Is There A Cure For Fibromyalgia?
Those who have overcome this illness invariably report that certain techniques can help.
Unknown to medical science at this time are the exact causes of Fibromyalgia. So without knowing the exact causes, medical science admits there are no known cures for fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.
There are theories however known as ‘Central Sensitization,’ stating that persons with Fibromyalgia have increased sensitivity and a lower threshold for pain due to a change in pathways in the brain and associated signals.
The process that begins this “Central Sensitization” still remains unknown.
What seems to happen is that neurotransmitters, chemicals in the brain which signal pain seem to increase, as well as pain receptors, or, ‘neurons,’ that receive signals from them. These neurons then, with their increased sensitivity overreact to pain signals resulting in places on the body that typically would not hurt when pressure is applied, are now painful.
The Difference between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia
Pain is the predominant problem in people with fibromyalgia, whereas fatigue is the major complaint in people with CFS.
The pain can affect areas of the body in the upper neck and back, the back of the head, chest, elbows, knees and hips. The pain is usually followed with stiffness and may continue for months at a time. Stress, the weather, physical activity levels, and even the time of day can affect the symptoms that people experience related to Fibromyalgia.
Persons with Fibromyalgia have also reported sensitivity to environmental factors such as noise, bright light, odors, and touch.
There are different theories as to the cause of Fibromyalgia and they include injury or trauma, in particular to the upper spinal region, which might be responsible for the beginning of Fibromyalgia in people. Injuries affecting the central nervous system could be causative as well.
Some medical experts in the fibromyalgia/CFS discussion believe these are simply two names for the same condition, while others say they are completely different, and still others contend that neither condition exists at all. So there continues to be a wide difference of opinions even though the conditions do seem to be similar and are probably related.
Pain is the predominant problem in people with fibromyalgia, and is typically chronic and widespread, Many patients have specific sites (called tender points) that are extremely tender to touch. Whereas fatigue is the major complaint in people with CFS which is is generally profound, and can be completely incapacitating. The fatigue will generally be accompanied by:
- enlarged or tender lymph nodes
- muscle or joint pain
- a sore throat
Symptoms that are commonly present in both fibromyalgia and CFS
- impaired memory or concentration
- bowel complaints (such as bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation)
- anxiety or depression
- sleep disturbances
The approaches to treatment of the two disorders despite the differences are, in fact, quite similar.
- Education as to the particular condition as well as symptoms that are commonly present
- Participation in local and national support groups, such as the Arthritis Foundation- which is a self-help course
- The use of low-dose antidepressant drugs at night time to improve sleep, as well as practicing low-impact aerobic exercises
These are some of the forms of treatment and self-care methods that can be taken to improve the symptoms of Fibromyalgia, as well as your overall health.
What is Myalgic Encephalopathy?
ME or Myalgic Encephalopathy is a condition which causes the sufferer muscle and joint pain, chronic physical and or mental exhaustion, cognitive dysfunction, digestive problems, depression, as well as the possibility of breathing and heart problems. (ME) is a chronic degenerative neuro-immune disease. A child or adult with ME has serious immune and cardiovascular abnormalities, with resulting serious CNS (central nervous system) consequences due to brain injury.
So What Else Can I Do?
I am a big proponent of self-help through education. In my quest to find additional information on Chronic Fatigue, ME, Fibromyalgia and their treatments, I ran across a doctor and author Alison Adams, who personally experienced the pain caused by these ailments, and she offers comfort and hope to those who despair of recovery.
Adams identifies the primary causes of these disorders, faulting common medical and dental practices, and offers a revolutionary new plan—focusing on holistic practices like diet and natural supplements—with step-by-step instructions for healing.
I highly recommend it if you are suffering from the symptoms of Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue and challenge you to check all options out and take a look at her book “Chronic Fatigue, ME, and Fibromyalgia: The Natural Recovery Plan” and get your copy at Amazon.com today!
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