After living 10 years with fibromyalgia, after having taught and helped hundreds of people with chronic pain, I consider myself the Lightning Process specialist of chronic pain and fibromyalgia in New Zealand.
Muscular, joints pain, brain fog, extreme fatigue…
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I hope you’ll find in this page some interesting information. This page is the reflection of my own experience, as a suffer of fibromyalgia and as an experienced helper of people suffering of chronic pain. And finally, it is the result of my readings and continual professional development.
- What is fibromyalgia?
- What are fibromyalgia symptoms?
- What causes fibromyalgia?
- How to diagnose fibromyalgia?
- How to treat fibromyalgia in New Zealand?
- Recommendations for people with fibromyalgia?
- How to help someone with fibromyalgia?
The content of this page is only intended for information purposes. Therefore, always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health professional on matters related to a medical condition.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a set of very painful symptoms, which causes, as main symptoms, great fatigue and great pain that can go as far as disability. It affects about 3% of the population in NZ.
The term fibromyalgia comes from “fibro” for fibrosis, “myo” which means muscles and “algie” which means pain. Some doctors criticized this term because there is no fibrosis of the muscles causing pain.
The term “diffuse idiopathic pain syndrome”, or DIPS, has also been proposed, but has not been the subject of international consensus.
Fibromyalgia should in fact be called fibromyalgia syndrome. A syndrome is a set of symptoms and clinical signs that a person presents during illness or a pathology.
Let’s begin with a brief tour of the general knowledge which we have today on the subject.
Then I will explain to you what I’ve done to cure the fibromyalgia I have had for 10 years. Because breaking free from Fibromyalgia is possible!
Fibromyalgia, this illness of those “who have pain everywhere”
The existence of this syndrome has been recognized since 1992 by the WHO.This syndrome remains unknown, or at least often despised, including by the medical profession.
It leaves suffering patients on the side of the road. To the real physical pain is added that of being perceived as grumblers oversensitive to pain.
Indeed, fibromyalgia is still poorly understood. Although the pains are real and very painful, doctors cannot detect any lesion or inflammation to explain these symptoms.
For this reason, fibromyalgia has sparked some controversy in the scientific community, so much so that doctors did not believe in its existence.
Today, it seems that certain factors (which we will discuss later) are aggravating. External events (trauma, infection …) could also be involved. The exact causes, however, remain uncertain.
This syndrome, in itself, does not cause serious complications (but it’s different if we count what the medication is doing to your organs). It is nonetheless a painful and debilitating illness for people who suffer.
Pains are chronic and often resistant to different treatments, whether medical, physical, or psychological. The intensity of pain and fatigue limits daily activities and can sometimes have an impact on work activity. Adjustments to working time and position are required.
Even if the truth is unknown still, researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.
My own view of fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is characterized by multiple symptoms including diffuse and chronic pain. But that is not all.
Other symptoms may develop over time:
- poor concentration
- irritable bowel syndrome
- sleep disorders
- psychological distress
- restless legs syndrome…
…just to mention the most important ones. Sometimes, fibromyalgia syndrome is called the disease with 100 symptoms.
Fibromyalgia can evolve intermittently, with remissions, be fluctuating, with periods of crises on a permanent painful background.
From my point of view Fibromyalgia is a dysfunction in processing pain. When banging, for example, the nerves transmit an electric message to the brain that converts it into a sensation of pain.
In case of fibromyalgia, the circuit of pain is out of order or malfunctioning. It is hyper-active. The brain can no longer properly decode sensations, resulting in continuous and diffuse pain even though it is not useful or necessary.
There is a very interesting book about pain. “Explain pain” by David Butler and Lorimer Moseley. This book intends to educate professional and patients alike about the modern pain science and how to put it to practical use.
It explains that pain is useful, has a purpose and shouldn’t be ignored. However, sometimes pain becomes chronic even though there is no direct or immediate threat to the body. Therefore, it is important to understand how the body and the mind get “stuck” in chronic pain. And finding way to help them to get “unstuck”.
Is fibromyalgia in your head?
No serious work has been able to demonstrate that fibromyalgia was a psychiatry issue. On the other hand, it is true that the patient feels fibromyalgia syndrome as a more severe condition than other chronic pain diseases as in the case of rheumatoid arthritis.
In my opinion, certainly not! Pain is not in your head. Your mind is involved and participates is experiencing the pain, but it is not in your head. That’s why the Lightning Process will taught you how to re-wire your brain and redress the situation.
