Did you know that Lady Gaga, Morgan Freeman and Janeane Garofalo suffer from Fibromyalgia? In fact, this illness happens to be very common. According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, an estimated 10 million people in the United States, and between 3-6 percent of the world’s population have the condition. Fibromyalgia has a strong genetic component and affects 75-90 percent of women, although it does occur in men and children. What causes the condition is unknown, however, most medical professionals believe it’s caused by how the brain processes pain signals from the nerves. People who have Fibromyalgia will most likely be diagnosed between the ages of 20-50 years old.
People with the condition experience many symptoms like aches and pains, twitching, fatigue, lack of focus and concentration, and insomnia. In addition, they experience belly pain, bloating, constipation, nausea, diarrhea and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), increased urination, dry mouth, headaches and numbness/tingling in their limbs. Consequently, fibromyalgia feels similar to osteoarthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis. However, rather than hurting in a particular area, the pain and stiffness can be felt throughout your body.
Neurofeedback therapy is a pain-free and non-invasive fibromyalgia treatment. Pain receptors in the brains of people who have fibromyalgia experience an increased sensitivity to pain signals. During a Neurofeedback evaluation, a brain map is created in order to measure brain activity and locate the areas of the brain showing abnormal levels of activity, an imbalance, and or a lack of connectivity. Neurofeedback therapy will reduce pain, improve cognitive function, lessen anxiety and treat insomnia (symptoms related to fibromyalgia). One of the fascinating things about Neurofeedback therapy is that it trains people to harness the power of their mind by becoming aware of what’s going on inside their body and learning how to regulate the pain they experience.
If you’ve experienced any or all of the symptoms listed above, please visit a medical professional. The earlier you receive a diagnosis, the quicker you can receive treatment and prevent the symptoms from getting worse.
Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in neurofeedback and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Elena Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so they can live the life they’ve always dreamed of. You can read more about neurofeedback therapy by visiting her blog. You may also find her on Instagram and Facebook.