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9 Conditions that Mimic Fibromyalgia and Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012



Chronic pain symptoms may indicate fibromyalgia, or one of many other illnesses like pernicious anemia from vitamin B12 deficiency.  If you constantly feel tired, bloated, nauseous, itchy, and wracked with crushing pain, you might be suffering from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, B12 deficiency, or all of the above…


Fibromyalgia, or fibromyositis, is a condition that causes the sufferer indescribable pain and fatigue for no apparent reason. Doctors are unsure as to the exact cause of fibromyalgia, which is classified as an autoimmune disorder involving the brain’s overreaction to pain stimuli.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

  • Persistent muscular pain in at least 11 of 18 specific “pain points” on the body, including the neck and shoulders
  • Pain described as stiffness, burning, throbbing
  • Pain spreads from one tender spot to another
  • Sleep problems caused by pain and restless legs syndrome
  • Depression
  • Gastrointestinal woes, like stomach pain, nausea, flatulence, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, and constipation
  • Bladder incontinence
  • Dizziness
  • Cognitive difficulties, “brain fog,” trouble concentrating
  • Headaches
  • Painful tingling sensations (“pins and needles”) and numbness in hands, feet, and ankles

Also read: How to Tell if Chronic Pain is Fibromyalgia: 18 Pressure Points


Pernicious anemia- Vitamin B12 deficiency

Pernicious anemia is an autoimmune disorder that prevents your body from producing intrinsic factor, a protein the body needs for vitamin B12 absorption.  As a result, pernicious anemia patients often have dangerously low levels of vitamin B12- a nutrient involved in producing red blood cells, protecting the nervous system, lowering homocysteine levels, maintaining healthy cognitive skills, and establishing DNA synthesis.  Vitamin B12 deficiency often overlaps with fibromyalgia, as gastrointestinal issues often inhibit vitamin B12 absorption.

Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • “Brain fog”
  • Anxiety
  • Aggressiveness
  • Hallucinations
  • Sleep problems
  • Shortness of breath
  • Painful tingling and numbness in hands, feet, and ankles
  • Sore tongue that is red and swollen
  • Burning sensation in mouth and tongue
  • Altered sense of taste
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent clumsiness
  • Difficulty walking without stumbling
  • Difficulty balancing on one leg

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Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)

Chronic fatigue syndrome shares comorbidity with fibromyalgia. Like fibromyalgia, the cause for CFS is still unexplained.  Patients complaining of chronic fatigue receive diagnosis based on their symptoms.

Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome include:

  • Persistent tiredness that is not caused by physical exertion, loss of sleep, or mental exhaustion
  • Waking up fatigued, despite sleeping the whole night
  • Pain in tender spots similar to the pain zones suffered by fibromyalgia patients, only less severe

Also read: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia- Is there a Difference?

Myofascial pain syndrome

Myofascial pain is similar to fibromyalgia.  While fibromyalgia patients experience soreness in “pain points,” sufferers of myofascial pain syndrome experience pain in “trigger points.”  Also unlike fibromyalgia symptoms, myofascial pain does not spread from one point to another.

Symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome include:

  • Small pain points that occur in tense muscles
  • Trigger points that produce a muscular twitch when stimulated
  • Pain points are tiny lumps about the size of your pinky’s fingernail.

Chronic headaches

Fibromyalgia sufferers often experience chronic headaches such as migraines, tension headaches, daily persistent headaches, or hemicrania continua.  Scientists speculate that migraines happen in the same part of the brain as fibromyalgia triggers.

Symptoms of migraine headaches include:

  • Throbbing head pain, typically on one side of the head
  • Eye pain
  • Migraine aura- visual disturbances, vertigo, hallucinations, speech slurring, loss of consciousness, or temporary paralysis
  • Increased sensitivity to lights, sounds, and scents
  • Nausea
  • Uncontrolled vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness

Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS)

Exposure to chemicals may cause symptoms that mimic fibromyalgia, although researchers are uncertain if MCS is a physical response or a psychological reaction.

