(New Latin) fibro ≃ of fibrous tissue (connective tissue)
(Greek) myo ≃ of muscle tissue + algos = pain
Muscle and fibrous tissue pain.
Fibromyalgia is often described as "poorly understood" but idiopathic (the cause is not known) would be the correct term (until now).
Currently a diagnosis of fibromyalgia really means:
"We don't know why you have all these pains, but a lot of other people have them too".
There are a lot of theories about the cause of fibromyalgia. Based on my recovery and grounded in anatomy, I offer a simple explanation and the way to start to help yourself.
Other areas of muscle - 'mimic muscles' - try to compensate but they become stressed, sore and fatigued resulting in the myalgia of imbalance.
In a response to injury, inflammation and as an attempt to compensate for the lack of central support that should be provided by the main muscles of movement, restrictions form in our body-wide web connective tissues that reduce our range of movement - literally stiffening us over time.
These restrictions cause tensions that radiate throughout the whole body, from head to fingers to toes. The sensory information generated by these restrictions are the source of many pains and weird sensations.
People who use their body correctly are able to shake off old injuries and return to a good posture but those of us that don't, the body becoming increasingly tense, unbalanced and misaligned over time.
Fibromyalgia: A progression of pain when the body is not balanced. Traumas are stored rather than released.
I believe the pain sets in early when the body becomes imbalanced and, if you were pain free, then it's likely the pains are considered significant enough to seek medical advice leading to an early diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
Or has it been slow deterioration? A list of painful symptoms and old injuries that don't seem to heal and you've ignored the twinges, aches and spasms as they increase over the years - after all a bit of pain is to be expected as you get older, right?
The symptoms of fibromyalgia are very real, and expletively painful at times.
Cumulative damage over the years can result in layers upon layers of restrictions. Chains of tension zig-zagging from left to right, inside to out, front to back, through the whole of the body with a vastly reduced range of movement.
Chronic pain affects our mental health. The fibro fog, stress, anxiety, depression.
Fibro is fixable - with time and focus.
Focus on your Base-Line muscles becoming stronger and longer and develop your conscious proprioception skills. Learn to feel how to move through the tension and release the pain. Little by little, regain your full range of movement.
How many years, or decades, of accumulated pain do you have to work through?
This is not a magic quick fix.
It takes time and effort to release the pain.
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