Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterised by widespread Musculoskeletal pain.
It’s not clear why some people develop Fibromyalgia. The exact cause is unknown, but it’s likely that a number of factors are involved, it is often accompanied by fatigue, sleep issues,( as sleep is often disrupted by pain,) many patients with Fibromyalgia also have other sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome and sleep apnoea.
Many people who have Fibromyalgia, also suffer from tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression. Also they may have memory and cognitive difficulties a symptom that impairs the ability to focus, to pay attention and concentrate on mental tasks this symptom is commonly referred to as “fibro fog” the list goes on, also affecting a persons mood, (No wonder with all that is going on )
All in all people with Fibromyalgia have a really rough time of it, the exact cause of Fibromyalgia is still unknown, but it’s thought to be related to abnormal levels of certain chemicals in the brain and changes in the way the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) processes pain messages to the neurotransmitters that are carried around the body.
Fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes the pain signals. and in many ways Fibromyalgia appears as a symptom of something else .
Fibromyalgia as I have already said is difficult to diagnose as symptoms sometimes begin, after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress so getting to the Root Cause is not always going to be possible, women are also more likely to develop Fibromyalgia than men
While we know that there is as yet no cure that has been found, for Fibromyalgia, there are a variety of medications, that can help control symptoms, along with Exercise, Relaxation and Stress-Reduction measures.
Having worked with a few patients that have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, I will be the fist to say it is not something that can be dealt with quickly, it is all about baby steps.
Working with your patient taking time and tracking back all the time.
So when I received this testimonial from one of my patients I was so proud of how far we had come together and for her to reach her goal
This is Kim’s Testimonial
I am a single 56 year old female who, until 9 years ago was very fit and active. I went to see my GP with a lot of pain in my left shoulder, which I thought was a pulled muscle. Within a couple of weeks the pain spread down into the whole left side of my body. My GP, finally diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia and I was given pain killers.
After that, I feel that everything was a constant battle and felt very let down by the health system. I don’t want to bore you with details but I am sure anyone suffering from Fibromyalgia will understand. I have had to resort paying for private treatments (acupuncture and visits to Osteopath, supplements, etc.), which when you have not been able to work due to chronic pain and fatigue, etc. etc., is an extra stress financially and emotionally.
After a terrible year, last year, physically and emotionally I was so unwell and had no choice but to stop work. My health had deteriorated and I became depressed. I had to do something, but what?! I have tried so many things from reading websites, blogs, etc., nothing was really helping.
Then I read about a place in Norwich (Getfitstayfit Norfolk) ran by Steve and his wife Jacqui and I was not only impressed by his reviews, but by a treatment he offered using ‘The Bioneuro Therapy System Sigma Q (ΣQ®)”
I read about how this works and it seemed too good to be true, but was willing to give it a try, as I had never read about this before, thought it’s new, they’ve finally found the cure for the pain!!
My first visit was a consultation and some time at the end using the BNTS for pain in my foot, ankle and calf. Just from that, the pain had gone and my ankle and calf had lost the stiffness you get with Fibromyalgia.
After two further visits, and I can honestly say the pain and stiffness had decreased by 70%. Remember, I had pain on L/H/S right from my head all the way down to my feet, back and front of body for 9 whole years!
I’ve already cut my Morphine dose by a third (needs to be done gradually supervised by GP!) I have had the odd bit of pain but it subsides quicker and it’s not all over body now. I know that if, say I have a fall or overdone things, I can call Steve and rectify instead of going back to how I was.
Needless to say, I can’t thank Steve enough, I had become desperate and very let down and felt like giving up, I was exhausted. I owed it to myself and Son to get better. I know I won’t be as fit and active as I was 9 yrs.’ ago (I’m 9 yrs.’ older!) But it’s given me the hope to get a better quality of life and eventually a job to pay my bills.
Fibromyalgia is hard to understand unless you’ve had it, you can feel extremely lonely and misunderstood.
The most important thing for me is that Steve genuinely is interested and cares.