Research into fibromyalgia and its causes is ongoing and there are a number of treatment options being studied. Now, a hyaluronic acid fibromyalgia has been suggested as a potential reliever and cure for this life altering, and increasingly common ailment.
What is fibromyalgia? The condition is diagnosed when a person suffers pain in the connective tissues of the body, especially in the joints and in musculoskeletal areas, along with other symptoms like fatigue, headaches and poor concentration. However, pain is the overwhelming symptom and can stop people from performing day to day tasks that non-fibromyalgia sufferers take for granted.
So, how does hyaluronic acid fit into the picture? Well hyaluronic acid is a naturally forming substance that is found in the synovial fluid surrounding our joints and can be found in almost all connecting tissues throughout the human body — like in the ligaments and in the tendon fibers of the areas inflicted with pain when there is fibromyalgia.
Recent research from a study of 35 people with fibromyalgia who were given hyaluronic acid over a period of 1 to 14 months resulted in a reduction of pain in most sufferers. Specifically 21 people had no pain after the treatment, 6 people experienced a 60% reduction in pain and just 8 sufferers reported no difference to their pain levels.
These are promising results given that in the United States alone, it is estimated that there are about three to five million Americans who are suffering from fibromyalgia. What is worse is that fibromyalgia is a chronic disease. Thus, a patient can experience its painful symptoms for years. These symptoms include joint pains, fatigue, insomnia, headaches and fever.
Hyaluronic acid is a type of special protein that is in gel-like form. Think of it like an oil that serves as a lubricant to the body’s joints. It is essential in making the joints and the adjacent connective tissues function better because it serves as a shock absorber.
When joints become inflamed the level of hyaluronic acid noticeably declines, as it does with age, which is why the number of people with osteoarthritis rise with age.
Hyaluronic acid can be found in the eyes, in the skin and connective tissues of humans and animals. It is also found to be present in the fluid that comes along with the umbilical cord when a mother gives birth to an infant.
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When taking Hyluronic acid in supplement form it will normally come from animal sources to which some people can have an adverse reaction. However, modern pharmaceuticals have devised ways to synthesize the substance. Thus, there are synthetic versions of the acid that are produced using the fermentation process of a certain type of bacteria. This is available in drop form that you add to drinks.
Hyaluronic acid reduces pain by subduing nerve sensitivity linked to joint pain, calming inflammation, changing the behavior of immune cells, and increasing the body’s production of hyaluronic acid in cells found in the joint lining. It is also safe to take alongside glucosamine and chondroitin. Speak to your doctor before taking any supplements.
Although there are many fibromyalgia sufferers who have experienced significant relief from taking hyaluronic acid, fibromyalgia research is still ongoing to find more sophisticated treatments.