#107: Fibromyalgia- Is It Real?

March 20, 2024

                                                                                       Listen on…

Today, I want to delve into a topic very close to my heart – fibromyalgia. This journey began with my mom, who battled this condition for years. At the time, the term “fibromyalgia” wasn’t commonly used, but my mom’s resilience and struggle made me deeply aware of its impact.

I vividly remember my mom’s pain – the achiness, fatigue, and the constant struggle. Despite being a warrior and survivor, her protective layer, fueled by fear, started to overwhelm her. This pattern wasn’t unique to her; I witnessed it in a neighbor’s father too, a hardworking man who developed fibromyalgia from years of physical strain.

Understanding fibromyalgia requires grasping its core principles. First, the term itself – “fibro” refers to fibrous tissue, while “myalgia” denotes muscle pain. This condition affects the body’s connective tissue, wrapping around every cell, organ, and unit. Fascia, as it’s called, can endure immense pressure – up to 400 pounds per square inch or more.

Fascia’s role as a protective layer is crucial. People with fibromyalgia often have a history of adverse events, leading to a heightened fear response. This fear center, primarily the amygdala or reptilian brain, tightens the fascia, restricting muscle movement and causing pain.

Turning off this protective layer is key to managing fibromyalgia. Gentle, non-agitating techniques like compression forces can help relax fascia. Unlike aggressive approaches that worsen symptoms, a calming, embracing touch allows fascia to release its grip, enabling muscle function.

Diagnosing fibromyalgia involves understanding a person’s story and symptoms rather than mere physical exams. It’s a diagnosis of exclusion, ruling out other conditions. Managing fibromyalgia requires recognizing small victories, tracking progress, and avoiding overexertion to prevent relapses.

Self-soothing and building resilience are vital too. People with fibromyalgia often expend energy protecting themselves, but learning to trust supportive environments can ease the fear response. With time, patience, and gentle therapies, fibromyalgia’s grip can loosen, allowing for a better quality of life.

In conclusion, fibromyalgia isn’t just physical pain; it’s a complex interplay of fear, resilience, and healing. Understanding its principles and approaching treatment with empathy and gentleness can make a world of difference for those battling this condition.

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