(Myofascial Pain Syndrome; Fibrositis; Fibromyositis) By Joseph J. Biundo, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Tulane Medical Center merckmanuals.com
“..is characterized by poor sleep, fatigue, and widespread aching and stiffness in soft tissues, including muscles, tendons, and ligaments…”
Fibromyalgia Causes, healthline.com
“..Causes of fibromyalgia
Experts don’t know exactly what causes fibromyalgia, but a few factors might be involved:
Abnormal pain signaling
In people with fibromyalgia, the nervous system may not process pain signals in the usual way. Abnormal levels of chemicals in the brain, spinal cord, and nerves that carry these signals may make people more sensitive to the feeling of pain.
Hormones such as serotonin, norepinephrine (noradrenaline), and dopamine help your body to process pain. Lower-than-normal levels of these hormones in the brain and nervous system may interrupt pain signals and intensify your sensitivity to them.
Fibromyalgia can run in families. It’s likely that there’s an unidentified genetic abnormality that increases certain people’s risk for the condition. Certain genes may control the way the body regulates pain responses. Scientists speculate that people with fibromyalgia carry one or more genes that cause them to react strongly to stimuli that another person may not perceive as painful.
For many people, symptoms begin after emotional or physical trauma, or a bout with an infectious disease. These factors do not likely cause fibromyalgia by themselves. However, they may trigger the onset in people who are already at risk for it by altering the nervous system’s response to pain.
The following may also be fibromyalgia triggers:
infections such as the flu
a traumatic life event such as a breakup, divorce, or the death of a loved one
Problems getting enough sleep or spending enough time in the deepest stages of sleep are common in this disorder. But doctors aren’t sure if this is a symptom or a cause of fibromyalgia. Abnormal sleep patterns can affect the levels of some brain chemicals.
Possible Causes of Fibromyalgia fibrocenter.com
“..Possible Fibromyalgia Causes
Heredity. Research shows that, like many conditions, fibromyalgia is believed to run in families. So it is likely that some people are born with genes that increase their risk of getting it.
Fibromyalgia can start at any time. But there may be some events that trigger fibromyalgia in those who have an increased risk of developing it.
Accidents and injuries. Fibromyalgia may be triggered by an injury or trauma (for example, auto accidents and war).
Infection. Some infections that may be linked to fibromyalgia include hepatitis C, Epstein-Barr virus, parvovirus, and Lyme disease.
Autoimmune disorders. These disorders occur when the body’s immune system sees its own tissues as foreign and attacks them. Rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are examples of autoimmune disorders.
Psychological and emotional stress. The onset of fibromyalgia has been linked with certain types of emotional stress…”
What causes Fibromyalgia?
“Published on Jul 6, 2010
http://AnswersToFibromyalgia.com In the fibromyalgia study of what causes fibromyalgia or simply fibromyalgia cause, it’s common to experience fibromyalgia muscle pain or a combination of fibromyalgia and fatigue.”
10 Facts About Fibromyalgia By The Editors of Prevention prevention.com
Fibromyalgia pain is real, frustrating, and frightening. How to spot fibromyalgia symptoms and get the help you need.
‘..5. Check your vitamin D intake
The evidence has been mounting for years that too-low levels of vitamin D may play a role in fibro pain. Scientists have long known that vitamin D deficiency causes bone and muscle pain, and more than half of us don’t get enough of this super vitamin. …
6. Watch out for tummy troubles
Up to 70% of fibro sufferers also have to deal with irritable bowel symptoms, such as diarrhea or upset stomach. The two conditions may share underlying causes, according to the UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders; brain studies indicate that patients with both conditions have greater pain responses and increased awareness of pain.
You may need to see a GI specialist to help your stomach symptoms, but you can start keeping a log of the foods that seem to set you off. Big culprits include heavy, rich meals and caffeine (both can cause your intestines to cramp). You may also want to keep gas-triggering foods, such as beans and cruciferous veggies, off your plate….
9. Find a no-fail stress soother
Stress makes fibromyalgia worse, so consider it doctor’s orders to give your body the rest it craves……It’s important to go with the flow, listen to your body, and schedule your day appropriately for your level of strength and energy.
