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What Causes Fibromyalgia? | The Natural Cure To Fibromyalgia

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

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One of the hardest things in diagnosing fibromyalgia is that symptoms are so diverse and the fact that doctors still have no idea what causes the condition. So, what are the signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia and how do you go about getting a diagnosis?

Before discussing what brings about fibromyalgia and what constitutes its diagnosis, let us first look into what fibromyalgia is.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness that is characterized by widespread pain that is across the whole body. People with fibromyalgia also often have sleep disturbances, which leave them feeling tired and fatigued all the time. They are sensitive to pain and may even have emotional problems such as mood changes and depression.

What causes fibromyalgia?

Some believe that fibromyalgia is caused by problems in the way the brain sends out pain signals to the various receptors in the body, resulting in the brain becoming more sensitive to pain.

Other experts in the field say that fibromyalgia is caused by sleep disorders. So rather than being a symptom of the condition, sleep dysfunction could actually be the cause. This theory comes from the fact that people with fibromyalgia often have disturbed sleep with several moments of brain activity that are similar to the those when the brain is awake.

There are also some doctors who believe that injury and trauma may be the root of the problem. This trauma can be found in the upper spinal region of the body, which may in turn affect the central nervous system. Others point out to the possibility of the problem being caused by a viral or bacterial infection. This may affect the nervous system, which controls involuntary movements in the body.

Another area that is being looked into is the effect brought on by the changes in the metabolism of the muscles. Decrease in the blood flow in muscles may result to the sapping out of strength as well as fatigue and muscle pains.

Diagnosing fibromyalgia

In diagnosing fibromyalgia, several tests are often conducted to ensure a correct diagnosis and to rule out other potential illness possibilities. This is because no single test can give you an accurate diagnosis of fibromyalgia. In fact people who are suspected to suffer from this problem usually have to go through several blood tests and x-rays. And oftentimes, these tests will come out normal.

Still, these tests are needed to rule out other problems with similar symptoms, such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, hyperthyroidism, muscle diseases, cancer or rheumatoid arthritis among others. Because of this, the American College of Rheumatology has come up with several guidelines for the classification and diagnosis of fibromyalgia.

According to the guidelines, fibromyalgia may be diagnosed if the pain that is experienced by the patient is felt in various parts of the body for a period of at least three months.

There should also be a minimum of 11 of the 18 stipulated fibromyalgia ‘tender points’ on the body that are sensitive and tender when applied mild pressure (4kg). These tender points can be found in the following places:

Backs of the upper leg
Above the buttocks
Front and back of the neck
Upper Chest

4kg of pressure is similar to the pressure needed to make the skin change color when you press on it with your finger.

If you are displaying any of the above signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia then make an appointment to see your doctor. Be prepared for your doctors to look into your medical history as to check on the tenderness and sensitivity to pain felt across several points on the body including the extremities and of course the upper body and neck.

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4 Responses

  1. January 17th, 2008 | 6:26 pm

    Is there anyway to purchase a book for The Natural Cure to Fibromyalgia? I know that there is a down load for it. But for me it’s just to hard to do that much reading on a lap top.

  2. marianne
    January 18th, 2008 | 6:22 pm

    good article. I liked it because it was so comprehensive and yet specific. I have muscular and nerve pain daily, joints only if prolonged pressure was applied(IE kneeling for a period of time).
    I find the damp and wet weather in Northern Michigan where I live aggravates my pain and fatigue.
    I was fortunate last March to spend time in dry Arizona for a month. My fatigue was still similar but my pain was less widespread and intense.
    What is known or studied about how weather plays into this disease of fibromyalgia?

  3. January 25th, 2008 | 4:56 am

    Hi Ginger

    Thanks for your interest in purchasing my downloadable book in hard copy format. I’m afraid that it is only available as a download. This is for a number of reasons, of which keeping costs down for the customer is just one. An option would be print off the book and therefore have a hard copy to read rather than reading off the screen. However, I do understand that having a physical book is preferable for some people.

    Thanks for your kind comments.
    The weather is a well known trigger for fibromyalgia with cold and damp being the worst offenders in bringing on symptoms.
    How fabulous for you to escape last march to Arizona - perhaps you could arrange another trip this year to see if the dry weather helps ease your joint pains?
    Best of luck


  4. February 22nd, 2008 | 12:26 am

    John -

    The answer to your mattress issue is effected by your body shape, FMS symptoms and of course your partner …

    That said, With FMS you will need to look for a matress that reduces strong push back on the body and relieves the pressure points.

    A common approach to this, and one that has helped many with FMS is to opt for mattress with a heat sensitive/responsive memory foam topper.

    Make sure that you chose the heat sensitive/ responsive variety, as this will mean that the areas that are close to the body will soften and adapt to the bodies shape, while those areas that are further from the body will continue to offer support.

    I’d recommend a matress that has at least 3 inches of memory foam on the top layer.

    This can be also be accomplished using a foam topper on a mattress.

    You may also want to consider looking at air mattresses as they can be adjusted to your likening - but again with the foam topper.

    I hope this helps.


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