9 in 10 suffers of fibromyalgia are women.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by pain in specific areas of your body when pressure is applied, including the back of your head, upper back and neck, upper chest, elbows, hips and knees. The pain generally persists for months at a time and is often accompanied by stiffness, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. People with fibromyalgia often wake up tired and unrefreshed even though they seem to get plenty of sleep.
You may be suffering from fibromyalgia:
If you have pain in all four quadrants of your body for at least 3 months.
If at least 11 of the 18 trigger points associated with fibromyalgia are tender or painful when pressure is applied.
What causes Fibromyalgia?
In the last 20 years a lot of has been discovered about Fibromyalgia. There are several theories linking the possible underlying cause to one or more of the following: Viral infection including Epstein-Barr, fungal infection, bacterial infection including mycoplasma, heavy metal toxicity, nutritional deficiencies, growth hormone deficiency, emotional trauma, autoimmune disease, sleep dysfunction, and many other theories of etiology.
Although researchers are not yet able to pin point one cause, they are better understanding the mechanism of Fibromyalgia, and have concluded that people suffering experience abnormal processing in their central nervous system resulting in an amplification of pain. In addition, there is a triggering event the precipitates the onset of fibromyalgia and an emotional component is involved as well.
What is the triggering event?
Researchers are finding that some kind of triggering event happens that precipitates the onset of fibromyalgia.
Listed below are some examples of triggering events:
- An emotional trauma
- An infection
- An accident
- An illness
- The development of another disorder such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, or Hypothyroidism.
Addressing the Emotional Component
A recent scientific study is showing that childhood traumas are a major factor in all illnesses. Often overlooked as a factor is the role of past emotional traumas in the development of fibromyalgia. Though the issues may be different from one person to the next, rooting out and facing past emotional hurts is absolutely necessary. If left unresolved, emotional traumas can sabotage your health for years.
Finding the underlying cause of Fibromyalgia is no simple task but with the proper specialized testing and health coaching we offer, we have helped hundreds of people win the battle.