On The Back Pain Podcast, Rob Beaven speaks with Dr. Deepak Ravindran, consultant in musculoskeletal and pain medicine.
Deepak and Rob discuss the widespread problem that is Fibromyalgia, how common it is and its relationship to other pain conditions.
- Fibromyalgia is a chronic widespread pain condition characterised by sleep deprivation, memory loss, extreme fatigue and widespread pain throughout the body.
- Listening is an important part of a consultation and helps to build a detailed picture of people’s lives.
- Fibromyalgia affects around 3 million people in the UK
- Younger people are now being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and this has an impact on both society and the economy.
- It’s a dysfunction of the nervous system and the question is what are the changes for young people that are leading to this dysfunction?
- The immune system and the nervous system are tied tightly together and they can both be profoundly affected by stress
- If you look closely at what you eat you can potentially make a huge difference to fibromyalgia
- Pain is not a signal something is wrong it’s an alarm system and then the brain decides how dangerous it is ‘it’s a danger signal’ the brain makes a decision based on prior experience
- Some patients will have both fibromyalgia and back pain and it is likely they will have an amplification as the body is wired to be more sensitive.
- When you have a sensitive system it’s important to reinforce the message that it alright and therapies can make a difference
‘Hurt does not equal harm, this is an important message to understand’
‘Any treatment approach must be tailored to the individual and we need to find multiple ways to calm the nerves’
‘Once a diagnosis is made moderating your lifestyle and completing activities routinely that help your body are key’