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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Anxiety and the Stress Spiral Part 1 by anamaulida

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									Stress and anxiety are an unfortunate, but common and inevitable feature
of modern life.     As with diet, obesity, alcohol and smoking I am
afraid that the news is simple. They have to be addressed as part of a
holistic approach to coping with Fibromyalgia and CFS.      Learning to
deal with stress is something that can be consciously learned and
practiced, and new techniques can prove very effective.


  A higher than average percentage of sufferers undergoing Fibromyalgia
and Chronic Fatigue treatment were engaged in high stress environments or
were suffering extreme anxiety when they became ill.       Sufferers may
have been carers for relatives or young children. Stress and anxiety may
have been in work detail or during a divorce or home move.      Whatever
the cause, a significant increase in stress and anxiety is frequently
cited at the time of onset of the sufferers Fibromyalgia or Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome symptoms.      As well as being involved in the onset of
the illness, stress is also involved in the worsening of the illness post
onset.      Blood pressure, heart rate and the entire endocrine system
which controls hormone production are all implicated and involved during
stress reactions.      Unfortunately, the system that directly controls
all these systems, the Autonomic Nervous System, in particular the
Sympathetic Nervous Systems, or day nerve, remains malfunctional post-
onset.      The result, unfortunately, will be a worsening downward
spiral of your fatigue and Fibromyalgia symptoms to stress and anxiety
producing situations.      To make matters worse there is evidence that
once activated the stress reaction lasts much longer in individuals
afflicted with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.       Is CFS
more common in stressed or anxious people?       Let me first give a broad
outline of how general medical advice is presented to healthcare
providers for the purpose of diagnosing Fibromyalgia and CFS sufferers.
Frequently seen characteristics of CFS and Fibromyalgia sufferers:       .
People who through their own personal attitudes and anxieties tend to
make their own lives more stressful.   . People who are highly ambitious
and appear to be always active physically and mentally. . People whose
lives are fully absorbed coping with the needs and requirements of
others. . People who avoid taking the time they need for themselves to
rest, relax, recuperate and build supportive relationships.    . People
who have difficulty finding others to confide in, so bottling up emotions
and pain at times of bereavement or loss. . In itself this is not an
inaccurate description of the frequently seen characteristics of
Fibromyalgia and CFS sufferers. However it is so broad that it can
describe sufferers with a multitude of other conditions. . As I have
said many times, the human body is a remarkably resilient organism, able
to accommodate fantastic pressures and stresses, but as with all machines
and organisms there comes a breaking point.    . Stress and anxiety
appear to be a very large facilitating factor for people who become the
unfortunate ones to develop CFS and Fibromyalgia after a trigger
infection or trauma. . A similar example of stress related conditions
are those referred to as burnout, or simply stress, and I quote :- A
series of personal life circumstances combine to create a breaking point,
for example; death of a close family member, chronic pain, moving house,
bullying at work, divorce, separation, financial loss or redundancy have
all been linked to detrimental changes in health       How stress and
anxiety can become a causal factor in Fibromyalgia and CFS.       The
initial trauma that was the accepted trigger of your CFS or Fibromyalgia
is usually cited as a bacterial/ viral or chemically invasive attack of
some kind. But it has been noted that in some sufferers, extreme acute
stress and anxiety, such as bereavement, divorce, bullying, extremes of
overwork may also be a trigger for CFS symptoms in the absence of a
notable infection or exposure.       This makes sense in that scientific
evidence has shown conclusively that stress lowers our immune defenses
against infection as witnessed by white blood cell and lymphocyte counts.
Also, stress and anxiety have been shown to directly affect the body in
the short to medium term, causing extreme fatigue and more disabling
problems such as migraine, impairment of concentration and memory,
interrupted sleep patterns and depression.        Reclaim The Life You
Once Enjoyed Before Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Stop
Treating the Symptoms, Treat The Cause And Achieve The Best, Long Term
Recovery From Your Condition. => www.Fibromyalgia-Chronic-Fatigue-
Syndrome.com


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