Breakthrough research now proves that the cause of fibromyalgia and polymyalgia is not psychological or simply an "imbalance in brain chemistry", as many physicians and neurologists have insisted for decades.
This breakthrough could finally answer the question of why so many people with fibromyalgia experience extremely painful "hot spots" throughout their body, and especially suffer from pain in the hands, feet and other areas of the skin.
Scientists have now revealed that the main source of pain for those who suffer from fibromyalgia is linked to excessive nerve-fibers in the hand, called arteriole-venule (or AV) shunts. This also explains why cold weather tends to aggravate the symptoms, and shows a direct link between the central nervous system and the widespread body pain that people experience with this disease.
Neuroscientist Dr. Frank L. Rice explains: "We previously thought that these nerve endings were only involved in regulating blood flow at a subconscious level, yet here we have evidence that the blood vessel endings could also contribute to our conscious sense of touch and also pain," Rice said. "This mismanaged blood flow could be the source of muscular pain and achiness, and the sense of fatigue which are thought to be due to a build-up of lactic acid and low levels of inflammation fibromyalgia patients. This, in turn, could contribute to the hyperactivity in the brain."
This increase in pain, due to the excessive AV shunts leads to an increase in levels of cortisol - a glucocorticoid or steroidal hormone, produced by the adrenal cortex - in response to inflammation of the body's muscles and other tissues, and increased blood sugar levels. When that happens, the inflammation increases levels of pain and sensitivity and increases cortisol levels further, resulting in imbalances in blood sugar. This, along with the energy spent trying to reduce the inflammatory response results in widespread exhaustion.
This increased stress on the body will also increase blood pressure, as the cortisol increases the sensitivity of the vasculature to epinephrine and norepinephrine. Excessive cortisol shuts down the reproductive system, increasing the chance of miscarriage, and over a prolonged period, weakens the immune system to great detrimental effect.
Traditional medicine has approached fibromyalgia treatment by prescription of narcotic pain medicines, anti-seizure drugs, anti-depressants and even pointless advice like, "get more sleep and exercise regularly."
This research unlocks the door to better and more effective treatment options, as doctors begin to understand that what is really necessary is an approach that supports the body's activation of undifferentiated stem cells, triggered by activating "signaling molecules" - including specialized neurotransmitters and hormonal transmitters - which will reduce cortisol levels, improve neurological function, and support the restoration of a healthy balance, better sleep, and reduction of pain, by addressing the actual cause of the disease in the first place.
"We're finding that the first line of defense for those who suffer from fibromyalgia is to activate the stem-cell production, and reintroduce the missing fibroblastic growth factors, absent in the adult body," explains nurse practitioner, and natural wellness expert, Debra Cannon, RNC, NP, MBA, "Prescribing antidepressants and narcotic pain relievers for everything we don't fully understand the cause of is not the answer any more than a lobotomy or hysterectomy was for diseases we didn't understand in the past."
This important medical discovery may lead to new treatments and perhaps even a total cure in the future, bringing relief to as many as 5 million Americans thought to have the disease.
"We've found that when we are able to restore the body's critical amino acid and protein levels, reducing the cortisol levels in the body, and supporting the stem cell activation process through the powerful benefits of reintroducing the fibroblastic growth factors, which make infants and children so resiliant," explains Dr. F. Gianmichael Salvato - a naturopathic physician and internationally respected expert on alternative healing, "people begin to experience symptomatic relief in a matter of eight to twelve weeks, and have their lives back in as little as 90-days. That's something traditional medicine has yet to offer someone with fibromyalgia or polymyalgia in my experience."
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Now that the cause of Fibromyalgia has been pinpointed, patients and physicians alike are looking forward to an eventual cure. And many of the physicians and health practitioners we've interviewed tell us that using new technologies, like the science behind StemFit, as well as other simple lifestyle changes, could represent the best hope that fibromyalgia sufferers will ever have for permanent and lasting relief.