A Different Approach
Why do we treat your
nervous system to increase energy output, rather than look at your pain?
To cut a long story short, everybody in the medical and alternative care community is looking at your pain and they are trying all the well known techniques for stopping pain from occurring, with little long-term benefit to the FMS sufferer. Believe us, we were just like them! But as we said on the homepage, Fibromyalgia is so much more than just widespread pain. So with standard pain approaches not working we took a step back for a wider view on FMS.
In taking a wider view, we realised that all the other symptoms of FMS could be traced easily back to nervous system compensations. When a flare up comes, it isn’t just an increase in pain intensity, like twisting an already injured ankle would be. It comes with exhaustion, cognitive changes, sleep disturbance, increased sensitivities and more.
So we look to resolve these issues rather than the muscular pain. Our thinking is that they are all part of the condition and pain is actually just a consequence rather than the cause, just like sensitivities and fibro fog are widely accepted to be.
TrAUma History and the
To understand why your nervous system could be to blame we can look at your history. Whether you have an ‘Event’ that started your FMS or not, we always find an interesting history in our patients. Patients are usually asked by their doctors to name a specific event that started the Fibro but doctors and patients alike can be frustrated when there is no event to blame, or the event is thought to be too minor to cause such dis-ease to occur. But, like most other aspects of Fibromyalgia, we see this differently too. We are interested in the history of minor events that lead you here instead of looking for one big one. The plane in this picture didn’t just appear in the forest. There was a list of events that lead it to be there. A unique history. We all see the plane but what can we notice about the trees?
Think of this list of events you’ve had as having used up your nervous system’s resources. For example: Imagine you have a bucket full of water. You carefully carry the bucket around with you but every now and then along the way people ask you if you could spare a little of your water, which you gladly oblige. When you finally get to the place you were carrying the water to, you realise you haven’t got enough left in the bucket for what you need. That’s what it is like for your own energy reserves.
As your nervous system goes through your life protecting you from harm by coping with the stresses and strains of life, every now and then your resources get diverted to deal with a larger threat (like giving away some of your water), reducing your overall available resource. Then, when you really need it, there’s not enough resource left to help, so you crash. If you have a reasonable amount of resource left then it might take a big event like a car crash to tip you over the edge. But if you have just a dribble of resource left, then a minor event like a simple argument could be enough to send you into melt down. The nervous system then gives a disorganised response to this event, using whatever resources it can muster and from that point on you are too disorganised to recover. This is our picture of Fibromyalgia. Remember the definition? “A disorganised nervous system trying but failing to respond . . .”