ADHD ADD and Fibromyalgia

ADHD, ADD, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia – Is there a connection? There very well may be!

All of these disorders have been shown to respond to the same medications (stimulants), have similar symptoms and run in the same families!

For example, both ADHD and CFS sufferers have a hard time concentrating on tasks, and their memory is spotty. They have trouble staying focused when trying to run errands or complete jobs.

This indicates that the link between ADHD and CFS is more concrete than science currently realizes, and more research is being done into this matter.

In a study at an outpatient psychiatric clinic, a number of adult patients who presented primarily with symptoms of ADHD, mainly the inattentive type, also reported unexplained fatigue, widespread musculoskeletal pain or a pre-existing diagnosis of CFS or FMS.

ADHD Medications for CFS

ADHD medications may be a useful treatment for Chronic Fatigue. Although the fatigue symptoms of CFS are usually treated by fatigue management medications, the mental effects of CFS are often treated using ADHD drugs.

Patients taking ADHD drugs have reported improvements in their cognitive dysfunction, as well as their fatigue and pain.  The advantage of ADHD medications in the treatment of FMS and CFS may be their innate arousal and enhanced filtering properties. This model supposes that FMS and CFS are central processing problems rather than disorders of muscles and joints.

There is no advantage for an ADHD patient to seek a FMS diagnosis, and there may be disadvantages. Stimulants cannot legally be used to treat the FMS. However, if a FMS patient meets ADHD criteria and obtains treatment for ADHD, the FMS symptoms improve as well.

Natural Therapies

Hormones, preservatives, and food dyes have been shown to have profound effects both behaviorally and physically for both ADHD and fibromyalgia.

Incorporating a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and high in magnesium helps with symptoms such as focus, irritability, pain, migraines, and fatigue. Organization and structure provide a consistent environment that reduces stress and irritability – both triggers for ADD/ADHD and Fibromyalgia!

The Endocannabinoid System

The human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that receives and translates signals it receives from cannabinoids in the body.  Some Scientists have associated ADHD with clinical endocannabinoid deficiency.

Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. The endocannabinoid system, with its complex actions in our immune system, nervous system, and all of the body’s organs, is literally a bridge between the body and mind.

Persons with this deficiency have slowed down neurotransmitters and their brains need more time to focus and concentrate.  Migraine, fibromyalgia, IBS and related conditions display common clinical, biochemical and pathophysiological patterns. This suggests an underlying clinical endocannabinoid deficiency that may be suitably treated with cannabinoid medicines.

A Natural Alternative – CBD Oil

CBD oil (cannabidiol oil) is usually extracted from industrial hemp. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of over 60 compounds called cannabinoids.

Flavored CBD Oil

Hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, the main psychoactive component of the marijuana plant. In other words, THC is the primary agent responsible for creating the “high” feeling associated with marijuana use. Hemp oil products are non-psychoactive!

THC is only present in trace amounts, while CBD dominates the hemp plant’s makeup and interacts with our naturally occurring systems.  This makes it a safer, less controversial alternative, while still offering significant health benefits.

You do not have to wait years to see if CBD is right for you!  CBD is legal in many countries and can be purchased in supplemental forms now!

If you would like more information on Hemp CBD Oil, just click here!

I would love to hear your experience using the CBD products, or if you have any questions or concerns, you can email me at IamBlueGreen@verizon.net.

Note:  (In this article, I use ADHD, though I am referring to both ADHD and ADD)

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and products listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

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