8 Essential Oils for Fibromyalgia
The central nervous system controls how the body reacts to external factors based on the signals it receives – pain, happiness, excitement, stress. Fibromyalgia, according to American College of Rheumatology, is a functional somatic syndrome—a condition where the brain cannot properly process pain signals, resulting in lowered pain threshold, escalated feeling of pain and discomfort. Fibromyalgia is classified as a disease of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissues.
Signs and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Although constant pain and tenderness of the body are the major signs of fibromyalgia, a person is said to have the condition if he feels pain in 11 out of 18 known trigger points. The common trigger points include knees, hips, elbows, upper chest, back of the head and shoulder tapas. Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
Central: A chronic headache, dizziness, sleeping and memory problems (fibro fog), anxiety, depression.
Muscular: Skin tingling, persistent muscle spasms, restless legs, nerve pain, limb weakness, chronic muscle pain, and fatigue.
Systemic: Weight gain, cold symptoms, multiple chemical sensitivities.
Other symptoms include palpitation, bowel disturbances, joint pain and morning stiffness, nausea, urinary problems, etc.
Fibromyalgia is often treated with antidepressants, sedative pills, serotonin-inducing medicines, etc. These medications work by treating the symptoms, but commonly leave side effects like relapses. By using essential oils for fibromyalgia,