What is fibromyalgia ?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by a disturbance in the body’s natural ability to control pain. Changes in temperature and the increase of stress can worsen the symptoms which in many cases appear and disappear. The most common symptoms are :

  • pain
  • fatigue
  • sleep problems, insomnia, unrefreshing sleep
  • depression, anxiety
  • weakness
  • an acute sensitivity to odeurs, light and noise

  • concentration and memory problems

Some people may also feel :

  • exhaustion or a continuous fatigue throughout the day
  • numbness, and tingling in hands, arms, feet, and legs
  • headaches and migraines, possibly caused by muscular tensions in the neck and shoulders
  • morning stiffness
  • irritable bowel syndrom
  • urinary symptoms, such as pain or frequency
  • tender points when touched
  • muscular pain and stiffness
  • myofacial pain
  • transient loss of memory
  • the feeling of having a head full of haze like if it was inflated with helium
  • painful menstrual cramps

Fibromyalgia and the decrease in collagen production

Muscles contain connective tissues primarily composed of collagen. When muscles contract, collagen allows muscular cells to adapt to mechanical changes. The decrease in collagen production leads to the weakening of muscles, promotes muscular micro-lesions and causes a delay in wound healing. This decrease affects the intramuscular nerve fibres leading to a lowering in pain tolerance, as observed in patients with fibromyalgia.

Study – Decrease in fibromyalgia symptoms

A study in the United Sates, by Dr. Gary B. Olsen and his team, showed that a supplement of collagen hydrolysate can effectively reduced fibromyalgia symptoms(1). This study showed that after 3 months of collagen intake, patients with chronic fibromyalgia experimented :

  • a total pain decrease of 25%
  • an improvement in uninterrupted sleep of 25%
  • morning joint and muscle stiffness diminished by 32%
  • 34% improvement of chronic headaches
  • feelings of numbness improved by 11%
  • 36% improvement in irritable bowel syndrome
  • memory and cognitive state increased by 35%