There is a mystery around this long and seemingly complicated word “Fibromyalgia” because until a short time ago it was thought to all be in your head. What is fibromyalgia? If you break it down into its root parts it is self descriptive: “Fibro” meaning fibrous tissues, “Myo” meaning muscle and “Algos” meaning pain. OK, great, it’s muscle pain but now what? Many of the common symptoms of fibromyalgia are shared with many other conditions which make diagnosis difficult and it’s not uncommon for people to suffer for years before getting a correct diagnosis. Why does it affect women more than men and what does it have to do with fatigue? Nobody knows for sure. Doesn’t that make you feel good?
What could cause fibromyalgia?
I found a lot of information about what could possibly cause this condition and I will give you the Readers Digest version here.
The simplest cause suggests that the muscles of a person suffering from fibromyalgia don’t get the correct quantity of oxygen. This oxygen deficit causes aches and fatigue in the muscular system. Without oxygen tissues will begin to die. Oxygen is also the fuel for our muscles and taking it away would be the equivalent of a sputtering car about to run out of gas. This sounds a bit too simplified but not out of the question. This could be an important element together with a more complete explanation.
The most convincing theory is that of a stress response of the endocrine system and the autonomic nervous system. The endocrine system is the system of glands that secretes different types of hormones directly into the bloodstream to maintain or stabilize its internal environment. The autonomic nervous system is the involuntary nervous system. It’s that little thing that keeps you breathing and your heart beating even while you sleep.
It is the point of crossover of these two systems that is thought to be the source of fibromyalgia. This point has been the subject of sleep disturbances commonly found in people suffering from fibromyalgia. These people don’t get to stages 3 and 4 of sleep when the insulin growth factor is released. This absence of insulin is present in 33% of tested fibromyalgia patients and points toward a starting point of the condition. Also, the fatigue felt by these people is coherent with people having incomplete sleep stages during the night.
Another common denominator is that they’ve found heightened levels of certain neurotransmitters in the cerebrospinal fluid that enhance pain perception up to three times that of a normal person.
A lower level of cortisol production is also common. The primary functions of cortisol are to increase blood sugar; support the immune system; and assist in fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism. It works to activate anti-stress and anti-inflammatory pathways. Many patients express increased discomfort when stressed.
This is all a bit technical but we are complicated organisms, what did you expect?
Sometimes you can cure it without knowing what causes it
You don’t have to wait for the doctors to discover the cause of fibromyalgia or to define what fibromyalgia is because the cure has been around for many years. Christian Goodman has created a program to reclaim your life and live without pain and fatigue. It doesn’t require a lot of time, effort or money. He will teach you several techniques, that you can do a few minutes a day, and you may have to change a few bad habits. That is it.
I know what you’re thinking; it is too easy so it can’t be any good. Give it a try. It’s virtually risk free and 100% natural.