I'm just going to touch on the one's i have for the most part because those are the ones i know most about but what they've found out is that the hypocretin system also plays some part in pain sensation. I'm sure we will find out more as time goes by but a fair percentage of us have pain disorders as a secondary auto immune disease so i thought i would say something about some of them...
You hurt all over, and you frequently feel exhausted. Even after numerous tests, your doctor can't find anything specifically wrong with you. If this sounds familiar, you may have fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in your muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points — places on your body where slight pressure causes pain.
Fibromyalgia occurs in about 2 percent of the population in the United States. Women are much more likely to develop the disorder than are men, and the risk of fibromyalgia increases with age. Fibromyalgia symptoms often begin after a physical or emotional trauma, but in many cases there appears to be no triggering event.
(for me, my triggering event was the prolonged birth of my first born son. Hours and hours of pushing and hard labor after being up for several days before. It was like night and day. I went in with no fibromyalgia and came out within weeks with it.)
Signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary, depending on the weather, stress, physical activity or even the time of day.
Widespread pain and tender points (these are
different from myofascial pain knots)
The pain associated with fibromyalgia is described as a constant dull ache, typically arising from muscles. To be considered widespread, the pain must occur on both sides of your body and above and below your waist.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by additional pain when firm pressure is applied to specific areas of your body, called tender points. Tender point locations include:
Fatigue and sleep disturbances
People with fibromyalgia often awaken tired, even though they seem to get plenty of sleep. Experts believe that these people rarely reach the deep restorative stage of sleep. Sleep disorders that have been linked to fibromyalgia include restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea. (and narcolepsy....I know quite a few!!)
Doctors don't know what causes fibromyalgia, but it most likely involves a variety of factors working together. These may include:
Why does it hurt?
Current thinking centers around a theory called central sensitization. This theory states that people with fibromyalgia have a lower threshold for pain because of increased sensitivity in the brain to pain signals.
Researchers believe repeated nerve stimulation causes the brains of people with fibromyalgia to change. This change involves an abnormal increase in levels of certain chemicals in the brain that signal pain (neurotransmitters). In addition, the brain's pain receptors seem to develop a sort of memory of the pain and become more sensitive, meaning they can overreact to pain signals.
(like the abstract says up above, our hypocretin loss is part of the clue! It sentitizes us to the pain and lowers the threshold, lucky us! People with one auto immune disease tend to have clusters of auto immune dieases around an HLA marker. )
Myofascial Pain Syndrome http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/myofascial-pain-syndrome/DS01042
Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic form of muscle pain. The pain of myofascial pain syndrome centers around sensitive points in your muscles called trigger points. The trigger points can be painful when touched. And the pain can spread throughout the affected muscle.
Nearly everyone experiences muscle pain from time to time that generally resolves in a few days. But people with myofascial pain syndrome have muscle pain that persists or worsens. Myofascial pain caused by trigger points has been linked to many types of pain, including headaches, jaw pain, neck pain, low back pain, pelvic pain, and arm and leg pain.
Treatment for myofascial pain syndrome can bring relief in many cases. Treatment options include physical therapy, trigger point injections or medications.
Signs and symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome may include:
When to see a doctor
Make an appointment with your doctor if you experience muscle pain that doesn't go away. Nearly everyone experiences muscle pain from time to time. But if the typical self-care measures you use in these situations, such as rest or massage, aren't working, make an appointment with your doctor.
Sensitive areas of tight muscle fibers can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse. These sensitive areas are called trigger points. A trigger point in a muscle can cause strain and pain throughout the muscle. When this pain persists and worsens, doctors call it myofascial pain syndrome.
Myofascial pain syndrome is caused by trigger points in your muscles. Factors that may increase your risk of muscle trigger points include:
Myofascial pain syndrome is kinda linked to Fibromyalgia and i thought it was the same thing, but it's not. The knots are different and can be treated differently but with as many as i have i don't see how i could possibly have enough money for all the shots and physcial therapy i need to get rid of all of them, lol. I think i would grow back as many as i get rid of! Anyway, you can also massage out the knots (it hurts like hell to do it but it does increase muscle movement and you feel better later. You can also get an electrical stimulation or Tens unit online which zaps the knots, which also hurts to use. It breaks apart the build up and relaxes things but when it hurts to touch it you can imagine sending tiny electrical currents into in pulses!) I've also found that drinking some hard lemonade or glass of wine a few times a week will help flush out the system a little bit, which for me also hurts like something is burning through my capillaries and is a bit expensive so i don't do so much and i can't handle more than a glass at a time anyway.
Bursitis is a painful condition that affects the small fluid-filled pads — called bursae — that act as cushions among your bones and the tendons and muscles near your joints. Bursitis occurs when a bursa becomes inflamed.
The most common locations for bursitis are in the shoulders, elbows or hips. But you can also have bursitis by your knee, heel and the base of your big toe. Bursitis often occurs in joints that perform frequent repetitive motion.
Treatment typically involves resting the affected joint and protecting it from further trauma. In most cases, bursitis pain goes away within a few weeks with proper treatment, but recurrent flare-ups of bursitis are common.
If you have bursitis, the affected joint may:
When to see a doctor
Consult your doctor if you have:
The most common causes of bursitis are repetitive motions or positions that irritate the bursae around a joint. Examples include:
Some bursae at the knee and elbow lie just below the skin, so they are at higher risk of puncture injuries that can become infected and cause septic bursitis.
(I actually developed elbow Bursitis before i was ever pregnant and i often wonder if my son's learning disability might be connected to the medication i was on when i concieved and took the first 6 weeks. However, my Bursitis kinda hid with my fibromyalgia and myofascial knots as it grew worse untill many years later and it is very prominent now. My mother also has Bursitis, this is her only real physical illness other than mild blood pressure and some headaches.)
I'll probably add to this as i learn more about other illnesses and find more that might be linked to Narcolepsy patients. These are the one's that i suffer with. It's by no means the comprehensive list! Just know that there is an association and go from here!
Fibromyalgia and Pain Disorders
Narcolepsy Technical Stuff
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