This is part of the abstract of an article I found in pub med. They tested low dose malic acid on short term and high dose malic acid longer term against placebo and found that the high dose and longer treatment resulted in significant decrease in pain and tenderness.
RESULTS: No clear treatment effect attributable to Super Malic was seen in the blinded, fixed low dose trial. With dose escalation and a longer duration of treatment in the open label trial, significant reductions in the severity of all 3 primary pain/tenderness measures were obtained without limiting risks. CONCLUSIONS: These data suggest that Super Malic is safe and may be beneficial in the treatment of patients with FM. Future placebo-controlled studies should utilize up to 6 tablets of Super Malic bid and continue therapy for at least 2 months.
I looked this up because someone said I should try Valerin, a mostly valerian root herbal supplement. When searching for Valerian and fibromyalgia I found that plain water whirlpool baths help decrease pain levels while whirlpool baths with pine oil will improve sleep and well being.
There is also a new norepinephrine and serotonin reuptake inhibitor that helps. One of the recent theories is polymorphism of genes that have something to do with serotonin and norepinephrine and chaticholomine (sp?).
And that's all I have to say about that.