Fibromyalgia and PTSD linked!

Time to talk to your doctor!

If you have Fibromyalgia, you probably have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

There is one group of individuals that seem not to test positive for PTSD and those are the individuals who suffer from fibro and stomach conditions like achalasia and dyspepsia. Those stomach conditions can be linked to fibro but rarely to fibro and  PTSD.

This discovery has also opened up new practical fibromyalgia testing for veterans, using the 18 point trigger point test. The medical field is beginning to diagnose many more men who have PTSD with fibromyalgia.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter. This neurotransmitter plays a role as a regulator for mood, sleep, appetite, body temperature regulation and a few other processes but it is known primarily as regulating transmitter.

Low levels of serotonin present in the fibro brain are also present in PTSD brain. When tested for emotional reactions it was noted the neurochemical reactions changed. These neurochemicals are organic in nature and take the position of causing other cells to get into an ‘action’ position, ready to cause other transmitters to act.

Serotonin has been recognized for years as a treatment for fibro, even if you are not clearly clinically depressed. A selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that is an anti-depressant is usually part of the prescribed medication for treating fibro. The fibro brain doesn’t produce enough serotonin and what it is able to produce can’t do the job it needs to. The same is found in the PTSD brain.

In conclusion, if you have fibromyalgia, it would be a good idea to be tested for PSTD. The more severe the PTSD so is the fibromyalgia pain. Interestingly enough, the treatment for PTSD; raising serotonin levels, and learning stress management techniques are also a treatment used for the fibromyalgia patient.

For more about dopamine (another neurotransmitter deficient in the fibro brain), click here; Dopamine and the Fibro Brain.

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