If you have or seem to think you have fibromyalgia, either by a doctor or yourself, one of the root causes might be a metabolic or cellular problem. Symptoms for fibromyalgia might overlap with other disorders such as hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), myofascial pain syndrome (MPS), multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) and interstitial cystitis (IC) or more.
Some healthcare professionals chalk up fibromyalgia to an energy crisis in the body’s cell; others might determine its mixed messaging between the muscles and the brain. It is known, however, that fibromyalgia patients experience chronic pain in both the upper and lower, left and right parts of their body, and that it involves a physical response to stress. There is also a physiologic difference in how these patients process pain in their brains.
Did you know that the FDA approved medications for fibromyalgia patients (Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Savella)? Many patients are thrilled that the medical pharma is finally recognizing their struggle. Thankfully, there are a few healthcare professional who think that women deserve more than a prescription for their pain and suffering. The initial FDA reviewers of Lyrica felt its effects were unimpressive when they first examined it for treatment of diabetic nerve pain. Some of the side effects include weight gain, swelling, dizziness, and drowsiness–which is what fibromyalgia patients don’t need.
Surprisingly, there are a lot of patients who either recover from fibromyalgia or who improve tremendously. How do they do it? They might be able to do it by learning to nurture their bodies from the inside–on the cellular level. There can be many underlying issues that need to be uncovered, such as sleep deprivation, diet, or infections from viruses and bacteria (Lyme Disease), to how a patient thinks and feels. This road to travel can be a difficult journey, however, you can learn better habits or routines in your lifestyle.
Stress, Hormone Imbalance and Fibromyalgia — What is the Connection?
Your hormones are an important part to your health. The hypothalamus is the master gland that controls your hormones. It is located deep in your brain and sends biochemical messages to the thyroid, adrenal glands and ovaries (among others). These messages go through your pituitary gland which regulates your metabolic balance, your immune system, autonomic nervous system, etc. The amazing tissues of your body talk back to the hypothalamus by way of chemical messaging.
Why Do Fibromyalgia patients feel more pain that others?
Recent research may give us a clue: “The causes and effects of fibromyalgia are thought to be bidirectional. In other words, structural imbalances can cause a tightening of muscles, while tight muscles can lead to structural imbalances. Similarly, poor sleep can lead to tightening of muscles, and tight muscles can lead to poor sleep.”
We at Healthy Life Institute are holding an educational workshop on Thyroid Power on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 7 p.m. We are located at 1156 S State Street, Suite 206, Orem, UT. We will be talking more in depth about making appropriate changes in proper nutrition, how to detox safely, how to exercise correctly, and how to relax (all important aspects in someone with Fibromyalgia or Hypothyroidism). We will also share with you some new scientific findings on thyroid health. We hope to see you there!
- Regular, moderate exercise does not worsen pain in people with fibromyalgia (medicalxpress.com)
- Fatigue & Insomnia: Treating fibromyalgia naturally — so you can shine again http://www.womentowomen.com, by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP, accessed May 2, 2013.