Hello, I wondred what people's thought of fybro being a physical manifestation of emotional or mental destress?
I have suffered from depression all my life and I wondered if the pain that I have felt emotionally is some how now been reinterpreted by my body as fybromyalgia.
I have read a book called Childhood Disrupted that shed some light on how different things can trigger physical ailments later in life. It was very interesting! I believe 100% that the two are connected! It doesn't mean that it's "in our head" like some people think, but they definitely are connected and play off of one another. I have also had depression and anxiety since my childhood, along with other tragic emotional and physical events and believe it ALL played a part in me developing Fibro.
I have been tracking my pain and I have found that when I am extremely stressed out where I want to run far, far away, my back starts spasm. For Days!
My widespread pain is so often, I can't even think about a day where I didn't hurt.
Below is a link to a very good article which I hope helps.
The Link Between Depression and Physical Symptoms
Madhukar H. Trivedi, M.D. (Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry)
For me there is a 100 percent connection between emotional distress and physical pain. Interestingly I am not consciously aware when I am stressing out or I am worried subconsciously. My dreams often filled with my worries, which I have never thought about during the day. Such as my friend told me she is taking her dog to the beach, that night I had a dream of her dog drowning and I am trying to save him. Loud noise, crowd, bright light, cold, heat stresses me also, thinking about my kids future... the list goes on. My body is a spasm basically all the time. I am not surprised I developed fibromialgia.
I was told by my consultant no;
fibro is actually a miss-firing of our brain (medical research has now proven this) that runs our nervous system.
our bodies are stuck in mode of “flight or fight” most people’s brain responses to pain are by a trigger to the nerves from the brain such as a stubbed toe for example & quickly recovers (normal nerve pain response),
where as our brain is constantly on over-drive, sending miss-firing, Nerve signals that course wide spread, whispering pain though our bodies.
Our nerves system
runs our stress- responses,emotions,smells,touch,sensory,pain etc pretty much everything.
So, it’s nurological not mental.
Hope this is helpful. as when they explained this to me I was extremely greatful to understand it.