Facts and statistics about fibromyalgia
- Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that affects between 2% and 4% of the world’s population.
- Although it manifests often in women (80% women), FM also strikes men (20% men) and children of every ethnic backgrounds.
- Fibromyalgia is a syndrome which seems to implicate disordered central afferent processing. This processing includes neuroplasticity (a physical change in the brain) that engages abnormal regions of the brain in processing external stimuli.
- The cause of FM remains unknown.
- There is no known cure for fibromyalgia, the treatments recommended by traditional medicine are mainly around allopathy (mainstream medical use of pharmacologically active agents or physical interventions to treat or suppress symptoms or pathophysiologic processes of diseases or conditions – Source . They focus on relieving the pain or symptoms and improving body mobility.
- The course of the illness varies greatly from one person to another and within each of us experience. However, we can observe that symptoms tend to increase and decrease in the course of the illness.
What are fibromyalgia symptoms?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic medical condition that causes
- Diffuse body pain : Pain is often described as a deep, persistent dull pain. Many also describe pain as stunting, pulsating pain or stabbing pains in the muscle or certain areas, which can be very intense. There are also usually sensitive areas on the body where even mild pressure causes pain or burning sensations.
- Fatigue : Fatigue can vary from a feeling of moderate fatigue to one of total exhaustion. This is not about chronic fatigue, but this fatigue is not negligible.
Other symptoms include:
- mental obscuration and difficulty concentrating
- short-term memory problems and to accomplish multiple tasks at once
- muscle stiffness
- non-restful sleep (waking up tired in the morning even after a full night’s sleep)
- headache or jaw pain
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- heart palpitations
- excessive sweating
- nausea, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence or bloating
- irritable bowel syndrome
- Restless legs syndrome
- difficulty in controlling body temperature
- sensitivity to bright lights or intense sounds
- gain or loss of weight
- feeling of anxiety or numbness
- painful menstruation
The symptoms vary from day to day and from person to person.
Fibromyalgia can have a big impact on your life. Some people with fibromyalgia cannot work because of pain, exhaustion and difficulty concentrating. Efforts to deal with these symptoms can affect your interpersonal relationships and your social life. People with fibromyalgia are also more prone to suffer depressions.
What causes fibromyalgia?
Nobody know the exact cause of fibromyalgia is.
Most recent research in neuroscience
The last commonly accepted theory is that of the poor transmission of sensations. Indeed, normally, we perceive pain through a nerve that acts as a receiver and that transmits us this sensation in the form of an electrical message.
Then, the brain decodes this information and interprets it. It is only then that we really perceive the painful sensation. In fibromyalgia, this circuit is very active, the brain cannot properly analyze the pain messages, it is disrupted and therefore the patient has pain permanently.
Brain pain receptors may be overly painful, or there may be higher levels of neurotransmitters (chemical messengers found in the brain) that transmit the signals associated with pain.
The pain caused by problems in the nervous system is called “neuropathic pain”. This pain may seem different from normal pain. The pain caused by fibromyalgia is consistent with this model and some studies suggest that the pain of fibromyalgia could be neuropathic.
Are there any risk factors or triggers?
In my experience and after listening to these hundreds of people with fibromyalgia or chronic pain, I can say that there are 5 triggers regularly identified:
- physical trauma
- an operation
- a virus
- an emotional shock
- an infectious disease
Sometimes, in other instances, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.
How to diagnose fibromyalgia?
There is no significant biological marker for fibromyalgia. Diagnosis is then submitted to habits, level of information / update and beliefs of each physician.
If you think you may be suffering from fibromyalgia, it is important that you consult your doctor to make the diagnosis, if any.
Since the symptoms of fibromyalgia may also be consistent with those of many other diseases, your doctor may require additional testing to rule out other possible causes of these symptoms.
Among the frequently requested tests, your doctor may recommend a blood count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (a test that indicates whether there is inflammation in the body) or thyroid function tests.
If your doctor diagnoses fibromyalgia, you may be advised to see a rheumatologist. Rheumatologists are physicians who specialize in diseases that affect the joints and soft tissues, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Diagnostic based on a process of elimination
Traditional medicine does not have any diagnostic tests. Although there is a test that has been recommended since the 1990s by the American College of Rheumatology to test 18 pressure points, this test is being questioned today.
There is now a new formal approach of responding with two questionnaires: the Generalized Pain Index and the Symptom Severity Scale.
In any case, for many treating physicians, the diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome is based on a process of elimination: elimination of all the various illnesses whose symptoms are potential indicators.
