Is This Why I Hurt So Much?
"Michelle, a 36-year-old court reporter, described stiffness and pain involving her neck and entire back following a motor vehicle accident two years before. The pain in her neck was first thought to be whiplash, but she went on to develop severe aching and stiffness over her entire back. Poor sleep left her exhausted, and she described her hands and feet as "swelling" although no one else, including her physician, could see it.
Her work suffered. She found it difficult to concentrate and lean forward over her stenography machine for prolonged periods. Although always tired, she could not sleep at night because her mind was "racing." She had been to several doctors and began to believe that she was a hypochondriac. Frustrated, she sought narcotics from various doctors, but these pain relievers offered only temporary relief."
Do I have Arthritis?
"Arthritis in its most basic sense simply means 'joint inflammation'... While it is easy to recognize arthritis, many people do not realize that modern medicine has identified over 100 different types of arthritis." (1)
What is Fibromyalgia?
"Alternative names for fibromyalgia include fibrositis and fibromyositis. The term stands for 'inflammation of fibrous connective tissue,' though there is no true inflammation seen in biopsy specimens under the microscope. Connective tissue is supporting tissue of the body, including ligaments, tendons, and muscles. To the unfortunate victim of fibromyalgia, it feels as if these soft tissues are inflamed." (1)
"Rhuematism? That's what it used to be called, but today it is known as fibromyalgia." (3)
Muscle Pain and Weakness
"Pain is the primary symptom of fibromyalgia. The pain usually starts in one area, such as the neck or lower back, but spreads over time. Most commonly people with fibromyalgia complain of widespread pain and achiness, similar to the symptoms associated with a bad bout of the flu. Sometimes the pain is described as gnawing or burning." (2)
"Fibromyalgia is a syndrome of chronic, recurring, diffuse aching and stiffness, especially of the whole back and neck. It is a very common condition, accounting for as many as one in every ten patients visiting medical clinics ... Its onset may be either abrupt or gradual. Patients with fibromyalgia develop tenderness in certain distinct soft tissue areas - so-called "trigger points" that, when touched, tend to transmit pain to different parts of the body. The muscles, while not developing spasm as such, are taut. The joints, the hands, the feet feel swollen, even though swelling cannot be seen by others." (1)
Fibromyalgia and Fatigue
"In fibromyalgia, there is no development of joint destruction, no crippling or deformity. There is, however, significant fatigue, depression, and nervousness. Fibromyalgia may be primary (meaning that it can occur alone) or it may be secondary to another condition that causes pain or disrupts sleep ...
Fibromyalgia is closely associated with poor quality, unrefreshing sleep--what is also described as non-restorative sleep. Patients with the disease wake up in the morning more exhausted than when they went to bed. This feeling of extreme fatigue does not ease up in a matter of minutes as normally happens; it may persist for hours. Any poor sleep may precipitate fibromyalgia; on the other hand, the disease itself may lead to poor sleep. Since most patients with fibromyalgia have a poor sleep pattern, it is difficult to know which came first, the disease or the sleeping problem.
In one sense, it doesn't matter. As the saying goes, whether the stone hit the jug or the jug hit the stone, it's pretty hard on the jug, and the patient suffering from fibro-myalgia often enters a vicious cycle of poor sleep, fatigue, and pain." (1)
How Fibromyalgia is Commonly Treated
Without knowing exactly what causes Fibromyalgia, practically all physicians currently attempt to simply mask patients' symptoms of the disease with powerful drugs, as their only alternative: Anti-Inflammatory Drugs are among the most commonly diagnosed treatment for fibromyalgia.
This treatment has side effects that include "Cortisone Derivatives: POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: fluid retention, potassium loss, muscle weakness, thinning of the bone with breaking of the bones, ulcers in the stomach and duodenum, pancreas inflammation, thinned fragile skin, 'black and blue' marks on skin, diabetes, poor wound healing, face redness, glaucoma, excess sweating, cataracts, decreased growth in children." (1)
Equally disturbing is that for many, the common, prescribed drugs often do not work very well. All of this information may sound discouraging, however, it needn't be.
