Sore muscles. Achy joints. Chronic fatigue. Persistent headaches. Disrupted sleep. Cognitive decline. These are among the many potential symptoms associated with chronic pain from which at least one in five adults worldwide now suffers . Perhaps you're one of them, and in the process of trying to deal with your suffering you've received an official diagnosis of fibromyalgia that's left you confused and unsure about the best remedial course of action to take in order to find real relief.
While fibromyalgia is generally classified as a neurosensory disorder characterized by abnormalities in central nervous system function, the way its symptoms manifest from person to person tends to vary dramatically. This is a big reason why many physicians regard fibromyalgia as an "idiopathic" syndrome–idiopathic being a fancy way for the medical community to say that it has no explanation for a condition's inexplicable pathology.
It is precisely this uncertainty about what causes it or even what it truly is that makes fibromyalgia a tough cookie to crack. Many health
Are your hormones and neurotransmitters balanced?
Research further suggests that endocrine dysfunction may similarly play a role in provoking the onset of fibromyalgia symptoms. When the hormonal system become imbalanced due to persistent stress, chemical exposure, and other detrimental factors, the body's hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis can very quickly get thrown out of whack, resulting in hormone stores and production levels going awry.
One example of this is the high prevalence of growth hormone deficiency in patients with severe fibromyalgia. A lack of growth hormone is directly associated with increased levels of blood cytokines and resultant pain severity, which at least one study has shown can be corrected through treatment with growth hormone.
The same is true for neurotransmitters in the brain, which need to be in proper balance in order for the body to function correctly. Deficiencies in necessary brain chemicals like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, for instance, can result in feelings of moodiness and depression–symptoms that are known to dramatically worsen when an individual is stricken with fibromyalgia.
 Cuatrecasas, G., et al., "Growth hormone treatment for sustained pain reduction and improvement in quality of life in severe fibromyalgia," Pain, 2012 Jul;153(7):1382-9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22465047