Picture source:fibromyalgia and overlapping disorders by Dr Yunus
There are many pain syndromes, they are very common. In fact they impact 1 in 10 people experience less severe pain syndromes like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Around 1 in 100 people have many pain syndromes at the same time, and experience lots and lots of symptoms - physical, emotional and mental on a daily basis. This tends to occur when a persons total stressor load is too high for their integrative defense systems (IDS) to cope with. IDS is your nervous system, immune system and hormone (endocrine) system, working together via common cells and messagers to protect you, and help your body and mind heal from trauma and daily stressors: physical, emotional, toxicant.
Fibromyalgia, and related
- IBS: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS);
- PMS: Premenstrual Syndroms;
- MPS: Myofacial Pain
- TMJ: Temporal
- TT: Tension headaches
- OAB: Overactive Bladder Syndrome
- other related e.g. migraines, PTSD, CFS, Depression
Pain Syndromes are sometimes referred to as Functional Nerve Disorders (FND) or functional pain syndromes. They are also referred to as Central Sensitivity Syndromes (CSS) and sometimes environmental illness of Multi- Symptom lllnesses.
Explaining Central Sensitisation
Central Sensitisation can be explained as problems at the level of the brain and spinal cord (CENTRAL)
A nervous system in a wired, wound up and hyper-excitable state due to the way neuro-endo-immune cells communicate chemically and through other mechanisms. (SENSITISATION)
These sensitised cells amplify , or make stronger, messages that we get from our senses. This can cause sensory stimuli that is not normally painful, (e.g. light touch, soft sound) to become painful. This is known as Allodynia, Hyperalgesia.
When ever we experience pain, it concerns the brain, and makes it anxious. If you do not do something (e.g. remove the source of your pain (trigger), manage thought provoking anxiety through stress management and relaxation techniques) the brain can continue to turn up the volume on your pain.