Most commonly, fibromylagia is characterized by a chronic widespread pain or tingling, prickling sensation in the muscles and bones, tiredness, exhaustion, and increased sensitivity to pressure in characteristic anatomical regions in the body.
All these symptoms are similar to the ones of many other diseases, which makes it difficult to diagnose fibromylagia. Patients who suffer from fibromylagia usually claim that they experience morning stiffnes that lasts more than an hour and also a swelling of the joints and the soft tissues on the palms and on the feet, eventhoguh there is no visual swelling. Moreover, they wake up in the morning feeling extremely tired or even more tired than they were before going to bed which means they don’t have good quality of sleep. Their work efficiency is reduced and they feel sick and depressed due to the constant pain, exhaustion and tiredness.
Is there a cure?
There is still no cure, but there are many treatments that can help relieve the symptoms. You can take oral medications, physical therapy which helps in some cases, and most importantly, healthy habits which include proper diet and exercise.
The story of Barbara Sinclair
This woman, developed fibromylagia in 2002 at the age of 48. It was a severe case becayse she developed it at suffering fever and suffered with extremely limited movement for 7 years. She felt excrutiating pain even when there was a light breeze. Eventhough she tried numerous conventional Western treatments such as prescription medications, and many other, nothing helped her. Doctors could not find anything wrong with her, nevertheless, they prescribed her medications for anxiety, insomnia and depression. However, she did not benefit from all those pills, but she did get some positive results from physical therapy, acupuncture and massage. Her acupuncturist adviced her to take St. John’s Wort rather than Ambien to help her sleep. This treatment actually start working, eventhough it took 2 weeks to take effect. She was getting more sleep, and her pain and depression had decreased. Her friend from work suggested to try Ayurveda, so she did.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda or Ayurvedic medicine is one of the oldest holistic or whole-body healing systems in the world. It originates from India and its practitioners believe that a person’s health depends on maintaining a balance between the body, soul and mind. They also believe that harmony between these 3 will promote good health, while disharmony causes illness. Every living human being on the planet is composed of the five elements that make up everything in the universe: earth, water, fire, space and air. All these are blended in the body in order to form 3 life forces or doshas that regulate the body. The kapha dosha is made from water and earth, the pitta dosha is made from water and fire, while the vata dosha is made from air and space.
They all control specific functions in the body. Most of the people have one dominant dosha. Ayrvedic practitinoers believe that imbalance between doshas can cause illnesses. When it comes to the case of Ms. Sinclar, a severe imbalance of her vata dosha caused her extreme sensitivity to wind.
The most powerful among all doshas is the vata dosha which controls the very basic physical functions such as heart rate, cell division and respiration. There are plenty of things that can throw vata dosha out of balance such as lack of sleep, eating dry fruit, fear, grief and eating too soon after another meal. This kind of imbalance of the vata dosha can cause different health problems including neurological problems, skin disorders, rheumatoid arthirits, heart disease, anxiety and asthma.