Fibromyalgia Symptoms – A Diverse Diagnosis and Treatment
Fibromyalgia is complicated and frequently misdiagnosed. Symptoms include musculoskeletal pain over the entire body, fatigue, sleep disruption, mood disorders, and memory problems. Because there is no definitive test for fibromyalgia, and symptoms tend to come and go, a confirmed diagnosis typically takes a long time. It includes:
- Three months of sustained widespread pain.
- Evidence of other fibromyalgia symptoms such as chronic fatigue, disordered thinking, and trouble sleeping.
- No evidence of another underlying (mental, neurological) condition.
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia symptoms are caused by a change in the way the brain experiences signals of pain and stress from the body. The brain amplifies these signals, causing a disruption in energy flow to the muscles and nervous system. The body experiences pain and stress more intensely than it should. This energy disruption spreads throughout the body’s cells, causing the patient to experience fatigue, sleep disruptions, and disturbed thought processes. Eventually this leads to secondary problems with memory and the ability to focus. Fibromyalgia, which affects women more than men, has several triggers. It often occurs after a physical or psychological trauma, like PTSD. Sometimes problems including neck injury, endometriosis, and Lyme disease appear to cause the disorder. There are also less obvious causes of fibromyalgia, such as hidden food allergies – most often gluten and dairy sensitivities – chemical sensitivities, and a toxic level of heavy metals in the body. Some studies suggest a possible genetic component, and some cases bring on fibromyalgia symptoms slowly over time with no known cause.
Is There a Treatment for Fibromyalgia?
There is no cure for fibromyalgia, so treatments are multi-disciplinary to provide relief through stress reduction, better nutrition, and detoxification.
- Acupuncture, meditation, and massage reduce stress.
- Adequate levels of magnesium, Omega 3, B vitamins, and Coenzyme Q10 through diet and supplements promote better physical and emotional brain function.
- Omitting trigger foods in the diet to avoid hidden allergies.
- Undergoing chemical detoxification.
- Chelation therapy removes heavy metals from the system.
Specialized therapies for Fibromyalgia include the following:
- Neurointegration – retrains the brain to respond differently to the signals it receives, so that it is not so sensitive to pain.
- Bio-identical hormone replacement in postmenopausal women.
- Medications to help patients sleep and deal with mood disorders.