FM - Fibromyalgia

 Fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body.

 

 

Researchers believe that repeated nerve stimulation causes the brains of people affected with Fibromyalgia to change. This change involves an abnormal increase in levels of certain chemicals in the brain that signal pain (neuro transmitters). In addition, the brain's pain receptors seem to develop a sort of memory of the pain and become more sensitive.

 

 

 

The symptoms vary from person.  Below are listed just a few of the multiple symptoms of which people with fibromyalgia may have a few or all. 

PAIN

Cognitive dysfunction—also called fibro fog or brain fog—is one of the most common complaints of people with fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). For many people with these conditions, it can be severe and may even have as big an impact on their lives as pain or fatigue

 

 

Scientists Spot Unexpected Player in Fibromyalgia

HealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, May 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Fibromyalgia is a mysterious and misunderstood illness, but researchers may have uncovered at least one key to the disease's origin: insulin resistance.

The new research compared a small group of people with fibromyalgia to two groups of healthy people and noted that a long-term measure of blood sugar levels was higher in the people with fibromyalgia. Insulin resistance develops when the body starts to struggle with breaking down sugar.

Low Energy

Having any chronic disease can be extremely draining.

An article appeared on ChronicallyHopeful.com giving 10 Tips for Managing Life with Debillitating Exhaustion.  It details how to listen to your body, not push through worsening symptoms, schedule time for rest and fun - daily. Eliminate negativity and focus on things that bring you joy and peace.

These tips and more will show you the way to have more strength and energy to live a better quality of life.

 

 Gut Health

Fibromyalgia patients often have gastrointestinal problems, such as abdominal pain, bloating, and constipation, which are very similar to those observed in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Moreover, given the association between IBS and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), it has been hypothesized scientifically that fibromyalgia is associated with SIBO as well.