Fibromyalgia

“If you are not ready to alter your way of life, you cannot begin to heal.” – Hippocrates (460-377 B.C). You will find here information, articles and books addressing the positive holistic approach to Fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia

Signs and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)

Fibromyalgia syndrome, also known as FMS is a musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder which can occur all over the body. The term Fibromyalgia means pain in the fibrous tissues in the body. Unfortunately, no medical evidence has yet concluded the exact cause of this condition.

Fibromyalgia affects the connective tissues, such as the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, all of which will become extremely painful. The difference between FMS and rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis is that it does not affect the joints. The pain from FMS can spread throughout the body, much like an ‘aching all over’ feeling.

Fibromyalgia symptoms will include the muscles feeling either overworked or pulled. This can cause extreme pain which tends to be worse in the morning and will likely affect the muscle groups that are used frequently. People with FMS suffer chronic widespread pain, which can be described as burning, throbbing, or stabbing. Painful areas often include the upper back, shoulders, neck, the low back, and other areas around the joints. Extreme fatigue is also a symptom of FMS and the extent can vary from person to person. The fatigue will consequently lead to the sufferer lacking energy and experiencing decreased concentration levels. Most patients may also have trouble sleeping and will awaken regularly throughout the night. FMS can also cause chronic headaches and irritable bowel syndrome. Despite the condition affecting all ages, research has concluded that women are more likely to suffer with FMS than men.

Despite the lack of evidence reflecting the cause of fibromyalgia, there are many reasons as to what could initially trigger the symptoms. These can include a viral or bacterial infection, a physical accident, or the development of another disorder, such as Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or hypothyroidism. Changes in the weather, cold or draughty environments, hormonal changes, stress, anxiety and over-exertion of the body can all contribute to worsening the symptoms of FMS.

In order to treat FMS, many GP’s will focus on improving the quality of sleep. When we sleep, this is when the body repairs tissue, produces antibodies and regulate neurotransmitters, hormones and immune system chemicals therefore sleep deprivation can significantly worsen FMS. Your GP may also prescribe medication such as Lentizol or Tryptizol to boost the body's level of serotonin and noradrenalin. A low dose of one of these medications can encourage a better sleep and may reduce pain.

However, the patient can do a great deal to improve FMS without the use of conventional medication. Holistic therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure and relaxation techniques can help to regulate sleeping pattern and release stress and anxiety both of which can worsen the symptoms of FMS. Therapeutic massage, assessing your levels of nutrition and a gentle exercise program can also significantly help. Research has suggested that reducing your sugar intake can help FMS sufferers. It is also vital to reduce your acid levels and achieving an acid/alkaline balance which again can be done by enforcing diet changes. Exercise is essential in maintaining muscle tone and achieving a reasonable level of aerobic fitness with low impact activities such as walking is extremely beneficial.

The treatment of FMS can be very frustrating as the sufferer can become easily tired and the condition can ultimately be extremely debilitating. However, it is important to understand how natural treatments and holistic therapies can benefit. By embracing holistic techniques to encourage sleep and release stress, and enforcing lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise the sufferer will certainly be able to handle their symptoms more effectively. Here at Megavista we focus on the positive, holistic approach to treating Fibromyalgia.

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