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* What is Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia comes from the word fibrositis which is a chronic and debilitating syndrome. This disease causes the patient to have wide spread pain in the muscles and soft tissue surrounding the joints throughout the body as well as fatigue and multiple tender points. These tender points occur in precise, localized areas such as the neck, spine, shoulders and hips. Currently, there is no known cause and no proven cure for Fibromyalgia. It appears energetically as toxins in the muscular system of the body. Each of us normally store some toxins in the body. We have all experienced this when we feel tender spots in our necks and shoulders when someone is giving us a massage. These tender spots, kinks or trigger points are places in the body where we hold on to unwanted or repressed emotional energy, with the toxins representing the physical manifestation of the issue.

When we injure ourselves or activate one of our trigger points, the nerves in the body respond by releasing a chemical called ATP. ATP is interpreted by the brain as pain. The brain can trigger the releasing of ATP merely by having a particular kind of thought or feeling. However, Fibromyalgia sufferers are unable to process the ATP. It is not flushed through the system through the regular metabolic processes. As a result, the surrounding nerves are then triggered, causing them to release ATP also. This triggering continues like dominoes, until the entire muscle group or the entire body is involved. The body is then left with this backup of toxins that are trapped in the body until they are flushed through the system, thus restoring "normal health" or Homeostasis.

* What causes Fibromyalgia

The cause of Fibromyalgia remains unknown however researchers have several theories about what causes or...