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Fibromyalgia – Facts & Tips

Fibromyalgia – Facts & Tips
January 04
22:48 2019

Up until the past 40 years or so, few people had ever heard of fibromyalgia, but it’s actually a very old disease or condition, but that is because the disease has had a variety of names, as reported:

“It was a Scottish surgeon, William Balfour, who discovered that fibromyalgia was a connective tissue disease when he saw nodules on connective tissues during surgeries. He was the first doctor to describe what is now universally excepted as the pressure points used to diagnose the disease back in 1815.”

“Over the decades the term used for fibromyalgia has changed intermittently with terms such as neurasthenia, myelasthenia, myogeloses, and fibrositis before it became known as fibromyalgia in 1976.”

Dr. Balfour may have diagnosed fibromyalgia due to the nodules found in connective tissue, but that is not the normal diagnostic method used today.

But first, what exactly is fibromyalgia?

According to WebMD:

Fibromyalgia is the second most common condition affecting your bones and muscles. Yet it’s often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Its classic symptoms are widespread muscle and joint pain and fatigue…”

“Doctors aren’t sure what causes it, but some think it’s a problem with how your brain and spinal cord process pain signals from your nerves.”

According to the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pail Association:

“Fibromyalgia (fy-bro-my-AL-ja) is a common and complex chronic pain disorder that causes widespread pain and tenderness to touch that may occur body wide or migrate over the body. Along with other symptoms, pain and tenderness wax and wane over time. Fibromyalgia (FM) affects people physically, mentally and socially. Approximately 10 million Americans (2-4%) have FM with a ratio of about 8 – 2 women over men. It occurs in people of all ages, including children. The literal translation of the word fibromyalgia is pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons. But, FM is much more than pain and presents with man other symptoms that vary from person to person.”

Saying that, who is most likely to get fibromyalgia:

  • You’re a woman.
  • You have another painful disease, such as arthritis, or an infection.
  • You have a mood disorder, like anxiety or depression.
  • You were physically or emotionally abused or have PTSD.
  • You rarely exercise.
  • Other family members have it.

Common symptoms include, but limited to:

  • Muscle pain, burning, twitching, or tightness
  • Low pain threshold or tender points
  • Draining fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating and remembering, called “fibro fog”
  • Insomnia or not sleeping well
  • Feeling nervous, worried, or depressed

Fibromyalgia has no cure, so what do you do if you have fibromyalgia.

As one fibromyalgia sufferer writes:

“I tried virtually every option available to escape my misery, conventional and otherwise. Making some radical alterations in my approach to life — including following a restricted diet, detoxification, meditation, yoga, and other health practices — improved my situation, but it did not completely restore wellness.”

“The number one thing that made the most difference in my recovery was herbal therapy. When you consider how herbs affect the body, it makes good sense.”

“The complex biochemistry of medicinal herbs counteracts all the stress factors associated with chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia. This is because plants have long been exposed to similar stress factors that humans face — especially threatening microbes — and they have evolved sophisticated biochemical solutions in defense. When a person consumes plant biochemistry through herbal therapy, the benefits are transferred.”

“All medicinal herbs contain natural antioxidants, anti-inflammatory substances, substances that support immune functions and promote healing, and biochemical substances offering antimicrobial properties.”

“The broad spectrum of antimicrobial properties found in many herbs are particularly valuable for overcoming illnesses such as fibromyalgia that may be associated with stealth microbes. Though chemical substances found in select medicinal herbs are quite toxic to microbes and insects, humans metabolize them quickly and easily, without experiencing any harm. This is because our ancestors have been consuming similar plants for millions of years — we are well adapted to them.”

Secondly, people with fibromyalgia need to exercise and be active as much as possible. I know people with fibromyalgia and they all say that the more physically active they are and the more they exercise, the better life is.

Thirdly, the healthier the diet, the less the pain of fibromyalgia. They recommend eating more vegetables. In fact, they make vegetables the bulk of their diet. Eat less processed foods or boxed foods. When choosing protein and fat, make healthy choices with lean meat (more poultry and less beef) and healthy forms of fat, like that obtained from some nuts or omega-3 fatty acids obtained from fish like salmon, trout and tuna.

Fourthly, keep well hydrated. Cut down on all other drinks and push water, water and more water.

Lastly, keep a positive attitude. Don’t let the pain and achiness get the best of you. Set you mind on what is good and how best to live with fibromyalgia instead of allowing fibromyalgia rule your life.

 

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