Symptoms of multiple chemical sensitivity include:

  • Significantly lower threshold for chemical tolerance than normal
  • Pain reaction consistent with various unrelated chemicals
  • Sensitivity occurs in more than one organ of the body
  • Chronic pain reaction that occurs repeatedly from exposure to certain chemicals
  • Removing the chemical trigger ends pain symptoms


Most fibromyalgia patients have experienced clinical depression in the past, and a substantial (but lower) percentage suffers from chronic depression. Depression is also a common symptom of vitamin B12 deficiency.  If depression stems from fibromyalgia pain, then it does not classify as major depression, but rather a secondary condition of fibromyalgia chronic pain syndrome.

Symptoms of major depression include:

  • Spells of sadness that last for months
  • Daily depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep problems like oversleeping or not sleeping enough
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of low value or guilt
  • Weight problems, either excessive weight gain or weight loss
  • Contemplations of suicide

Also read: Vitamin Deficiencies can drive you Crazy- Seriously!  Part 1


Hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s disease) is sometimes confused with fatigue associated with fibromyalgia or vitamin B12 deficiency anemia.  As opposed to hyperthyroid disorder, where the thyroid gland produces too many hormones, hypothyroid disorder involves underproduction of hormones in the thyroid gland.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

  • Joint or muscle pain that hurts “all over”
  • Cold hypersensitivity
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain
  • Altered sense of taste
  • Dry thick skin patches

Also read: Low B12 means Low Thyroid- Hypothyroidism and B12 Deficiency


Autoimmune disease symptoms like lupus may occur at the same time as fibromyalgia or B12 deficiency, making it harder to diagnose. Conversely, patients with lupus often don’t realize that their vitamin B12 levels have dropped to a dangerous low until they start to suffer severe nerve damage.

Symptoms of lupus include:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Skin lesions
  • Joint pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Memory loss
  • “brain fog”
  • Confusion
  • Dry eyes

Also read: Lupus and Vitamin B12 Deficiency- What’s the Connection?

Lyme disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread by ticks.  Because of delayed symptoms mimicking fibromyalgia, about 15-50% of fibromyalgia patients receives a misdiagnosis of Lyme disease, and is instructed to take strong antibiotics. A blood test sometimes excludes Lyme disease, but not always.

Symptoms of Lyme disease include:

  • Itching all over the body
  • Chills and fever
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Muscular pain
  • Stiff neck
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Partial paralysis
  • Speech problems

Restless Legs Syndrome

A significant amount of fibromyalgia sufferers and pernicious anemia patients also experience restless legs syndrome at night. However, other causes of restless legs syndrome are kidney disorder, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, or drugs.

Symptoms of restless legs syndrome include:

  • Uneasy feeling in lower leg
  • Creeping, crawling sensations
  • Intense need to shake leg in order to ease symptoms
  • Achiness that disappears with exercise

Read more about diseases that mimic fibromyalgia and vitamin B12 deficiency

Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Movement Disorders- How They Relate

Sore Burning Tongue, Dry Mouth, and Weird Tastes- What’s the Cause?

Type 2 Diabetes and Vitamin B12 Deficiency- Are you at Risk?


Fibromyalgia- University of Maryland Medical Center

Mayo Clinic

PubMed Health

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Tired of being Tired all the Time…It’s Tiring!

Thursday, December 1st, 2011



If you feel tired all the time, then join the club- the vitamin B12 deficiency club, which is becoming the top cause of chronic fatigue allover.  Vitamin B12 is crucial for brain health, and if you don’t get enough, you run the risk of suffering the red blood cell disease pernicious anemia- one of many vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms.


Why am I so tired all the time?

Fatigue causes you to feel sluggish, slow, confused, and constantly in a “brain fog.” You’re exhausted before you even step out of bed, and all day at work.  On the drive home, you catch yourself several times nodding off at the wheel.  By the time you’re ready to pack it up and call it a day, you’re almost too tired to change into your pajamas, sorely tempted to climb into bed, clothes, shoes, and all.


Why are you so tired all the time? Many conditions can cause chronic fatigue, and most of them begin with vitamin B12 deficiency.

