What Is The Correct Answer?
Test taking has never been a strong suit of mine, I easily stress over a perfect score and when am answer is marked wrong I want to know what the correct answer was. Knowing things makes a person more at ease with whatever situation he or she finds his or her self in. When there is a condition that is plaguing or inflicting an individual it is important to have the correct answers so that a proper treatment can be implemented and relief can be found.
The frustrating part about life is that there are times that answers are not able to be found regardless of how hard one searches. Take the chronic condition known as fibromyalgia for example. Fibromyalgia is a confusing and mysterious condition that affects millions but sadly there is no answer concerning the exact cause of this painful and miserable condition. For decades medical professionals have searched for the answer concerning what causes this mysterious condition and have come up with various theories on the matter. Theories might not be definite answers but they do provide helpful insights to those that have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia so that in time maybe these theories will produce more information so that hopefully one day this will lead to a cure or an exact cause.
Though they cannot pinpoint an exact cause medical professionals do have several theories and hypothesis regarding the topic.
- Central Sensitization
- Physical or emotional trauma
- Sleep disturbances
- Genetic predisposition
- Dopamine dysfunction (hypodopaminergia)
- 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 but yet they are still considered a theory and on the shelf for further investigation. Three prime hormones have been researched extensively in order to see if these hormones might have the correct answer to what is causing such intense pain the three hormones being researched are:
The first possible cause could be due to low thyroid hormone function. After extensive research, it was quite common to find a thyroid deficiency in fibromyalgia patients.
Another common hormonal disturbance thought to cause fibromyalgia is insulin. Studies showed that 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 therefore it is important that those that have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia stay current with the latest information regarding their medical diagnosis. By keeping current information on hand the individual suffering from fibromyalgia can be made aware of the newest treatment options and the treatment options success rate so that a more educated and informed decision can be made regarding a treatment plan. One way to stay informed is by having an open and honest communication with your medical professional.