Understanding the “ups and downs” in FIBROMYALGIA

Most people with chronic diseases are always sick. Cancer effects in the body, a virus or a degenerative disease are fairly constant. The confusion is understandable to see someone with fibromyalgia who can not do anything on Monday, but he can do well on Wednesday.

Look at it this way: hormones fluctuate, and things like weight and blood pressure can go up and down for a day, a week or a month. All systems and substances in the body work this way, and down in response to different situations.
Research shows conclusively that fibromyalgia involves several abnormal levels of hormones and other substances. Because of these things go up and down, sometimes are within the normal range and sometimes not. The more things are outside the normal zone, the worse you will feel.

Understanding stress reactions
Some people think that we are emotionally unable to cope with stress because usually a stressful situation worsens symptoms.
The important thing is to understand that we respond to stress both emotionally and physically. A physical response, including an increase of adrenaline and other hormones that help your body put in place so you can deal with what is happening.

People with fibromyalgia do not have enough stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline), which hinders the reaction in your body and can trigger symptoms.

In addition, when we talk about “stress” usually we understand that it is emotional, which may come from her job, a tight schedule or personal conflict. Many things cause physical stress, such as illness, lack of sleep, nutritional deficiencies and injuries. Physical stress can have the same effect as emotional stress.

Understanding fatigue
think for a moment that I was not tired, but really exhausted. Maybe he was up all night studying an exam. Maybe he has several times to feed a baby or caring for a sick child. Maybe you have the flu or strep throat.

Imagine being so exhausted all day while trying to work, care for children, clean the house, cook dinner, etc. For most people, one or two nights of sleep that feeling disappears.
In fibromyalgia, there are sleep disorders is so rare sleep a good night’s sleep. We can have one of the following sleep disorders:

Insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep)
Inability to sleep or deep sleep
Sleep apnea (breathing disorders that can wake up several times)
restless leg (jerky limb movements that hinder sleep) syndrome
disorder periodic limb movement extremities (rhythmical involuntary muscle contractions that prevent deep sleep)

In a nutshell
Many diseases involving a body part or system. Fibromyalgia, however, involves the whole body and everything can be out of control. As strangers, they can be confusing and varied symptoms that are related to very real physical causes.
This disease can be an educated, ambitious, hardworking and tireless person who steal their ability to work, housework, exercise, think clearly and never feel awake or healthy.
It’s not psychological, “burned head syndrome” or depression!
This is not laziness!

He’s not whining or pretending!
It is the result of widespread dysfunction in the body and brain that is difficult to understand, difficult to treat and, so far, impossible to cure.
However, the most difficult for patients to live with that. Support and understanding of people in your life can make it much easier.

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