Nine out of 10 people with Fibromyalgia are women. Women are naturally more receptive and hold their emotions to their hearts (and inside their very cells). There are studies showing that God loving women seem to be hardest hit. It could be that the burdens placed upon them by the modern world are too heavy for their old world hearts.
Although most sufferers are between 30-50 years of age, even children have Fibromyalgia, which implies it is not age related.
Fibromyalgia is often misdiagnosed.It is suggested that Chronic Fatigue often precedes Fibromyalgia and that if one has not had CFS then one does not have Fibromyalgia, but another form of myalgia.
Common Symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Fibromyalgia is associated with Central Nervous System sensitization, heightened sensitivity to pain, general (not localized) pain, and allodynia (pain from things, such as light or noise, that don't usually cause pain).
Symptoms That May or May NOT Actually Be Caused by Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Numbness or tingling in limbs, especially in the hands or feet, chronic joint or muscle tissue pain, which tends to settle in different areas of the body and can stay up to a few weeks only to disappear and reappear in another area, with no inflammation present.
Dizziness is often related to the cerebellum, which is a part of the brain responsible for coordination and regulation of body posture, movement and posture. Tight, inflamed and painful muscles, bones, joints and nerves along the spinal cord can cause nerves to send incorrect signals about our posture and position to the brain. The eyes, ears and the spine (and a few other places in the body) also work together to tell us whether we are right side up or upside down. In a study conducted on children with Fibromyalgia who complained of dizziness it was found the inner ear and brainstem problems were not the cause of their dizziness. They could spin in chairs and perform certain eye tricks and not become dizzy at all. It was believed their dizziness was caused by "...musculoskeletal abnormalities of Fibromyalgia that affects proprioceptive orientation, giving them a sense of imbalance." Dizziness is a major complaint of those suffering from Fibromyalgia, as well as loss of balance or equilibrium, ringing in the ears, and blurry vision (especially upon waking). These problems can be experienced episodically or can be constant over a period of time. In most FS patients, dizziness is not usually associated with, either, stomach upset or fluid in the inner ear at the time of experiencing it. Fibromyalgia is a pain disorder not a tension disorder. However, pain causes tension and muscle tension in any part of the body can contribute to dizziness. I suggest relaxation techniques and massage for dizziness stemming from tense muscles.
Difficulty getting enough quality sleep, Restless Leg Syndrome, muscles trembling, twitching or jerking while trying to fall to sleep, waking often during the night, insomnia, and feeling as though you never went to sleep. Low energy and fatigue that does not go away even after a full 8 hours of sleep, which is hard to achieve in the first place may suggest a sleep disorder. Morning stiffness, taking a long time to 'wake up' and feeling panicked upon waking concerning the day's events even before rising.
Neurological symptoms, such as muscle twitches and jerks and impaired coordination (legs feel awkward, uneven gait, slow muscle response, etc.).
Moderate exercise can create moderate to extreme muscle fatigue. Muscle exertion can cause symptoms to suddenly appear 2-3 days after exercising or doing something even slightly strenuous.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Anxiety, panic attacks, mood-swings, apathy, trouble with memory or concentration ('brain fog'), being easily overwhelmed and hypersensitive, being easily moved to emotion, startling easily (jumpiness).
Skin sensitivities, including sensitivity to temperature changes, rashes, Raynaud's Phenomenon (pale hands and fingers, especially when cold).
Dry mouth and dry, gritty eyes, (Sicca Syndrome, often associated with Sjogren's Syndrome and AIED (Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, which causes Meneire's and Tinnitus) may be overlapping causes of dry eyes and mouth.
Migraines and muscular headaches.
TMJ (Temporomandibular Disorder), which can cause jaw and face pain may be an overlapping condition.
Vaginal complaints may be a symptom of Fibromyalgia.
Possible Causes of Fibromyalgia Syndrome
It is thought FS is caused by an alteration in brain and body chemistry, which affects the messaging system between brain and spine, the Central Nervous System.
Proposed Causes of a Change in Body/Brain Chemistry Related to Fibromyalgia
Skeletal and postural injuries or imbalances.
Heart problems (lack of oxygen)
Low Blood Pressure
High amounts of Substance P in the spinal fluid.
Acidosis (pH imbalance) leads to oxygen deprivation in body tissues).
Food sensitivities. Every person with Fibromyalgia also has food sensitivities.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Immune problems related to bacteria, parasites, yeast (candida), Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), or Lyme Disease.
Ongoing emotional stress (fear, resentment, shame), poor stress response (where an individual perceives threat even when there isn't one or there is an exaggerated reaction to stress on some level). There seems to be a prevalence of traumatic sexual or emotional abuse among those suffering from Fibromyalgia, which attaches a more physical response to emotional stress.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Syndrome (MCS)
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Metabolic Disorder or Insulin Resistance
Post surgical stress, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), Adrenal Burnout
Toxicity (heavy metal or chemicals)
Hormonal changes (including menopause and andropause)
Electromagnetic energy fields (EMFs)
Lack of connectivity to the supreme being, lack of meaning or purpose, poor relationships, anxiety and/or depression.
Lack of sleep and sleep disorders, which cause muscle tensing and lack of oxygen.
Insufficient levels of Human Growth Hormone (HGH), due to lack of refreshing sleep and somatomedin C levels.
Low serotonin levels.
