Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain conditions that people suffer with.
So if you are struggling to cope with this life sucking chronic disease.
You are not alone!
It’s estimated Fibromyalgia affects 10 million people, just in the US alone…
And to make matters worse.
Your doctor will find it difficult to pin down a diagnosis.
So, how do we know if we might have Fibromyalgia?
And more importantly, how do we treat it naturally?
Let’s find out!
What you are going to learn
- What is Fibromyalgia?
- What are the symptoms?
- How to live with Fibromyalgia.
- How to heal yourself from Fibromyalgia.
What is Fibromyalgia?
If we want to treat this life sucking chronic disease. We have to know what we are dealing with.
We need to know what Fibromyalgia is…
Only then can we move forward and take back control of our lives.
Ok, let’s get to it.
Fibromyalgia or Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a condition where the constant pain is felt throughout the body.
Women are 10 times more likely to manifest the disease than men.
People suffering from Fibromyalgia also experience tender points at various points on the body
This could include muscle cramps and joint pain to name but a few.
Another side effect is feeling tired or fatigued, which can lead to anxiety and depression.
Now I’m sure you would like me to say there is one test that gives an accurate diagnosis.
I am sorry to say there is not!
The fact is your GP or even a specialist will have their work cut out just to nail down a concrete diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. It gets worse, (I know I’m laying it on thick but it will get better I promise!)
And when your GP finally sits you down and says “I’m sorry you have Fibromyalgia”
You will find out that conventional medicine has no cure for Fibromyalgia.
Amazing isn’t it! All the research and Billions of $$$$$$$$ and yet conventional medicine have no cure!
Except giving you painkillers and the advice that you are going to have to live with it! I am sure you agree that is not what you want to hear.
There are things we can do ourselves that have dramatic results on how we cope with this life sucking disease on daily basis.
As I will show you later, even though conventional medicine has no cure for Fibromyalgia this does not mean Fibromyalgia cannot be cured.
There are many proven cases of ordinary people just like you and me that are now living a life without the stranglehold of pain all over the body and all the other symptoms that come with Fibromyalgia.
Before I show you how you can cope of even heal from Fibromyalgia we need to know what the symptoms are.
Of course, you will need to check with your local GP to confirm if you have the disease.
So here are the main symptoms of Fibromyalgia to look for…
What are the most common symptoms?
I spoke about some of the symptoms briefly at the start of this post, so now we are going to look at the most common symptoms.
People suffering from FMS experience pain all over the body. The pain can be unique to each individual person.
Here are some examples…
- A deep sharp pain.
- Dull and throbbing pain,
- Aching pain in the muscles and tendons (especially around the joints)
- Joints are tender to the touch.
- Tiredness and Fatigue
We all feel tired from time to time but this is a walk in the park compared to what FMS sufferers experience on day to day basis.
Just think of the last time you had the flu or you had been travelling for many hours and even how simple tasks seemed impossible to carry out because you were so tired.
Well, this is what an average Fibromyalgia sufferer will experience most of the day and night.
I am sure you would agree this will dramatically affect our lives in general, such as work, shopping and even socialising.
- Restless sleep
It goes with saying that if you are in constantly in pain then getting a refreshing night’s sleep is going to be, let’s say a little difficult!
If you turn over in the night you are going to be disturbed with a shot of pain on a joint that is tender to the touch.
And even if an FMS sufferer does manage to sleep, they generally still feel tired and fatigued when they get up in the morning.
This also leads to lack of concentration or as many FMS describe it ‘mental fog’, you may have heard the nickname “fibro fog”
Another common side effect is a throbbing headache that is usually around the temples or above the eyes.
The pain can move down the neck and even as far as the shoulders.
Sufferers of Fibromyalgia claim that the pain is far worse than a normal headache, such as a migraine for example.
Also, one of the main differences is that bright lights or even a loud noise will trigger a headache and could last for as much as two days.
With all the daily challenges while living with Fibromyalgia it really is not surprise sufferers develop depression.
They have to deal with the lack of sleep, headaches and not to mention the constant pain. Also, we may have to give up activities that we enjoyed that made us happy.
The fact is depression affects each person differently and cannot just be linked to Fibromyalgia.
You need to find out what your own stress triggers are and get support if needed.
As stated before Fibromyalgia is a complicated disease. So my advice is if you feel that you have FMS, take a visit to your GP.
And if you do get the news that you have Fibromyalgia at least you can start to do something about it. Or at the very least make it easier to cope with.
In fact, let’s do that right now!
How to live with Fibromyalgia.
Ok, let’s say, for argument sake, that you have been given the news that you have Fibromyalgia.
Your GP may give medication to cope with the symptoms such as:
- Tramadol (strong pain killer)
- Antidepressants (improve function and pain relief)
- Medication used to Parkinson Disease patients
These may be affective, but in the long term they are not getting to the real cause of the problem.
This is where Complementary Therapies can help…
I am sure you have heard of acupuncture before. But what you may not know is that the Chinese have used acupuncture to treat chronic pain for 4000 years.
It works by inserting needles into certain points on the body called acupoints. These points are located along what is known as meridians.
This releases blocked energy in the body and allowing the natural flow of healing energy called Qi.
So if you have, let’s say a headache! An acupuncture practitioner would locate the point on your body where the energy is blocked; it may be a combination of many points that is causing the blocked energy.
He or she would insert the needles and twist them to releases the energy/pain. In this case your headache.
Acupuncture is used by 3.1 Million Americans each year to cope with chronic pain like Fibromyalgia.
I am no expert in this field so if you would like to learn more here is a link.
Really! Mark, are you serious!
