Association of fibromyalgia symptoms with beta radiation levels.

Online ratings of fibroyalgia symptom severity were gathered by the Fibromyalgia Wellness Project (link), for the period October 1, 2009 to July 31, 2010. The symptoms rated included pain, stiffness, fatigue, mental focus impairment, memory impairment, anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal problems, and sleeping problems. Each symptom was rated on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being most severe.

Gross beta radiation levels, as measured by air filters (link), were obtained from the EPA Radnet site, for the time period and nearest location of each rater and her rating. The radiation levels were computed by attributing the levels for each collection period to the day included in this period, and averaged over the prior 5 days, including the day of the rating. Kendall’s tau-b was employed to yield correlations between symptom ratings and beta radiation levels.

A power analysis revealed that 67 ratings were needed to supply enough statistical power for the analysis. 17 female subjects were selected according to this criterion. In all, 1,961 ratings were analyzed.

A multisample permutation method was employed to perform an effect strength meta-analysis, where each subject was considered to be an independent experiment. The effect strength criterion was the value of tau multiplied by the square root of the sample size for each subject, and summed together. This method generated 25,000 Monte Carlo iterations, and a P-value was estimated for each symptom.

Symptom severity positively associated with beta radiation and statistically significant: Mental focus impairment, memory impairment, anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal problems, sleeping problems

Symptom severity positively associated with beta radiation and not statistically significant: Pain, fatigue

Symptom severity negatively associated with beta radiation and not statistically significant: Stiffness

This result corresponds to recent research on environmental triggers for fibromyalgia, and other diseases like chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivity (link).

22 thoughts on “Association of fibromyalgia symptoms with beta radiation levels.

  1. Thanks Bobby1,…I am trying to help a friend with Fibro,…understand why she is worse now,…..and this article will go a long way!

    • good luck, my very close friend keeps asking me ‘why this? why that?” about her health, condition of her hair, etc… and when I tell her she is absolutely silent…it’s like we are freakin aliens if we say it. i told her this past weekend about Paducah.. she said NOTHING. it’s like the most uncomfortable silence EVER when I talk about this, I mean at least SOME of my friends are encouraging and happy for me that I am at last feeling like I am doing something I felt called to do, even if they have zero interest or belief, but there are the others who just give you that dead silent reaction. What is WITH that?

  2. Radcon 4 in San Francisco on Tuesday and Wednesday, Radcon 5 on Thursday, then I have intense pain by Friday and Saturday. What a coincidence. Thanks, Bobby1.

    • The lag time for fatigue is a lot longer than 5 days, I think that is why it didn’t make significance. When I got sick in May 2012, the worst fatigue came a month later.

  3. Are welders predisposed to fibromyalgia?

    I am also curious as to the x-ray and/or Beta radiation exposure of a typical stick or MIG/TIG welder.

    • I was just going to tack a few peices of frame of a trailor I was building, ..I had shorts on, ..I tacked the whole trailor, ..over the next day my legs BLISTERED and turned BROWN Huge blisters, took weeks to heal, glad I got no infection ! I knew about burns, had a red face many times doing tacks while closeing my eyes,
      It dosn’t take long to burn chicken legs !

        • My original response has been left on my “mostly dead” hard drive. I will attempt to retrieve it using the “freezer trick”. Until then, here is the gist of my thusfar unposted response:

          That is why they make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). It is important, as you might agree, to wear cotton clothing and no synthetics to protect skin from the IR and UV radiation emitted during the welding process. Avoid the use of dryer sheets, as this may drastically increase the flammability of such cotton clothing. The facial area should be protected too.
          I realize that such projects are not likely often undertaken. However; our skin never gets any younger, and scar tissue is likely especially sensitive.

          CSA# E4311 A.K.A. AWS# E6011 (1/8 in. dia):
          E=Electrode, (43MPa or) 60,000 psi minimum tensile strength,
          Suitable for all positions except vertical down,
          Cellulose/Potassium coatings – suitable for AC or DC Electrode Positive (DCEP)
          In addition, with DCEP, the heat will concentrate in the base metal being welded.

          I assume, as i have no confirmation yet, that produced x-rays would be directed away from the base metal being welded.

