Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness that causes immense physical pain and debilitating fatigue. Classified as a syndrome, fibromyalgia is not a disease. Instead it is a condition that causes many different symptoms
Fibromyalgia isn't well understood by the medical community, and from my experience it's generally a label that they have been given. In a way this in itself can help and offer hope as the pain and suffering they are experiencing has at last been recognised.
The symptoms of Fibromyalgia are unpredictable, although one of the main symptoms is widespread musculoskeletal pain, with the chronic pain continuing for months and even years.
This pain affects the ligaments, tendons, and muscles throughout the body, so that any exertion or movement, sometimes even trying to sit or lay still causes immense pain. Typical comments from clients are that the muscles and sometimes their skin feels like they are burning, and they feel like they are aching all over; muscles feel sore, stiff, and overworked. Muscle twitches are also common in fibromyalgia, adding to the pain of the illness.
As the cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown, there is no clear cure, and as such the people that I've worked with have generally been prescribed high doses of pain killers and anti depressants to allow them to get through the day. Unfortunately this can mean they do little else, which can add additional frustration, anger and guilt, adding to the vicious circle.
Though chronic pain is the main symptom of fibromyalgia, it is by no means the only symptom. Among other symptoms, fibromyalgia sufferers can also experience sleep disturbance, fatigue, morning stiffness, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
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What is Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME?
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)/ME is a condition that causes persistent and long-term tiredness that affects everyday life, but doesn't go away with sleep or rest.
One major frustration is that there isn't a test to diagnose the condition. Some people develop CFS/ME after an infection, but it's not the same as the normal tiredness that often follows a bout of illness, such as glandular fever. Many people who develop CFS/ME have been previously fit and active.
The severity of CFS/ME can roughly be divided into three levels:
Mild cases - you can care for yourself and can do light domestic tasks, but with difficulty. You are still likely to be able to do a job, but may often take days off work. In order to remain in work you are likely to have stopped most leisure and social activities. Weekends or other days off from work are used to rest in order to cope.
Moderate cases - you have reduced mobility and are restricted in most activities of daily living. The level of ability and severity of symptoms often varies from time to time (peaks and troughs). You are likely to have stopped work and require rest periods. Night-time sleep tends to be poor and disturbed.
Severe cases - you are able to carry out only minimal daily tasks such as face washing and cleaning teeth. You are likely to have severe difficulties with some mental processes such as concentrating. You may be wheelchair-dependent for mobility and may be unable to leave your home except on rare occasions, and usually have severe prolonged after-effects from effort. You may spend most of your time in bed. You are often unable to tolerate any noise, and are generally very sensitive to bright light.
The Department of Health suggests that until more research is carried out, it may be best to think of CFS/ME as a range of conditions that are triggered by different factors in people who have an underlying predisposition.
What if stress and negative emotions and our life are more a cause of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome/ME than conventional medicine believes?
Studies have found that people with fibromyalgia and CFS/ME often have, or have had higher than average rates of stressful life events. Way back in the 80's, CFS/ME was referred to as yuppie flu, and was associated with overstressed overworked individuals who were using it as an excuse to take time off work.
There's evidence offered in the Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton, PhD that shows how it's the environment that can help create illness and disease in our lives.
What if chronic illness and disease is something that you can heal yourself from by dealing and addressing any trapped or unresolved emotions and issues?
So if that's true, how does Hypnotherapy help me deal with Fibromyalgia and CFS/ME?
The good news is that no one is born with Fibromyalgia or CFS/ME, it develops gradually over time. However, from my experience, something happened to start this process.
My belief and experience, and I must stress that this is MY belief and experience, based on the people I've worked with, is that emotional energy can become blocked and stored in the muscles, joints and tissue.
Often the unconscious mind is trying to tell us to do or change something and does it in the only way it can. which is to immobilise us or hold us back
Through hypnotherapy, we work together to find out what the purpose or cause of this blocked energy is, and then neutralise and release it. When we release this emotional pain, your body gets relief from the pain of holding in the tension.
The initial key areas hypnotherapy helps with are pain management and pain relief, as well as improving the quality of sleep. Dealing with these initial issues of sleep and pain can help improve the quality of a person's life very quickly.
How many sessions of Hypnotherapy will I need?
Each person is as unique as the cause of the problem, and as such the number of sessions varies from person to person and boils down to person and their openness to the process. Historically, the number of sessions required varies from 3 to 6, with a session typically lasting for approx 2 hours, and are weekly or fortnightly.
What's the cost per session?
The cost per session is £60, with each session lasting around 2 hours.
How can I pay for treatment?
Payment is per session and can be paid in cash, debit card, Visa or MasterCard at the end of each session.
What's the next step in setting myself free from the prison of Fibromyalgia?
If you feel that you've put up and suffered with Fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalopathy or chronic fatigue syndrome for long enough, then call me on 01772 499046 or email me by clicking here.
Summary of servicesChris Gelder Hypnotherapy
Finton Doyle Accountants, 107 - 109 Towngate
preston, chorley, Leyland, wigan, Lancashire. Help overcome Fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalopathy, chronic fatigue syndrome, move on from the stress, pain and anxiety of Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome