Fibromyalgia is a condition affecting millions. It is estimated that up to 6 percent of the world’s population suffers from the disorder. That includes 10 million people in the US alone. (1) But what is fibromyalgia, how does it affect people, and what can be done to address it?
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes persistent pain through the body’s muscle and connective tissue. Pain is typically most intense at the site of “tender points” that are common among many fibromyalgia patients. (2) The condition also amplifies sensations of pain on contact, particularly at these tender points. Doctors and scientists believe this is because the condition may affect the way the brain processes pain signals.
Aside from the pain itself, fibromyalgia has a number of negative effects on general health. The pain commonly makes sleep difficult. Lack of sleep can cause lasting fatigue, as well as lead to general memory or mood issues. Not getting enough rest can increase stress on the body and even lower the effectiveness of the immune system. Any of these side effects can ultimately interfere with living your daily life.
Despite being such a widespread medical issue, doctors do not know what causes fibromyalgia. However, increased risk factors include sex, age, and genetics. Fibromyalgia is much more prevalent in women by 75-90 percent. (1) The chance of developing fibromyalgia increases with age and tends to run in families. Other disorders like arthritis or lupus may increase the likelihood of developing fibromyalgia. (3) The medical world has no cure for the condition, though medications exist that can target and treat the symptoms. Getting exercise, relaxation, and making efforts to lower overall stress may also provide marginal help. However, recent research may offer a new method for effectively treating pain from fibromyalgia.
In 2015, researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota conducted a breakthrough study. They tested the effectiveness of topical magnesium supplementation as a treatment for fibromyalgia. (4) The researches applied a magnesium spray to the skin of fibromyalgia patients twice a day for four weeks. Within two weeks, multiple patients saw an improvement in their fibromyalgia symptoms that lasted through the entire study period.
The research results also confirm a great deal of past medical research on the subject. Multiple studies found that fibromyalgia symptoms may have a link to lower levels of magnesium. (5,6) This study shows the great potential for developing magnesium as a treatment for fibromyalgia, specifically through topical supplements. Most fibromyalgia patients take multiple medications by mouth, so an application that may be administered other than orally literally means there is one less pill to swallow. Magnesium is also both safe natural making it an appealing alternative to oral supplements for many.
MyKore Essentials aims to be a part of the change with our Pure Magnesium Oil topical spray. Applying magnesium directly to the location of the pain provides immediate and rapid absorption. This product provides an on-the-spot application to muscle stiffness, cramps, or joint pain due to inflammation. It can also be used or for the onset of headaches, migraines or sleeplessness. Carry it with you anytime to make sure you are always equipped with a solution to your body’s magnesium needs.