The Fatigue-Fibromyalgia Complex

Majid Ali, M.D.

The initial symptom of some of my patients was persistent and debilitating fatigue. They were diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. All of them later developed muscle soreness and trigger points and problems of mood, memory, and mentation, which also qualified them for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia.

The initial symptoms of some other my patients were muscle soreness and trigger points. They were diagnosed with fibromyalgia. All of them later developed disabling chronic fatigue and problems of mood, memory, and mentation, which also qualified them for the diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome.

My experience with the patients in the above two categories convinced me that the two disorders are the two faces of the same coin, hence my term “fatigue-fibromyalgia complex.”

The Fatigue-Fibromyalgia Complex, First and Foremost, Is An Oxygen Disorder

The three basic facts about this complex are:

1. All symptoms are caused by cellular oxygen deprivation.

2. Oxygen deprivation is caused by dysfunctional oxygen metabolism.

3. Oxygen metabolism becomes abnormal due to excessive and cumulative oxidative stress caused by sugar overload, antibiotic abuse, undiagnosed allergies, synthetic chemicals, and anger.

Dysfunctional oxygen metabolism (dysox) is not merely lack of oxygen in the air we breathe, in the blood, or in the cells. I coin the term dysox for a much deeper problem of oxygen metabolism within the cells that involves deranged oxygen signaling and failure of oxy-enzymes that carry out oxygen’s detox, cellular repair, and cellular renewal functions. This is a critical distinction

This also forms the core of my Oxygen Model of the Fatigue-Fibromyalgia Complex

3 Rs of the Fatigue-Fibromyalgia Complex

* Fibromyalgia is Real.

* Fibromyalgia is Reversible.

* Fibromyalgia cannot be Reversed with drugs.

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