Web-MD states, “Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.”
The amplification of pain from Fibro is believed to be due to over facilitation of the nerves in one’s body. Much like security guards that have seen so much war they sound the alarm if they see so much as a cat walk by. Although this amplification is not limited to the muscular nerves and all stimuli including light and sound may also develop sensitivities. People with fibromyalgia may also be prone to amplify harsh thoughts against themselves, especially when their hope of betterment appears bleak.
Although many Doctors still debate the cause of fibromyalgia we’ve noticed it to include a dramatization of a healthy persons’ pain-spasm-pain cycle. When an average person gains a trigger point the brain is usually uncertain as to the cause and will generally tighten the area a little to restrict blood loss and potentially increase inflammation in the hopes of helping it heal, the tighter muscles then becomes more predisposed to further trigerpoints which result in ever tighter muscles and increased amounts of inflammation. Thus it’s something we all have to a degree but it’s when the nerves become “overfacilited” with chronic pain, inflammation and sensitivity that we call fibromyalgia excluding all other possible diagnosis from a Dr. It’s important to see your doctor first to exclude other possibilities, like infection, which massage could not only make worse, but potentially fatal.
As the “security level” or facilitation level of the neuron ganglia rises, actual trigger points become more painful and cause more tightness, which then makes further trigger points and inflammation more likely. Before the security guard would report an actual attack up the chain of command, and now he’s so shaken he’s reporting wandering cats as attacks.
In extreme stages at a chronic lvl 8+ pain, spinal disintegration (spondylitis), rib subluxation, injury and paralysis by pain become more and more likely, as was the case with the friend that we helped.