- Fibromyalgia Statistic Infographic (wholesomeone.com)
- 10 Fibromyalgia Myths and Facts (healthhype.com)
- Pleasure, pain brain signals disrupted in fibromyalgia patients (sciencedaily.com)
I am neither a hypochondriac nor am I lazy. It is not all in my head and I am not seeking attention. Fibromyalgia is very real and is very painful, physically and mentally. I did not choose Fibromyalgia – it chose me. I hope that this blood test is a new beginning for those of us with this horrible condition and I do hope that the accuracy of this test is consistent and will continue to shed a positive light on the diagnosis. The test is very expensive and, at this point, not many insurances cover it.
This was shared by one of my friends on Facebook who also suffers from Fibromyalgia. With her permission, I am sharing her story:
If you have fibromyalgia, you are suffering from pain and a number of other symptoms that come with any major debilitating autoimmune disease. If it hasn’t done so already, fibromyalgia has the capacity to ruin your life. In this report you are going to learn about some of those autoimmune symptoms you may not realize are part of having fibromyalgia.
All autoimmune diseases are similar. Learning about what goes on in your body when you have an autoimmune disease will also help you understand fibromyalgia (FMS). In this report you will learn what causes fibromyalgia and many other autoimmune diseases, and about natural and effective products that will help you fight fibromyalgia and reduce the pain.
One of the frustrations with fibromyalgia is it has many symptoms that make you feel lousy that aren’t easily diagnosed. So friends, family and doctors don’t easily believe that you are truly ill. Of course, the one symptom common in fibromyalgia is pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons – the soft fibrous tissues in the body.
So that you and your family can better understand the magnitude of the ill health conditions that buffet you when you have fibromyalgia, so that you will be able to recognize symptoms that have been bothering you that you didn’t know were related to fibromyalgia, here is a list of symptoms that are common to fibromyalgia and many other autoimmune diseases. If you have fibromyalgia, you may not experience all of these symptoms, but you probably experience most of them.
Pain and Fibromyalgia: The pain of FMS has no boundaries. People describe the pain as deep muscular aching, throbbing, shooting, and stabbing. Intense burning may also be present. Often diagnosed as a separate illness, fibromyalgia is basically a symptom that can occur with any autoimmune disease. If you have it, you’ve got pain. Often in the neck and in shoulder muscles extending down the back. Can be in the joints and muscles also.
Fatigue: It’s not a good fatigue, from working hard, but an anxious, uncomfortable fatigue related to lack of sleep. The fatigue has been described as “brain fatigue” in which patients feel totally drained of energy. Or a disruption of the energy production mechanism in cells, either from lack of oxygen, increased toxicity, infections or a malfunction of the mitochondria.
Sleep Disturbance: About 80% may wake up three or four times a night, or in some cases you don’t wake up, but in the morning you still feel like a truck ran over you. The reason for this is that subliminal seizures kick you out of stage 4, Delta sleep, to stage 1 sleep so you can’t sleep deeply and wake up not rested.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Constipation, diarrhea, frequent abdominal pain, abdominal gas, and nausea represent symptoms frequently found in roughly 40 to 70% of FMS patients.
Chronic headaches – Recurrent migraine or tension-type headaches are seen in about 50% of FMS patients and can pose a major problem in coping for this patient group.
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome – This syndrome, sometimes referred to as TMJ or TMD, causes tremendous jaw-related face and head pain in one quarter of FMS patients. However, a 1997 published report indicated that close to 75% of FMS patients have a varying degree of jaw discomfort. Typically, the problems are related to the muscles and ligaments surrounding the jaw joint and not necessarily the joint itself.
Short Term Memory Loss: Because of the low thyroid and heart complications typical in autoimmune diseases, there is a decrease in blood flow to the left lobe of the brain causing an oxygen deficiency in the brain. This can lead to the memory loss and forgetfulness that is common in autoimmune diseases.
Emotional Liability: Someone may cry more easily, be more anxious and fearful. This is caused by the illness, and is not a psychological reaction!
Depression: As with the emotional symptoms, the hypothalamus is involved. This is not clinical depression, but literally has a physical cause that is sometimes experienced as a deep depression right in the heart.
Low Thyroid Function. About 85% have this symptom, but only about 10% of the time does it show up on a typical thyroid test. If you get tested, have both a T3 and T4 done. About 10% have excessive hair loss. For most everyone, a poorly performing thyroid will show up as subnormal temperatures.
Gastrointestinal Problems: About 75% have this symptom. Can be anything from gas, bloating, cramps, diarrhea or constipation to hiatal hernia, irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s Disease. Sometimes taking a simple homeopathic remedy like arsenicum album, 6x or 6c and make a difference with this.
Swollen Glands, Chemical Sensitivity: Allergies often develop, usually after 3 to 5 years. Eyes can be light sensitive for 6 months or longer. Dry eyes can develop. About 20% experience a very uncomfortable disequilibrium of vertigo, almost an out of body feeling that can be most disconcerting.
Low Blood Sugar: Most people with autoimmune diseases have low blood sugar.
Candida Yeast Infections: These are very common. Check your tongue. If it has a white coating, you have it. Or take the spit test you will read about later. Women may get vaginal yeast infections caused by Candida overgrowth. A Candida infection on its own can cause a number of autoimmune type symptoms. Sinus infections often are caused by Candida.
Tingling hands. Ringing ears. Cold toes. Cold fingers. Metallic taste in mouth. Caused by poor circulation and who knows what.
You over exercise or overwork when your are feeling good, and then feel worse for days afterward. This can cause serious problems. In healthy people the body shuts down when the anaerobic threshold is reached as a lot of pain is experienced. This warning does not occur if you have an autoimmune disease. Instead, the body continues to exercise and experiences no pain as the lactic acid builds up, and the body ends up recirculating carbon dioxide. This is not a healthy thing to have happen to you. It is important not to push too hard when you start recovering, or this will set you back and wipe you out.
Fluttering Heart. Panic Attacks. Rapid Heartbeat. Mitral Valve Prolapse. Usually blood pressure is low, though it can get high later on. The heart under-pumps blood because it is getting incorrect messages from the autonomous nervous system. The body’s feedback loop picks this up and over-reacts. And you get these symptoms.
This information is for educational purposes only. I am not a doctor. This is not medical advice on how to treat autoimmune conditions, but information to help you understand them
Understanding why people get fibromyalgia is difficult. There doesn’t seem to be only one reason or trigger that defines FMS. The main symptom is pain in the muscles. This may be due to the destruction of the myelin sheath, the sack that protects the nerves. This exposes the nerves and causes pain. Another theory is that Candida overgrowth causes a leaky gut. If you develop this you may also have developed an allergy to protein, especially if you eat meat like chicken. With this allergy your own body begins to attack the muscles, which are similar to protein. Either of these reasons has to do with poor cellular communication.
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