What is vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 is of the vitamin B complex vitamins, and occurs in foods like beef, poultry, fish, eggs, and milk.  Some of the best sources of vitamin B12 are organ meat, lean turkey, crabmeat, halibut, and yogurt.  Normally, sufficient amounts of B12 are stored in your liver, unless you are prone to vitamin B12 deficiency.

What is vitamin B12, and why is it so important?

What are the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency?

Tiredness is at the core of the most common symptoms of B12 deficiency:  depression, chronic fatigue, anxiety, short-term memory loss, disorientation, trouble concentrating or remembering words, painful numbness or tingling in hands and feet, loss of balance while walking, muscular feebleness, and insomnia.

Here are some illnesses and chronic conditions linked to vitamin B12 deficiency:

  • Pernicious anemia

Sometimes, pernicious anemia is the cause of vitamin B12 deficiency.

Vitamin B12 helps your body produce healthy red blood cells needed to carry oxygen. With pernicious anemia, you have a shortage of vitamin B12, which leads to a shortage of red blood cells, which in turn causes a severe reduction in oxygen throughout your body, including the brain.

The resulting effect is overwhelming tiredness, lightheadedness, and an inability to concentrate.

What are the Symptoms of Pernicious Anemia- B12 deficiency?

  • Fibromyalgia

Scientists found that a high correlation exists between vitamin B12 deficiency and sufferers of fibromyalgia, an autoimmune disease that causes symptoms such as severe pain, skin sensitivity, sleep problems, and chronic fatigue.


Boost Energy and Beat Fatigue All Day Long- 8 Sure-Fire Tips

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

People with gastrointestinal disorders such as IBD- Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis- have extreme difficulty absorbing vitamin B12.  Symptoms such as sluggishness, diarrhea, and unexplainable exhaustion might be confused with IBD symptoms; in fact, vitamin B12 deficiency is a likely culprit that often is overlooked.

Celiac and B12- Celiac Disease and Vitamin B12 Deficiency

  • Depression

Vitamin B12 supports cognitive functioning- low B12 levels are common among people suffering from severe psychological disorders, including schizophrenia, clinical depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD).  Tiredness is one of many complaints of people suffering from depression and anxiety.

Can Elevated Homocysteine (Low B12) cause Mental Illness?

  • Heart disease

Vitamin B12 helps your body regulate the amount of homocysteine in your blood.  High levels of plasma homocysteine are strongly associated with heart disease and stroke. By breaking down homocysteine, and thus reducing the risk for heart disease or stroke, vitamin B12 promotes cardiovascular health.

Treatment for B12 deficiency

A blood test is necessary in order to diagnose vitamin B12 deficiency.  Not all doctors screen for low B12, so you will need to request a plasma vitamin B12 test.  If necessary, your doctor will prescribe B12 injections or sublingual B12.

Read more about vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms:

Is Vitamin B12 the Secret to the Fountain of Youth?

Why do my Arms and Legs often Fall Asleep? B12 and Paresthesia

Vitamin B12 Deficiency. Are you at Risk?


Sluggish? Confused? Vitamin B12 May Be Low

How to Stop Feeling Tired All The Time

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40 Things NOT to say to a Fibromyalgia-Chronic Fatigue Sufferer

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011



Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue make everyday a challenge.  Here are some helpful tips on coping with things people shouldn’t say to chronic pain sufferers.


Fibromyalgia is a battlefield

Chronic fibromyalgia makes everyday a challenge.  Painful limbs, achy joints, tiredness, and fibro fog make it hard (and sometimes impossible) to hold down a job, meet my family’s needs, and run a smooth household.

Most days, you don’t accomplish everything you want, or need.  Tensions run high, both at work and at home.  You try not to wear your pain symptoms on your sleeve, even though you battle with constant fatigue, anger, agony, and sadness.

Some days, you would just like to give up.

Fibromyalgia FAQs- 6 Need-to-Know Fibro Facts

I haven’t got time for the pain…or for your remarks.

