When Pain Rules your Life
Fibromyalgia is a long-term disorder characterized by widespread pain in the body, accompanied by general fatigue. A person having fibromyalgia tends to have pain in specific areas of the body (known as tender points) that are extremely sensitive and painful. Even the slightest pressure on the tender points can cause pain. As mentioned, these tender points can appear in many locations in the body, but common areas are cervical, lumbar, shoulders, arms buttocks and thighs.
When these unexplained pains go on for more than three months at a stretch, the condition is diagnosed as fibromyalgia. In addition, research shows that the condition of fibromyalgia causes an amplification or intensification of the pain sensations in the brain.
No clear mechanism explains the cause of fibromyalgia. The most common theory suggests that people who have fibromyalgia are in fact, suffering from some problem with the pain reception. Such people develop an increased sensitivity towards pain. Their body’s tendency to feel pain can be higher as compared to others.
Pain is the primary symptom of fibromyalgia. The pain associated with fibromyalgia often is widespread and is described as a constant deep, dull ache. However sometimes throbbing, sharp, shooting, burning pains can also be present. The pain is present in the muscles, tendons, ligaments and around the joints. Exercise tends to worsen the pain.
Fatigue (tiredness) is another major complaint in people who have fibromyalgia. Even after sleeping for long hours people with fibromyalgia feel tired and drained out. Some people describe this fatigue similar to that experienced during the flu. The person feels too tired to do simple, everyday things.
Sleep issues Most people may have difficulty falling asleep or most commonly, maintaining sleep. Some may experience poor sleep quality since they get easily disturbed by the Pain. Many people with fibromyalgia tend to have a feeling of being exhausted and weak in the morning.
Fibro-fog and cognitive problems are other symptoms of fibromyalgia wherein a person has difficulty paying attention, focussing and concentrating on mental tasks. No wonder that remembering information, learning new things, and following conversations also becomes difficult, when you are in constant pain.
Apart from the above, other symptoms and related conditions include headaches, depression, anxiety, tingling, prickling, numbness, burning sensation in hands, feet, arms, legs, pain in lower abdomen, painful periods in women, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Clinical Diagnosis for Fibromyalgia
There are no lab tests that can confirm a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Certain tests are done to rule out other conditions that have similar symptoms to fibromyalgia. These include a rheumatoid factor, anti-CCP ( anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide), ESR, CBC (complete blood count), and thyroid function test.
Therefore, Fibromyalgia in humans is an important but most often misdiagnosed disease. The same is truest for horses: many veterinarians do not even know that this disease exists.
Why Use Homeopathy for Fibromyalgia?
The traditional treatment for fibromyalgia involves the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), anti-seizure drugs, pain relievers as well as antidepressants. As evident, these methods are palliative (only treat the pain) and mask the symptoms instead of addressing the root of the problem. Long-term use of these can cause severe side-effects like intestinal bleeding, strokes, skin allergies, the formation of cysts, weight gain, blurred vision, and cognitive issues. Homeopathy medicines offer a natural therapy for fibromyalgia and help alleviate the symptoms and address the problem for long-term relief. They have no side effects and are made of natural substances that are safe for use.
About the Author
PRACTICING CLASSICAL HOMEOPATH AND DOCTOR OF MICROBIOLOGY
ALEXANDRA CARNEIRO DE MELO, PhD MSc, PhD (London), DIHom (Pract), FBIH, RSHom
Education Personal Accreditations:
• BSc – Food Engineering, 1989 – Porto University, Portugal (High Class Honors)
• MSc – Food Microbiology, 1991 – University of Reading in the UK
• PhD – Applied Microbiology, 1997 – King’s College, London
• DIHom(Pract) – Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine, Practitioner Level British Institute of Homeopathy
• FBIH – Fellowship for life, British Institute of Homeopathy
• RSHom – Member of The Society of Homeopaths
As a homeopath, my ultimate goal is to help you live to your fullest capacity, where the entire spiritual, mental, emotional, social and physical being is restored to the natural state it was created in. Please do get in touch if you are ready to begin your healing journey.