Fibromyalgia is not a disease. Fibromyalgia is a label placed on a set of symptoms. This is why Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue are referred to as Syndromes.
If you have a high percentage of the symptoms listed on this page, then your Medical Practitioner may have labelled your symptoms as Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is usually a diagnosis of exclusion. (ie. The patient is given a label of Fibromyalgia when all other possibilities have been eliminated).
The curious thing about Fibromyalgia, is that no two people ‘do’ Fibromyalgia the same way. Some have pain and fatigue, some have pain and irritable bowel syndrome, some have insomnia and pain; the combinations are varied and individual.
The frustrating thing is that people with Fibromyalgia look normal. This is not only frustrating for them, but also for family and friends who often cannot come to terms with the severity of the syndrome in someone that looks healthy.
Who is susceptible to Fibromyalgia syndrome?
Over 80% of people diagnosed with Fibromyalgia syndrome are women. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has a similar ratio.
The one thing for certain is that the pain and fatigue is real. People with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue are not hypochondriacs or lazy. In fact, they are the opposite. They are often highly driven people, who have pushed themselves to their emotional, mental or physical limits, and often beyond. They tend to be perfectionist by nature, putting a lot of pressure on themselves to succeed. They also care more about others than themselves, and care deeply about how people perceive them.
What triggers Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue syndrome?
One or more of the following is likely to have triggered the illness; severe stress or shock, a traumatic incident or accident, intense life pressure, a viral infection, or a vaccination. Coupled with the personality characteristics above, these triggers produce Chronic Fatigue and pain symptoms that continue for many years beyond the initial event.
Repressed emotions such as anger, guilt, fear and anxiety can also create and sustain the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
Why do you have Fibromyalgia syndrome or Chronic Fatigue syndrome?
In simple terms, your body has a very sophisticated protection mechanism. Its internal processing system controls the functioning of every organ of the body. Its prime focus is your survival and well being.
In cases of severe mental or physical overload, it shuts you down. It does whatever is necessary to ensure you operate at a safer, slower pace. It does this to give the body and mind a chance to heal and mend. It will stay in this mode until it is convinced that mind and body will operate in a safer, normal manner.
As most people with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue are driven to succeed, push themselves, put others before their own welfare; there is an internal battle that can go on for years. The person hates being sick and wants to be well so they can get back to their old hectic pace, but the internal safety mechanism knows that if this happens, the health of the person will suffer. So the protection program stays in force. The more the person physically fights the illness, the stronger the grip the illness has on them.
What is needed is a change of thinking, at a conscious and subconscious level. And an acknowledgement of deeper emotions that may be perpetuating the illness such as anger, guilt, fear, anxiety and internal rage.
Symptoms of fibromyalgia & chronic fatigue
- Joint pain in the ankle, back, fingers, hands, muscles, neck, or wrist
- Pain can be intermittent or sharp
- Stiffness, tenderness, or swelling
- Arthritic fatigue or malaise
- Restricted range of motion or muscle weakness
- Muscle stiffness, often noticed most in the morning
- Increased sensitivity to touch (tenderness), with certain areas being super sensitive (‘tender points’)
- Tingling and numbness in the hands and feet
- Problems sleeping
- Extreme tiredness
- Problems with memory and concentration (sometimes called ‘fibro-fog’)
- Sensitivity to temperature, loud noises and bright lights
- Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or gastro oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)
- Painful periods
How does the Program work?
In most cases your pain and fatigue are reduced, and you are on your way to recovery by the end of the first session.
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are a collection of symptoms that can be successfully eliminated.
We utilise the methodology of OldPain2Go in switching off Fibromyalgia pain and fatigue. We also use the successful methodology of Dr John Sarno. These processes address the causes rather than the symptoms, thus giving genuine opportunity for permanent change and healing.
The physical aspect of the syndromes are the symptoms; however the cause is primarily emotional (or psychological). Deeper issues relating to repressed anger, guilt, anxiety, fear and rage can also lock in the symptoms of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue.