If you or someone you know is suffering from fibromyalgia, you know how debilitating this disorder can be. Fibromyalgia is a form of generalized muscular pain and fatigue that affects approximately 3.7 million Americans. Literally translated, the name “fibromyalgia” means pain in the muscles and fibrous connective tissues (ligaments and tendons). Symptoms of fibromyalgia range from chronic muscle pain, to bowel irregularities, to feelings of anxiety and depression.
Fibromyalgia is a very difficult condition to treat. The traditional approach to treatment usually involves prescription medication designed to slow down the firing of overactive nerves. This can indeed help to improve the patient’s quality of life by masking a number of symptoms of fibromyalgia.
However, this approach never truly addresses the reason why a person’s pain nerves fire as the result of simple movements that shouldn’t cause pain.