          Looking forward to obtaining a pin diode, to attach to my laptop sound input, sensitive to x-rays, and one for gamma. I plan to use the University of Sydney, Australia’s free spectrometry software “PRA”.

          This industry is widely ignorant of radiation hazards, other than IR & UV.
          Many workers are sent to the oil fields (and other industries), and return for certification.
          I have yet to talk to anybody here in University that has even heard of N.O.R.M. (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material).

          WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Material Information System) seems devoid of radiological data, and is based upon the US OHS (Occupational Health & Safety) regulations which so far seem to defer to the Atomic Agencies. So far, MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) have been denied to me here.

          I desperately need a shirt that states “Fukushima University” on the front, and abbreviated on the back.
          This should be more effective than a shirt from the University of Tuktoyaktuk (TukU)! 😛

          Be well, people.

          • … also looking forward to using 35mm film, if available, for (hopefully) inexpensive dosimetry.

            One guy here claims that a chest x-ray is equivalent to ingesting 200 bananas. Homeostasis aside, with a half-life of about 1.25 billion years, one may have a long wait to expose film!
            I was brushed off with, “I don’t want to talk about it”. Nice, eh?

            WPPSS (read “whoops”), i may be wrong about skin not getting any younger. Biology is not my forte.

        • E6011 rod can be used as a cutting rod after being whetted with water!
          DC Electrode Negative concentrates heat on the electrode, water turns to steam and the electric current propels the shield gasses including steam towards and through the work piece.
          It is apparently an ugly cut though.

          • E6010 is also usable, as it has deep penetrating characteristics too.
            For both SMAW welding rods to be used for Shielded Metal Arc Cutting, constant-current need be set much higher than that for SMAW. This way heat is maximized in the molten metal pool and provides the arc-blow force necessary for cutting.
            SMAW rods need be soaked (not whetted) in water so that absorbed water can slow down the vaporization of the metal rod coating for improved cutting action.
            Using SMAW rods for SMAC process produces rough and uneven cuts in thin metal and can easily create holes. Thicker materials require a sawing action to allow molten metal to fall away.

            I know not if XdrFox was aware of cutting possibilities of SMAW rods. It is news to me though.

  4. Just wanted to say Thanks for this page and the very last link you provide at the end. I am 62, have had severe allergies all my life, PTSD since age 9 and for the last decade chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. The cf or fm is getting much worse over the last few years and am on “medication” for it but it doesn’t seem to help much. The last link provided me with some insights as to what my doctor and I am facing. You have been a big help, Thanks again.

  5. Live in S.F. Symptoms from Fibro. have gotten worse lately, and the most distressing is the burning skin sensation that I’ve experienced on and off since 2011 – the year of Fukushima. Yes, I have an anxiety disorder as well. 3 weeks ago, the burning returned with a vengeance. sometimes it hurts to wear clothes. It didn’t even occur to me at first that this was related to my Fibro. but it DID occur to me that it was related to rads from Japan. thank you for all you do.

    • Welcome, Ellen.

      Yes, I have had terrible skin problems also. The worst was after the Honeywell uranium release in 2012, though it was going on since Fuku. Severe fibro itself also causes skin issues.

  6. Thank you for that research. Incredible finding! And it makes sense, as ionizing radiation would give rise to more ‘free radicals’. Fibromyalgia might be a “oxidative stress disorder” ( ), and there may be a link with cancer incidence ( ), and the very diet that is recommended to reduce fibromyalgia symptoms has much overlap with a diet for reducing the effects of fallout, for which boosting anti-oxidants is recommended too. (more Vitamins D, E, & C, omegas-3 fatty acids, more Potassium,…).

    With Fukushima leaking large amounts into the air again ( ), it could be part of what sensitive people are picking up on. And/or being made miserable by… ;-/

    • Welcome, Michael. Radiaioactive contamination causes oxidation, which is the basis of all immune system response. In fibro, it appears that it increases the pain compound Substance P, which goes on to reduce dopamine levels and increase prolactin… affecting the pituitary gland… and the whole hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis.

      So if you breathed in some tritium, it would instantly create the free radicals, and they would keep building up as long as the tritium was around.

      Prolactin fuels inflammation which leads to cancer.

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