Dramatic Relief from a new, non-drug approach
The good news is this: Many Fibromyalgia and other arthritis-like PAIN sufferers are discovering Dramatic RELIEF from a new, entirely non-drug approach.
It is an approach that is totally safe to use, employing a 100% non-toxic and natural -- and powerfully effective -- nutritional method. It involves the use of an antioxidant nutritional compound from France that has produced stunning health results across Europe for over a decade, and that many progressive doctors are now beginning to recommend here in the United States and Canada.
This patented compound is not a drug and is now readily available in the U.S. without a prescription. As an antioxidant, it is actually 20 times more powerful than vitamin C, and 50 times more powerful than vitamin E. It is as safe to use as vitamin C.
Dr. Richard A. Passwater, one of our nation's most respected biochemists, has documented the research done in Europe over the last forty years. Dr. Passwater's book, "Pycnogenol®, The Super Protector Nutrient" (Keats Publishing) documents the research showing that this compound gives relief from as many as 80 different degenerative health challenges.
Pycnogenol®s Outstanding Safety
The safety of Pycnogenol® has been reviewed in depth by Dr. Peter Rohdewald of the Pharmacology Institute of the University of Munster in Germany during the 1990 International Pycnogenol Symposium in Bordeaux. Dr. Rohdewald stated Pycnogenol® is a safe natural product with no adverse side effects whatsoever.("The New Superantioxidant-Plus", Keats Publishing,1992.)
Although we have traced the history of Pycnogenol® through more than 450 years, and although it has been used for decades, it seems destined to wider popularity and utility as researchers understand more about it. We have just scratched the surface.("The New Superantioxidant-Plus", Keats Publishing,1992.)
Not All Pycnogenol® Are Created Equal...
Not all Pycnogenol® are created equal... The excipients, flow agents, and binders used in preparing Pycnogenol® tablets make all the difference in how it is absorbed by the body. Many companies use low quality cellulose to hold the tablets together, and excipients that make the Pycnogenol® practically non-absorbable. A formulation that enhances rather than detracts from the body's ability to absorb the Pycnogenol® is the difference felt by people trying Pycnogenol®. Many brands in North America test only 10% or 12% bio-available, and none of the other brands test over 30% bio-available.
Special formulation enables 95% absorption of Pycnogenol®
Our exclusive proprietory formulation (protected with a second patent) enhances rather than detracts from the body's ability to absorb the Pycnogenol® (this is bioavailability). Each 20mg tablet is 95% bio-available.
"The special formulation of this Pycnogenol® compound has been proven to bring amazing results in numerous clinical conditions. There are now many companies in the United States now selling Pycnogenol® and many others now illegally infringing on the registered trademarked name, selling grape seed extract compounds and mixing it with pine bark extract.
There has been no scientific research done on these extracts that can compare with the research done on Pycnogenol®. The results that I have had with this product, are from only one company, and it has the compound with the special formulation that Charles Haimoff (president of Horphag Research Ltd., the Pycnogenol® patent owner) has granted them exclusively." -Dr. W. LaMar Rosquist, Aging Long Life & Better Health
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*NOTE: Always consult a health professional should the need
for one be indicated. Much of the information here presented has been addressed
by literally hundreds of individuals seeking the same solutions, to the
same answers, with which you are now engrossed. Such materials have been
compiled, reviewed and corrected to the best of the authors ability. It
is presented for educational purposes only. It is your personal responsibility
to determine the validity of any and all information presented. Pycnogenol®
and proanthocyanidins are NOT drugs and NOT represented as having any medicinal
value, Pycnogenol® is a nutritional supplement and NOT a drug. Pycnogenol®
is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The author
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REFERENCES: 1. "Doctor, Why Do I Hurt So Much?" - Mark H. Greenberg, M.D., Lucille Frank, M.D., with Jackson Braider (DCI/CHRONIMED Publishing Inc.). 2. "The Johns Hopkins White Papers" - Simeon Margolis, M.D., Ph.D. and John A. Flynn, M.D. (JOHNS HOPKINS MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS WHITE PAPERS). 3. "Dr. Julian Whitaker's Health & Healing®" - Julian Whitaker, M.D. (Phillips Publishing, Inc.).
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