Bowel dis-eases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis or Leaky Gut Syndrome
Candida (fungal infection)
Herpes Simplex Virus
Spiritual/Psychological causes of Fibromyalgia Syndrome: The subconscious is saying "Don't touch me. I don't want to be touched. I hurt. Go away." And yet we do want to be touched. We all need affection and physical reassurance. Thus, the conflict and the pain. Survivors of abuse often have this internal conflict and many sufferfrom pain syndromes. Sometimes it is just something in our lives that we wish would go away, such as a relationship, a job, a situation, etc. that is causing us pain and pressure. We need not to be touched by it any longer. Many people with FS have suffered past trauma associated with emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse.
Doctors Duffy and Pridgen at the University of Alabama researching Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Irritable Bowel Syndrome have met success using a combination of antivirals usually used to treat HSV-1. Stage 3 trials may confirm Fibromyalgia ties to HSV.
Research also reveals HSV is found in gut tissues 18 out of every 19 Fibromyalgia patients. Epstein Barr Virus and HSV-6 are already connected to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. As much as 70% of all people suffering from Fibromyalgia are also diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. As it stands, no one is absolutely sure whether FS and CFS are two separate conditions or whether they are two conditions on the same spectrum.
Fibromyalgia in Relation to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
It is suggested that Fibromyalgia Syndrome is the result of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, with a heightened sensitivity to pain. Fibromyalgia, as well as Chronic Fatigue, could, in some cases, actually be Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (myalgic, meaning muscle, and encephalitic, meaning head), which is known as Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome. Another name for ME is Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS). Those with ME are usually women, 20-30 years of age, who have had some type of viral illness previous to developing ME, but not always. Some older folks seem to just slip into ME. Those with this condition suffer from swollen glands and sore throats. This may be the only deciding factor between those with Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and ME.
Fibromyalgia Syndrome & Depression
Fibromyalgia sufferers, although not all, are understandably depressed. Depression leads to changes in the chemistry of the brain, which may be the cause of the sensitivity to pain found in those diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. If you were to look up the symptoms of depression, you would find many of the same symptoms as found under the umbrella of Fibromyalgia and vice versa.
Fibromyalgia Syndrome & Faulty Brain Loop
If you were a home office system, your brain would be your computer modem, which acts to organize every message and response in your entire body through what is called a brain loop. When this loop, this chain of command in the brain, is not followed, you may develop uncomfortable symptoms, such as Fibromyalgia. Stress, disease, trauma, poor diet, and toxins are some causes of faulty brain loops.
Fibromyalgia Syndrome, The Central Nervous System & Substance 'P'
FS is commonly the cause of sleep disturbances (due to being constantly aroused with stages of 'awake' brain activity and abnormal levels of dopamine and cortisol), creating a vicious circle of pain and fatigue. This difference in brain activity, apparent in those with FS, is a CNS issue (an issue between the brain and the spine). And, those with Fibromyalgia almost always have more Substance 'P' in their spinal fluid, a chemical that sends pain messages to the brain. Substance 'P' release is amplified and released even when there is no reason for pain. Meaning, no stimulus what-so-ever is causing Substance 'P' to be released. This is considered a Central Nervous System disorder. The down signals from the brain to the body to turn off pain are weakened so the individual is in constant degrees of pain. Not only that, but the nerve synapses may actually multiply. The body stays in pain until you do something to stop it. The trouble is, we often don't know what that is. I suspect it has something to do with the amygdalae.
A Definitive Explanation of Why Muscles Normally Hurt
Ongoing build up of acid waste in the body causes lack of oxygen in body tissues, which causes pain. Hypoxia (low oxygen), as it relates to Fibromyalgia, is a situation of having too little oxygen in the cells of muscle tissues. This may be more accurately a case of Tension Myositis Syndrome. If oxygen cannot penetrate the walls of your cells, ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate), which is the energy inside each cell of your body, energy will not exist. And, it's not just a matter of breathing deeply to supply more oxygen.
Another cause of muscle and skeletal pain is the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles caused by stress, and a diet that is too high in sugar, or a lifestyle of too little exercise. It is important to understand Fibromyalgia is not a muscle problem even though pain is genuinely felt in the muscles.
Trigger Points & Tender Points: The Confusion
There's no such thing as Fibromyalgia Syndrome trigger points. Trigger points are typically 18 points on the body where when light pressure is applied pain may or may not be amplified. What is wrong about diagnosing FS this way is that trigger points are more accurately associated with Myofascial Pain Syndrome. And, the person who responds painfully to having their trigger points pressed, more often than not, does not have Fibromyalgia, but has, instead, MPS, which is a muscle syndrome.
There are tenderpoints. Still, it is wrongful to diagnose FS by tender points alone. Fibromyalgia pain may be localized in a specific area, such as the neck, spine, upper shoulders or hips, or pain can be more generalized, so, once again, it is unfair to base the validity of someone having FS (or not) solely on the basis of tender point reactions.
Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) is pain related to oxygen deprived muscles, which have gotten that way from blocked emotional energy.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) is pain related to your fascia (a type of connecting tissue much like the translucent material that covers chicken breasts), which cause tight, ropey muscles that refer pain. Fibromyalgia, TMS and MPS may coexist at the same time.
Medical doctors are treating Fibromyalgia with Lyrica,Cymbalta, and Savella. These are prescription drugs meant for diabetic nerve pain. Side effects include weight gain, dizziness, swelling, and drowsiness. There has been mixed success with these drugs. They do not cure Fibromyalgia and can they lead to other health problems.
When Being Highly Sensitive Hurts the Highly Sensitive Person
Natural remedies and alternative therapies are included in this e-book for the following symptoms and syndromes: