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    2 posts, 2 voices, 1767 views, started Nov 27, 2008

    Posted on Thursday, November 27, 2008 by Dana Arcuri


    • Through the years of having been diagnosed with ADD and having kids with ADHD, I have read about there being a connection between ADD/ADHD and fibromyalgia. Ironically, I was diagnosed this past March with fibromyalgia. Last night, I was on the internet looking for information regarding this connection when I stumbled upon a very informative website. (

      A Certified Nutritionist named Patricia Stephens was diagnosed first with fibromyalgia by the Mayo Clinic.
      Patricia was involved with a fibromyalgia support group when she learned about one member who was no longer having aches and pains. As it turns out, this woman who was suffering from fibromyalgia was also diagnosed with ADD. Once her physician treated her with stimulant medication, her fibromyalgia symptoms started to disappear! After hearing this amazing information, Patricia began researching the correlation between ADD and Fibromyalgia.

      As Patricia became educated about the connection with fibromyalgia and ADD/ADHD, she discovered that
      the common denominator for ADD/ADHD and fibromyalgia (FMS) may be the autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysfunction. Patricia states that the autonomic nervous system (ANS) is composed of the sympathetic (“fight or flight“), parasympathetic (“rest and digest“), endocrine (hormones), and enteric (gut) nervous systems. She says that when these systems are balanced, the body is healthy, but when the systems are NOT balanced, the body is not healthy. In addition, Patrician explains that the ANS affects every organ system in the body, it is no wonder that the symptoms associated with ADD/ADHD and FMS are so varied. It may show up in several members of one family and in several different ways. Lastly, Patricia states that with increased sympathetic nervous system tone, the individual is geared up (“hyper“) and has difficulty relaxing, but with increased parasympathetic nervous system tone, the individual appears “lazy” or “sluggish.” The systems are interrelated in complex ways and with a wide variety of variations.

      Here are the similarities between ADD/ADHD and fibromyalgia:

      · Low stress tolerance
      · Concentration or memory problems
      · Mood swings, depression, anxiety
      · Poor organizational skills
      · Low energy
      · Difficulty relaxing
      · Sleep disturbances
      · Poor regulation of body temperature
      · Skin rashes, itching
      · Urinary frequency
      · Reflux, gastritis, ulcers, constipation or diarrhea
      · Aches and pains
      · Low or high blood pressure
      · Yeast or fungal infections
      · Allergies, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis
      · Sexual over- or under-arousal
      · Numbness and tingling (carpal tunnel symptoms, legs “going to sleep,” etc.)
      · Heart-related symptoms
      (chest tightness, palpitations, etc )
      · Poor coordination, other gross motor skills
      · Poor handwriting, other fine motor skills
      · Impulsive eating or spending

      Interestingly enough, out of the 21 symptoms listed, I have 16 of the symptoms. Patricia Stephens was evaluated and diagnosed by a doctor who specializes in ADD/ADHD. At first, when Patricia began taking small doses of Ritalin, her FMS symptoms appeared to get worse. The doctor increased the Ritalin and to Patricia’s surprise, the pain went away! For her, over time, there were too many “peaks and valleys“, while taking Ritalin. In the beginning stages of trying stimulant medications, it was basically “trail and error” to find the best mix of medication to promote positive results with the least amount of side effects. Eventually, Patricia and her doctor discovered that if Ritalin was taken with a low dose antidepressant, the results were very successful at reducing both ADD/ADHD and FMS symptoms.

      To read more about the connection between fibromyalgia and ADD/ADHD, go to Patricia’s website at
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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Dec 8, 2008
        • I just posted in response to Cindy’s comment on your other post.
          I wholeheartedly agree that they are inter-related. All auto-immune conditions are also very similar; the difference is usually what part of the body the immune system doesn’t recognize as the ‘good guys‘. When you restore optimal nutrition, and balance the needs of the body - nourish, restore, protect, and communicate (we call these the core 4) then typically your body will begin to heal itself. If it doesn’t, it simply means there are some other needs that must be addressed like ph balancing, parasite cleansing, detoxing, etc. Restoration is not an overnight process, and it often takes months to see improvements. Our bodies didn’t get this way overnight, they aren’t going to be restored overnight either.

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