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what actually happens in fibropmyalgia
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Arthur - November 8

what actually happens in fibropmyalgia and what actully caues muscla pain.

 

Lynne-FT - November 8

No one knows for sure some think it is a chemcial imbalance in the brain others think it is due to some sort of trauma, some even think it is caused by stress. I am sure there are other triggers as well.
Mine developed after a fall.

 

JJ1 - November 8

As I understand it, your nerves send a pain signal to your brain even if there is no physical reason for the pain. You can feel like you have pulled a shoulder muscle when no muscle has been pulled or sprained an ankle even though you haven't. Some people feel pain upon touch. I read of one study where they had FMS sufferers and a control group repeatedly handle something that was just slightly warm. it eventually got to where the FMS sufferer could not touch the object because it felt burning hot, when in reality it was still just warm, the same temperature. Not sure if I explained that very well, but you can do a google search for better descriptions or just click on the sidebar of this site.

 

Lynne-FT - November 9

Talk about fibro fog........ JJ1 is right, researchers think it has to do with way that our brain preceives pain. People with FMS seem to have their pain amplified. That is why some peole with fibro feel only moderate discomfort while others find the pain disabling.

 

barbar - November 16

Remember, it's not just a matter of pain but of functionality. Fibromyalgia is a disease of the connective tissue so it's not just that your legs hurt, for example, making it difficult to walk, they may also not function properly. So controlling the pain is only part of the problem. Researchers now believe that FMS results from problems with our serotonin and our endorphines, our bodies natural painkillers. In fact, everything a person does hurts, it's just that the endorphines suppress the pain sensations to the brain. In FMS sufferers, either the endorphines aren't there or they otherwise malfunction, like insulin in diabetics. The same is true for the serotonin, thus affecting our sleep and our moods. Also, the same part of the brain involved in FMS is also the part of the brain that controls our psychology. That's why FMS has both a physical and an emotional/ psychological component. That's also why antidepressants are so successful in treating FMS. However, researchers don't know whether it is part of our brain that is not working right or the chemical communicants between the body and that part of the brain that aren't working right.

 

Wanda - November 16

Speaking of fuctionality, I have found inthe last year that the muscles in my legs are not working correctly. For example, I can't go up a stadium step without something to pull on. I can get my foot up there but then my leg can't do the rest!! I climbed some steep loft steps at work yesterday to get to some archive stuff and it feels as if I've pulled a muscle today in my upper leg.

Do any of you have this same type problem?

 

Virg - November 16

HI Wanda, yes I do. It seems like all my muscles in my legs are knotted and twisted. Even the shape of my legs look older than they should. I won't put that to age because of such a sudden change. I've never done lots of running in my life but walking and climbing (not mountains) my legs were always strong. Now they ache as I sit. I've twisted my knees a lot and thought it was arthritis but its not.

 

Lynne-FT - November 16

Speaking of legs do any of you also get numb spots in your legs?

 

cherokee - November 17

Yes, I get numb spots through out my body. That's actually one of my first symptoms that I had. I lost the feeling in my feet, but if something cold touched them it was very painful. It has progressed from there. Now, I really hurt! I just wish I could learn how to live a normal life with FMS. I think what is most frustrating of all is everyone around me just don't understand.

 

Lynne-FT - November 17

Thanks, I noticed it one day shaving my legs in some spots I have no feeling it's numb, life with FMS.

 

CarrieLee - December 13

how are you doing now Arthur.

 

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