Cortisol, the stress hormone, responds to both physical and emotional stress. Our brains are powerful tools, and we know it helps us think but it is also affected by what we think, what we do, and how we react to physical and emotional stressors. The key is to identify our perpetuating factors and manage symptoms as best we can.
Micro cellular healing takes place during sleep; hijacked because of prevalent sleep dysfunction. Though the disruptions are thought to be different between fibromyalgia and myalgic encephalomyelitis patients, it is present in both, and impairs micro healing. Treating sleep with good sleep hygiene, (discussed at length in chapter 4) sleep routine is important, but many times the FM and ME/CFS patient needs help. Discuss your sleep problems with your physician, there are medications to help in addition to behavior changes. Will treating sleep cure you, no, but it will help with your ability to cope.
Sneak Peek: My body is Matter and It Matters, “Improving sleep.”©Identifying known physical and emotional stressors is the first step, but so is managing comorbid or co-existing conditions.
Sleep retraining may be indicated when your internal clock is off kilter. Melatonin is a brain chemical produced when the brain receives a signal from the eye that daylight is ending. In contrast, when your brain perceives the light impulse, melatonin production shuts down and
allows you to awaken. This is why it is important to maintain regular sleep
Preparing for bed: ………………….(Cooper and Miller, 2010)
Positive feedback to the central nervous system is important for homeostasis and well-being. This includes treating the peripheral pain generators, myofascial trigger points, prevalent in FM, and viral or other known perpetuators in ME/CFS. Addressing life in a more positive manner can be difficult to do without help when are mired down in pain, fatigue, and cognitive dysfunction.
Sneak Peek: Crisis Management—Dealing with Major Life Events, Chapter 6, “Dealing with Circuit Overload” ©
1. We forget we are on a team. ….
2. Focus on the doable, not the impossible…
3. Things Take Time (TTT). Get this engraved on your watch crystal or the back of your cell phone….
4. Some things can’t be fixed….
5. In Chinese, the symbol for “crisis” literally translates as “dangerous opportunity.”…
6. “Get mean.” Understand that light and dark, rain and shine, birth and death are two sides of the same dance……. (Cooper and Miller, 2010)
“Initially we struggle to accept, and we may backslide from time to time, but acceptance is key to forward momentum, coping, and energy to define and defend our new life.” --Celeste Cooper
This blog is based on my original answer at ShareCare, What can I do to improve my fibromyalgia? View my other answered questions as fibromyalgia expert http://sharecare.com/user/celeste-Cooper
All blogs, posts and answers are based on the work in Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by Celeste Cooper, RN, and Jeff Miller, PhD. 2010, Vermont: Healing Arts press
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