10. Don’t overdo it on your “good days”
People with fibromyalgia typically have good days and bad ones. Though it’s tempting to morph into the Energizer Bunny when you’re feeling better, don’t. “Trying to push yourself will just cause added stress, and that can exacerbate your pain and fatigue,” says Rooks. Cram your good days with too much stuff, and you’ll just wind up with more bad days, reports the American Academy of Family Physicians…”
Fibromyalgia: A Functional Medicine Approach By Susan Blum, MD, MPH Board Certified in Preventive Medicine and a Chronic Disease Specialist Founder and Director of Blum Center for Health
Posted on 3/13/2012 | By Susan Blum, MD, MPH doctoroz.com
“..The Digestive System
The reason the digestive system (referred to as the gut) is so important is because 70% of your immune system lives just under the surface of your intestinal lining, and any disruption in the beneficial bacteria – think lactobacilli and bifido bacteria, those good bugs in yogurt –or the intestinal lining, will cause immune reactions that release inflammatory molecules that travel throughout the body causing inflammation at distant sites. This is one of the core beliefs and approaches of functional medicine, supported by studies in the literature, and evidence I see every day in my practice. Fixing the gut can sometimes completely relieve pain and inflammation in the muscles and joints.
Every patient with fibromyalgia has a comprehensive digestive stool analysis to help in the diagnosis of what might be out of balance in the digestive tract. I look for dysbiosis, an overgrowth of “bad” bacteria, yeast, and/or parasites, and I look for signs of leaky gut syndrome, a condition where there is increased permeability in the intestinal lining. These conditions can cause distant inflammation and have been implicated in fibromyalgia, arthritis, and autoimmune disease.
Once I make a diagnosis of dysbiosis and/or leaky gut syndrome, I begin the treatment with herbs and supplements that restore health of the digestive tract. ..”
Fibromyalgia Prevention healthtools.aarp.org
“..Reduce Emotional and Mental Stress
The symptoms of fibromyalgia get worse with stress. You can reduce flare-ups by minimizing those things that cause you the most stress. Eliminating stress inducers like unhealthy relationships or tense work environments is one way to do this. Some stressors cannot be avoided. When you cannot eliminate the source of stress, learning coping techniques can help minimize the effects of stress on your body and your mind.
Positive stress busters include:
deep breathing techniques
Moderate intensity exercise is also a good way to blow off steam in a healthy way. ..”
*see How to deal with Anxiety-Stress in life? goodnewshealthandfitness.wordpress.com
Natural Fibromyalgia Treatment That Works draxe.com
“The Fibromyalgia Diet
The fibromyalgia diet consists of eating mostly fruits, vegetables, sprouted nuts and organic wild meat. Here are the top foods to heal fibromyalgia.
Green vegetables – These provide essential minerals, such as magnesium, for optimal health and well-being.
Clean lean protein – Helps muscles and tissues maintain energy and proper function.
Fermented foods and cultured dairy – Probiotic foods such as yogurt, kefir or sauerkraut…
… help prevent candidiasis, a root cause of fibromyalgia.
Omega-3 fats – These healthy omega-3 fats reduce inflammation and can reduce pain associated with fibromyalgia.
Antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C, E – Fruits, vegetables and herbs are good sources of these potent disease fighters…”
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Natural Remedies for Fibromyalgia – Fibromyalgia Natural Treatment
Pain is the most prominent symptom of Fibromaylgia. It usually affects the entire body, although it may start in one area, such as the neck and shoulders, and spread to other areas over a period of time. Fibromyalgia is a form of generalized muscular pain and fatigue. The name, Fibromyalgia, means pain in the muscles and the fibrous connective tissues (the ligaments and tendons).
You (or someone you know) may be experiencing moderate or severe fatigue with a lack of energy, decreased exercise endurance, or the kind of exhaustion that results from the flu or lack of sleep. Sometimes the fatigue is more of a problem than the pain. Headaches, especially tension and migraine headaches, are common in Fibromyalgia. Abdominal pain, bloating, alternating constipation, bladder spasms, and irritability may cause urinary urgency or frequency. Your skin and blood circulation can be sensitive to temperature changes, resulting in temporary changes in skin color.
