Fibromyalgia is a common illness – the key to treatment is identifying the underlying cause


People with fibromyalgia can be wracked with debilitating musculoskeletal pain, tenderness and profound fatigue all over their body for months at a time. The fatigue might feel like exhaustion, a flu-like illness or tiredness, and the pain can feeling like a dull ache, stiffness or burning sensation.

In severe cases, some people can’t get out of bed because of the pain and may have to give up work, while others have a greatly diminished quality of life. In mild to moderate cases people can often lead a normal life, while having to deal with and get through the pain and tiredness. Diagnosis is often tricky, but the main thing in my view is that if a person has any of these symptoms then something should be done to correct it.


Pain relief medications are not addressing the cause of the problem, and nor are they often particularly effective. What’s more, long term use can cause problems and there are side effects which are listed on the packet.


Identifying underlying causes, such as hormonal imbalances, that include the endocrine system, a rundown nervous system, sleep problems, emotional and stress triggers, is always an important step in the treatment of Fibromyalgia. From there a treatment program to help correct these causes is tailored to each individual’s specific needs, which usually includes a combination of one or more of the below treatment options.


  • Nutritional Therapy
    Correcting nutritional deficiencies and imbalances. There are specific nutrients, such as Magnesium and Vitamin D3 (which need to be taken in balance with other nutrients) that are often linked with Fibromyalgia. Turmeric is also an excellent natural anti-inflammatory that can help with pain and discomfort.
  • Diet
    Establishing any food intolerances and giving advice on the best foods to eat to help with fibromyalgia is a key step. For example, avoiding pro-inflammatory foods, such as sugars is very important. There is a typical diet I recommend to people with fibromyalgia, but this is always tailored with some basic testing, depending on the individual.
  • Homeopathics
    Homeopathic medicine is beneficial as it is designed to treat the whole person and help return balance and equilibrium to the body. Specific homeopathic medicines are ideally tailored to each individual’s requirements.
  • Bowen Therapy
    This technique is a hands on manipulative therapy that helps in the reduction of pain and tension in muscles and joints. It is a gentle form of treatment that can have rapid and positive effects.
  • Essential Oils
    There are specific oils that can be used to help alleviate pain (such as lavender and chamomile), and for stress relief (such as frankincense and clary sage) which are best diluted in a carrier oil and then put into the bath, or used as a body oil.

If you have any questions about Fibromyalgia please let me know.

Hear from my clients

“This time last year, I was constantly exhausted and struggling with pain. I couldn’t lose weight even when I tried hard. My digestive system wasn’t functioning properly. My brain was foggy and I struggled to concentrate, memory was poor. GP sent me for various tests that always came back negative. I’d had chronic fatigue in the past that never completely went away. I felt like a lost cause. What a difference a year makes . . . and it is all thanks to Nick and naturopathy. He listened and gave me a mixture of vitamins and remedies, personalised for my needs. I now eat a gluten free diet, have more energy and feel more like the old me. Oh and I have lost 2.5 stones. If you are wondering if naturopathy works, I can tell you it does, and Nick has years of experience to help you. Thank you so much Nick.”
– Jan

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