Fibromyalgia mostly affects women. In the United States alone, it affects 5 million adults according to the stats in 2005. Globally, it affects 10% – 55% of the adult population according to the Current Pains and Headaches Reports in 2013. Fibromyalgia is painful. The NIH defined fibromyalgia as;
Fibromyalgia syndrome is a common and chronic disorder characterized by widespread pain, diffuse tenderness, and a number of other symptoms. The word “fibromyalgia” comes from the Latin term for fibrous tissue (fibro) and the Greek ones for muscle (myo) and pain (algia).
Quick Overview On Fibromyalgia
How Mindfulness Improved Fibromyalgia?
We’ve learned in the past that mindfulness has a positive impact on pain.
In one study conducted by researchers at De Montfort University Leicester’s School of Nursing and Midwifery found that mindfulness is helping people who suffered from long-term medical conditions like fibromyalgia, PD(Parkinson’s Disease), cancer, MS(multiple sclerosis), depression and anxiety. The results they get are far better than those who do not practice mindfulness.
When interviewed by the researchers, the participants said that the key factors for mindfulness to have such a positive impact on pain is due to kindness and compassion. One of the participants in the study said this during an interview;
It’s just made me happy, it’s made me want to live and embrace life. I’ve realized that wallowing on my condition won’t help and I don’t think I would have got there without meditation.
The key to reaping and enjoying the benefits in the long-term is a regular practice. The more often you practice it, the better you become at doing it.
When time comes you need it, it’s easy to put what you’ve been practicing into a useful tool whether it be for pain or overcoming stress and anxiety.