Fibromyalgia

Q: Thank you so much for creating the Meditation DVD. It is helping me so much, and it's a wonderful option for when I'm in too much pain (from Fibromyalgia) to do a regular KY workout. It really helps keep me positive! AND I'm finally FREE from the narcotic-like pain killers!! ...You are such a... blessing; may it be returned to you hundredfold. Much love..."

A: Congratulations for being for being proactive! Meditation of any kind, especially with conscious breathing, puts us in healing mode and resets the bodies internal rhythms. We wish you both continued success with your Kundalini Yoga practice!
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Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic condition that causes intense pain in various places around the body, including muscles, connective tissues and joints, as well as a host of other symptoms. It affects more than 6 million people in the United States.

Doctors classify fibromyalgia as a syndrome, which means it has a group of signs, symptoms and characteristics that occur together. Experts are investigating a new blood test that may be able to detect fibromyalgia in up to 50% of sufferers. While this may be available to some patients, others still will have no definitive medical evidence that they're sick. To make a diagnosis, doctors usually rely on signs and symptoms alone. Complicating the matter, symptoms vary widely from person to person and often, as do their intensity.

People with fibromyalgia frequently hurt all over and feel exhausted all the time. Those symptoms often force you to seriously limit your physical activity. It's also common to have problems concentrating and remembering things. A lot of people with fibromyalgia have symptoms so severe that they have to quit or modify their jobs.

Because fibromyalgia is frequently misunderstood, family, friends, co-workers and even medical providers may not believe the person is actually sick. A proper diagnosis often takes months.

Doctors coined the term fibromyalgia (fibro – meaning fibrous tissue, my - meaning muscle, and algia - meaning pain) in 1976, but it wasn’t until 1990 that the American College of Rheumatology developed diagnostic criteria. While muscle pain is the primary symptom, research found that nothing is wrong with the muscles themselves. For a time, researchers thought it could be an autoimmune disease, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Now it’s widely believed in the medical community that a malfunction of the central nervous system.

We have counseled many people with FMS and from a yogic standpoint it seems to us that it is the cumulative effect of stress and inflammation with an attendant emotional component.

This condition forces one to stop in their tracks, so to speak, and causes one's body to shut down because it was being pushed too hard. So, above all, we feel the most important thing is to make time for yourself to rest and regroup and feed your soul. Take any opportunity you can to experience whatever nurtures you.

Kundalini Yoga can make a big difference and speed up your healing process. For now don't push yourself. Just do about 15 minutes at a time. We do feel that meditation will be very helpful for you even if you are on medication.

We recommend the sitali pranayam technique which you can read about in this archive. We also recommend short sets such as the PM segment of our AM/PM Yoga DVD and the Chair Exercises on the Yoga for Beginners & Beyond: Stretch, Strengthen, Be Stress Free. Also, the Stress Free Meditation on that DVD will be very helpful. Breathing and Meditation will help you get back on track faster than anything, but again, be patient with the process.

We recommend an organic vegan diet. Effective supplements would include EFA's, probiotics, B-Complex, and "Superfoods," such as spirulina.

We are confident that you will come through this healthier then ever!
Disclaimer: The advice we give is in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. Please consult your physician before beginning any exercise program or nutritional protocol.