All of the above are life-limiting conditions. Not in the sense that they shorten life, but in the sense that they diminish the quality of life to such a degree that people stop living.
They're all in the mind?
There are some who believe that Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia are psychological conditions, as they are often diagnosis by elimination. This can be quite hurtful to those experiencing the conditions as they do impact lives severely and the experience is very real.
There are now theories that fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue are the result of a form of trauma on the body, either an illness or some other event, where the body starts to shut down to protect itself from further harm.
Pain - is it real? Why do we have it?
Is pain a real thing? In a way yes, in a way, no. Pain is an interpretation of a signal from our body. It has a purpose on occasions when we are injured to send a warning to the brain that action needs to be taken to prevent further injury or death.
Where it comes to chronic conditions such as chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia, the pain is neither useful nor necessary for survival. Therefore there are psychological components as the brain is misinterpreting signals to give warnings that are unnecessary.
Can anything help?
I have now been using a blend of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy to help people with Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic pain to get relief for over 2 years. These can be challenging issues to work with, yet when you see someone regaining their life the levels of satisfaction are huge!
Working on issues like these requires a team effort. Some will insist on a multi-disciplinary team, with nurses, medications, psychologists, physiotherapists, etc. I think these are beneficial, although the evidence for the effectiveness of medications is poor.
As a private psychologist my services are often covered by major insurance companies. I work with you to help you resume your life - life has been paused for too long with many of these conditions. It is a joint effort. I bespoke my methods to fit your needs in any session and use a pragmatic approach.
You can recover from these conditions. You can still live a life with these conditions. If you want to make changes today and start moving forward, make an appointment today.
I'm a doctor of psychology, born in Guernsey, educated at a tertiary level in Bristol, Bath, and London. Having worked and trained with some of the leading Health Psychologists in the UK, and having a passion about how Health Psychology can truly benefit many people, I now want to spread the word, as well as offer consultations to people wanting to make changes in their lives.