Fibromyalgia is often described as "poorly understood" but idiopathic (the cause is not known) would be the correct term (until now).
There is a lot of research going on but 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".
Based on my recovery (and I offer a simple explanation for all the pain and weird sensations, the fatigue and other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia and how recover your health by focusing on how you use your body.
(New Latin) fibro ≃ of fibrous tissue (connective tissue)
(Greek) myo ≃ of muscle tissue + algos = pain
Muscle and fibrous tissue pain.
How is your physical condition? Is your body free of tension? Does it feel balanced and comfortable? Or is your body tense and twisted - if so, is it any surprise you experience pain?
Is your posture good? If not, is it any surprise your body tires easily and you experience pain?
If you are fatigued and in pain is it not any surprise that you struggle to think and your mental health deteriorates too?
Do you move well? Or can you feel areas that are restricted?
Try to align your body - can you easily?
Breath with your Base-Line
Be aware how the pains and weird sensations move around your body as you move. We are interconnected from head to fingers to toes and restrictions in one area can have distant sensations.
If you are not using the right muscles you are using the wrong muscles which results in myalgia (muscle pain).
The right muscles to focus on are the 5 main muscles of movement
Other areas of muscle try to compensate but they become stressed, sore and fatigued and the body becomes imbalanced.
are not adequately utilised and the body is not balanced around Base-Line.
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, physical restrictions form in our bodywide 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
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?
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.
A name for unexplained, painful symptoms these days: Fibromyalgia. What that really means is "We don't know what's going on and there's nothing we can do to help, but here's a label and just get on with it." Opening the door to all sorts of quackery and miracle-cure merchants.
Fibromyalgia can be treated but it takes time and focus to learn to use your body correctly and release the pain.
How many years, or decades, of accumulated pain do you have to work through?
Everyone has their own individual trauma imprint to work through, but the key to healing is the same:
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.
This is not a magic quick fix.
It takes time and effort to release the pain.
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