Fibromyalgia is one of the most common, yet elusive chronic pain conditions worldwide. Medical professionals have been criticised for their inability to shed light on the disease, but breakthroughs over the last three years mean those with the disease aren’t left in darkness. 

Better diagnostic criteria allows better differentiation between fibromyalgia and other illnesses. Even more importantly, a clearer origin story about what causes it in the first place is starting to emerge. 

3-6% of the global population are known to have Fibromyalgia, it presents primarily in women, who make up approximately 75-90% of those diagnosed. 

One of the key symptoms of fibromyalgia are ‘trigger points’. These are regions where even light pressure can cause pain.

The pain doesn’t have to be intense. Some only experience a persistent dull ache in areas around the body, but these sensations can be much more intense, causing extreme discomfort.

Many people with fibromyalgia suffer with symptoms like fatigue, trouble sleeping, depression, anxiety and an inability to focus or pay attention, often referred to as ‘fibro-fog’.

Coping with fibromyalgia can be psychologically wearing. Depression and anxiety often go hand in hand with fibromyalgia. We offer counselling and other forms of psychotherapy, such as mindfulness or somatic (body-based) therapies, such as yoga, tai chi or body-based psychotherapy. These can help you to connect with the pain in order to understand it and develop stronger coping strategies.

We can support you in developing coping strategies to reduce the wider impact fibromyalgia may be having on your life.

Researchers are yet to fully understand the origins of the illness. One theory suggests that sufferers' brains and nervous systems may be misinterpreting or hypersensitive to normal pain signals. This may be exacerbated by inflammation in the brain that is caused by dietary or environmental factors over time.

Fibromyalgia has a complex relationship with the mind, emotions and energy. There is evidence showing that long-term stress and traumatic events are contributing factors for fibromyalgia. Clear links exist between fibromyalgia and post-traumatic stress.

We can help you gain a deeper understanding of your triggers. If your fibromyalgia is linked to previous trauma, it is important that you get the right support from a psychologist or psychotherapist who has experience working with trauma or post-traumatic stress.

Acupuncture and osteopathy can help soothe the nervous system.

We can carry out tests to shed light on the underlying cause of fibromyalgia, including food sensitivity tests, DNA tests and organic acid tests.

Our osteopaths can help unearth which organs and nerves are linked to the root of the condition.

What’s next?

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