Why People with Fibromyalgia often Have Many Other Diseases Also
Summary: I believe Fibromyalgia sufferers can have many other diseases because many of the diseases are caused by the exact same thing that causes the fibromyalgia!
What Causes Fibro
So, in order to understand completely what I am theorizing here, you’ll need to understand what I believe fibromyalgia is caused by.
Read my short version below or check out my long version here.
My short version is stress chemicals that are created when negative emotion is present aren’t always cleared from the body and so are deposited in cells. Muscle cells, nerve cells, tendon cells, organ cells, every cell. When enough of them are built up in enough cells this creates pain and fatigue as the body is constantly trying to clear the cells but never able to. The cells are overworked, overstressed, and nerve cells especially are constantly irritated.
What other diseases and is it common
So, go to any fibromyalgia forum and people tend to list all their “diagnoses” in their signatures.
Almost anyone who does this lists more than one diagnosis, and many list more than five. Things like
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- restless leg syndrome
- repetitive stress injury
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- irritable bowel syndrome
- Chrohn’s Disease
- panic disorder
- migraine headaches
What About Anxiety and Depression
People list Anxiety and Depression as a diagnosis, and doctors seem to believe that these are diseases that just ‘happen’ to people.
Based on my experience, I believe anxiety and depression are not diseases, but emotional states that are responsible for each and every one of these other diseases in many cases.
When the state goes on long enough or is intense enough, it generates enough stress chemicals to incapacitate the body. If the most stress chemicals are in the bowels then irritable bowel syndrome or gastritis or GERD is the disease. If stress chemicals are overflowing everywhere, then fibro is the manifestation, or fibro plus irritable bowel plus sciatica, or fibro plus anything.
I believe Anxiety and Depression (and fear and guilt and resentment, and unworthiness) are SIGNALS – signals from our brain and body and higher selves that we are out of balance – that we are believing thoughts that aren’t true for us – that we are engaging in behaviors that are bad for our total selves.
The Label is Different Depending on Where in the Body the Disease is
I believe that most of these other diseases are actually manifestations of the same kind of disease process that caused the fibromyalgia, so in essence, I believe doctors are just putting different labels on the same disease depending on where it occurs in the body.
The Good, no GREAT News
The good news about this, is if you can effectively treat your fibromyalgia, all this other stuff has a good chance of lessening or going away also.
My personal experience was that I had irritable bowel syndrome first (for years), then sciatica for years till my activities changed to remove the trigger, candida and fibromyalgia at the same time, and thought at one point I had carpal tunnel syndrome.
I am Well – I believe anyone can find wellness
My current experience is that I have no illness. I am 100% well, although if I overexert myself on a regular basis, either on the computer or in sports or playing video games and don’t do my stretches or sleep enough, or if I overindulge on sugar I can get muscle pain and candida symptoms.
Once I revert to my regular, balanced schedule, these symptoms again disappear. So I guess I am actually managing my diseases to the extent that I am symptom free as long as I am doing what I know I need to do.
Kind of like a diabetic who can control their disease through diet and exercise.
I am a fibromyalgic who can control my disease through stretching, balance in my life, and deliberate thoughts.
You won’t hear me say that very often though. If I have to refer to symptoms of fibromyalgia at all I say “I am cured” or “I am recovered” or “I am recovering” depending on context.
Now, I totally understand if your experience is different. I totally understand if you disagree with me. I am sharing this because I am all better and I so wish that for everyone who has ever experienced fibromyalgia. It is not a fun experience. And life is supposed to be fun.
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