Fibromyalgia - It's not in your head
July 6, 2013
Over the past decade, I’ve worked with many people, mostly women who suffer from Fibromyalgia. For decades the disorder was believed to be a psychosomatic disorder. I’ve had women tell me their doctor said it was all in their mind. This often times leads to more stress and depression for the person suffering as they feel literally insane. This severe body issue is characterized by widespread deep tissue pain, tenderness in the hands and feet, fatigue, sleep disorders, and ultimately a lack of mental clarity.
Recently there has been new headway in finding the biological origin of fibromyalgia. Rather than make markers based on subjective patient pain rating, there is new focus on the true nature of the disorder. Some doctors even dismiss that fibromyalgia even exists as a disorder. It sounds absurd really. In my hands, I can tell you, and I’ve said it to my clients, their nerve endings are struggling to send adequate information to the brain about touch. Rather than sensing the world around them, they only sense pain. The vascular system struggles to send consistent blood flow through veins and it sends the body into sensing pain.
Published in the peer reviewed journal Pain Medicine, the official journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the study details the first physically detectable pathology providing a logical rationale for the debilitating symptoms of fibromyalgia.
The breakthrough discovery by scientists at INTiDYN provides a biological rationale for this enigmatic disease. The study was conducted in collaboration with renowned Albany Medical Center neurologist and pain specialist Dr. Charles E. Argoff, the study primary investigator, and his collaborators Dr. James Wymer also at Albany Medical College and Dr. James Storey of Upstate Clinical Research Associates in Albany, NY.
"Instead of being in the brain, the pathology consists of excessive sensory nerve fibers around specialized blood vessel structures located in the palms of the hands," said Dr. Rice, President of Intidyn and the senior researcher on the study. "This discovery provides concrete evidence of a fibromyalgia-specific pathology which can now be used for diagnosing the disease, and as a novel starting point for developing more effective therapeutics."
Over the years of helping people control symptoms – these are people who either refuse to take multiple meds, were unsatisfied with their doctors putting them on antidepressants to curb their stress, or simply give them little to no alternative treatment – there is a basic protocol that helps many manage the pain of fibromyalgia. In the MELT Method book, I’ve even mapped out the how-to’s for helping eliminate pain symptoms.
The first step is a soft ball hand and foot treatment. This is a powerful sequence to do but if done with care, focus, and the intent to not cause pain while doing the treatment, there is almost an instant sense of relief. The greatest tips I could give anyone suffering from Fibromyalgia are:
- SLOW DOWN on any MELT sequence when you self-care.
- Don’t over do your sessions. Only 10-minutes of MELTing at any one point in a day. It’s better to do 3 10-minute sessions at different points of the day than to MELT for 30-minutes at a time.
- Sip water frequently while using MELT in your daily care regimen. The more frequently you sip water (instead of drinking lots in one sitting) the more hydrated your body will remain.
- When you start feeling better, don’t add to your MELT Map or treatment duration for at least 2-weeks after feeling better. It’s one thing I see often. A person starts feeling better so they suddenly add too much self-care but also start doing too much activity. When you feel better I get you want to do more but understand your body is trying to resolve issues that are neurological and vascular takes time and repetitive care.
- START with just a hand or a foot treatment daily. You could do both but I recommend for the first 7 days doing one or the other to let your body adapt on its own time and pace.
Now that research is underway for Fibromyalgia more treatments will soon be developed. Don’t give up hope. You can feel better.