Brain scans of people with fibromyalgia offer the first hard evidence of what patients already know: Their pain is real and their threshold for tolerating it is substantially lower than that of most individuals.
Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 2% to 4% of the population. Nine in 10 fibromyalgia patients are female. Patients commonly report feeling tenderness, stiffness and sometimes unbearable pain in various areas of the body. They also may suffer from fatigue, depression and gastrointestinal problems. Some doctors without expertise in fibromyalgia have dismissed patients' complaints because there have been no documented physical signs of the disorder.
In the new report fibromyalgia patients underwent a type of detailed brain scan known as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) while an instrument intermittently applied different levels of pressure to their left thumbnail.
When all study participants received the same level of mild pressure, blood flow increased much more in the brains of patients with fibromyalgia than among those in the control group. The increased blood flow -- which is a "surrogate measure" for nerve activity -- occurred in areas of the brain known to be associated with pain.
In addition, when study participants were subjected to different levels of pressure, fibromyalgia patients reported pain at half the level of pressure that caused the same feelings of pain among the healthy controls.
Something appears awry with the way the central nervous system processes painful stimuli in fibromyalgia patients.
Arthritis & Rheumatism 2002;46:1333-1343
While the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, researchers have found pain-processing abnormalities in the spines and brain stems of some people with fibromyalgia.
People with fibromyalgia may experience reductions in their symptoms by eliminating one or more foods from their diet. Following the eating plan seems to help, however, it is quite clear that most people with this disease will not completely relieve their symptoms, even if the follow they it perfectly. This is because nearly every person I have seen with fibromyalgia suffers from an underlying emotional component.
Bioenergetic normalization of previous emotional traumas is the single most effective treatment I know of for fibromyalgia at this time. There are many different techniques that can be used here, but EFT is my current favorite.
My free EFT manual can be used in conjunction with my video seminar or by itself to learn this effective technique. For serious emotional issues, it is best to consult one of the many trained EFT therapists who can offer you more extensive assistance.
In my video, I have an excellent example of a woman with debilitating fibromyalgia. She had been hit by a truck, which triggered the crippling disease. After our EFT session, not only were her physical ailments completely relieved, but she was able to forgive the truck driver who hit her.
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NST is also another powerful tool that works synergistically with the eating plan and energetic balancing. It is a series of gentle massage like techniques that have profound and amazing muscle normalization effects. Unlike massage, or most manipulation or adjustments, the benefits seem to be long lasting; generally 3-10 minute sessions are all it takes for permanent relief - assuming one has addressed problem foods and previous emotional traumas.
Exercise is also a key to good health for all of us. However, most people with fibromyalgia have so much muscle pain that they cannot exercise. NST is one technique that can reduce the pain so a person can exercise.
Last year I spoke at the National Fibromyalgia Conference. I discussed the results my staff and I have been achieving with NST. I have never seen any modality work so well for fibromyalgia. We have had excellent results with the therapy.