Research finds it to be a mix of genetic and environmental factors. Neurobiological and psychological conditions make symptoms worse.
Fatigue, sleep disturbance and joint stiffness are also experienced on a regular basis. Also, possible symptoms are difficulty with swallowing, bowel, bladder abnormalities, numbness, tingling, and cognitive dysfunction.
I have seen clients with Fibromyalgia where I have helped them to deal with depressed thoughts at the constant pain and anxiety about the future and what they will be capable of doing.
Substance P and Fibromyalgia
It’s believed that a substance called Substance P is involved in nociception. The substance transmits information about tissue damage from peripheral receptors to the central nervous system. The sensation of pain results.
Substance P is an important element in pain perception. There is a link with Serotonin, associated with the regulation of mood disorders, anxiety, stress, nausea and pain. Research on the use of anti-depressants has found little response to Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia develops during extreme stress or through a trauma of some description.
As a solution-focused hypnotherapist my aim to help keep clients focused on having a normal life as possible. To improve their sleep quality and to increase the serotonin by encouraging them to participate in activities which make them feel happier and laugh. The promotion of serotonin helps to over-ride the C-fibre messages of pain.
Shirley was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2006. Being in her 70’s she was finding it hindering her retirement. She first approached me in 2008 to help her build confidence so she could travel to her son’s wedding. She found that the relaxation helped her with sleep and had some effect on her pain.
About 3 months later she asked me to help her build confidence in going out. We also focused on overcoming a dental phobia. She needed the energy to go over and babysit her granddaughter. Regular therapy helped her keep on top of any negative moods. Focusing on a new member of the family helped increase serotonin and oxytocin levels. We worked together for 4 years until I moved in 2012.