Fibromyalgia – Muscle and Joint Damage

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome, not a disease, triggered by over-activation of nerves.  It doesn’t damage your muscles, tendons and joints, but it may cause pain, stiffness and tenderness resulting in less physical activity.  Without physical activity muscles become weak and can’t provide enough protection to your joints, which become sore and stiff.  These muscles remain sore because they cannot repair themselves as well as someone who isn’t suffering with fibromyalgia.

Researchers have found that people suffering with fibromyalgia have elevated levels of a nerve growth factor and a chemical nerve signal called Substance P, in addition to low levels of Serotonin.  Through this research it is thought fibromyalgia is a neurological condition and not a muscular or joint condition.



This video was created by and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.