Have you suffered with for a few months, a few years, or too many years to mention? Some may suffer only minor symptoms, while others (perhaps you or a loved one) feel the debilitating affects of Fibromyalgia and are kept from participating in their life, making even simple daily activities almost impossible.
Here at Power Health we look at the person and not the diagnosis. Our goal is to find out what is causing the problem and help you to correct that without drugs or surgery.
Easing the Pain of Fibromyalgia Naturally, everydayhealth.com
“… 2/ 9 Vitamin D as Fibromyalgia Treatment
Both vitamin D and magnesium levels have been found to be low in people with fibromyalgia, but as of yet there is no evidence that taking vitamin supplements are an effective fibromyalgia treatment. Vitamin D, known as the sunshine vitamin, does have some effects on nerve and muscle function, and some studies have suggested that low levels of vitamin D may be associated with chronic pain of fibromyalgia. In a small clinical study published online in the January 2012 issue of Pain Medicine, fibromyalgia symptoms improved in 30 women after 8 weeks of vitamin D supplementation. However, other researchers have failed to find any association between fibromyalgia and vitamin D levels…”
Healed of Fibromyalgia Symptoms Apr 29, 2008 bethel.com
Damaris started to experience what she described as “daily pain about eight years ago in slow but ever-increasing amounts that in the last two years has become incredibly pronounced and has kept me from sleeping for any restful length of time. I had all of the symptoms of fibromyalgia: intense and constant muscle soreness that only pain medication can alleviate, inability to enter into REM sleep, fatigue regardless of how long I was in bed, headaches, severe joint stiffness that impedes movement, restless leg syndrome. ..”
Healed from Deafness, Fibromyalgia and Other Diseases
Lars, BEd – Coffs Harbour, Australia cai.org
“..When she was at her lowest she was plagued with permanent thoughts of suicide. She had to move back in at her parents’ place, as she could no longer live by herself anymore. That’s when she started crying out to God and wanted to get in touch with her friend Claudia again. A couple of weeks after being back at her parents place she bumped into Claudia, who then eventually invited her for to come along to a church meeting. This was where I met Rebecca for the first time. Rebecca told us how much at home she felt with us and due to her sickness it was another few weeks before she could come again. During this meeting we talked about the power of God and that God wants people to be healthy and expects his followers to pray for the sick. We read many scriptures like MARK 16:15-20, ISAIAH 53:5, MATTHEW 4:23, and HEBREWS 13:8 and explained them.
The power of God healed her from EVERYTHING!
Many people received prayer in that meeting and Rebecca asked for prayer for her glossopharyngeal neuralgia she suffered from. We laid hands on her and prayed in Jesus’ name (MARK 16:18). She was initially still in pain, as if somebody stabbed through her ear, but the moment she stepped outside as she left the meeting the pain completely went; for the first time in 3.5 years and to this day the pain has never come back. She realised that God is real and came back the following week, despite her parents threatening her to chuck her out if she went again. We happened to have a prayer night that Friday and led Rebecca through the Scriptures about how to be saved. We looked at Scriptures concerning baptism by immersion and Rebecca then asked to be baptized, which we did straight away in the upstairs bathtub . Afterwards we looked at some Scriptures about receiving the Holy Spirit (ACTS 2:4, LUKE 11:13), and we then laid hands on her and asked God to fill her with the Holy Spirit. As a result she then started to speak in new tongues and was born again…”
‘Published on Mar 23, 2015
http://www.johnmellor.org. John Mellor, an International Australian Healing Evangelist. John Mellor has a gift of healing and miracles with a ministry of praying for the sick in Jesus’ name. John Mellor sees many miracles and healings of every type of physical illness, emotional disorder and mental illness. John Mellor sees hundreds more testimonies at our YouTube Channel, John Mellor Ministries. If you would like to find out where John Mellor is ministering, see his itinerary at http://www.johnmellor.org.”
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I would like to dedicate this blog to my friend Sherri who past away trying to fight this disorder…
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