What Doctors Know About Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is considered to be a syndrome—a set of symptoms that occur together but do not have a known cause. There are theories as to what may cause it, but there is not enough evidence to support any single theory. People—especially women—who have a family member with fibromyalgia are more likely to develop it themselves. It has been recognized as medical disorder only since the 1980s.
Some theories suggest that fibromyalgia may be linked to:
Oversensitive nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain.
Oversensitivity may be due to changes in chemicals in the brain or spinal cord that regulate pain.
As a result, the person senses pain more easily, and widespread muscle pain occurs.
An imbalance in the brain chemicals that control mood, which results in a lowered tolerance for pain and may also cause an unrestful sleep cycle and fatigue.
Once this happens, a person becomes less physically active, and the muscles and tissues become more sensitive and painful and more easily irritated.
An imbalance of hormones such as cortisol and growth hormone.
Their release is controlled by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus.
Imbalances of these hormones can result in fatigue, mood changes, concentration and memory difficulties, a lowered tolerance for pain, and other symptoms.
A disturbance in the deep phase of sleep. Some chemicals, such as growth hormone, are secreted by the body during this phase of sleep. If sleep is disrupted, the body produces less of the hormone. Disturbed sleep may be both a cause and an effect of the pain of fibromyalgia.
Many people connect the beginning of their fibromyalgia symptoms to a certain event. These events can include an illness such as the flu, an injury or surgery, or emotional trauma and stress. An event of this type combined with other factors, such as increased sensitivity to pain and an ongoing sleep disturbance, may lead to fibromyalgia syndrome in some people.
I find Doctors try to avoid and tend to label ppl with the Fibromyalgia diagnosis sometimes because they cant figure out why the patient feels the way they do.
All MD's should educate themselves on this syndrome and all auto-immune syndromes/diseases or send them to someone who does, instead of assuming that this is what it is.
I agree with what is said above about what caused mine. Thing is replacing what is missing from the body as a result of how I got it.
The best way is... to turn away from Western Medicine and take a more Holistic/ Herb approach, instead of taking medications prescribed by Drs to shut us up.
I followed Western Medicine for years and left cus my Dr's had me on Opiates (Oxycontin) Muscle Relaxants (Zanaflex/Flexeril) Anti-inflammatories (Vioxx) Antidepressants (Paxil/Celexa) over a period of 10 or more years.
I was addicted to the opiates cus they sometimes dulled the pain, chewed them when the pain was really bad, was addicted off and on over those years. I would stop taking them cus they affected me in many negative ways, deal with the pain till I couldn't take it anymore & find a new Dr for relief to be put back on the same types of medications. Not one of these Drs really knew what fibromyalgia was.
I now have a heap of other medical issues because of the medications prescribed by Dr's over the years!
For 5 years now I have been dealing with the symptoms of FMS without help from Western Medicine with a combination of vitamins/herbs.
5htp, magnesium, Vitamin B-6&12, Celadrin & Glucosamine.
Im not saying that these are by any means a cure cus I still have Fibromyalgia, but this has calmed some of my symptoms down.
The best way to deal with FMS is to surf the net, or talk to someone outside of Western Medicine who deals with Holistic protcol.
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