What Are The Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain in muscles, ligaments (tissues that connect bones), and tendons (tissues that connect muscles to bones). Fibromyalgia symptoms appear in the majority of individuals between the ages of 30 and 55. It is more common in women, but men and children are also susceptible to the condition.
What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia, and what causes fibromyalgia? The most common signs of fibromyalgia are pain, fatigue (feeling more tired and weak than usual), and trouble sleeping.
Fibromyalgia leads to chronic pain, called fibromyalgia pain, in many areas of your body. The intensity of pain can vary. Here is a fibromyalgia symptoms checklist. You may experience aches, tingling sensation, soreness, ripple, sensitivity, deterioration in mobility, burning. The pain may worsen if you don't sleep well, you have a strong feeling of anxiety or fear, or you are stressed.
Many patients also have other fibromyalgia symptoms, such as sleep disorders or sleep apnea attacks, depression (intense sadness), migraines (headaches), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), discomfort in the abdomen (belly) or bladder, Raynaud's disease (a condition in which parts of your body, usually your fingers or toes, feel numb and cold), dry eyes, and dizziness.
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
The cause of fibromyalgia is not known—patients with fibromyalgia experience painful sensations to stimuli that are not usually perceived as painful. According to studies, patients with fibromyalgia had higher amounts of the neurotransmitter substance P and nerve growth factor in their cerebrospinal fluid. In addition, people living with fibromyalgia have lower serotonin levels in the brain.
Research on pain in fibromyalgia has suggested central nervous system hypersensitivity. In addition, patients with fibromyalgia showed a decrease in slow eye movements during sleep (which in part explains the feeling of fatigue after sleep or frequent awakenings). Cause fibromyalgia is often associated with a psychological factor, trauma, or infection.
There are no tests or x-rays to support the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. To exclude other diseases, tests and examinations are recommended. Fibromyalgia is diagnosed based on a patient's medical history and the results of a physical exam. In patients with chronic pain, the diagnosis of fibromyalgia can be made based on the detection of painful points (up to 80% of cases), the presence of tissue inflammation, and the exclusion of other diseases.
Many diseases have symptoms similar to fibromyalgia: For example, the diseases such as low thyroid hormone levels (hypothyroidism), vitamin D deficiency, the increased function of the parathyroid glands (causes an increase in blood calcium levels), muscle diseases accompanied by muscle pain (polymyositis), bone diseases, with bone pain (Paget'sPaget's disease), elevated blood calcium levels (hypercalcemia), infectious diseases (hepatitis, Epstein-Barr virus, AIDS), oncological diseases.
Blood tests are also important for differential diagnosis, even though they do not verify fibromyalgia. As a result, blood tests for thyroid hormones and calcium levels are required to exclude hypercalcemia, hyperparathyroidism, and hypothyroidism. Alkaline phosphatase levels are often elevated in people with Paget'sPaget's disease. Creatine phosphokinase is often elevated in patients with polymyositis. A detailed blood test and blood biochemistry will help diagnose hepatitis.
Fibromyalgia can develop on its own or in combination with systemic rheumatologic diseases. For diagnosing these diseases, such analyses as ROE level of plasma proteins, antinuclear factor, C reactive protein, and sialic acid are essential. In fibromyalgia, these tests are within normal limits.
It seems that these parts of the brain gets stuck in a chronic state of hyper-arousal in terms of the nervous system and the immune system, quickly using up all the body’s store of energy, as well as causing chronic inflammation. It also causes lots of secondary issues which contribute to a whole host of symptoms in the body such as brain fog, difficulty concentrating, muscle pain, and exhaustion.
This hypothesis serves as a potential unifying model for the various observations in patients.
How Can I Recover From Fibromyalgia
What about fibromyalgia treatment? A sound effect for reducing stress is given by biofeedback and relaxation techniques. Changes in the environment (such as noise, temperature, and weather changes) can sometimes be enough to exacerbate fibromyalgia symptoms. And influencing these factors can have a positive impact.
According to studies, Ashok Gupta's Amygdala and Insula Retraining Program relieves fibromyalgia symptoms and is more successful than alternative therapy options.
There is no specific diet for fibromyalgia. To improve sleep, it’s recommended to avoid drinking alcohol and coffee in the evening. Foods that cause changes in the gastrointestinal tract's function should be avoided if you have irritable bowel syndrome. Tricyclic antidepressants, commonly used to treat depression, have traditionally been thought to be the most effective. Massage and acupuncture often have some positive effects in the treatment of fibromyalgia.
The Brain Can Be Rewired For Health And Happiness
The brain is not fixed in its responses, it can be rewired. Neuroscientists call this “Neuroplasticity” and it is one of the hottest topics in science at the moment.
The Treatment Involves A Series Of Brain Retraining Exercises
These are designed to “retrain the Amygdala & Insula” and other parts of the brain that are stuck in a state of hyper-arousal.
What The "Brain Retraining" Treatment Involves
The treatment is online, drug-free, delivered step by step, takes about an hour a day and you are fully supported every step of the way. It has drawn inspiration from many areas of coaching and therapy, including NLP, Meditation, Timeline Therapy, Breathwork, Parts therapy, Visualisation, Inner-Child work, Holistic Health Practises and many more. We fit these tools under the banner of "Amygdala and Insula Retraining", or AIR Techniques.
We Value Holistic Health Practises As Part Of Your Healing Journey
The Brain Retraining techniques are coupled together with holistic health practises such as Pacing, Sleep, Nutrition, Mindfulness, Relaxation, Sunlight, Meditation to honour the whole mind. body and soul within the journey to health and happiness.