Written by Stacy Chbosky
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About seven to 10 million Americans have fibromyalgia syndrome, also known as FM or FMS. Most people with FM are women, and the syndrome usually sets in during the person's 20s or 30s. Although adult females are the typical FM sufferer, fibromyalgia also affects men and children.

FM is a chronic pain disorder. It creates extreme fatigue, and muscular pain throughout the entire body. The level of fatigue which accompanies FM is not like the normal fatigue which everyone feels at the end of the day. FM fatigue is extreme, making it difficult to perform even simple tasks. FM sufferers are exhausted to the point where it is difficult to work, exercise or lead a normal life. Supplements have been known to aid a number of people in maintaining some energy.

People with fibromyalgia might also begin taking supplements in order to improve the health of their immune systems. Much evidence points to the powerful impact glutathione levels can have on the health of a person with this condition. Glutathione is a tripeptide that naturally occurs in every cell of the human body. In those who are sick, glutathione levels tend to be low. Oral glutathione supplements are not effective, because glutathione is digested and broken down in the stomach, meaning very little actually reaches the bloodstream. It's important to take a precursor or building block of glutathione, and the most important of these is cysteine. Cysteine is best supplied by bioactive undenatured whey proteins. People with fibromyalgia can benefit from undenatured whey proteins that raise their glutathione back up to a normal, healthy level.

FM and Exercise

Exercise is a Catch-22 for people with FM. The muscle pain that follows a good workout can be extremely painful in people with FM. This prevents many people with this condition from exercising. Subsequently, their bodies become weaker and flabbier, and their FM symptoms worsen.

Generally speaking, strenuous exercise is not a good idea for folks with FM. Contact sports, jarring aerobics and the like should be avoided. However, exercise is highly recommended. The best exercises for people with FM are walking, using an exercise bike or other stationary machine, and pool exercises. Ideally, people with FM should work with a qualified physical therapist to help stay in shape while reducing their symptoms.

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