Fibromyalgia-the invisible Disease

In our practice, we see many patients, mainly women who suffer from fibromyalgia.These are completely discouraged and baffled by their insomnia, extreme tiredness and chronic pain. 

Fibromyalgia has been ignored in traditional medicine for many years and in some “medical circles” the diagnosis is still in doubt. But the clinical picture of fibromyalgia is real. It is a chronic disease that is not life-threatening, but can severely restrict the lives of those affected

Fibromyalgia – an art creation 

The term fibromyalgia is primarily an artificial word creation to give the child a name.If you take the word apart and translate it into German, fibromyalgia is nothing but muscle fiber pain. Thus, the fully developed disease is described only approximately.

From my personal point of view, this disease is a collection of different and different pathological processes in the body, which are then ultimately summarized as fibromyalgia. This has an advantage in that the complex of complaints becomes more tangible. Thus, there are inevitably many different theories as to why or why a fibromyalgia develops. Not only conventional medicine has its theory, also in natural medicine certain processes or life processes are called as co-initiators.

Fibromyalgia is a jigsaw puzzle with many parts that must be carefully assembled to understand or read the image. If a therapist is unable to put this puzzle together, a promising therapy can almost be ruled out. 

How is the diagnosis of fibromyalgia made? 

Imaging procedures, such as X-rays or blood tests are not very informative. So you rely on the testing of so-called tender points. Of these “test points”, then a certain number must be sensitive to pressure. Here it is forgotten that, depending on the daily form of the person affected, these “test points” are different sensitive. 

What else can it be?

The symptoms of fibromyalgia may overlap with many other disorders, such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), myofascial pain syndrome (MPS), multiple chemicals intolerance (MCS), temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), interstitial cystitis (IC ) and Lyme disease, just to name a few. This wide overlap of possible clinical pictures makes a precise diagnosis in conventional medicine very difficult. Especially since in most cases the different options are not thought of. 

The following symptoms may occur in fibromyalgia: (list not complete)

Fog in the head the so-called Fibronebel, insomnia, migraine, headache, jaw pain, sinusitis, eye burning, balance disorders (dizziness), sensitivity to noise, concentration problems, depression, anxiety, pronounced fatigue, chronic fatigue, hot flushes – excessive sweating, unexplained weight gain, water retention, the Raynaud phenomenon (Vascular spasms in the fingers), an irritated bowel (irritable bowel), an irritated bladder (bladder pain, bladder infections), burning and / or itching around the vagina, premenstrual discomfort, “dull” feeling in the body, pain, pain, pain

What factors can negatively affect fibromyalgia? 

Structural postural damage, infections, masked allergic reactions, hormonal influences, nutritional deficiencies, cold and wet stimuli – for example due to weather conditions, excessive muscle strain, hearth strain, such as teeth or chronic inflammation of the tonsils. Sleep – in and sleep – through disorders lower the pain threshold and thereby increase pain perception. Obesity can also have a negative effect on the symptoms. 

So many questions remain open.

  • Why are so many more women affected than men in percentage terms, so what role does the hormone balance actually play?
  • Why are there so many differential diagnoses of fibromyalgia?
  • Why are not these painful and inflammatory processes by blood tests really recognizable?
  • What role do pathogens play, for example viruses (Borna, EBV)?
  • What part does the memory of pain have, or how can it be traced back without chemical bombs?
  • Why does therapy with guaifenesin help many patients? Then there would be a theory.
  • Why can fibromyalgia either build up creepingly over months and years or, on the other hand, occur in full strength almost overnight?

Consequently, one must also ask oneself what role both physical and psychological traumatic events play.

  • Why can children and / or adolescents form the full picture of fibromyalgia?
  • Why is fibromyalgia more common in people with rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases?
  • Why is this condition so symptomatic? This clearly hinders the aspect of “thinking about it”.

It is not for nothing that it takes years for most people to make the diagnosis. 

To the last question, I would like to give you an example: 

A woman in her late fifties complains of massive burning and itching in the labia. She also informs her doctor. The first regulation is limited to antipruritic ointments and creams, which unfortunately remained without significant effect. The subsequently prescribed tablets are also without any noticeable effect.

Due to her severe and debilitating symptoms, the patient, on the advice of her doctor, decides to visit a surgeon. He operates on all the rules of the art the patient and removes a large part of the outer labia, with the result that the symptoms have shifted to the inside of the vagina.

I am convinced that one could have spared her much sorrow if only someone had thought in time about the clinical picture of fibromyalgia. 

Exact testing is required 

Therefore, it is important to find out and then to test how to proceed successfully in the treatment. In our practice, we test the patient completely and then work with him to create a well-feasible treatment plan. The fact that we can test the stress with the tensor, we have relatively little therapy failure. However, it must be clearly stated that the successful treatment of fibromyalgia represents a medium to long-term therapy. 

Consequence is the key

It also demands a lot of consistent behavior from the patient. For example, treatment for proven food intolerance is doomed to fail if the individual is unwilling to forgo this food.

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