Fibromyalgia: the real disease that can not be seen

When a person can not get out of bed because he feels that “burning needles” hurt his joints, he is not faking or looking for an excuse not to go to work.

Those who suffer from fibromyalgia must add their own illness with social incomprehension, with the feeling of being invisible in a world that only believes what they see.

The main problem of FM (fibromyalgia) is in the controversy of whether its origin is psychological or organic. These would be the main conclusions that the experts indicate:

Possible origin of fibromyalgia
It is necessary to clarify in the first place that there is no medical evidence that links fibromyalgia with a psychiatric illness.

Some authors say that about 47% of patients suffer from anxiety, however, we must also bear in mind that this psychological dimension can be a response to one’s pain, one’s own illness.
According to a study published in the journal “Arthritis & Rheumatology”, those suffering from fibromyalgia experience greater hypersensitivity to daily sensory stimulation.
Using magnetic resonance imaging, the researchers discovered that in the presence of a visual, tactile, olfactory or auditory stimulus, the regions of sensory integration in the brain undergo a greater overstimulation than usual.
People with fibromyalgia have a greater number of sensory nerve fibers in their blood vessels, so that any stimulus or change in temperature leads to intense pain.

Something to keep in mind is that any emotional factor will increase the sensation of pain in those nerve fibers. A specific stress situation will lead to overstimulation and pain and, in turn, the sensation of pain and chronic fatigue leads the patient to helplessness and even depression.

We fall, therefore, in a vicious circle where a disease of organic origin is increased by the psychological factor. Therefore, it is worth controlling the emotional dimension to attenuate or at least “control” the etiological origin.

Psychological strategies to deal with fibromyalgia
Chronic pain is part of our social reality, with fibromyalgia (FM) being one of its main causes. Now that we are clear that factors such as stress or sadness will increase the feeling of suffering, it is important to introduce a basic coping strategy that can help us.

Today you have got up, you have dressed and you have been able to go out into the street. Nobody else will understand your achievements, but those small triumphs are important for you and must give you strength: you can be stronger than your illness

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