Worsening Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis? Look for Secondary Fibromyalgia!

Published: January 17, 2018

Arthritis with Secondary Fibromyalgia

For effective pain relief, it's critical to realize that pain is not an outside invader. Rather, it's simply the "oil warning light" on your body's "dashboard" telling you that something needs attention. And just as putting oil in your car makes the light go away, giving your body what it needs will make your pain go away. This has been demonstrated in our published research on fibromyalgia.

A common and devastating problem is when a secondary fibromyalgia (fibromyalgia resulting from another illness) is missed in people with other painful autoimmune illnesses, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Research shows that upwards of a third of those with these autoimmune conditions will develop secondary fibromyalgia.

Secondary fibromyalgia presents itself as a severe flaring of your primary illness. But it requires a totally different treatment — in fact, in this scenario it can be toxic and even fatal to use such aggressive autoimmune treatments as steroids and lupus/RA immune agents.

The key is to recognize the presence of fibromyalgia. If your pain is worsening and you begin to experience severe insomnia and fatigue, and the pain is body wide, then you've likely developed a secondary fibromyalgia. Our published research shows that this can be effectively treated in 91% of cases with an average 90% increase in quality of life by using the S.H.I.N.E.® protocol, which optimizes your health by addressing five key aspects of it:

  • Sleep
  • Hormones
  • Infections
  • Nutrition, and
  • Exercise as able

In addition, following S.H.I.N.E.® not only helps with fibromyalgia, but also with the symptoms of lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Want to see if you have fibromyalgia? Take this simple quiz to get an instant analysis.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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