Living With Fibromyalgia
Module Four Lesson One Assignment By: Brielle Winner
Cause of Pathology
A brain neurotransmitter known as serotonin can lead to lower thresholds for pain if at low levels. Serotonin is know to keep you calm and reduce anxiety levels and without it can reduce effectiveness of the body's natural endorphin pain killers.
Another theory is that it is caused by biochemical changes in the body and can be related to hormonal changes or menopause. Stress or poor physical conditioning could also lead to fibromyalgia. Insomnia can lead to low levels of serotonin, leading to increased pain sensitivity. Having a family history or a certain gene(s) may cause them to react more intensely to pain than other people would.
What Symptoms Could I Experience?
Are there any treatments?
Some lifestyle changes such as avoiding stress, exercising, healthy diet, regular sleep pattern, physical and occupational therapy, and massage can help reduce symptoms.
How Does This Relate to My Muscular System?
Your body needs ATP (adenosine tri phosphate) as a source of energy for your muscles. You may experience fatigue, because your body is not producing enough of it. The muscle may begin to atrophy if there is no nervous stimulation of the muscle and you can lose strength and ability.