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Pain for no reason: what to do with fibromyalgia?
Who hasn't heard someone complain about pain in muscles or joints? Often there is a so-called fibromyalgia. This medical term can be literally translated as “muscle fiber pain” and describes a condition of chronic muscle and joint pain that can occur anywhere on the body. The often extremely severe complaints seem to come from nowhere in many cases and can last for several months or even longer. Pop icon Lady Gaga, for example, is one of the best-known personalities and suffers from fibromyalgia. She had to cancel several concerts because of this illness.
Others complain of permanent consequential pain after an accident, surgery or inflammation. They also experience significant restrictions in everyday life and at work. “Fortunately, the root cause of this problem is known, so a doctor can quickly find adequate therapy for the patient,” says Dr. Andreas Biller, one of the managing directors of the North German family company Dr. Loges, which specializes in innovative naturopathy. “However, there are also patients for whom the causes of constant pain cannot be found out. The diagnosis is often, as in the case of Lady Gaga, fibromyalgia syndrome. ”But what exactly is fibromyalgia?
Illness without a cause
Muscle pain throughout the body and discomfort in the tendon insertions are the focus of the clinical picture of fibromyalgia. When researching the causes of the symptoms, disrupted pain processing in the central nervous system is considered. Doctors also discovered a disorder of the nerve endings in certain areas of the tissue in many patients. "Basically, depending on the cause of the pain, a distinction is made between a primary and a secondary syndrome," explains Dr. Andreas Biller. “With secondary fibromyalgia syndrome, there is a disease. It can be an autoimmune disease or a viral infection. Malignant tumors or operations can also be used as triggers. With a primary syndrome, on the other hand, there is no ascertainable cause. "
Sufferers describe this pain in very different ways: as dull, sharp or radiating. Likewise, the intensity varies, which changes both in the day and in the long-term course of the disease. Certain framework conditions such as emotional stress or cold temperatures often exacerbate the symptoms. The disease often occurs for the first time in people between the ages of 30 and 60, but children also develop it. Women in particular seem susceptible, because eight out of ten patients are female.1 "For a diagnosis, doctors mainly focus on pain pressure points, also known as tender points," explains Dr. “Fibromyalgia increases the sensitivity to pressure in these areas. The human body has 18 of them, distributed across the neck, back, shoulders and hips. If at least eleven tender points are more sensitive to pressure and there is pain in at least three different parts of the body, there is fibromyalgia. "
"You're just imagining it", many people hear this sentence. Suffering without an explainable cause quickly stigmatizes the patient as a hypochondriac. “You can't make the mistake and dismiss the symptoms of these people as fancies. It is real pain, ”warns Dr. “Even if the disease itself has not yet been curable, the symptoms can be treated very well. With individually designed pain therapy, patients can get back a large part of their quality of life. ”The treating physicians put together the right one for the patient from a variety of therapy options.
Because everyone reacts differently to certain applications. For example, some help physiotherapy, while for others, physical activity increases the symptoms. Medicinal components often accompany the treatment. Nature provides important ingredients for this. “One example is the Spigelia, also called Indian worm herb. In homeopathic doses, the plant substance has proven its worth in pain therapy, ”reveals Dr. “Particularly good results have been observed with complex preparations, ie drugs that combine several ingredients. Poison oak, for example, is known for its positive influence on the musculoskeletal system and the leaves of the coloquinte, a pumpkin family, contain a substance with anticonvulsant properties. ”
The most important thing for patients remains to act quickly after the diagnosis and to immediately look for a suitable therapy together with a doctor. Holistic concepts with gentle movement units and accompanying medical therapy are often particularly promising. Homeopathic medicines (e.g. neuroLoges®) can help you go through life with significantly less pain. (sb, pm)