Last updated 21st March 2012.
Fibromyalgia (FM or FMS) is a medical disorder characterized by chronic widespread pain and allodynia, a heightened and painful response to pressure. It is an example of a diagnosis of exclusion. Fibromyalgia symptoms are not restricted to pain, leading to the use of the alternative term fibromyalgia syndrome for the condition. Other symptoms include debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbance, and joint stiffness. Some patients may also report difficulty with swallowing, bowel and bladder abnormalities, numbness and tingling, and cognitive dysfunction. Fibromyalgia is frequently comorbid with psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety and stress-related disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder. Not all people with fibromyalgia experience all associated symptoms. Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect 2–4% of the population,with a female to male incidence ratio of approximately 9:1. The term “fibromyalgia” derives from new Latin, fibro-, meaning “fibrous tissues“, Greekmyo-, “muscle”, and Greek algos-, “pain”; thus the term literally means “muscle and connective tissue pain”)
The brains of fibromyalgia patients show structural and behavioral differences from those of healthy individuals, but it is unclear whether the brain anomalies cause fibromyalgia symptoms or are the product of an unknown underlying common cause. Some research suggests that these brain anomalies may be the result of childhood stress, or prolonged or severe stress.
Historically, fibromyalgia has been considered either a musculoskeletal disease or neuropsychiatric condition. Although there is as yet no cure for fibromyalgia, some treatments have been shown by controlled clinical trials to effectively reduce symptoms, including medications, behavioral interventions, patient education, and exercise. The most recent approach of a diagnosis of fibromyalgia involves pain index and a measure of key symptoms and severity.
Fibromyalgia has been recognized as a diagnosable disorder by the US National Institutes of Health and the American College of Rheumatology. Fibromyalgia, a central nervous system disorder, is described as a ‘central sensitisation syndrome’ caused by neurobiological abnormalities which act to produce physiological pain and cognitive impairments as well as neuro-psychological symptomatology. Despite this, some health care providers do not consider fibromyalgia a disease because of a lack of abnormalities on physical examination and the absence of objective diagnostic tests.
All of the links below (open in a new windows)
Got a local Fibromyalgia group or have some information, please post a comment below and I will include it, thanks.
Below the NHS treatment link was the torture chamber of drugs I have had to endure for as long as I can remember, sadly.
NLP (Information coming soon)
Audio to relax to:
The Fibromyalgia Research Blog
PubMed journal articles related to Fibromyalgia, mood disorders, and intense creative energy: A1AT polymorphisms are not always silent.
Personality & Physiology in Fibromyalgia: A New Discovery (March 2012)
- Fibromyalgia and Isolation (mindbodyandsoulrehab.wordpress.com)
- Fibromyalgia Pain During Your Period: Females with Fibromyalgia Experience More Pain During That Time of the Month (risablairlovitz.com)
- Simple, Natural Ways to Deal with Fibromyalgia (docwellness.wordpress.com)
- Treating Fibromyalgia Pain: Medication Options (webmd.com)
- What did it take for you to get a fibromyalgia diagnosis? (theadventuresofarthritisnfibromyalgia.wordpress.com)
- The myths and facts of Fibromyalgia (Thank you Angela Carter)
- Fibromyalgia key points part 1 (Thank you Angela Carter)
It saddens me that the NHS‘s answer to all of this is drugs; yet in the self-help section they say that exercise is beneficial, so why is it they allow me to take thousands of pounds worth of pharmaceuticals but won’t let me have regular osteopathy or physiotherapy?
People with fibromyalgia have been found to have decreased activity in opioid receptors in parts of the brain that affect mood and the emotional aspect of pain. This reduced response might explain why fibromyalgia patients are likely to have depression, and are less responsive to opioid painkillers, researchers say.
So why the hell did they prescribe me Tramodol Hydrochloride?