Fibromyalgia pain is unique due to its severity, complexity, and multiple systems involved. If you have fibromyalgia, you know that chronic pain is just one of the myriad of symptoms present within the fibro body at any one time.
See, there can be multiple causes to a fibromyalgia headache for example, although the pain itself occurs in the “fashion” we call fibromyalgia pain. It doesn’t matter if the headache started as neck or scapular-thoracic pain OR if it was perpetuated by weather or exposure to some chemical toxins in our environment. The pain is unique to fibromyalgia.
The stress pain that we fibro bodies feel is much the same when we are referring to fibromyalgia pain. It doesn’t matter if the stress that caused your nervous system to continually fire was from a negative or a positive experience. The fibro body simply has a more difficult time regulating down the “fight or flight” reflex.
That continual stress on the body wreaks havoc on our pain sensory system, and therein starts the cycle of chronic fibromyalgia pain. We know there are various causes to developing fibromyalgia and chronic pain fibromyalgia, but I do believe that many people simply have a greater propensity to developing fibromyalgia. In fact, it has been shown that over 33% of fibro suffers are genetically disposed to it.
The pain and symptoms are never just in one area of the body. It is certainly not ALL in your “headache”. It is not merely in your “frozen shoulder” or “restless legs”.
No, the fibromyalgia pain that a fibro person experiences is multi system and that is why we believe in a multi-faceted approach to a better quality of life while living with not only fibromyalgia but related conditions as well.
Myofascial pain is also related to fibromyalgia and it is not uncommon to have both.