I thought I had to rest and reduce my activity not start going for runs around the block!
Yes ok, it used to be advised by doctors that any exercise would increase the development of Fibromyalgia.
But now scientific research has proved that light daily exercise is beneficial to control the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
Here are some that you may want to try…
- Light stretching
- Tai chi
Further research studies have also shown that regular exercise boosts natural endorphins in the body. This not only helps reduce pain but also helps to reduce stress and anxiety and not to mention depression.
Start off slow at the beginning and then increase the intensity as you feel more confident.
If you do, I am sure you will be amazed by the results.
- Chiropractic treatment
Chiropractic treatment is a popular complementary treatment for chronic pain associated with Fibromyalgia.
The idea around Chiropractic treatment is that the body is a self-healing machine. The goal of the Chiropractor is to reduce pain and discomfort by using precise movements around the spinal vertebrae.
This allows restricted or even slightly out of alignment bones to be released and put back into the natural position.
And in turn, you would feel less pain and discomfort.
Here are some of the most common problems that are treated by a Chiropractor…
- Fibromyalgia (pressure points)
- Joint pain
- Back pain
- Muscle cramps
If you are interested and want to find out more here are some links for more in-depth information…
- Massage therapy
There are many types of massage you could try that will help you with the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
- Swedish massage
- Trigger point therapy
- Hot stone massage
The only thing I would say is that you make sure they are experienced in dealing with Fibromyalgia patients.
Whichever one you choose studies has shown that it helps with a wide variety of Fibromyalgia symptoms…
- Improved sleep
- Anxiety and depression
- Pain and stiffness
Do a bit of research and choose one that you feel is right for you. I am sure you will see the changes in your life.
How to heal yourself from Fibromyalgia
Ok now we have shown you how you can cope with Fibromyalgia. Whether you use the conventional medicine route or maybe even complimentary treatments.
Of course, it could be a combination of both!
The problem is that they are not a cure for Fibromyalgia, even though they are very effective at treating the symptoms.
Fibromyalgia is curable!
There are hundreds of testimonials from people like you and me who have healed themselves completely from Fibromyalgia.
Just type “examples of people healing themselves from Fibromyalgia” into Google and take a look for yourself.
But your doctor will tell you that there is no cure! Even though there is evidence proves otherwise.
Today’s multi-billion dollar medical systems and doctors only look at the symptoms…
If we are in pain we are given medication.
If we are feeling depressed we are given anti-depressants.
And if we are still in pain we are most likely given stronger medication.
Ok, it might help with the pain and discomfort for a short period of time but when the effects of the medication wear off, we are back to feeling the pain and discomfort.
And to make matters worse you cannot take another pill because you are only allowed to take a certain amount of the medication in 24 hours.
The only way to stop this vicious cycle is to take personal responsibility and look to treat the underlying cause of the disease, in this case, Fibromyalgia.
When it comes to sufferers of chronic pain such as Fibromyalgia, back pain, joint pain and even cancer in some cases, there is a common underlying cause.
What is going on in your life that is making you angry?
- Fed up with your boss nagging at you every day
- Living with abusive partner
- Angry that you always have to put your life on hold to please others.
- Angry at that the doctors just do not believe you are in so much pain, just because they can find it on an X-ray.
It could be something that happened in the past that still makes you angry!
- Still angry that your partner left you with nothing.
- Angry you have not seen your children because your ex will not let you see them.
- You were abused in some way when you were little.
- Your mum or dad did not show you any love when you were a child.
Now this anger is like blowing up a balloon. The balloon can only take so much air (anger!) before it cannot take any more and the balloon goes bang.
In your life time, you have been storing all this anger and it has got to come out!
And more than likely the anger will manifest as pain in the body.
You may have heard of a man called Dr Sarno, if you have never heard of him here is a video where he talks about emotions like anger and how releasing it cures people from lower back pain.
However, as you will see the same applies to other chronic diseases that doctors cannot find a cure for.
Ok we know that it is more than likely that anger is causing our pain and discomfort
But how do we release this anger?
How anger manifests as pain in the body and how you can deal with it.
While we are bottling up our emotions our nervous system activates our fight, flight or freeze response without us being consciously aware of it.
As this is going on, oxygen in our blood is directed to all the major organs ready to deal with any threat.
And this means the smaller parts of the body such as our muscles, nerves, joints and tendons receive very little oxygen.
This all creates tension and physical pain in the body. It’s really that simple!
This all comes from when we were cavemen/women dealing with the very real threat of a sabre tooth tiger attacking us from anywhere, anytime!
Of course, we do not have to deal with all this sort of nonsense nowadays. We have other problems!
- Striving for perfection
- Always working hard
- Worrying about everything
- Very competitive
- Critical of themselves
- Low self-esteem
But the fight, flight response is still within us. Still protecting us!
So, how do you control this natural response?
In short, through your breathing!
Now, I am talking about slow deep breathing.
There are some techniques that help you control your breathing, Such as, Hypnosis, meditation or even visualisation.
But if you want quick results,
There is a great technique called belly breathing!
Here is a free mp3 that I have personally created for you.
So whenever you are in pain or feel stressed find a quiet place and listen to the mp3.
You will be absolutely blown away with the results.
We have now come to the end of our little chat and now it is time to take action.
Go back to the start and really give it a go, what is the best that can happen?
I believe in you; you can do this!
But, as always if you have any questions, and I mean any!
Feel free to contact me and share this post with anyone who is suffering from fibromyalgia or any other chronic disease, it could change their life!
Also, please leave a comment below to let me know how fibromyalgia affects your life and if this post has helped in any way.
Look forward to hearing from you!