Getting To The Bottom Of It
Who likes to waste time? I am not one that likes to waste time life is too busy for anyone to be sitting idle doing nothing or randomly jumping from one thing to the next. When a task or a project is at hand let us get it done and do it well. So the goal or objective of this article is to get to the point or the bottom of what is causing so many individuals pain and frustration. The medical world is somewhat of a mystery and that is part of the problem especially when it comes to understanding a chronic condition such as fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is such as mystery therefore discussing it can be rather interesting and uninformative, hopefully that will not be the case with this particular article. When it comes to the cause of fibromyalgia medical professionals have very little to go on so they are left theorizing what it is that is causing such turmoil within their patient’s body. Here are a few of the theories that medical professionals have accumulated and continue to study.
- Central Sensitization
- Physical or emotional trauma
- Sleep disturbances
- Genetic predisposition
- Dopamine dysfunction
- Abnormal serotonin metabolism
- Deficient growth hormone (GH) secretion
- Psychological factors
Fibromyalgia caused by hormonal disturbances?
There are several different hormonal imbalances that have been greatly researched. Some theories have not even really gotten off the ground. Three prime hormones have been researched extensively: thyroid, insulin, progesterone.
The first is a possibility of low thyroid hormone function. After extensive research, it is common to find a thyroid deficiency in fibromyalgia patients.
Another common hormonal disturbance thought to cause fibromyalgia is insulin. Very many fibromyalgia sufferers have hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is when the body reacts by supplying too much insulin when too much sugar is eaten. When the body supplies too much insulin, it destroys most of the sugar in the blood just a few hours after eating. The results of low blood pressure include the mind becoming fuzzy and the person becoming disoriented.
A third chemical imbalance has to do with progesterone. Both men and women’s body produce progesterone. Its highest concentration is in the brain because it’s a necessity for nerve health and function. Progesterone works throughout the body from women’s reproductive organs to peripheral nerves. Several fibromyalgia sufferers have taken a progesterone supplement and many of their health issues have gotten much better. It is also referred to as the happy hormone because it helps to even out mood swings and lift spirits.
Fibromyalgia caused by stress?
Other researchers have focused their studies on the possibility that stress causes fibromyalgia. During periods of prolonged stress the body is in a constant state of emergency which can cause the adrenal gland to be strained. Add to the already stressed body an actual stressful event and the gland can cause a body that is dominated by estrogen for women and a compromise of testosterone production in men.
Fibromyalgia caused by a combination?
Upon looking at all of the facts, it appears that the cause of fibromyalgia is no one given thing. Usually, it is caused by a combination of several factors and those factors differ from patient to patient.
urther Complications Associated With Fibromyalgia
A frustrating aspect of living with fibromyalgia is the knowledge that there are often other complications that are added to the condition such as sleep issues, migraine headaches and even irritable bowel syndrome.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder that causes pain to be felt in the abdominal area. Irritable bowel syndrome causes changes in bowel movements while producing other symptoms that are hard to manage. The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can range from mild to severe; the symptoms differ from patient to patient. The most common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome would include:
- Abdominal Pain
- Feeling Of Being Full
Migraine headaches can be debilitating and only add to the limitations and the frustration that comes with fibromyalgia. A migraine headache if felt on a reoccurring basis is known as a neurological condition and can cause and create chemical changes in the body that produce further symptoms. As a migraine develops the blood vessels in the brain begin to expand and their expansion causes harmful chemicals to be released into the brain which in return causes the brains arteries to come under attack. The brains arteries only line of defense is to release symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, blurred vision and diarrhea.
Fibro fog is the term used when fibromyalgia disrupts an individual’s ability to think clearly. Fibromyalgia can affect a person’s ability to concentrate and with his or her short term memory. This type of memory loss is an issue for some fibromyalgia sufferers and causes complications with one’s work and personal life.