Fibromyalgia causes a lot of pain, anxiety, mood swings, depression and several sensitivities. Recent studies found that the pain disorder and its symptoms could be linked to several hormonal deficiencies within the body. These hormones which most fibromyalgia patients lack are responsible in regulating sleep, mood, appetite, energy levels, pain sensitivity and overall function.
Here are the 4 common hormone deficiencies you could have…
This hormone is manufactured from the amino acid known as tryptophan. It acts as a neurotransmitter and influences appetite, sleep pattern, mood, neuroendocrine function, and energy. When serotonin levels fall it results in tiredness, depression, enhanced sensation of pain, and low blood sugar. To increase Serotonin levels in your body, you can take 5-HTP supplements, a modified amino acid that produces this hormone or St. John’s Wort, an herbal antidepressant that boosts serotonin levels.
Low Amine ATP (Low Energy Efficiency)
Fibromyalgia patients often suffer from low ATP with less energy molecules in their muscles. This occurs because of deficiencies pertaining to those elements responsible for manufacturing ATP such as magnesium and oxygen. Low ATP is also attributed to poor metabolism of nutrients. Without adequate ATP, you will experience weariness, more pain, and increased spasms in muscles. To increase ATP level in your body, you can take Magnesium supplements. You could also try CoQ10, on a daily basis, an important enzyme that produces pathway of the muscles’ energy centers or mitochondria.
Low Growth Hormone
Growth hormone levels are measured with a derivative of this hormone, called IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor). People with fibromyalgia are low on growth hormones which leads to fatigue, poor metabolism, weakened immune system, and fibrofog (energy loss and lack in concentration skills). Colostrum is packed with growth hormone and immunoglobulins, especially bovine colostrum that enhances serum IGF-1 levels, and also improves focusing abilities and energy levels. This hormone could be administered via injections on a daily basis, but they are quite expensive, so you could try taking it sublingually instead.
Adrenal Hormone Deficiency
During fibromyalgia, the adrenal glands could become dysfunctional which could lead to issues with the immune system and affect the ability to tackle stress and tension. Supplements containing Vitamin C, colostrum, zinc, garlic, cinnamon etc. are helpful along with antioxidants like lipoic acid, Vitamin A and E, and grapeseed extract that aid in combating free radicals, regulating cellular function, and strengthening the immune system. Licorice root and Eleuthero are instrumental in stimulating adrenal gland function, while enhancing immune and stress related responses.
Following these methods to make up for hormone deficiencies is certainly effective, but it is always advisable to consult a doctor before you start taking supplements.