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Understanding Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is not a simple, single-issue health challenge. It is complex and it is overwhelming because of the many ways it impacts your physical and emotional well-being. This is why we share the latest information we can throughout this website and in particular, through the symptom videos listed below.

So what is Fibromyalgia exactly?

Fibromyalgia is an imbalance in one's entire body. It is a set of symptoms – also known as a syndrome – that affects your body's ability to function at its best.

Many people diagnosed with Fibromyalgia may have any number of the following symptoms:

Your nervous system, musculo-skeletal system and your immune system are all negatively impacted by this syndrome. It can take an average of 3-5 years for an actual diagnosis of Fibromyalgia because many patients present symptoms that are aligned with other health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, depression or menopause.

Relationship of Fibromyalgia to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Chronic Pain

Because of the overlapping symptoms, there is an almost inescapable connection between Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue (CFS) or Chronic Pain (CP). It is difficult to discern what started first because one may feel very fatigued from a lack of sleep and that may lead to CFS or possibly trigger the joint pain associated with Fibromyalgia. This is what makes diagnosis so challenging because of the many different symptoms that occur and the layering of the fatigue and the pain in numerous parts of your body.

Traditional Solutions

Because western medicine is focused on treating symptoms through medications and surgery – treatment for Fibromyalgia can turn a patient's home into a veritable pharmacy. Different drugs may be given for the pain, the sleeplessness, the depression, the numbness and more. Traditional medical practitioners do not commonly take a comprehensive approach and typically look at the patient as an amalgam of symptoms rather than as a whole person. Treating symptoms alone will not get to the root causes of this very complex syndrome.

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