I decided to do a post on Fibromyalgia as it is a really interesting condition and quite common. You may even know someone that suffers from it yourself.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that is medically diagnosed by identifying 11 out of 18 charted ‘tender points’
A tender point is similar to a trigger point. Both originate in a muscle and can be reproduced as pain locally when that muscle is ‘tight’. The difference between the two being that when you press on a trigger point you get a classic referral of pain to a different part of the body that is unique to that muscle, whereas a tender point is just tender locally.
Tender points in Fibromyalgia are notoriously hard to treat and recur very easily due to what can only be discerned as a systemic cause. Your GP will tend to advise of a variety of medication to help with the Fibromyalgia, varying from pain killers to muscle relaxants to sleep medicines. All of which may work, though in some cases it does not, for those of you that are still looking for a solution here is a true story of my own that may help.
I have asked the patient’s permission to tell this story and she was happy for it to be told so that others may benefit from her experience. For some time now I have been treating a patient for the muscle and joint tightness she has been experiencing as a result of her Fibromyalgia. Her history was that of 5 years of Fibromyalgia ever since the birth of her daughter (a common onset), during the term of which she experienced an abnormally large amount of vomiting and sickness. She would feel achy every morning as well as stiff and sore in many places across her whole body, she was drained as a result of the pain but soldiered on majestically.
I am currently seeing this patient once a month and she recently came in and appeared a completely changed person. She explained how she had read the book “what your doctor may not tell you about Fibromyalgia”. She told me how she had followed the dietary advice in the book regarding how eating too many carbohydrates may be the root cause of Fibromyalgia. She had only changed her diet for a week and I could see a visible difference in her, she was moving better, appeared a lot happier and she told me how she was no longer feeling achy in the mornings. She explained how she thought that because she had lost so much energy and nutrients during the pregnancy she began to reflect on how she been eating a lot more carbohydrate ever since. Now I have no connections with the author of this book nor have I read it (yet) but on the back of what my patient has told me I would ask you to try this book and the advice it gives. It’s all based on sound logic and evidence which is always good in my eyes as I am all about evidence combined with experience.
Many people start to believe that they may have to live in pain for the rest of their lives, though, as you can see from my experience this is not the case, never give in, keep looking for a solution and you may be very surprised…
Let me know about your experiences, what you think and how you get on, e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment, happy reading!