There are studies out discussing test groups of fibromyalgia patients presenting with signs of insulin resistance. Do I agree wholeheartedly that insulin resistance serves at the origin or cause of fibromyalgia? Not necessarily. Fibromyalgia is a disorder identified as musculoskeletal aches, pain, stiffness, soft tissue tenderness, general fatigue and sleep disturbance. The more common areas of discomfort are usually present in the neck, back, shoulders, and limbs.

Relationship of Stress and Fibromyalgia

Now to be concerned as to if there’s any relationship with insulin resistance and fibromyalgia. My understanding of this relationship stems from the fact that pain (associated with fibromyalgia) is considered a stressor. Then, the body’s adrenals to emit cortisol and flood the body with glucose for a fight or flight response. Cortisol holds back insulin production and makes it seem as though insulin resistance has developed. Blood sugar levels increase because cortisol prevents the storage of glucose so it’s available in your bloodstream for immediate use. Be careful with everything you read. Contacting acupuncture is my life (as several individuals have done with regard to this recently published study) or contacting your local acupuncturist can be beneficial to you in so many ways.

Treating Fibromyalgia

To an acupuncturist, fibromyalgia can be the result of an external pathogenic factor, emotional stress, irregular diet or excess physical work. Pathologically, fibromyalgia translates into having symptoms of dampness. An acupuncturist can work to remove this dampness. Furthermore, in qi stagnation an acupuncturist can move qi to eliminate this stagnation, and in blood stasis, an acupuncturist can invigorate blood to get rid of blood stasis. 

I recommend you contact Acupuncture is My Life or sit with your local acupuncturist to learn about how various disorders can be treated with acupuncture, even along with whatever regimen your doctor may have you on. If you have any questions or concerns be sure to leave them in the comment section below. Until next time, acupuncture is my life, what’s yours?