Suffering from fibromyalgia is no laughing matter to say the least. Anyone who has ever lived with chronic pain will know just how it can affect every aspect of your life and suck the joy out of nearly every activity. Fibromyalgia isn't just chronic pain – it's pain and sensitivity throughout your entire body and combined with depression and stress for good measure. This is a very serious condition and one that makes it hard to enjoy pretty much anything in the ways you normally might.
For the last several years I have been suffering with fibromyalgia and struggling to even get out of bed some days. I was in constant pain and it seemed like very little that life had to offer was really worth the effort of getting up and putting on clothes. And sneezing was about as painful an experience as you could imagine…
My fibromyalgia came from nowhere and seemed to get worse and worse until I was almost completely debilitated.
But thankfully I have finally found a fibromyalgia treatment that seems to work for me and that has seriously helped me to get back on my feet. We're all different, so the form of treatment for fibromyalgia that works for you might be different – but I still want to share my experiences for anyone out there who may be able to benefit from them.
What is CBT?
'What is CBT?' This is the question I was asking when I looked up my condition on Wikipedia for the first time and it's one that you might very reasonably be asking yourself now.
Essentially, CBT stands for 'Cognitive Behavioral Therapy' and is a type of therapy used to treat psychological conditions like phobias, depression, eating disorders, anxiety, addiction and others. Seeing as fibromyalgia is closely related to depression and stress, this means it can potentially be used as a form of treatment for fibromyalgia.
The precise nature of this link is not fully understood but it appears there are some genetic and developmental anomalies that alter brain chemistry and leave certain people more prone to both fibromyalgia and depression. One of the mechanisms through which this happens is via inflammation in the brain, while another is through changes in the neurochemicals that regulate feelings of reward, focus, pleasure and motivation.
CBT works by giving you more insight into what's going on in your own brain. Essentially you start off by using a form of meditation called 'mindfulness' to appraise the kinds of things you are thinking on a regular basis and from there you then use 'cognitive restructuring' in order to replace negative thoughts with new, positive ones. This way you can prevent yourself from getting too stressed which in turn keeps the brain chemistry relaxed and prevents the hypersensitivity leading to anxiety, stress and pain.
The great thing about CBT though is that you can do it from home and you don't actually need to see a therapist for fibromyalgia treatment. Just look up the basics on Google and you're good to start improving your own health.
What is Fibroxify?
CBT will be even more effective when then combined with a supplement called Fibroxify. Fibroxify is a natural fibromyalgia treatment that works by reducing pain as a painkiller and at the same time providing anti-inflammatory effects.
This is the part that is very important as inflammation in the body can exacerbate pain symptoms but more importantly, inflammation in the brain as controlled by cytokines can cause depression and increased sensitivity to pain. This is an area of research that is more and more being studied at the moment and the results are very good so far – simple blood thinning analgesics have been shown to greatly help in the treatment of depression!
For me, Fibroxify and CBT were the perfect 1-2 punch when it came to natural fibromyalgia pain relief and fibromyalgia treatment. Try them together yourself and you might just find they work for you too!