Understanding the basics of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a disease that affects the central nervous system. It is a disease that causes a central nervous system to become oversensitive to pain impulses from various sensory centers of the body.
It causes chronic and widespread body pain in patients that cannot be pinpointed to a single physiological cause. Muscular and skeletal pains are one of the most common complaints of fibromyalgia.
This is because fibromyalgia affects the sensory neurons close to the spinal cord and causes them to become hyperactive upon the application of a pain stimulus.
Fibromyalgia is a disease that causes a wide area of problems that are not just limited to body pain. It also causes people to lose cognitive ability and the ability to concentrate on a single task for a lengthy amount of time. It produces the attention span and the ability to multitask.
Fibromyalgia also causes interrupted sleep patterns and mood swings. The interrupted sleep caused you to fibromyalgia presents itself and symptoms that are nearly identical to the problems faced by healthy people when they’re deprived of sleep.
One of the most common problems is continuous fatigue and the feeling of tiredness throughout the day. This tiredness is experienced even after lengthy amounts of sleep.
The reason for this is that while the patient cannot recall waking up in the middle of the night, fibromyalgia causes pain and sometimes sleep apnea that causes a patient to wake up for very short periods and interrupt the long sleep that is needed for healthy functioning.
Who does it affect?
Fibromyalgia tense to affect 2% of the adult human population all over the world. It is also thought to be genetically linked. This places people with relatives who have fibromyalgia at a greater risk of contract in the disease at some point in their life.
Fibromyalgia can also be triggered by physical stresses any injuries. Injuries to the neck are one of the most common triggers of fibromyalgia in healthy people. It is important to understand that apart from physiological and physical stresses, psychological stresses also play a major role in the development of this disease.
People who were continuously stressed or have some form of posttraumatic stress disorder are at higher risk of developing fibromyalgia. In such people the symptoms of fibromyalgia can also be aggravated further due to their inherent psychological problems.
Fibromyalgia does not discriminate between race, age, gender and economic status. It affects nearly all groups of people equally. There are several celebrities and famous people who suffer from fibromyalgia.
In fact, it is conceivable that famous people and celebrities are at a higher risk of developing fibromyalgia because of the increase amounts of psychological stresses they face. This is especially true for people who are in very responsible positions and have to make important decisions every day.
Famous people with fibromyalgia
One of the most famous celebrities with fibromyalgia is Sinead O’Connor. She was so aggravated by the symptoms of this disease that she was forced to take a two year hiatus and step away from the limelight in order to properly deal with those symptoms and get treatment.
In addition to fibromyalgia, Sinead also suffers from bipolar disorder and is forced to juggle her problems and raise 4 children at the same time. Susan Flannery is another celebrity what had to take a hiatus to deal with fibromyalgia. She is a 4 time Emmy winner and had to leave showbiz for a period starting in 2007. She later returned and upon being asked about it, said that she deals with the disease on a daily basis.
Michael James Hastings represents one of the more serious cases of fibromyalgia. He was forced to retire in order to properly deal with the disease and has since then become a spokesperson for spreading awareness about this disease.
Florence Nightingale is a historic celebrity whose battle with fibromyalgia was triggered by an infection. She battled the disease well into old age, dying peacefully in her sleep at the ripe old age of 90. Rosie Hamlin is a celebrity who was so aggravated with fibromyalgia that she was forced to make major changes to her career.
She was the lead singer of her band, “Rosie & The Originals” but after being afflicted with fibromyalgia, she stopped going on tours and started a new career as an artist. Frances Winfield Bremer is the wife of Ambassador Paul Bremer and has been struggling with fibromyalgia for the past 30 years.
She and her husband are active with several organizations for the disease and help to spread awareness. One of the most high profile celebrities to battle fibromyalgia is Morgan Freeman. The man who played god fights a daily battle with the disease and continues to be an inspiration to all those who suffer from it.