As a result, the diagnosis arrives eventually after several months to several years of visits to the general practitioner and specialized doctors, and most of the time, it says that you can’t break free from Fibromylagia.
Hold on, it’s not true!
How to treat fibromyalgia in New Zealand?
A neuroscientific approach: the Lightning Process
From the point of view of the Lightning Process (discover here the Lightning Process), we consider that since no one really knows, we must act on the one element that, in our eyes, has the power to change things: our brain!
I am a specialist in fibromyalgia. Curing fibromyalgia is possible. I did it, others did it and there is no reason why you could not do it! Why? Because you have a brain!
A powerful yet easy-to-use, natural method that makes you independent of any therapist. This is the Lightning Process method. It was born 18 years ago in England. Phil Parker is the architect of the Lightning Process.
This natural method of self-healing draws its tools from recent research in neurosciences, neuroplasticity, endocrine system and mind-body connection.
With the Lightning Process, we consider that whatever the origin of your fibromyalgia, your chronic pain or if you have CRPS, whatever the elements that help keep you in chronic pain, the solution must come from you and more precisely from your brain which somehow has “slipped” and uses poor and wrong neurological connections.
Thanks to the Lightning Process, hundreds of people in the world (read the testimonies) suffering from fibromyalgia, CRPS or chronic pain have recovered a normal life.
This Lightning Process study included participants who reported suffering from Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia. The results indicate that the Lightning Process had a considerable positive impact, resulting in improved health at 6 weeks and persisting at 3 months and demonstrating improvements in all quality of life indicators covered by the Questionnaire RAND SF-36.
Contact me to learn how to get better, like me.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome; several treatments are to consider.
I am not the specialist of those other treatments, so I am just going to mention some of them and mention what my clients usually think about them. To know more, you need to see your physician and discuss this with him.
The treatments complement each other and are adapted to each patient. That the patient knows his diagnosis, that he is reassured and that he knows the importance of his participation are already elements of the treatment.
A sedentary lifestyle can promote painful breakouts. Conversely, you must practice regular physical activity, sports, in a way adapted to each, for their benefits against pain.
Sometimes, it can help with rehabilitation sessions, stretching exercises, being wary of too deep massages that reproduce the pain. A thalassotherapy cure, or better a spa treatment, can allow the patient to start regular physical exercises. Relaxation and hypnosis are not producing deep and lasting changes.
Prescribed drugs by physicians belong to the family of antidepressants and antiepileptics. These medications are not offered as such but because they have a central anti-pain action. The prescription is done in a progressive dose. The usual analgesics or anti-inflammatory drugs do not have the desired effect.
Because of the chronicity of this syndrome, patients need to know that the effect of treatment is rarely dramatic and requires long-term management.
Understanding one’s affection and adapting to changing circumstances, learning to control stress, are essential elements of treatment. Fibromyalgia syndrome meets specific criteria. It is a chronic pain syndrome that requires the adaptation of both the doctor and the patient.
Although the psychological cause is not always the cause of fibromyalgia, psychotherapy is often associated with treatment. Chronic pain seriously impairs quality of life and often affects mood.
From the traditional medicine, there is no cure today for fibromyalgia. The treatment is only intended to relieve pain and other symptoms such as sleep disorders.
Recommendations for people with fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia can be a burden for your mental health and it is helpful to get support from people who understand the situation.
Professional counsellors can help you find new strengths in yourself and find ways to deal with stress.
Support groups can give you access to a community of people who understand the challenges you face because they “know where you are going”. However, make sur that they are really approaching the situation in a positive and helping way.
How to help someone with fibromyalgia?
Whether it lasts five, ten or twenty years, the pathology would be much more bearable for most patients if loved ones, like health professionals, finally took seriously those people in pain.
You who do not suffer from this disease, but who love this person in constant suffering, what is missing most is that you believe them. It is true that it is difficult to find oneself in the fluctuations of the disease.
It is difficult to understand why while nothing is seen from the outside and no scientific reason is advanced. Yet the pain is there and the need to be supported even more necessary than for other illnesses.
It’s not because you do not see it that it does not exist!
In any case, even if some people do not understand the disease, it is important not to close on oneself.
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain explained
Fibromyalgia explained by Lorimer Moseley
You’ll find below a Ted Talks from Lorimer Moseley who has wrote with David Butler, a very interesting book : Explain Pain. This books is the fruit of research and observations and propose a new theory about pain.