What is Fibromyalgia Syndrome?

What is Fibromyalgia Syndrome?

Fibromyalgia is a medically unexplained syndrome characterized by chronic widespread pain, a heightened and painful response to pressure, insomnia, fatigue, and depression.  Not all affected people experience all symptoms, the following symptoms commonly occur together:

  • Chronic pain
  • dryness in mouth, nose, and eyes
  • hypersensitivity to odors, bright lights, and loud noises
  • inability to concentrate (called “fibro fog”)
  • incontinence
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • numbness or tingling in the fingers and feet
  • painful menstrual cramps
  • poor circulation in hands and feet (called Raynaud’s phenomenon)
  • debilitating fatigue
  • difficulty sleeping
  • anxiety and depression
  • joint stiffness
  • chronic headaches and jaw pain
  • Restless leg syndrome


How acupuncture can help

In Traditional Chinese medicine pain is seen as a blockage, and with the insertion of needles it helps to encourage free flow back into your system, thus releasing pain.  By doing this it will improve your sleep, when you get a good night sleep you feel fresh and your mind is bright to face the day.  Sleep helps with pain because your body is not tired and you are able to cope with pain better.   Sleep also improves your energy.  When your energy is good your mind is alert and you are able to make healthy decisions.

When you attend you TCM practitioner they will diagnosis you very differently from your GP.  the practitioner will go through a lot of question about the way you feel and how the disease is affecting you on a physical, mental and emotional level.  After the practitioner has their diagnosis of you they will insert very fine needles in selected point, which will help you on your road to recovery.  The needles can be left in from 15 minutes to up to 1 hour.  You will be given advice to help you with your symptoms.


11 Tips for Preventing Fibromyalgia

Eliminate processed foods from your diet, especially white sugar and white flour products. These products give our bodies little nutrition and over time can damage our digestion as well as cause obesity, one of the common problems related to fibromyalgia.

Include all unprocessed foods in your diet, such as proteins, complex and unrefined carbohydrates, vegetables, whole grains and legumes (beans and bean products) especially soy based products.

Eat foods that support the functions of the spleen and stomach. In other words, avoid overly greasy foods, ice cold drinks, alcohol, raw and uncooked foods, hot, peppery foods, coffee, and too much fruit. Avoid daily juice drinks since these are the same as eating a candy bar in the amount of sugar introduced into the body.

Stop drinking sodas. Sodas are acidic in nature and loaded with sugar and chemicals. Sodas are detrimental to both the spleen and the kidneys.

Find some type of exercise that you really enjoy and just do it! Hardest thing to do is put on your shoes and get out the door!  Pumping iron is not for everyone. You would probably benefit most from some kind of cardiovascular exercise to keep to blood moving, like swimming, yoga, stretching, and bicycling, walking, running.

Take a walk every day. If you live with a dog or cat, play with them daily. Animals live in the moment and love to play. This is a great way to break stressful daily routines.

Practice Chinese self massage every morning by stimulating the acupoints on the body and limbs to help promote the flow of Qi and blood in the channels.  Qi gong and Tai Qi are another great way to get your energy flowing there are some great youtube clips to help you.

Buy some relaxation tapes with guided imaging. Learn how to really relax. This means bodily relaxation as well as mental repose. Use these tapes daily for the best results.

Take a look at the old habits and patterns of your life and ask yourself what you can do to make your life better. Take up tasks and hobbies that are interesting to you and break the normal routine of your day.

If you know that you have too much stress in your life, then find a solution. This may be finding a new job or new, more supportive relationships. Understand that stress alone can kill you, and if you smoke and consume alcohol to escape stressful situations, you are only fooling yourself.

Find a Chinese medical practitioner who can help you maintain good health with Chinese medicinal herbs and acupuncture. If you visit with a practitioner on a regular basis, before you become ill, then you avoid many other more serious problems later. Remember that the strong suit of Traditional Chinese Medicine is prevention.