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Inflammation and FMS

The key factor in all diseases that involve pain and fatigue is inflammation. Literally, your body is “on fire”. Inflammation occurs because our immune systems are designed to innately react to all kinds of problems including, bacteria, viruses, allergies and more.

The Underlying Foundation of Fibromyalgia

Your body is truly trying to do its job. Add stress into the mix and it will compound all of your symptoms and then create a chronic pain and fatigue cycle. If Fibromyalgia was a bacteria then your body's response would make sense – fight the invader. But, Fibromyalgia is a systemic reaction to multiple factors that create inflammation throughout your body that then cause the many symptoms that you might be experiencing.

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What is the connection of Fibromyalgia and Adrenal Fatigue?

Our adrenal glands are an essential part of our endocrine system and our body's ability to fight stress. If you spend years battling a stressful job, a stressful home life as well as living in our fast-paced world then it is likely to take a toll on your adrenal glands. That basic fight or flight response is directly related to your adrenal glands ability to pump out cortisol and adrenalin. Over time and with continued overuse, your adrenal glands can get fatigued and stop working effectively. This is one of the underlying causes of Fibromyalgia. Once your adrenal glands are not functioning well then you will not be functioning well. Your ability to sleep, to think clearly, to have energy to get through your day and to maintain a strong immune system are greatly compromised when your adrenal glands don't work well. Weight gain around the middle of your body is another sign that your adrenal glands are pumping out too much cortisol and doing so at the wrong time of day. We want our adrenal glands to help rev us up for the morning and give us enough of the needed hormones to make our day go smoothly. But, if for example, your adrenal glands are low-functioning and pumping out cortisol in the middle of the night then you will not sleep well.

Why all the Joint Discomfort/Pain then?

There are 18 pressure points all over your body that may be very tender. These points are located on your back, neck, knees, elbows, buttocks, hips and chest. If you have at least 11 points that are painful then you may be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Usually, a person has additional symptoms related to this syndrome and has also been experiencing pain for quite some time prior to any kind of diagnosis.

Hormonal Imbalances

The majority of people experiencing Fibromyalgia symptoms are women between the ages of 35 – 60. It goes without saying that imbalances in estrogen, progesterone and testosterone will have an impact on your ability to sleep well, have good cognitive functioning and have energy throughout your day. Just like your adrenal gland functioning well it is imperative that your thryoid gland and your other hormones are within their normal ranges. Even one hormone out of balance can throw off your entire system. Saliva and blood tests can be done to determine your homorne levels and will supply the information needed to supplement well.

Emotional Distress

It isn't fun to feel out of sorts or to feel sick. If you are not getting a restorative night's sleep then your brain cannot remember all that you need it do. If you are fighting daily pain in your joints then you are using up energy you need for other tasks. It is simply too much to expect that you can fight pain and fatigue and not have some level of anxiety or depression. Add fluctuating hormones and you have a recipe for trouble. Of course your moods are going to change and it may be a struggle to feel good about yourself emotionally when you feel so unwell physically. Nervousness, anxiety and depression all can be a part of the Fibromyalgia picture and it is why this syndrome gets misdiagnosed when some medical professionals think it's "all in one's head". Getting to the root causes of hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances underlying the emotional distress may help one avoid medications for anxiety and depression.

Energy Loss & Insomnia

A good night's sleep is an integral part of feeling well. It is impossible to get only a few hours sleep and then function well the rest of your day. For most people it takes a full, eight-hours of deep sleep to have enough energy and brain power to take care of yourself, your work and your family. Adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances and life's daily stresses all contribute to your ability to sleep well and have solid energy all day. Fibromyalgia can zap your body's strength and vitality because you are fighting against so many symptoms that drain you physically and emotionally.

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