Should I be worried that I’ll get fibromyalgia and become paralyzed?
No. Fibromyalgia itself will not cause you to become paralyzed. Fibromyalgia is basically a catch all term for muscle pain. In fact, it is literally Latin for “muscle pain.” I’m not saying this to be dismissive or to minimize the pain caused by fibromyalgia, but to say that fibromyalgia is a symptom and not the cause. If doctors do not know what is causing your pain it is broadly referred to as fibromyalgia. It is important to not stress (especially over paralysis). Stress only increases muscle pain and spasms. Do your best to relax and press for a real diagnosis. It took me many years and quite a few doctors to find out the real cause of my chronic and severe fibromyalgia was Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility type. But there are lots of diseases that could cause your pain, most of which will in no way impact your life span or lead to paralysis but nonetheless should be.
It is an illness that can lead to excruciating pain at points all over the body, numbness, crushing fatigue coupled with insomnia, and an inability to handle even mild changes in temperature or light.
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In 2003, the Irish singer Sinead OConnor, pictured right, revealed she was suffering from the condition, which caused her to put her career on hold for several years.
Its the tiredness part that I have difficulty with, but you get to know your limits so you can work and plan around it, she said.
Here, in an extract from her book, 50 Things You Can Do Today To Manage Fibromyalgia, WENDY GREEN outlines the simple steps you can take to lessen the burden of daily pain.
TOP TIP: Think of a colour that suggests wellness and one that represents pain. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. On each inhalation, imagine you are breathing in the wellness colour and on each exhalation imagine breathing out the pain colour, with all the pain flowing out of your body.
THE THEORY: Fibromyalgia sufferers are more likely to be deficient in certain vitamins and minerals. B vitamins are essential for normal muscle function, energy release, a healthy nervous system and the production of serotonin, the mood-lifting chemical.
TOP TIP: A daily multivitamin should contain all the B vitamins you need. A lack of the sunshine-derived Vitamin D has also been shown to be a factor in developing fibromyalgia.
THE THEORY: Sufferers are often deficient in magnesium, the mineral that plays a crucial role in the metabolism of B vitamins and calcium which is another mineral lacking in those with fybromyalgia.
TOP TIP: Boost your levels by eating plenty of nuts, dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains and seafood, or take a bath with Epsom salts the body can absorb the mineral through the skin.
Sufferers should have an adequate intake of zinc, too, as stress depletes the bodys reserves, which can lead to abnormal pain responses, confusion and poor concentration.By Quora for Business
Fibromyalgia is a muscle pain syndrome. There can be many causes for this, but even in the worst case you never get paralyzed.
Here a some of the factors found in fibromyalgia:
– muscles, ligaments and tendons ache : 12 out of 18 fibromyalgia tender spots or more are positive
– sleep disorders : can be verified by sleep studies in a sleep laboratory
– moderate depression : often present, likely due to a change in serotonin metabolism
– rule out other medical and rheumatological diseases : blood tests help in that regard (RA, ANA titres normal; TSH and Hgb A1C normal)
– precipitating factors often present : trauma, degenerative arthritis, emotional stress
– patients with chest pain : if coronary arteries normal and other diseases excluded, fibromyalgia is frequently found
– hormone deficiency : hormone testing may show low progesterone, testosterone, DHEAS, cortisol; blood tests may show low IGF-1, indicating low human growth hormone
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By definition fibromyalgia doesn’t lead to paralysis. If it does you get a different diagnosis, or multiple diagnoses. So if one were to take the universe of symptoms from FMS, CFS and ME , you would find these 100% contained in the universe of MeCbl, AdoCbl, L-methylfolate, L-carnitine (type appropriate for person), zinc, copper, molybdenum and manganese deficiency symptoms. You would also find 100% of the symptoms of MS, Parkinson’s, Supra Nuclear Palsy, Sub Acute Combined Degeneration and some others. One sign of all these diseases have in common is that there is low cerebral spinal fluid levels of the two active in humans B12 forms (MeCbl and AdoCbl) with elevated CSF levels of homocysteine and/or MMA, and only SACD also has low body levels of B12. However, that too is only a matter of definition as to what “low” is in terms of active cobalamins.
So I started obviously getting FMS in the late 70s, long before it was identified, and then called names like “fakers disease” (MS before it was identified, no actual fakers ever identified of thousands so called) “yuppie flu” (CFS before acceptable), “imaginary woman’s disease” (FMS before it was acceptable), “conversion disorder” (invented before vitamins discovered), “secret alcoholic” (same symptoms as FMS, CFS, etc), “hypochondriac” (same symptoms as FMS, CFS, MS etc). I was kicked out of several practices for telling the doctor that they were 100% wrong and it wasn’t hypochondria, secret alcoholism, chronic pain syndrome (not simply chronic pain with FMS, CFS, congestive heart failure and such). I had figured out the MeCbl-AdoCbl connection in 1978–79 and tested the hypothesis with 100 tablets a day of desiccated liver daily for 2 years. That got them asking if I was schizophrenic, let’s try major antipsychotics to help you sleep better instead of pain medications to get rid of the pain.
So, as soon as you get to drop foot, tripping on your toes, falling because you don’t know where your legs are and so on you will be diagnosed with a neurological disease like SACD or MS instead of FMS even if the symptoms are identical for the first 20 years. That is too late to prevent the damages and the alarm is rung only after serious damage is done. It won’t be called FMS as soon as you gain one or two other symptoms that make it a “real disease”. As I have recovered from CFS, FMS, ME, congestive heart failure, SACD (many symptoms reduced), MCS, IBS, poly neuropathies (many symptoms reduced) in the past 13 years or looked at by cause, I recovered from MeCbl deficiencies (hyper-homocystemia), AdoCbl deficiencies (hyper methyl malonic acidemia), l-methylfolate deficiencies, L-carnitine fumarate deficiencies, copper deficiencies, boron deficiencies, manganese deficiencies, molybdenum deficiencies, zinc deficiencies and many others incidental along the way.
I hope this clarifies things. What they CALL the collections of these symptoms is normally not useful for predicting what you will be diagnosed with 20 years later. They have sliced and diced 300 symptoms or so into 30 disorders with no cures. However, if you go to the vitamin deficiencies described, a person can have substantial recovery, if you can understand that what is really going on is a failurte to heal from induced deficiency symptoms called “refeeding syndrome” (yup, another of those “syndromes”, but one that has people dropping dead PDQ if they don’t do it right by calling “refeeding syndrome” the actual deficiency symptoms,
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1992 and I’m not paralyzed.
It’s not that type of issue; it includes pain and stiffness, but you learn to work through them. If you haven’t had symptoms yet (depending on your age), you probably won’t “get” it, but sometimes it first appears after a traumatic physical or emotional event (like a car accident or being traumatized by witnessing an act of violence.” (those are only examples).
It’s something that would be diagnosed by a rheumatologist, but if you are frightened to the point that it’s interfering with your life, you should see a therapist or counselor. Many people are afraid of coming down with specific diseases (like cancer) or illness in general, but this is the first I’ve heard of being afraid of fibromyalgia.
In fact, even though it does affect me to some degree, there are many more people who suffer a great deal more than I have. And, I have issues that are far more important than it, as well.
I know how my anxieties work, and if you are focusing on things you “might” get without reason to believe you have it now, you should speak to someone who can help you.
No one should not be very afraid about all these paralysis thing!! some may tell you random things ignore that. one can lead a normal life with fibromyalgia.Please check for
In a word, no. Fibromyalgia does not cause paralysis.
You’d be very unlucky to have both fibromyalgia and a paralysing condition. If you want to worry about rare things, worry about winning the lottery.