. There’s a reason few patients will pay $500/hr for psychoanalysis anymore (still a small number of well-heeled clients who crave the attention). Most M.D. analysts still practicing simply write up prescriptions now.


17 posted on 03/12/2012 8:43:41 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: slowhandluke

Thanks for the link. I will study and hopefully find something that will help. Am stuck in the “chronic Lyme” controversy and my local doc is not Lyme literate.


18 posted on 03/12/2012 9:09:12 AM PDT by mcshot (Friends of A. Breitbart concerned by removal of US flags by the Presidential podium.)
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To: stillafreemind

Bill W gained relief from B-3 3000 mg daily,

http://www.wellsphere.com/mental-health-article/bill-wilson-was-a-co-founder-o/373605


19 posted on 03/12/2012 5:17:15 PM PDT by widdle_wabbit (taglines don't always work.)
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To: mcshot
It works for Lyme too. My wife has Lyme & RA and it's going good.

It does not work fast or easy, though.

20 posted on 03/12/2012 8:32:36 PM PDT by slowhandluke (It's hard to be cynical enough in this age.)
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To: slowhandluke; mcshot; widdle_wabbit; dawn53
Just for kicks, since one of you mentioned Lyme disease, check out the following site about a treatment from a Maryland physician (MD from Duke University):

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/lyme-disease-support-forums/general-support/284154-shoemaker-lyme-protocol

The idea is, certain classes of diseases (Lyme disease, some specific toxic molds & algae, some venomous creatures) produce fat-soluble toxins which are not eliminated from the body. These toxins (in addition to the acute effects) play havoc with various signalling hormones and cytokines creating chronic illness.

For the molds, he has demonstrated a ~90% correlation with exposure to the mold and clinically significant problems with visual contrast sensitivity, confirmed by MRI testing of blood flow in the optic nerve.

Secondly, the presence of the cytokine storms only occurs in about ~25% of the population; there are known genetic markers in the HLA (human leukocyte antigen, which governs the human immune response) which make one especially susceptible.

The treatment consists of an off-label use of an old cholesterol-lowering drug, cholestyramine; it binds to the bile in the digestive tract, and in doing so leaches the toxin out of the system. (The bile is normally reclaimed lower down in the intestines, and, as it recirculates, so does the toxin contained in it.)

I've read several of his books: enough to know that he is not a quack.

Just for kicks, here are links to four of them:

Mold Warriors

Desperation Medicine

Surviving Mold: Life in the Era of Dangerous Buildings

Pfiesteria: Crossing Dark Water

I apologize if listing the books makes me look like a quack: but he does cover other things besides mold, such as Lyme disease, and his protocol actually compares the person's own reactions with and without the treatment, exposed to or away from the allergenic material. If you don't wish to buy the books, see if you can get them through inter-library loan, like I did.

Cheers!

21 posted on 03/16/2012 12:45:05 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: grey_whiskers
Thanks for information and link. I will look it over and hopefully have something to share with my local doc. He's not Lyme literate and says my symptoms are from permanent damage caused by Lyme i.e., neuropathy. He's willing to work on pain relief though.
22 posted on 03/16/2012 7:00:38 AM PDT by mcshot (Friends of A. Breitbart concerned by removal of US flags near the Presidential podium.)
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To: mcshot
If you wish to talk to your doctor, there is a better link:

http://www.chronicneurotoxins.com.

Two items of note:

The section on
lyme disease,
and the section
for physicians.

Cheers!

23 posted on 03/16/2012 5:29:52 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: stillafreemind
I am going to pass that along! Thanks! Hey, is that something that requires a prescription..the iodoral?

Sorry, just seeing this now. You've probably already discovered that iodoral is available on Amazon - no prescription necessary.

24 posted on 03/22/2012 6:08:08 AM PDT by old and tired (Go Rick! Go Newt! Go ABR!)
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