What Is Fibromyalgia?

"What's Wrong With Me?" 
Fibromyalgia Symptoms

The hallmark symptoms of fibromyalgia are widespread pain, relentless and unexplained fatigue, and sleep disturbances. However, in addition, many fibromyalgia sufferers also experience one or more of the following. 

 

  • Headaches

  • Muscle Cramps

  • Mood Swings

  • Brain Fog

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Restless Leg Syndrome

  • Chemical Sensitivities

  • Numbness and Tingling

  • Anxiety

  • Cold Hands and Feet

  • Depression

 

What's Underlying?

Fibromyalgia is complex. In recent years, research has uncovered some important discoveries, most notably the role of genetic expression abnormalities and peripheral nerve dysfunction. These findings largely validate the treatment approach CFC has taken with impressive success for years. Also extremely important, are the roles of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA Axis), central sensitization via the pain processing pathways, and impacts on the immune system and gastrointestinal system. 

 

Key to the above, fibromyalgia sufferers are "predisposed" to the condition, most likely through either hereditary genetics, or exposure to major physical or emotional (or both) stress events.

 

Such events can lead to genetic expression abnormalities, HPA Axis dysfunction, and consequential immune, gastrointestinal, mitochondrial and metabolic changes. 

Validation of such has come from the comparison of studies on elite athletes with "Overtraining Syndrome", a condition characterized by near identical symptoms and caused by excessive physical stress on the body. This results in HPA Axis dysfunction, genetic expression changes, and serotonin and dopamine abnormalities. 

 

What is important about these findings, is that the healthcare system has moved away from fibromyalgia being a condition of depression or other problems "in your head". This is important in that it is allowing practitioners to advocate for better care and understanding of fibromyalgia. 

 

For more information, visit the Research/Resources page

 

 

 

 

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