Truths About Fibromyalgia
Let me outline my beliefs about the truth about fibromyalgia in case you haven’t read much of my stuff yet.
- Fibromyalgia is a body state in which much or most of your fascia is glued together, chronically tightened and shortened, and full of stress chemicals, scar tissue, and trigger points.
Fascia is a type of connective tissue that covers and cradles every muscle, muscle fiber, nerve, and organ in the body.
Some experts think fascia may be one long, continuous sheet that connects the top of your head to the tip of your toes and everything in between. (this is how tight hips can give you a headache or make your feet hurt)
- Fibromyalgia normally develops after years and years of repeated and continual injury to fascia, but while your body is still mostly healthy, you may not notice much pain or issue.
This is why some people seem to develop fibromyalgia suddenly. Let’s say, over time, they’ve developed some fascia issues like headaches or occassional stiff necks or knee pain.
These small issues alone may not bother them too much or they may not know what to do about them, and then they could have an illness or injury or pregnancy that is a tipping point or a ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’, and now they always have pain.
- Nothing will cure your fibromyalgia tomorrow. Fibro took years to develop and it may take years to reverse. It shouldn’t take as long to reverse as it did to develop.
It took me about 25 years to develop full-blown fibromyalgia, and it took me 5 to 6 years to fully reverse it.
If I had known at the beginning what I know now (get my book to know now what I know now), I think I could have done it in one to two years. (although it took me 5 years to consider myself cured, I *was* feeling incrementally better all along.)
- Reversing Fibromyalgia is cumulative; you don’t get 50% better in one week, instead you feel 1% better every week.
- As fibromyalgia is reversing and fascia is healing sometimes you feel worse. I believe this is due to stress chemicals that were trapped in the tissues being released into the bloodstream to be cleared out of the body. Until they are cleared out you can feel yucky. A practiced belief that this is temporary is the best way to get through it.
- There is an emotional component to fibromyalgia that cannot be overlooked if you ever want to heal fully (or even a little). In my opinion, emotional states like fear, anxiety, worry, resentfulness, anger, distress, despair, and depression are all indications that the body is perpetuating fibromyalgia.
Sure, fibromyalgia may have come first and depression second, but anger, worry, irritation, or being resentful were probably there first. These things can be resolved along with the body issues, but they must be resolved. You cannot continue to be mostly angry, worried, irritated, resentful, or depressed and expect your body to heal.
- Fascia shortens with rest. This means if you are sleeping, sitting, or standing still, your fascia is shortening. That’s why everyone feels a little bit stiff in the morning. Once you start moving around, your fascia gets warmed up and stretches out a little and you don’t feel stiff anymore.
Since fascia shortens with rest, over time, if you don’t have a full body stretching program, your fascia will restrict your movements more and more. In my opinion, this is the cause of the pain, stiffness, stooped-ness, and lack of mobility of old age.
This also is why there are more 40 year olds with back problems than 15 year olds. Fascia issues are cumulative.
- A working knowledge of how to take care of and communicate with your own fascia is the most important thing anyone with fibromyalgia can develop. This is what eventually will lead to a full recovery. When you know what a certain pain signal means and you know how to fix it, eventually you will have fixed everything … and then you feel awesome.
- Much of fibromyalgia pain is referred pain, meaning that the fascia that is causing the pain on your head is actually located in your neck. The fascia that is causing the pain in your stomach is actually in your groin. The fascia that is causing the pain in your feet is actually located in your hips.
- When stretching to heal fascia, there is a recovery period after the stretch that is just as important as the stretch itself. This is when you just sit and feel the sensations that are going on within the area you just stretched.
These sensations mean healing is occurring and sitting still and paying attention to them allows the healing fully. Plus, then you know when it’s done. Plus, plus, the more sensations you feel, the better you’ll learn what sensations mean within your body.
I see my job as convincing as many people as possible that their fascia and their emotional states are the real truth behind their fibromyalgia.
Sure, there are a 1000 things that can cause fibro, and I believe there are a 1000 things that can cure it! As long as the person gets happy and learns to take care of their fascia, I believe that fibromyalgia can be reversed.
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