The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics published a study on fibromyalgia titled: “Hair calcium and magnesium levels in patients with fibromyalgia: a case center study.”
Note: In order to understand the results of this study, it’s important to clarify that when a hair analysis finds a high amount of calcium, it usually indicates a deficiency of calcium in the body. The high calcium reading often represents a loss of calcium into the soft issues.
One reason for the loss is that the calcium consumed was not soluble or able to be assimilated. This deficiency can lead to muscle cramping or pain; signs of low calcium, and also symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Here is a summary of the study:
Fibromyalgia is not an uncommon condition. Because its cause has yet to be identified, treatments can frequently lead to unsatisfactory outcomes. Some patients with fibromyalgia were observed to have high “hair” calcium and magnesium levels compared with healthy subjects.
Because of this and because supplementing calcium and magnesium to fibromyalgia subjects has reduced the number of tender points, it is worth investigating if patients with fibromyalgia have significantly higher hair calcium and magnesium levels than their healthy counterparts.
The study reviewed twelve patients who had hair analysis performed and who met the criteria of fibromyalgia as defined by the American College of Rheumatology. These patients were then matched by age and sex to twelve healthy subjects selected consecutively from the same patient files, who had hair analysis performed for checkup purposes.
Tests were used to determine if the hair calcium and magnesium levels in patients with fibromyalgia were significantly higher than in the other subjects.
The results: The tests showed that patients with fibromyalgia had significantly higher calcium and magnesium levels than the other subjects.
The conclusion: In the presence of high hair calcium and magnesium levels (and thus deficiency), calcium and magnesium supplements may be indicated as an additional treatment of fibromyalgia.
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