Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Do you suffer from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome? 
While each condition has an individual diagnosis, there are many underlying factors that present in both conditions. 
At Soma Clinic we look at causes and symptoms in order to support these conditions with an integrated approach. 
Understanding your condition can provide a point of departure for effective treatment and recovery. Here is some info on each condition: 

On Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a diagnosis given to complex and chronic pain that presents alongside a range of other signs and symptoms.
In 1993, Fibromyalgia was defined by the World Health Organization as a syndrome of chronic muscle pain. There are no observable signs to detect Fibromyalgia except for tender points on body — 18 such points have been defined as typical and mapped out (click here for an image).
The patient’s symptoms may come in a variety of forms, and to quote the WHO, “Fibromyalgia is part of a wider syndrome encompassing headaches, irritable bladder, dysmenorrhea (period pain), cold sensitivity, Raynaud’s phenomenon, restless legs, atypical numbness and tingling patterns exercise intolerance, general weakness and depression.”
Pain and fatigue are typical symptoms of thyroid or adrenal deficiencies, while inorganic phosphate buildup has been postulated by Paul St Amand to be a biochemical cause.

There is also research on fibromyalgia being associated with decreased connectivity between pain and sensorimotor pain areas causing an amplification of painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals (Par Flodin, 2014).

On Chronic Fatigue

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is defined by a variable cluster of symptoms for which there is no agreed cause or simple diagnostic test. CFS is a diagnostic challenge largely because the symptoms are so variable. Most patients suffer from chronic debilitating fatigue for which they are prescribed medications for symptomatic relief.

Apart from differing levels of fatigue experienced by the patient, there can be pain and stiffness, brain fog, depression and anxiety. Asking an exhausted and desperate patient to ‘pull yourself together’ is unproductive and can only serve to further aggravate the existing collapse.

In addition, there can be changes in the patient’s neuro-vascular, neuroendocrine systems, as well as in the patient’s immunity

  • Neuro-vascular: muscle craping, restless legs during sleep, heart palpitations, sensitivity to temperature or weather changes, tingling and numbness in the extremities, postural hypotension or headaches.
  • Neuro-endocrine: low libido, mood swings, weight gain and fluid retention, hair loss, dry eyes and mouth, menstrual irregularity.
  • Immunity: frequent infection, slow recovery and lymph node swelling, rashes, chronic cough and dyspnea, low body temperature with low-grade fever, Candida, cystitis, auto-immune conditions.

Supportive Treatments at Soma Clinic

At Soma Clinic, we provide supportive treatment for individuals who have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue. We support with gentle body therapies like Lymphatic Drainage, Craniosacral Therapy or Jin Shin Jyutsu (Acupuncture without needles). Our Clinic works alongside medical doctors and in conjunction with supportive practitioners outside of Soma Clinic, including naturopaths and psychologists. 

While we do not replace conventional medicine, practitioners at Soma Clinic work to help support small changes through various layers of health, which increase well-being and quality of life.

What are you experiencing?

Both conditions present as multi-faceted experiences of physiological and emotional dysregulation; including components of both pain and fatigue. Because they are both syndromes with similar presentation, both conditions may be supported with a similar approach.

Are you experiencing symptoms of fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome? Please complete the following form and we will contact you with options for treatment at Soma Clinic.

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