Articles: What causes Fibromyalgia and Chronic fatigue syndrome, and what can help?

fibromyalgia

Article.1 link:  body awareness and fibromyalgia article

Article.2 link:  effects of exercise on osteoarthritis, rheumatoid diseases and fibromyalgia

“Medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) are somatic symptoms that cannot be (adequately) explained by organic
findings or where no clear organic etiology can be identified
after an appropriate medical examination. Fibromyalgia
(FM), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and non-cardiac chest pain are all examples of
clusters of symptoms, which belong under the broad umbrella of MUS. “

“These patients usually present
with back pain, headache, chest pain, fatigue, pain in arms
and legs, gastro-intestinal symptoms, joint pain and dizziness (Van Dieren and Vingerhoets, 2007).”

-pg.35 article 1 reference

My mom asked me if I could post about fibromyalgia, as the doctor told her that her radiating/ roaming pain and fatigue could be due to this condition.  The problem with fibromyalgia, and similarly chronic fatigue syndrome and even IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), is that there is no physiological explanation for the symptoms or onset of symptoms, so its pretty tricky to diagnose.  These conditions are some-what diagnosed as stemming from more neurological issues like mental or emotional trauma or depression, but its pretty hard to say for sure.   I’ve posted a couple articles about these conditions. The first article is about becoming more aware of one’s body and thus reducing the symptomology of FM (fibromyalgia), and the second article encompasses arthritis (rheumatic and osteo), FM and systemic lupus
erythematous (SLE), and how exercise can have a beneficial effect on the symptomology of these conditions.  Hope these help to shed a bit of light on to these debilitating conditions, and I hope this is can be a jump-off point for continued individual research into these health topics and many more. Thanks for reading, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

Picture ref:  http://www.basicspine.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/fibromyalgia.png?8212ac

Article.1:  Courtois, I, Cools, F, & Calsius, J 2015, ‘Meta analysis: Effectiveness of body awareness interventions in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis’, Journal Of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, 19, pp. 35-56, ScienceDirect, EBSCOhost, viewed 27 June 2015.

Article.2:  Kelley, G, & Kelley, K 2014, ‘Effects of exercise on depressive symptoms in adults with arthritis and other rheumatic disease: a systematic review of meta-analyses’, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 15, 1, pp. 1-19, Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost, viewed 27 June 2015.