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Fibromyalgia: rediscovering restful sleep with the Veps

It is thought that in France, 2.5 million people could have fibromyalgia (7 out of 10 are women), but that number is believed to be an under-estimate because of under-diagnosis. Fibromyalgia has been recognised by WHO (World Health Organisation) since 1992 and the European Parliament called it a “serious disease leading to disability” in 2008. Fibromyalgia is defined as a “state of diffuse musculoskeletal pain lasting more than 3 months”. Patients also complain of chronic fatigue, intestinal or bladder pain, headaches, sleep disorders, etc...

Diagnostic criteria

Diagnosing fibromyalgia is a very difficult undertaking and often delayed.

  • Symptoms include pain in at least 11 of the 18 specified tender points when pressure is applied, widespread pain for at least 3 months, chronic fatigue, disturbed sleep.
  • Electrophysiological testing can reveal pain amplification signs; but there are no accurate “markers” or laboratory testing methods.
  • Recent research has identified abnormal Alpha range frequencies in the sleep patterns of fibromyalgia sufferers and reveals a state of nocturnal hyper vigilance; referred to as “fibrofog”.
  • Some believe that the condition arises from a disturbance to the hypothalamic/pituitary axis and that research should be directed towards hormonal treatment such as cortisol.

This little-known disease raises many questions and several research options are available to the medical world.

The causes of Fibromyalgia

 They have not been clearly identified.

  • A study carried out in 2013 in the USA suggests that the cause of fibromyalgia could, in a large number of cases, be the result of neuropathy of the small fibres around blood vessels. These patients receive distorted signals from small nerves throughout the body, including the internal organs, which trigger a variety of symptoms (ranging from pain to sleep and digestive problems).
  • Studies have also shown that carriers of the Hepatitis B virus, as well as individuals with Lyme disease were more likely to develop fibromyalgia.
  • According to many doctors who support the findings of Dr Seignalet, diet plays an essential role. Gluten is increasingly recognised, amongst other factors, for disorders affecting intestinal permeability. Recommendations are to avoid most grain and dairy products and to promote raw foods; avoiding sugars, coffee, alcohol, meat, etc.
  • One certainty appears to be the undeniable involvement of psychological factors. Some doctors support the idea of primary wounding coupled with a sense of injustice, in early childhood (even pre-birth) or the workplace, followed by a gradual exhaustion (and inability to deal with successive stresses) until breakdown occurs when a stressful event recalls the primary wound.

Someone suffering from fibromyalgia is often a perfectionist and demanding of himself; a hard worker, taking responsibility for others, to the point of exhaustion. He is not in touch enough with his own body or his own needs.


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