Fibromyalgia (FM) actually means, ‘painful muscles and fibrous tissues’. There are no diagnostic tests for Fibromyalgia so a diagnosis is made by ruling out any other conditions and by the presence of at least 11 out of 18 tender muscles in the body.
The widespread belief is that Fibromyalgia is incurable, but that is based on the belief that the cause is physical. The symptoms themselves are very real and often debilitating, yet the underlying cause, as with all the other conditions mentioned on this site, is a result of past or current stress.
This is backed up by research findings which show that people with Fibromyalgia have had much higher rates of stress and abuse in their lives compared with the average population.(Goldberg et al. Disability and Rehabilitation. 1999, 21:23-30 & van Houdenhove Psychosomatics. 2001, 42:21-28)
Fibromyalgia patients are often ‘copers’
Due to the stigma about mental health, people suffering with FM often find it impossible to accept that their debilitating condition could possibly be caused by stress, especially as these stresses are often unconcsious. My findings are that people with Fibromyalgia are often emotionally very strong people who put others first and are copers.
The symptoms are a reaction to the bottling up of just how angry or hurt they are deep inside due to trauma that might have happened many years previously. One recent study undertaken by Howard Schubiner MD, one of the other Specialists in our field, demonstrated very promising results of FM sufferers who had followed his programme. (Hsu MC et al. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Oct;25(10):1064-70). They continue to study this treatment approach for patients with FM.
There are a number of treatments for Fibromyalgia, but these mainly involve physical approaches which are aimed at the symptom management. When looking to successfuly treat and cure Fibromyalgia it is important to address the underlying causes for long term success.
Full Recovery is possible
I have been developing the SIRPA™ approach over the past few years based on growing evidence demonstrating that the brain can cause very real pain even where there is no physical damage. By addressing the underlying cause and because the process is reversible, full recovery is possible as you can see from the many real success stories, such as Jane’s
|To find out more about how you too could recoverfrom your Fibromyalgia listen to this free introductory audio
Steps to recovery
- Read my book, ‘Chronic Pain: your key to recovery‘ for a full understanding and tools to help you begin your own recovery journey.
- The online SIRPA Recovery Programme – provides more in depth information, strategies and support for those who require additional guidance.
- One to one consultations with myself in person or via skype are possible, either for assessment or to help provide motivation and guidance while you are following the programme.
Other conditions we can help with:
• Inconsistencies relating to current theories about chronic pain