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An Explanation for the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

What is fibromyalgia?

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 into fibromyalgia but no answers have been found and 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".

textbook symptoms of fibromyalgia

So what is fibromyalgia?

The following is based on my recovery, the anatomy of the human body and how it reacts to damage.

my fibromyalgia, pain & depression

I offer an explanation for all the pain and weird sensations, the fatigue and myriad of other symptoms (both physical and mental) that are associated with fibromyalgia. And how to fix it!

Fibromyalgia is aptly named:

 Fibromyalgia:

(New Latin) fibro ≃ of fibrous tissue (connective tissue)

(Greek) myo ≃ of muscle tissue + algos = pain

Muscle and connective tissue pain.

Muscle Pain - Myalgia.

If you are not using the right muscles you are using the wrong muscles.

When the wrong muscles are used the body becomes imbalanced because stresses cannot be distributed evenly.

Using the wrong muscles makes them prone to spasm and fatigue. When areas of muscle become too painful or 'fail', the body adjusts to use other nearby muscles which results in widespread myalgia (muscle pain) as the body becomes more and more imbalanced.

myalgia of imbalance

The right muscles are the '5 main muscles of movement'.

When fully utilised, these 5 (paired) muscles provide the central support needed for healthy, balanced body.

Connective Tissue - Restrictions & Pain.

In a response to inflammation (due to injury, infection, trauma etc.), 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 body-wide web connective tissues, literally stiffening us over time.

physical restrictionsconnective tissue

Restrictions in connective tissues cause tensions that radiate throughout the whole body, from head to fingers to toes. The sensory information generated by these restrictions are, I believe, the source of many pains and weird sensations associated with fibromyalgia.

pains and weird sensationssensory information

People who use the 5 main muscles of movement correctly are able to shake off old injuries and trauma they experience, releasing the restrictions and maintaining a good posture and a body that is balanced and aligned. But for those of us that don't, the body becoming increasingly tense, unbalanced and misaligned.

good posturebody alignment and balance

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.

full range of movement

Restrictions in connective tissue contribute to our unique "individual trauma imprint" and explain why everyone's experience of fibromyalgia is a bit different.

individual trauma imprints

Mental Effects & Sleep Disturbances.

Long-term pain affects our sleep and cognitive functioning, leading to "fibro fog", (and especially compounded when painful symptoms are unexplained) anxiety and depression.

A constant feedback to your brain.

Your body's restricted and in pain.

Ask yourself:

  • How is your physical condition?
  • Do you use your muscles correctly?
  • Or are your muscles stressed and sore? Aches, spasms, burning sensations?
  • Do you have a full range of natural movement?
  • Or are parts of your body (or you whole body!) restricted resulting in stiffness, reduced range of movement and pain?
  • Is your posture (the position of your body) good?
  • Or do you sit/stand/move awkwardly?
  • Do you feel balanced and comfortable in your body?
  • Or is your body a bit of a wreck?
  • Have you fully recovered from past traumas?
  • Or has the damage stayed with you ("stored trauma")?
  • How much damage are you carrying around? Pains that have never really heal, things you can't let go of?

If your physical condition is not good, then no wonder you suffer pain.

Fibromyalgia: A progression of pain when the body is unbalanced and restricted.

 Traumas are stored rather than released.

At what point does something become something you do something about?

I believe the pain sets in early when the body becomes imbalanced.  Stressed areas of muscle and restrictions in the connective tissue causing various painful symptoms.

If you were pain free, then it's likely the pains are considered significant (and frightening) enough to seek medical advice, leading to an early diagnosis of fibromyalgia.

Or has it been a long, slow progression of pain? You consider your list of painful symptoms and old injuries as separate problems and you've ignored (or got used to) the twinges, aches, spasms and weird sensations as they increase over the years - after all a bit of pain is to be expected as you get older, right?

get to know your pain

The damage is cumulative, the body becoming more and more imbalanced as it tries to cope by adjusting and stiffening.

Test yourself:

  • Can you stand up tall, aligning your midline anatomy?
  • 5 midline markers

  • Can you bend your knees and lower your body from standing?
  • Can you stand up from sitting without effort?
  • Can you balance on one leg?
  • Can you spread your arms out wide, fully extending from mid back to fingertips without tension?
  • Can you easily turn your head from side to side, keeping your head level, without tension in your neck?

If your answers are "no" then your body is not balanced, your tissues are restricted and your posture is not good.

Fibromyalgia: Pain and weird sensations from a body that is stiff and restricted, unbalanced and misaligned.

Recovery from Fibromyalgia is Possible.

Fibromyalgia can be reversed but it takes time and focus to learn to use your body correctly, little by little regaining movement and releasing the pain. How many years - or decades, of accumulated pain do you have to work through?

Everyone has their own individual trauma imprint and their unique set of symptoms but the key to healing is the same:

key to healing

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, working towards aligning and balancing your body.

conscious proprioception

Try the exercise of breathing with your Base-Line.

breathing technique

Close your eyes and focus on your Base-Line muscles activating.

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.

What kind of connection have you got to your Base-Line?

Base-Line muscles. pelvic floor at the base of the torso like a basket between the legs. The rectus abdominis muscles from pelvis to chest up the front of the abdomen. Two parallel muscles, made up of panels of muscle side by side, to be activated in sequence from base to chest. Connecting with these muscles is how I learned to release the pains of fibromyalgia and other chronic pains.

Base-Line muscles

Focus on your 5 main muscles of movement. Try activating them in different positions during your normal daily activities.

the main muscles of movement in a human outline. The 5 paired muscles with the Base-Line pelvic floor and rectus abdominis muscles the central pillar of strength. The trapezius muscles from the back of the head to midback, shoulder to shoulder, a curved blanket expanding over the neck and back. The rectus femoris a strong pole from hip bone to shin.   The gluteus maximus - big ass muscles.

5 main muscles of movement

  • How much of each of the main muscles of movement do you use? Some, most, none?
  • Can you feel a balance between left and right sides?
  • How free are these muscles to move?

More questions to ask yourself:

For how long have you not fully used my main muscles?

Is this life-long problem or an acquired dysfunction that may have developed over time or been triggered by a specific incident?

The longer the dysfunction, the wider the range of symptoms experienced.

What has your body been through over the years?"

TRAUMA → Injury, accident, abuse, surgery. Stress, fear, the things that make us tense, flinch, freeze-up. Awkward positions, shocks, strains, exertions.

Think back. As you connect with your Base-Line you may become aware of earlier and earlier mis-usage of your muscles.

How long to heal?

This is not a magic quick fix.

It takes time and effort to release the pain.

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