There are many areas where people have made a significant improvement over recent decades. And yet there are things that seem to want to remain unknown to us, no matter how much research is being done. Fibromyalgia is one of those things.
When asked about fibromyalgia, most doctors deny their existence or shoulders shrink without knowing how to explain it. The truth is that not even the world leading medical scientists have been able to find a real answer to the mystery of fibromyalgia.
And yet, there are millions of people worldwide affected by this syndrome. For them, life just does not have the same “taste” for longer. Some successfully control the condition, some have their up and down periods and others are bedridden – just because the pain is too much to handle.
Why fibromyalgia remains an enigma?
It ‘s been a while since doctors began to recognize fibromyalgia as an independent syndrome. Until then, or they denied their existence (which is still “practiced” too many medical professionals today) or classified it under depression (a “physical” form of depression).
Fibromyalgia is not a disease but a syndrome – a collection of symptoms that can vary widely and can be very different from one person to another. The most striking symptom and is commonly found widespread pain – but there are many others who do put quite a difficult diagnosis.
Some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia that have been found in patients include anxiety, depression, memory problems, sleep problems (restless leg syndrome, insomnia), irritable bowel syndrome, problems with the urinary system, fatigue, pain headaches, painful menstrual periods, and so on. Some patients also experience numbness, morning stiffness and a variety of other symptoms which can be interconnected or not.
Diagnosis of fibromyalgia is now easier than it used to be, but the truth is that many people do not even get to the evidence that could put the correct diagnosis because the collection of symptoms that show can fall into the description of another condition medical. It happens very often that people are misdiagnosed with depression, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome or lupus and therefore receive inadequate treatment for their specific condition.
Analysis of symptoms and checking the soft spots are among the first things a doctor would do if he / she suspects that a patient has fibromyalgia. After analyzing the 18 sensitive points and noted that the patient shows sensitivity in at least 11 of them, the physician may continue with other tests to confirm the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Recently, it has created a blood (called “fm / a”). This test can tell pretty accurately whether a person has fibromyalgia or not, but the main downfall with it is that most patients do not have access to it because of its high price (around $ 750) and due to the fact that most insurance companies will not cover (or at least not yet).
Therefore, leaving aside the fact that it can be very difficult to diagnose fibromyalgia, is there any other reason is still considered one of the great medical mysteries of the world?
In fact, fibromyalgia is so mysterious (and not completely curable – just manageable) because their causes are completely unknown. There are several theories that have been developed through the years, but none has been able to provide a full explanation to be accepted unanimously. Some of the theories about the causes leading to the development of fibromyalgia are:
1- Genetics. It has been observed that fibromyalgia may run in the family and there are many scientists who support the idea that polymorphic genes may lie at the very core of fibromyalgia. However, it is worth noting that the same genes may be in the core of similar conditions (chronic fatigue syndrome and depression, two medical conditions commonly associated with fibromyalgia and wrong).
2- Central sensitization. According to this theory, fibromyalgia develops because the cells responsible for transmitting the sensation of pain to the brain are not functioning properly, leading to patients with a lower threshold of pain in general.
3- sleep problems. Some scientists say that sleep problems are not a symptom but a cause (or at least one major risk factor) for fibromyalgia. According to them, lack of sleep can cause a patient to feel pain at higher levels and may be the main cause of other typical symptoms of fibromyalgia.
4- Stress. Lifestyle issues and many other things have been taken into consideration. Patients with fibromyalgia are being studied from multiple points of view as well, but so far, there is absolutely no clear answer to the big question behind this syndrome.
Fibromyalgia and what causes foot pain?
As mentioned, fibromyalgia can come with a lot of symptoms that can sometimes be as mysterious as the syndrome itself. The foot pain is one of these symptoms. Although it is estimated that approximately 50% of people with fibromyalgia experience pain in the feet also, no answer to why this happens.
Some believe that foot pain itself comes from fibromyalgia and that relates to the high sensitivity of patients suffering from this ailment. However, there are also plenty of people who believe that the foot pain comes with certain comorbid conditions (some of which are, as mentioned before misdiagnosis too). Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, myofascial pain syndrome – all very commonly come along with fibromyalgia (sometimes hiding it completely) and all can cause pain in the feet.
If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and is experiencing pain in the feet, it is important to try to alleviate it by any means possible. Stretching, gentle massage and invest in quality orthopedic shoes can really go a long way so feel free to bring these things into your life!