Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is when a person feels body-wide chronic pain.

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What is it?

Fibromyalgia is when a person feels body-wide pain and/or achiness. This pain is chronic (a.k.a. it’s been around for more than three months) and it’s not related to any other diagnosable condition. It’s more common in women, especially from middle age onwards.

Fibromyalgia is often linked to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)—but there are important differences between the two conditions. While people with fibromyalgia often feel fatigued, their chief complaint is the pain that they can’t seem to get rid of. Classic painkillers rarely have an effect on fibromyalgia. People with CFS may have muscle ache, but it’s not the body-wide pain that’s seen in fibromyalgia.

Other symptoms that accompany fibromyalgia are stiffness, headaches, sleep problems, depression, anxiety, brain fog and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Why does it happen?

Fibromyalgia is a complex condition, and it’s not yet fully understood. However, there are a few things to consider:

SIBO

A study of 84 people with fibromyalgia found that 100% of them also had small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

Thyroid dysfunction

Thyroid dysfunction Suboptimal levels of thyroid hormones are often observed in cases of fibromyalgia.

Food sensitivities

Eating foods to which we’re sensitive can activate the immune system, contributing to inflammation.

Infections and/or toxins

Viruses, heavy metals and even mould can damage the mitochondria, the energy-producing factors of the cell. This leads to fatigue.

Early-life trauma

A feeling of lack of safety, particularly in early life, can lead to a state of hypervigilance, which makes pain worse.

A poor diet

This doesn’t cause fibromyalgia, but excess sugar, processed foods and trans fats can worsen inflammatory processes in the body.

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What can I do about it?

People with fibromyalgia benefit from expert help. Here’s where to start:

01

Eat an anti-inflammatory diet.

Choosing colourful fruits and vegetables, good fats and organic sources of protein can help to reduce inflammatory processes in the body.

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Exercise to tolerance.

Pain can make people not want to exercise, but moving as much as you can is known to help.

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Try cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

CBT can be a powerful tool to help you, even more so if you have a past trauma that can be addressed,

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