Fibromyalgia treatment: Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain, stiffness, and tenderness of the muscles, tendons, and joints. Pain management clinic in Toronto: Fibromyalgia is also characterized by restless sleep, awakening feeling tired, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, and disturbances in bowel function. Alternative treatment for Fibromyalgia is sometimes referred to as fibromyalgia syndrome and abbreviated FMS. Fibromyalgia was formerly known as fibrositis. Fibromyalgia specialist, chronic pain treatment.
While fibromyalgia is one of the most common diseases affecting the muscles, its cause is currently unknown. The painful tissues involved are not accompanied by tissue inflammation. Therefore, despite potentially disabling body pain, patients with fibromyalgia do not develop body damage or deformity. Fibromyalgia also does not cause damage to internal body organs. In this sense, fibromyalgia is different from many other rheumatic conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, and poliomyelitis). In those diseases, tissue inflammation is the major cause of pain, stiffness, and tenderness of the joints, tendons and muscles, and it can lead to joint deformity and damage to the internal organs or muscles.
What causes fibromyalgia?
The cause of fibromyalgia is not known. Those affected experience pain in response to stimuli that are normally not perceived as painful. Researchers have found elevated levels of a nerve chemical signal, called substance P, and nerve growth factor in the spinal fluid of fibromyalgia patients. Levels of the brain chemical serotonin are also relatively low in patients with fibromyalgia. Studies of pain in fibromyalgia have suggested that the central nervous system (brain) may be somehow supersensitive. Scientists note that there seems to be a diffuse disturbance of pain perception in patients with fibromyalgia.
Also, patients with fibromyalgia have an impaired non-rapid eye movement, or non-REM, sleep phase (which likely, at least in part, explains the common feature of waking up fatigued and unrefreshed in these patients). The onset of fibromyalgia has been associated with psychological distress, trauma, and infection.
Fibromyalgia affects predominantly women (over 80% of those affected are women) between the ages of 35 and 55. Less commonly, fibromyalgia can also affect men, children, and the elderly. It can occur independently or can be associated with another disease, such as systemic lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. The prevalence of fibromyalgia varies in different countries. In Sweden and Britain, 1% of the population is affected by fibromyalgia. In the United States, approximately 4% of the population has fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia and Homeopathy
I became a homeopath because of my own experience with fibromyalgia. To read about my story, please visit my blog
In treating fibromyalgia, I use a Classical Homeopathic approach, considering the entire case history of the person. This means detailing the symptoms of the fibromyalgia such as the quality of pain, what makes it better or worse, and how each case differs from that of others. It also means looking at what might have precipitated the onset of the condition--often people with FM have lived under emotional or physical stress for prolonged periods, or have experienced a trauma. By examining what makes each case unique, I can make a prescription that it based on treating the individual, as opposed to simply treating the diagnosis. People have very different presentations of the same disease state and respond quite differently to treatments. A remedy that works for one person does not necessarily work for another: we have to always tailor the remedy to the needs of the individual if we want to be effective.
In addition to using homeopathic remedies, lifestyle factors are important too. Stress plays a big part in fibromyalgia, so it is necessary to learn to recognize potential triggers and provide a remedy that can help to off-set this susceptibility. Likewise, in order to heal, there must be adequate nutrition and avoidance of aggravating substances. I always try to make lifestyle recommendations that are going to be feasible. Not everyone is capable of going for a jog or even a walk everyday, and some people are emotionally attached to some kinds of foods. In cases like this, we need to look deeper and try to meet the person where they are at instead of setting unrealistic goals.
Emotional health is intricately connected to physical health. Many people with FM have supressed emotions, experiences, or memories. Homeopathic remedies can help to stimulate the body to heal itself, so even these kinds of deep injuries can release and become unstuck.
Ultimately, treatment is aimed at calming down the nervous system as much as possible, to help address the underlying oversensitivity to pain. If you, or if someone you know, is suffering from chronic pain or FM, feel free to call or email me to find out if homeopathy can help.
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