Pain management is one thing, but when you find yourself constantly fielding insensitive comments from people who ought to know better, it’s time to start drawing a line.

Backhanded remarks about your pain medications (You’re like a walking drugstore!), ignorant observations (I thought chronic fatigue was a fake disease), and zingers that were meant to hurt (You’re just lazy, that’s all) should not be tolerated, even from your doctor.

40 things you shouldn’t say to a fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue patient:


With friends like you, who needs chronic pain?

“It’s all in your head.”

“You don’t look sick.”

“Aren’t you feeling better yet?”

“When are you going to lose the cane, already?”

“Come on, it can’t hurt that bad.”

“Are you sure you’re not just doing this for the attention?”

“I’d be sick too, if I saw doctors as much as you do.”

“Just give me a yell if you need something-anything, you hear!”

Back Pain Exercises and Fibromyalgia- the Do’s and Don’ts


Fibromyalgia is the new arthritis…

“I get tired, too- I guess I also have fibromyalgia.”  

“I twisted my ankle had to spend the entire weekend in bed, so I totally know how you feel.”

“I used to have chronic fatigue, too.  I just started exercising, and now I feel much better.

“My back is killing me (loudly)!  I think I’ll just take a few Tylenols and call it day.”

“My friend has fibromyalgia, but she doesn’t have it as bad as you do.”

“My friend has fibromyalgia, but she has it much worse than you do.”

“I’ve heard that Fibromyalgia is just a diagnosis they give when there’s really nothing wrong.”

“My doctor says that fibromyalgia isn’t even a real disease.”

Doctor, doctor

40 THINGS NOT TO SAY TO A FIBROMYALGIA-CHRONIC FATIGUE SUFFERER, WWW.B12PATCH.COM“We all get more aches and pains as we get older.”

“Well, in another ten years from now, you’ll have arthritis”

“Now is the best time to have fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.”

“You’re much too young to be in this kind of pain.”

Count your blessings

“You’re so lucky- I wish I had a handicapped parking sticker!”

“You’re so lucky- I wish I could just stay at home all day and watch TV!”

“You’re so lucky- at least you’re not paraplegic!”

“You’re so lucky- at least fibromyalgia is not fatal!”

“You’re so lucky- you’re able to pretend like nothing’s wrong!”


Should’a, would’a, could’a…

“It’s probably just stress- you should learn how to relax.”

40 THINGS NOT TO SAY TO A FIBROMYALGIA-CHRONIC FATIGUE SUFFERER, WWW.B12PATCH.COM“You’re just depressed.  You should take antidepressants.”

“You should get out more, get some exercise.”

“You should eat healthier.”

“You should try to lose weight.”

“You should get a job, or a hobby.”

“You should look up your symptoms on Google.”

“You should get more sleep.”

“You shouldn’t let your kids hear you complaining all the time.”


“When I was your age, I didn’t have the luxury of being sick.”

“If you really wanted to get better, you’d …”

“Your lack of faith is keeping you disabled.  Have you tried praying harder?”

“You must still have sin in your life.”

“You’re turning into a pill junkie.”

“I don’t know what kind of cocktail the doctors have you on, but you need to get off all that stuff and go natural.”

More good reads:

7 Reasons You Have Brain Fog…And What to do About It

100 Best Sites for Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Information


Top 10 Things NOT to Say to a Fibromyalgia Patient – RANT & RAVE-HEALTH TALK Forum

What NOT to Say to Someone in Pain: Pain Management Community – Support Group

Top Ten Things Not to Say to Someone with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome- EmpowHER.com

15 Things Not to Say to Someone with RA – rheumatoid arthritis – Health.com

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Chronically Fatigued? Fake yourself Awake in 7 Steps

Friday, July 8th, 2011



Some mornings, you wake up feeling wired, achy, and sleep deprived, especially if you suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or fibromyalgia. Here are some beauty tips to give you wide-awake eyes before that first cup of coffee…


CFS and fibromyalgia can make you feel lethargic and achy all day…sometimes, chronic pain wakes you up even before your alarm clock.

On those days, it helps to make yourself look refreshed and well rested on the outside, even if your body is telling you to crawl back under the covers.  A few simple beauty techniques are all it takes to revive tired eyes, even your skin tone, and get your sparkle on!  Who knows- you might even feel more roused and ready by the time you’re finished!


Suffering from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue? B12 to the Rescue!

Try these 7 makeup tricks and treatments, and you’ll be on your toes and out the door in a flash:

#1- Chill out. According to the Mayo Clinic, nothing revives tired eyes as well as a cold compress.  As soon as you get out of bed, splash some icy cold water on your face.  Next, take a bag of frozen peas out of the freezer; wrap it in a small towel and press gently, alternating between eyes.  On the go?  Keep a package of Spenco 2nd Skin Moist Burn Pads handy for a quick fresher-upper.


#2- Get your caffeine fix. Only not from coffee or energy drinks, which will just make you crash and burn later.  Caffeine is a natural diuretic, so it’s only natural that some of the best under-eye treatments use caffeine to combat puffy, watery eyes.  Some good ones to try are Murad Moisture Silk Eye Gel ($49.00), or First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller ($24.00).

#3- Now add milk. The lactic acid in milk brightens your complexion by reducing under eye puffiness and lightening dark circles.  Pour yourself a cup of milk on ice.  Now, grab a face cloth, dip it into the milk, and wring it out gently.  Apply the icy “milk bath” to your face.  Repeat.


#4- Ditch the mask. Instead of applying a thick layer of foundation, opt for a light tinted moisturizer.  There’s no need to rush out to the makeup counter; save a few pennies by making your own custom makeup cream!  Just mix a few dabs of liquid foundation with an equal amount of SPF 30+ face cream.  The sunblock will protect you from getting dark spots, and the lotion will alleviate dry flaky skin.


100 Best Sites for Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Information

#5- Lighten up. A few strategically placed dabs of shimmery highlighter on the lids will give you that wide-eyed look you’re after.  Just remember to keep it minimal- too much shine can magnify fine lines, rather than hide them.  When choosing blush, pick out a natural peachy shade, and avoid dark contrasting color, which can give a haggard, tired look.


#6- Do some curls and stretches. If nothing else, take care of your lashes.  Long, bouncy eyelashes are the best way to sharpen your look and give you a youthful, fresh appearance.  First, curl with an eyelash curler, keeping it as close to the lash line as possible, and holding for 10-15 seconds.  Repeat.  Follow up with a brownish-black shade of waterproof mascara to the upper lashes only.

#7- Get the grease out. Too exhausted to think about shampooing your hair?  Oily, flat hair tells the world that you’re tired, and makes you feel tired, to boot.  Go to Walgreens and pick up a can of Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo ($4.99) – it contains oil-absorbing powder to draw out grimy dirt and perspiration, and leave your hair smelling fresh.  Alternatively, you can visit Drugstore.com to order a bottle of Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Non-Aerosol Spray ($18.00).  Dry shampoo is also an excellent hair-cleansing treatment for bedridden patients.

Also read:

Staying Fit with Fibromyalgia: 13 Pain-Free Workouts

7 Reasons You Have Brain Fog…And What to do About It


Dark circles under eyes: When to see a doctor – MayoClinic.com

5 Steps to Wide-Awake Eyes

Six Easy Ways to Look Younger, Less Tired and More Vibrant!

10 Ways to Fake 8 Hours of Sleep

Milk Nutrients and Health Benefits

7 Reasons You Have Brain Fog…And What to do About It

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011



“Fibro Haze” isn’t an acid rock band from the 70s-  fibromyalgia brain fog is what happens when when your physical, emotional, and biochemical elements get together and decide to wreak havoc on your nervous system.

7 Reasons You Have Brain Fog…And What to do About It


Oftentimes linked with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), the symptoms of fibromyalgia are confusion, tiredness and forgetfulness.

Do you have trouble remembering somebody’s name about one minute after she introduced herself?

Do you often forget where you parked your car, or which side of the mall you entered from?

How’s your math- do you have trouble adding up simple calculations in your head?

