Bodybuilders have used it for years. But does it do anything for the fibromyalgia patient? According to Brazilian researchers, it appears to have provided a bit of a boost to muscle strength. Unfortunately, fibromyalgia patients need a boost to their energy and a reduction in pain, an improvement in memory and a little less depression, a little more sleep and a farewell to brain fog.
It certainly appears that the supplement creatine is not the answer to these symptoms of fibromyalgia.
This study of creatine in fibromyalgia patients, which will be published in an upcoming edition of “Arthritis Care & Research,” appears to have had its roots in earlier work showing reduced creatine levels in the brain and muscle of fibromyalgia patients. So, researchers assumed that the fatigue and cognitive complaints seen in many fibromyalgia patients may be due to a creatine deficit. After all, creatine is a substance needed by the body’s cells in order to generate energy.
The study performed in Brazil was a four-month comparison of creatine users to subjects given a placebo. It was at the end of that period that a 10% improvement in strength was noted in those subjects on creatine when they engaged in leg press exercises; the improvement was 8% when subjects were compared on the chest press test. And of course subjects were asked about their levels of pain, the state of their mood, and the quality of their sleep. Creatine did not seem to help pain, mood, and sleep hygiene; alas, fibromyalgia patients have more problems with these issues than how well they perform on the machines at the local gym.