Deciphering the Deceptive

by on April 9, 2013

Your body speaks to you every day. The symptoms that you experience are messages that your body is sending you. Messages telling you that something is wrong! Pain is the bodies means of letting you know that something is not right and it needs to be fixed.

The problem with fibromyalgia is that often, these messages are deceptive. They might even be flat out lies! Fibromyalgia causes your normal pain signal processing to be mixed up so that the signals your body is sending to your brain may be incorrectly interpreted in the brain. Fibromyalgia patients have been shown as frequently demonstrating significant imbalances in pain signal processing neurotransmitter chemicals such as Substance-P, Glutamate and NMDA. These imbalances typically vary from patient to patient thus contributing to the unique nature of individual fibromyalgia symptoms. The way in which your brain is scrambling your pain signals will be different from other fibromyalgia patients.follow your head or your heart?

Because the pain being experienced may be the result of neurotransmitter imbalances in the brain and not due to specific physical defects in the body, figuring out what is really going on becomes extremely complicated! How can you tell when the signals your body is sending are deceptive? How can you best use this knowledge to help you get better?

Typically when working to figure out a medical problem we tend to rely upon intuition and common sense. If you feel completely exhausted after a terrible nights sleep, staying in bed seems the right thing to do. If your having a relatively pain free day, getting lots of stuff done should be your focus. But with fibromyalgia – your intuition or common sense may be dead wrong! Morning pain and stiffness might get worse with further rest. Doing too much on a good day may lead to a huge fibro flare. The way your body actually responds to different stimulus and actions is frequently contrary to what would seem normal.

Learning how your fibromyalgia functions and how your body responds to different circumstances and treatment efforts often means figuring out when acting contrary to your common sense is the best approach. This is at the core of why tracking your pain and things related  to your fibromyalgia is so important. Tracking provides you a consistent and accurate set of data that you rely upon to help you figure out when your body is lying to you and what actually does or does not work to help you.

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Figuring all of this out leads to developing an effective individually tailored treatment approach. This does not just mean a custom cocktail of drugs! It can mean changes in lifestyle, exercise, diet, therapy choices, natural remedies and more. Tracking how your fibromyalgia functions and responds provides you insight that enables more effective treatment. It allows you to tell when your body is deceiving you, how to better control its signals and how to structure your life in a manner to minimize the impact fibromyalgia has on you.

If your interested in learning more about the science behind pain tracking and how effective it can be in helping you treat your fibromyalgia I highly recommend the book “Pain Tracking” by Dr. Deborah Barrett. You can learn more about it and see a video interview with the author by clicking HERE. Also, please check out FibroTrack – a complete system to help you figure out your fibromyalgia.

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