What is Fibromyalgia and What Causes Fibromyalgia

by katiem2

The pain and emotional agony of fibromyalgia has stricken many American women. If you think you may have fibromyalgia learn the signs, symptoms and causes of fibromyalgia now

Fibromyalgia has become a common pain ailment in affecting as many as 5 million Americans this number largely comprised of women. It’s explained as a chronic and widespread pain and sensitivity coming on at any given time lasting for as long as 3 months per episode. Those suffering with fibromyalgia feel as if they've been ran through the mill exhausted and drained both physically and emotionally. For many it's a vicious cycle of pain followed by recovery only soon to be followed by the pain and discomfort once again.

Once this condition sets in patients feel they rarely (if ever) make their way back to normal, the person they were before fibromyalgia.

What Causes Fibromyalgia

Science and case studies are revealing many contributing factors to the onset of fibromyalgia

The cause of fibromyalgia remains unknown with a hint as to the contributing factors bringing on this chronic and reoccurring pain.

Genes play a role in this as genes do most any condition. Those who suffer with fibro have a particular gene that makes them more sensitive to things others would not perceive as pain or discomfort.

If you're a person who finds the tags, seams and other clothing details irritating to the point of pain, you may be a person one day to experience this disorder. The genetics factor is not souly responsible.

Injury Related Fibromyalgia

The factors contributing to fibromyalgia are genes and traumatic injuries or shock.

Injuries from a car accident or other physical and emotional bodily injuries and shock can spark fibromyalgia. 

During a fibro attack you may feel radical and unpredictable pain changing in intensity and location with each attack making it hard to explain to your doctor.

It can make you feel like a bit of a hypochondriac having constant yet changing issues. For this reason many suffering with this condition exhibit signs of depression another serious yet different condition needing professional evaluation and often treatment. 

Struggling With Fibromyalgia

The confusion of this disease can create doubt as to the actual condition or diagnosis.

You struggle to put what you feel into words and wonder yourself if it’s more than one particular condition. Once your doctor runs test you may hear your test results look fine returning no specific findings. It doesn't mean the pain you experience is not real, it is.

Getting Diagnosed with Fibromyalia

Getting diagnosed can be as frustrating as the symptoms.

In order to help your doctor better understand what you are experiencing journal your daily health. While it is important to know what is going on it is also vital to know the repetition and description of the pain.

Jotting down when and what happens is a tremendous tool in the diagnosis of fibromyalgia and eases your mind.

Fibromyalgia can pop up from out of nowhere leaving you with no one incident or reason to pin it on. 

Scientific Findings on Fibromyalgia

Since the onset of fibromyalgia science has been working to find both the causes and treatment for this condition.

Many scientist and experts believe fibromyalgia is related to a misfire in the regulation of brain hormones and or neurotransmitters. 

This creating pain to fire throughout the body.

These findings also note a hypersensitivity to pain with the cause being the lower than normal levels or flow of the brain chemicals like serotonin.

The shortage of these chemicals creates the perfect storm for random pain to fire throughout the body. 

Learning to eat foods specific to optimal production of serotonin is highly beneficial to those struggling with this painful disorder. I've added an article just below outlining the foods capable of helping.

Eliminate prescription drugs with mood boosting foods that increase Gaba, Typtophan and Serotonin the stress fighting feel good hormones and chemicals the brain needs to be happy.
Updated: 05/14/2013, katiem2
 
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katiem2 on 08/16/2016

Turkey, Good point, and I understand your frustration, waking to this everyday somehow makes us feel flawed, useless and yet I have found cold therapy works for my fibro pain, it helps me loosen up somehow and eases the pain. I have a hot tub that also helps, I go back and forth everyday from hot tub therapy to Ice pack therapy, the combo helps BUT do not apply jets to your body whilst in the hot tub, it causes pain, just soak in the hot water and relax...

katiem2 on 08/16/2016

TahoeJuls, Indeed it seems the pain rears its head regardless. I sometimes wake in the morning feeling 110 years old, painful feet, stiff with painful neck and on and on, a rather difficult way to start the day. But as you say we must press on...

katiem2 on 08/16/2016

Debra, interesting connection. I ran daily and sometimes two or more times daily, it was the way I cleared my head, energized myself and thought kept care of my body. BUT I am young, I have stopped running and now speed walk, I feel the impact of daily runs on my body was not a positive one for my joints and nervous system. I have read much research since indicating running on a routine basis and with much intent is harmful to the female body. I often wonder what I may or may not have done to my body.

katiem2 on 08/16/2016

frankbeswick, Indeed for every cause there is an effect

frankbeswick on 07/26/2016

While technically you cannot prove any claims about trauma's being a factor in the genesis of the condition, the claims that traumatic experiences seem to be associated with debilitating conditions are not confined to fibromyalgia. There are so many links between physical trauma and cancers that even if they are not cases of direct cause and effect there is some connection that can be inferred.

Debra on 07/26/2016

Recently I've read articles about trauma being a deciding factor in fibro. I can pin point an incident when i was 17 that i believe was the cause of my fibro. I know this will sound odd to many but, i got stung by a wasp, in my leg after completing my daily run (i was on the track team). This sting made me very sick. A week later, i was in the doctors office listening to him tell me the wasp had actually hit a nerve.

TahoeJuls on 07/14/2016

All of these people with these "miracle" guidelines all say the same thing. It's all a shot in the dark. Everyone's fibro is different, and everyone's body will react to treatment differently. That's what makes it so frustrating, finding a routine and treatment plan that works for YOUR body. I had a pretty good routine going with diet and medications, they held me pretty comfortable for a few months. Now, I've grown a resistance to some of the medication, and am going to have to see my rheumatologist again and try to come up with another combination that works. I hold a full-time job, I still have children to take care of, and a new grandchild I want to spend time with. I push myself through the pain and fatigue. I take my meds and make the best of it. I have to!!

Turkey on 07/04/2016

I was searching for the 79 ways, but didn't find it.

I've progressed to the point where I no longer want to wake up.
The one thing I am thankful for, is that I didn't have children. It wouldn't be fair to them to miss their childhood.

katiem2 on 05/04/2016

reanda, Good question, I would need to do more in-depth research to determine the connection. As I am sure you know, many medical providers and care givers are reluctant to diagnose as such.

reanda on 04/28/2016

Serotonin... have they determined that those with bipolar suffer more often?


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