When you try to read, do you get distracted by every outside noise? 

Unfortunately, there are a lot of different factors which can cause fibromyalgia and fatigue, making it all that much more difficult to get to the root of the problem.

Below are the most common causes for fibro fog:
  • 1) Insomnia: If you’re not getting enough sleep, then it’s all downhill from here. Sleep disorders make it difficult for your body to produce enough serotonin, which is important for memory. Stick to a rigid sleep schedule, and don’t spend time on the computer less than 1 hour before bedtime. Try to avoid long naps in the middle of the day; twenty minutes should be your limit. If fibromyalgia nerve pain is what’s keeping you up nights, then test out an orthopedic support pillow, test-drive a different mattress, or ask your doctor about safe, gentle sleeping aids. B12 Deficiency Linked to Cognitive Decline, and more
  • 2) Emotional upset caused by nerve pain: Chronic pain takes up a lot of your brain’s attention. It’s hard to focus on all the things that are happening around you when inside, your nerves are on red alert from constant pain signals. Some prescription pain medicines are helpful for alleviating aches. Ice compresses or heating pads are effective, as well. Many fibromyalgia sufferers are also finding that practicing tai chi helps relax their nerves and soothe muscular soreness. Why More Fibromyalgia Patients are Taking Tai Chi
  • 3) Stress, anxiety and depression: Chronic stress and anxiety attacks  lower your  immunity and tire out your nervous system. If you can’t remove yourself from a stressful situation, then learn to cope- your health depends on it. Try yoga, deep breathing, light exercise and a healthy diet. If necessary, ask your doctor about antidepressants which help to prevent panic disorder. Chronic Depression, Chronic Pain- It’s All the Same, say Experts
  • 4) History of child abuse: Recent studies have noted a strong link between people who suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms and personal history of physical or mental abuse.
  • 5) Family history: Ask your family members if chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain or fibromyalgia symptoms run in the family. If anything, at least it will help solve the mystery. Teens are No Stranger to Chronic Fatigue
  • 6) Diet: An increasing number of CFS and fibromyalgia patients are finding that switching to a gluten-free diet has helped reduce some of the fibromyalgia symptoms, such as stomach problems, headaches and fatigue. Try seeking out some great non-gluten breads, mixes and sweets in the health food section of your supermarket, and see what happens! Can a Gluten-Free Diet Ease Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
  • 7) Vitamin B12 deficiency: There is a strong correlation between fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and vitamin B12 deficiency. Scientists haven’t determined exactly why this phenomenon exists, but they have proven that fibro patients who take B12 supplements experience a surge in stamina and overall well-being. Suffering from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue? B12 to the Rescue!

Also read:

100 Best Sites for Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Information

How to Tell if Chronic Pain is Fibromyalgia: 18 Pressure Points


Suffering from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue? B12 to the Rescue!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011



Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue affect 5 million Americans. While there are no cures for fibromyalgia, many sufferers benefit by supplementing with vitamin B12, which supports cognitive balance and boosts stamina.

How to Tell if Chronic Pain is Fibromyalgia: 18 Pressure Point


May 12th was Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. If you suffer from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, learn how vitamin B12 can help alleviate some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic neurological illness which causes excruciating pain and muscular weakness where no sign of injury or inflammation is apparent. Researchers are stumped as to the origin of this disease or how to cure it.

Chronic fibromyalgia pain is lifelong, and often takes a toll on job performance and relationships with friends and family. Medicine for fibromyalgia patients usually consists of pain medication, opiates or antidepressants.

Some common fibromyalgia symptoms are:

  • Chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Heart palpitations
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Chronic migraines
  • Numbness and tingling in hand, arms, legs and feet
  • Nausea
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Sinus/allergy symptoms, such as runny nose, sore throat, coughing and sneezing
  • Vertigo
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Altered taste perception
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Blurred vision
  • Obesity
  • Joint pain
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Morning stiffness

Why More Fibromyalgia Patients are Taking Tai Chi

What is chronic fatigue syndrome?

Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS is a neurological disorder which causes profound exhaustion.

