Fibromyalgia: S.H.I.N.E. Protocol May Help With Treatment & Pain Management of the Syndrome by Jacob Teitelbaum

Fibromyalgia: S.H.I.N.E. Protocol May Help With Treatment & Pain Management of the Syndrome

Fibromyalgia (FM) affects more than 12 million Americans. This musculoskeletal syndrome is characterized by widespread pain, tender points, incapacitating fatigue, anxiety, depression, migraines/chronic headaches, fibro fog (inability to concentrate/focus) and a myriad of other seemingly disconnected symptoms. As a chronic pain and fibromyalgia expert, I know fibromyalgia is a devastating condition that robs you of your life. Imagine a toothache that spreads through your whole body and lasts for 20 years. That’s what it feels like living with fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, most physicians are absolutely clueless about pain management and treatment of fibromyalgia is no exception.

I've dedicated my 35-year career to finding effective treatments for fibromyalgia and its equally disabling cousin, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). My S.H.I.N.E.® protocol, a five-step integrative approach to restoring and optimizing energy, has been successfully used to treat patients with fibromyalgia. S.H.I.N.E. was originally published as a peer-reviewed, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in the Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Here are the highlights from my S.H.I.N.E. protocol for fibromyalgia:

  • Sleep: When you have fibromyalgia, getting enough sleep can be difficult. Even though you feel exhausted, insomnia is commonplace and is aggravated by pain and stiffness in the body. Nonetheless, sleep is crucial for this energy-depleting condition, and you should be getting between eight and nine hours per night.
  • Hormones: Checking your hormone levels and getting on a thyroid medication can help improve your symptoms. Most patients with fibromyalgia also suffer from hormone deficiencies.
  • Infections: Get treatment when symptoms of infections occur. The lack of restorative sleep in CFS/FM can lead to a dysfunctional immune system. Underlying viral, bacterial, bowel, sinus and yeast infections are common and can be a chronic feature of CFS/FM.
  • Nutrition: You need to be sure you’re getting optimal nutrition, especially because the entire nervous system is depleted and under duress. Taking a vitamin powder can help you get the right amount of vitamins and minerals without having to swallow handfuls of pills.
  • Exercise: If you're able to exercise, you should be doing just that. Even walking for 30 minutes a day can help to ease symptoms and strengthen body and mind.

For more information visit and check out "The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution." 

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Ann Marie Patitucci
Thank you for sharing this, Dr. Teitelbaum, and for your dedication to finding treatment for fibromyalgia & CFS. Welcome to the 30Seconds tribe!
Jacob Teitelbaum MD [inactive]
Thanks Ann Marie;-) It is a lot of fun guiding people on how to get their health back!
Ann Marie Patitucci
It must be very rewarding.
Elisa Schmitz
It's so helpful to understand more about fibromyalgia and what can be done to help. Thank you for sharing this, Jacob Teitelbaum , and welcome to #30Seconds. We look forward to learning and growing with you!
Jacob Teitelbaum MD [inactive]
Hi Elisa, Likewise! We are all students, and we are all teachers;-)
Jacob Teitelbaum MD [inactive]
Not just rewarding and emotionally/spiritually satisfying. Doing this is the most fun thing in the world for me!
Donna John
Welcome, Jacob Teitelbaum ! Fibromyalgia is so often misunderstood. Thank you so much for educating us on the syndrome.
Meredith Schneider
So interesting! Thank you for sharing. Welcome Jacob Teitelbaum
Keith Sereduck
I think this treatment would help set up the basis for a good recovery, I just wish you could somehow add one more letter; a "p" for having a positive attitude. Being a fighter for 34 years (since I was 12), if it's one thing I've learned, being positive is what's going to get you up out of bed and moving around, exercising. Negativity and complaining can habe disastrous results in the mind of someone with fibromyalgia.

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