What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal pain disorder often triggered by a physically or psychologically stressful event or trauma. A long-term condition that causes pain all over the body, fibromyalgia symptoms tend to linger, even though the individual may have healed properly from the prior stressor or event. In other cases, the disorder may arise without a known cause or trigger.

Examples of events that can trigger Fibromyalgia:

  • Infection

  • Injury

  • Labour

  • Surgery

  • Divorce or breakup

  • Abusive relationship

  • Loss/Grief

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia include:

  • Long-term pain, normally over three months

  • Fatigue

  • Cognitive impairments

  • Muscle stiffness

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Headaches

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

  • Problems with mental processing

Fibromyalgia causes:

  • Abnormal pain messages due to changes in the central nervous system

  • Low levels of certain hormones such as serotonin, dopamine or norepinephrine

  • Sleep problems

  • Genetics

Fibromyalgia diagnosis and treatment:

A fibromyalgia diagnosis involves ruling out other reasons for your symptoms. Once you have received a diagnosis, you can receive treatment, medication, and care to ease the symptoms.

Fibromyalgia natural treatments:

Natural treatments for fibromyalgia include yoga, meditation, acupuncture and certain dietary supplements.

There are several difficulties characterized by the development of fibromyalgia. These include:

  • Difficulties in school, both in class and with homework, as a result of pain or cognitive impairments

  • Difficulty working due to chronic pain and fatigue

  • Inability to socialize normally as a result of severe symptoms that prevent going out with peers

How we can help?

Leaving Fibromyalgia untreated can result in significant impairments, with symptoms often becoming permanent. Fortunately, there are treatments and techniques that help to decrease the severity of the pain.

The most effective forms of treatment for Fibromyalgia are Biofeedback and Neurofeedback, which allow the individual to regain control of their body and eliminate or decrease the pain caused by Fibromyalgia.  Neurofeedback reduces the emotional charge associated with fibromyalgia, whereas Biofeedback helps reduce the hyperarousal of the body’s nervous system.  Functional Medicine and Nutrition Counselling can eliminate nutritional deficiencies as the cause and Psychotherapy (Clinical Hypnosis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) can deal with any psychological issues that might be feeding fibromyalgia.