I use the word “Fibromyalgia” very carefully because it more or less describes the symptom rather than the actual reason for the pain.
If you were told that you have fibromyalgia (or something vaguely like that), it’s likely that you
1) have pain in a number of locations on/in your body
2) have had it for a while
3) have had X-ray/MRI/ other scans & tests and been told that there is “nothing they can find”
Well, the scans and tests won’t show anything because a body is perfectly capable of creating pain without anything that can be seen by such scans and tests.
In fact the diagnosis of "fibromyalgia" is a little too incorrectly used. Click here for the internationally-accepted criteria of diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
In order to understand fibromyalgia you have to understand a process called sensitisation. It is a process where the nerves responsible for pain in our body undergoes a change where it sends pain signals even when they are not supposed to. A good example is when you have flu. If you can think back to the last time when you were a bit sick it's very likely that you body felt quite tender to touch. If you have had an old injury or pain you might have even felt that again.
Of course the reason that you were feeling such pain when you had been sick was NOT because you had something wrong or old injury got "re-injured", but your nerves became "sensitised" to pain - it's not an abstract concept but physiological, actually perfectly normal, behaviour of the nerves.
However it does become abnormal if this continues to persist. And in order for you to make a recovery from fibromyalgia it is absolutely crucial that we consider possible reasons / contributing factors behind this persistence of sensitisation to pain. Following are some of these:
Identification and addressing mal-adaptive changes
1) mis-management at the early stage of the symptoms (REALLY common)
2) chronic emotional stress that have activated "fight-or-flight" for a period of time
3) sudden one-off emotional stress that have activated "fight-or-flight" response
4) chronic physical stress (high-level athletes)
5) poor body awareness that have loaded the body for an extended period of time (essentially bad habits)
6) unhelpful, undermining belief in regards to body and pain (e.g. fear)
7) genetic disposition to the condition (quite common actually)
8) hormonal (fair bit of debate on this but certainly very possible)
9) lack of muscular fitness of the body, resuting in excessive physical load on nerves (quite often in very flexible people)
And the list goes on and on.
Our role is to be the coach, companion and clinician to guide and treat you as we discover the core issue that is causing your fibromyalgia, and help you to "correct the ship".
Please don't hesitate to contact us (email if you have a bigger query) and tell us about your conditions to take the first step towards your recovery.