On today’s Dr. Oz show, Dr. Oz talked about some different remedies for Fibermyalgia.
What is Fibermyalgia?
Do you have unexplained pain that transfers from one body part to another? It may not be all in your head—you may have something called fibromyalgia. On today’s show, Doctor Oz explores how this debilitating disease works and what treatments can cure the pain. Some argue that fibromyalgia is a symptom of depression, but others feel it is a very real pain. It mainly strikes women and can often times be misunderstood and misdiagnosed by doctors, which makes it difficult to treat well.
Dr. Oz Remedies for Fibermyalgia
-OTC and Rx pain relievers
-Melatonin-helps for pain and sleep
Because we talk about supplements on this blog, I wanted to look more into D5 Ribose.
D5 Ribose for Fibermyalgia
Published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine this month, The Use of D-Ribose in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia: A
Pilot Study explores the use of D-ribose to decrease the debilitating symptoms of both fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Both syndromes are “often associated with impaired cellular energy metabolism.” D-ribose, a naturally occuring sugar nutrient, is thought to increase the creation of cellular energy in heart and skeletal muscle. The pilot study evaluated its use as a supplement in 41 patients with CFS and or FMS. They were given a dosage of dose of 5g three times daily for a total of 280 g. They completed visual analog scale questionnaires and assessment before and after treatment. The researchers conclude:
D-ribose, which was well-tolerated, resulted in a significant improvement in all five visual analog scale (VAS) categories: energy; sleep; mental clarity; pain intensity; and well-being, as well as an improvement in patients’ global assessment. Approximately 66% of patients experienced significant improvement while on D-ribose, with an average increase in energy on the VAS of 45% and an average improvement in overall well-being of 30%… D-ribose significantly reduced clinical symptoms in patients suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.