Fibromyalgia is a disease that causes severe pain and fatigue in the muscles of the body. This condition mainly affects the connective tissues of the body, which keep the body in good working condition. Fibromyalgia was coined from three Latin words “fibro”, “myo”, and “algia”, which indicate fibrous tissues of the muscles that are in pain, respectively. The nervous system supports the natural functions of the muscles, bones, and nerves which is stimulated by the biochemical action of the brain. Any alterations to the tissues of the brain have the ability to produce physiological changes that cause irritation of muscles and nerves that ultimately leads to cellular pain and fatigue.
Anatomically, the nervous system works in conjunction with the immune system to provide the perfect ratio of chemicals and electrical signals to power the body. The mechanics of these organ systems synergistically provide structure, support, and strength to the whole body, all of which Dr. Mohr, your Tampa chiropractor, keeps in mind and works with to help relieve your symptoms. Those who suffer from fibromyalgia not only experience large amounts of pain but also are constantly depleted of energy. When any of these organ systems are overextended to compensate for inhibited muscles, fatigue occurs on the cellular level. The pain caused by fibromyalgia is devastating in that it occurs in bouts of chronic pain that causes cells to lose energy.
Contributing factors of fibromyalgia
According to statistics, roughly eighty-five percent of those who contract this disease are women. Researchers propose that childbirth and other stressful events that occur throughout life often trigger this condition to occur in the body. Since stress is combated by the intricate workings of the immune, cardiovascular, muscular, and nervous system, inflammation presents a real problem in those who suffer from fibromyalgia. Physiological stress plays a crucial role in the development of fibromyalgia in different parts of the body. Additionally, injuries, diseases, and conditions, which produce physical trauma, stimulate the chronic pain felt in the deep muscles of the body.
Different scientific theories exist on what causes the development of fibromyalgia symptoms. Some theories indicate chemical imbalances that exist in the brain contribute to the development of fibromyalgia. Certain chemicals play a crucial role in the neurotransmission of vital messages between the brain and the rest of the body. The imbalanced production of serotonin and dopamine in the brain indirectly influences metabolic functions and the energy needed for the contraction of muscles. Additionally, when there is an overproduction or underproduction of the growth hormone (GH), muscles are overworked, causing pain due to overexertion.
Although the origin of fibromyalgia causes is clinically unknown, scientists have identified deficiencies in neuroimmunoendocrine functions that cause pain and fatigue in the muscles. These imbalances produce an increased amount of chemicals in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid, which is transferred through the body. Cellular imbalances can lead inflammation, stiffness, and deterioration of affected muscles. The body biochemically reacts to imbalances by triggering an increased response in these vital organ systems. Therapeutically avoiding fibromyalgia symptoms may be accomplished through maintaining health of vital organ systems.