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Magnetic therapy bracelets for fibromyalgia?

Monday, 5 February 2018

Recently I met up with an old friend I hadn’t seen for maybe fifteen years, she’s the same age as me (37 years young!) married with a young son and was working as a barrister for some fancy law firm in London, until seven years ago when she was struck down with a mystery illness…skip forward seven years and she has finally been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The journey she has been on from the first sign of illness to diagnosis hasn’t been easy, it resulted in her having to resign from her job, and being bedridden for long periods of time, she’s missed out on many important milestones in her son’s life as she has just been unable to function. Sadly she’s part of an ever growing group of sufferers including a few famous faces, Lady Gaga being the most recent to bring this hidden condition to the limelight in her Netflix documentary Gaga Five Foot Two.

Over the years she has tried many different types of treatment some with success and some without, one of the things she has found most helpful was a magnetic therapy bracelet which was recommended to her at a support group for sufferers of Fibromyalgia. More information on support groups can be found on the Fibromyalgia Action UK site.

What is Fibromyalgia?
Firstly, let’s find out a bit more about it and the causes of it, Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body, extreme sensitivity to pain or hyperalgesia and allodynia, it can also cause extreme fatigue which in turn can result in poor sleep quality and muscle stiffness. It has long been referred to an invisible illness as it can be so difficult to diagnose, many patients suffering with it can go from doctor to doctor without getting a clear diagnosis and it is often misdiagnosed.

The symptoms can vary from person to person, but main symptom is widespread pain. It is also a condition with which the symptoms can get better or worse depending on stress, the weather, and how physically active you are. 

There is no clear reason why people suffer from fibromyalgia but one of the main theories is that a change in the central nervous system results in a change in the way pain messages are conveyed around the body, this could be due to a chemical imbalance, but no one really knows, some research has shown low levels of some hormones in people suffering with fibromyalgia, other research suggests genetics may play a part.

People who suffer from fibromyalgia often find they feel a mixture of frustration and relief when they finally receive a diagnosis but unfortunately there is no cure. This is why there has been a surge in sufferers searching for alternative and holistic approaches. 

While there is no specific evidence to support magnetic therapy, many people find they do help for a wide range of symptoms and illnesses and when they are easily obtainable and an option for every pocket.