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Fibromyalgia is a common chronic syndrome characterized by widespread or generalized musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas such as muscles and fibrous tissues like tendons and ligaments. As the medical director of MedWell, I have seen many patients with multiple symptoms who have tried multiple medications without help.
Causes of Fibromyalgia
The exact cause of Fibromyalgia is still not known, but medical experts associate it with a number of factors such as:
Abnormal pain impulses (or messages):
The central nervous system comprises the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, and is responsible for the transmission of impulses, or signals of information, to all other parts of the body. Any alteration to the way this system works can explain why Fibromyalgia results in constant extreme feeling of and sensitivity to pain. For example, an increase in substance P (the chemical which increases nerve sensitivity to pain) in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of the spinal cord may result in the wrong pain messages being sent to the brain.
Hormonal imbalance in the brain:
Research has found that Fibromyalgia patients have very low hormones noradrenaline, tryptophan, serotonin, and dopamine in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. This greatly affects how patients respond and cope with stress and pain.
Lack of deep sleep:
It is normally during stage 4 sleep that your muscles recover from the day’s activities. It is also at this time that the body refreshes itself. Getting poor quality sleep, or lighter forms of sleep, or failure to enter stage 4 sleep, is enough to make you develop symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
Some scientists think that a gene or genes might also be involved in Fibromyalgia. These genes are said to make you react strongly to things that other people wouldn’t find painful. If this is the case, a genetic predisposition (tendency) could, therefore, explain why a good number of people develop the condition after some sort of trigger.
Other possible causes of Fibromyalgia include: stressful or traumatic events, such as auto accident, illness, repetitive injuries, certain diseases and associated conditions such as osteoarthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.
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Effects of Fibromyalgia
- Widespread pain
- Cognitive Dysfunction (Fibro-fog)
- Sleep disturbances
- Urinary, pelvic, and bowel symptoms
Signs and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
- Pain felt in many parts of the body
- Extreme tiredness, which normally come suddenly and can drain you of all energy
- Extreme sensitivity, even the slightest touch is painful
- Stiffness, especially if you have been in the same position for a long period of time
- Poor sleep quality; you may wake up tired due to lack of deep sleep to help you refresh your body
- Cognitive problems (Fibro-fog) such as trouble remembering or learning new things, slowed or confused speech, and problems with concentration and attention
Treatment of Fibromyalgia
The most effective breakthrough treatment option for Fibromyalgia is a non-surgical, holistic treatment method called Oxygen Enhanced Brain Based Therapy. This is a breakthrough technique that has been used for quite some time and has proved to be very effective in eliminating the chronic symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Hundreds of our patients have been helped with our comprehensive approach to address chronic conditions. Among multiple drug free ways to address your symptoms that our doctors provide, we usually recommend and provide nutritional supplementation as an adjunct to medical treatment. The nutritional supplementation recommended is designed to support overall health, your body function and well-being and not to treat or cure any medical illness, disease, or condition.
Oxygen Enhanced BBT comprises one-sided adjustments, eye exercises, simple exercise, heat and other activities, all done while on oxygen. When coupled with full a neurological and nutritional examination, the therapy will help you get rid of your condition and give you the much needed relief.
To schedule an appointment for a consultation to see if you are a candidate for this breakthrough procedure give us a call at 201-632-1900.