Fibromyalgia is one of a group of chronic pain disorders that affect connective tissues, including the muscles, ligaments (the tough bands of tissue that bind together the ends of bones), and tendons (which attach muscles to bones). It is a chronic condition that causes widespread muscle pain (known as “myalgia”) and extreme tenderness in many areas of the body. Many patients also experience fatigue, sleep disturbances, headaches, and mood disturbances such as depression and anxiety. Despite ongoing research, the cause, diagnosis, and optimal treatment of fibromyalgia are not clear.
In the United Kingdom there are about 1.2 million patients of fibromyalgia. It predominantly affects females and is the most common cause of generalised musculoskeletal pain in women between 20 and 55 years.
We know that the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown and various physical or emotional factors (such as infection, injury, or stress) play a role in triggering symptoms, many patients have a lifelong history of chronic pain.
We want to improve the quality of life of people and minimise their sufferings through various methods which include natural methods rather than pain suppressants.
In people with fibromyalgia, the muscles and tendons are excessively irritated by various painful stimuli and there is heightened perception of pain – pain amplification.It is due to change in neurotransmitters and if that can be reversed even to a small extent , it will reduce the pain significantly and allow people to lead a life that is more functional, and they are not loaded with a load of medications which have potentially serious side effects.
Fibromyalgia is an umbrella term. There are also many sub-types of Fibromyalgia and hence not one medicine works in all, even the same medicine that was working , stops working. This is because the Fibromyalgia is a dynamic condition and the subtypes and variants keep modifying the disease pattern as well as response to therapy.
A natural therapy thus is far better, of course when in severe pain or for other co-morbid conditions, they must continue what has been advised by their physician.
The options can be :
What will be best for you needs a full assessment and Fibromyalgia Consultants can go through details and advise you accordingly.