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pardpardeftab720li1800fi-1800ri720sa240qj f0fs24 cf0 ’93Can you explain the link
between stress and fibromyalgia symptoms?” Absolutely. Stress in fact is the number one
reason why people visit their health care professionals. 90% of all visits to doctors
are stress related. The relationship between stress and fibromyalgia is quite simple. As
you experience stress, you trigger a mechanism in the body called the HPA axis.
This is a mechanism in the body that is designed to respond to perceived danger or threats
but it was designed to respond to short term threats or perceived threats.
Originally, it’92s part of what they call the mammalian brain, which was designed to
activate all of the muscles and help us to fight or flee when we’92re confronted with
something that’92s life threatening. The nature of stress in today’92s modern
environment is such that there are no immediate threats on an ongoing basis to your life,
or nothing that is so dangerous on a day-to-day basis that you have to fight or flee.
So the mechanism has adapted to interpreting the day-to-day stresses that we experience,
whether it’92s pain, relationship, financial as a threat to the livelihood of the human
organism. The mechanism deliberately goes into a protection
mode. It triggers a release of hormones from the pituitary gland to alert all of the cells
in the body that there’92s a danger, a threat in the immediate biological or biochemical
environment. In response to that threat, the A in the HPA
axis, the adrenal glands, increase the production of stress hormones. The stress hormones do
two things primarily. One is they compromise the immune system, making you more susceptible
to the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Secondly, they decrease the blood supply to
the internal organs of digestion and elimination. They shuttle that blood supply to the external
muscles in preparation for fight or flight. They also shuttle the blood from the prefrontal
cortex right about the eyebrows, which is the part of the brain that allows you to respond
to stress, manage stress, and make decisions. That’92s part of what contributes to the
fibro fog. The more perceived stress you’92re under
or real stress you’92re under as a result of physical pain, the more stress hormones
you’92re going to produce. The more stress hormones you produce, the more acid you’92re
going to produce. The more acid you produce, the more pain and inflammation you’92re going
to expose your cells to. As a result of that, the migrating, widespread
pain of fibromyalgia begins to engulf you as a result of the accumulation of this acidic
waste product. }