Unlike ordinary tiredness which can be slept off, chronic fatigue is not alleviated by sleep. Chronic fatigue syndrome shares many of the same symptoms as fibromyalgia, such as insomnia, muscular pain, headaches, sore throat and short-term memory loss.

Non-drug alternatives for chronic fatigue sufferers may include stress reduction, vitamin supplementation and physical therapy.

The CFS-fibromyalgia link

Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are both neurological conditions, and it is common for individuals suffering from chronic pain and fatigue to be diagnosed with both. Studies linking fibromyalgia with chronic fatigue have confirmed a strong correlation.

  • About 75% of all fibromyalgia patients experience extreme fatigue.
  • 94% of individuals diagnosed with chronic fatigue also report suffering from extreme muscular pain.
  • Studies linking the two conditions together have also noted that women make up the majority of both fibromyalgia pain sufferers and chronic fatigue patients.

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Vitamin B12, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue

Numerous studies have linked vitamin B12 deficiency with increased risk for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms.

While nobody claims that vitamin B12 deficiency causes fibromyalgia, experts have nevertheless noticed improved cognitive and metabolic health when vitamin B12 shots are administered to sufferers of fibromyalgia.

Scientists have also noted low vitamin B12 levels where fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue occur, in addition to elevated levels of homocysteine, another common factor in chronic pain and vitamin B12 deficiency, and a possible risk for heart attack and stroke.

B12 Deficiency: Don’t Ignore the Symptoms

Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms are similar to many  symptoms associated with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, including:

  • exhaustion
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • muscular soreness, and
  • numbness or tingling in hands and feet.

For that reason, nutritionists advise vitamin B12 as one of the most crucial supplements for sufferers of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.

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Teens are No Stranger to Chronic Fatigue

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

More teens today suffer chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) than ever before, according to Dutch survey of 900 teens who were diagnosed with chronic fatigue symptoms.


Does your teen often complain that she’s too tired to finish her homework, clean her room or clear off the dinner table? She might not be faking it.

A survey conducted by Dutch doctors concluded that 1 out of 900 teenagers suffer from chronic fatigue symptoms, which include fatigue to the point of exhaustion, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, joint soreness, insomnia and muscular pain.

The report, which was published in the Pediatrics journal, states that 90 percent of the teenagers surveyed who suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome confessed to missing large time slots of school time; some admitted that they stopped going to school altogether when fatigue symptoms were high.

Also read: Teen Mental Illness: Unnoticed, Undiagnosed in America

Compared to adults, teens are less likely to be diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome.

  • 354 general practitioners in the Netherlands participated in this national survey on chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Dutch doctors estimated that roughly .012 percent of teens are diagnosed with CFS every year, while for adults the rate is 1 percent.
  • The actual percentage of chronic fatigue sufferers is probably much higher. In previous scientific studies on chronic fatigue syndrome, 80 percent of adults who participated suffered from CFS, but were never diagnosed.

Also read: Sluggish? Confused? Maybe it’s the Cheeseburger.

  • The average age for teen chronic fatigue is 15 years.
  • Half of the teenage survey participants suffered chronic fatigue syndrome for approximately 1 1/2 years before receiving diagnosis or treatment.
  • Girls are 5 times more likely to suffer chronic fatigue than boys.
  • Because of the rarity of chronic fatigue syndrome in the teenage years, sufferers are often misdiagnosed.
  • According to Livestrong, chronic fatigue syndrome is caused by depression, anemia, hypothyroidism, sleep deprivation and mononucleosis (“mono”).

Says Dr. S.L. Nijhof, co-author of the Dutch survey, “Fatigue is a common complaint among adolescents, with a good prognosis. Chronic fatigue syndrome is much less common, but with serious consequences.”

Chronic fatigue is one of many symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency. If you or your teen is suffering any of the symptoms described for chronic fatigue, see a doctor immediately and request blood screenings for low B12.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Health Video — powered by http://www.livestrong.com

Also read:

Getting Enough Vitamin B12? Three Reasons Why You Might Not Be


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