Fibromyalgia really is "all in your head." Now don't be offended, I don't mean it the way you might think. You see, fibromyalgia is not a muscle problem. Fibromyalgia is a neurological problem. The latest scientific evidence shows very clearly that malfunctioning parts of the brain cause the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Parts of the brain known as the neocortex, brainstem and midbrain are not transmitting signals correctly and cause the pain, depression, fatigue, brain fog, fast heart beat, and digestive problems that plague fibromyalgia sufferers.
What makes fibromyalgia so difficult for most doctors is that it's so complex. All fibromyalgia sufferers have not just a neurological problem but they also have:
These"X" factors must be treated AT THE SAME TIME as the neurological problem or the treatment WILL FAIL.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of Fibromyalgia can vary, depending on the weather, stress, physical activity or even the time of day.
Common signs and symptoms include:
• Fibromyalgia is characterized by pain in specific areas of your body when pressure is applied, including the back of your head, upper back and neck, upper chest, elbows, hips and knees.
The pain generally persists for months at a time and is often accompanied by stiffness. Fatigue and sleep disturbances. People with fibromyalgia often wake up tired and unrefreshed even though they seem to get plenty of sleep.
Some studies suggest that this sleep problem is the result of a sleep disorder called alpha wave interrupted sleep pattern, a condition in which deep sleep is frequently interrupted by bursts of brain activity similar to wakefulness. So people with fibromyalgia miss the deep restorative stage of sleep. Nighttime muscle spasms in your legs and restless legs syndrome also may be associated with fibromyalgia.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
• The constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating associated with IBS are common in people with Fibromyalgia.
Headaches and Facial Pain
• Many people who have Fibromyalgia also have headaches and facial pain that may be related to tenderness or stiffness in their neck and shoulders. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, which affects the jaw joints and surrounding muscles, also is common in people with Fibromyalgia.
• It's common for people with fibromyalgia to report being sensitive to odors, noises, bright lights and touch.
Other common signs and symptoms include:
• Depression Numbness or tingling sensations in the hands and feet (paresthesia)
• Difficulty concentrating
• Mood changes
• Chest pain
• Dry eyes, skin and mouth
• Painful menstrual periods
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