Fibromyalgia is a covering term used for idiopathic (the cause is not known) chronic pain, fatigue and associated symptoms. When all the tests come back negative and no reason for the pain is found it is labelled "fibromyalgia".
Often described as "poorly understood", 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".
The following is based on my recovery, the anatomy of the human body and how it reacts to damage.
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:
Muscle and connective tissue pain.
If you are not using the right muscles you are using the wrong muscles.
Using the wrong muscles makes them prone to spasm and fatigue. When an area of muscle becomes exhausted or too painful the body adjusts to use other nearby muscles. These adjustments put the body off-balance as it tries to distribute the stresses thoughout the body. Over time, more and more muscle becomes stressed and sore resulting in widespread myalgia (muscle pain) as the burden is shifted around and around.
The right muscles to focus on using are the '5 main muscles of movement'. When fully utilised, these 5 paired (left and right) muscles provide the central support needed for healthy, balanced body. When the main muscles of movement are adequately functioning the rest of body will then be able to 'fall into line', correctly positioned for comfortable movement.
In a response to inflammation (due to injury, infection, trauma, stress 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. These physical restrictions literally stiffen us over time.
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.
Cumulative damage and the body's reponse to imbalance and a long-term lack of central support from the main muscles of movement 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 from head to fingers to toes. This restrictions vastly reduce our range of movement, even if we don't appreciate how much we have lost.
Restrictions in connective tissue are 'stored trauma', a record of what our body has been through. This stored trauma creates a unique 'individual trauma imprint' and explains why everyone's experience of fibromyalgia is a different.
Long-term pain affects our sleep and cognitive functioning, leading to "fibro fog", (and especially compounded when painful symptoms are unexplained) anxiety and depression.
Fibromyalgia is NOT something that will be fixed by a magic pill or new medication. It is a physical problem that needs to be corrected by learning to use your body better.
If your physical condition is not good, then no wonder you suffer pain.
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?
The damage is cumulative, the body becoming more and more imbalanced as it tries to cope by adjusting and stiffening.
If your answers are "no" then your body is not balanced, your tissues are restricted and your posture is not good.
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 with a body that is balanced and aligned. But for those of us that don't, the body becoming increasingly tense, unbalanced and misaligned.
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:
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.
Try the exercise of breathing with your Base-Line.
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.
Focus on your 5 main muscles of movement. Try activating them in different positions during your normal daily activities.
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.