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Episode 11 - Fibromyalgia Pain Science Education - Fear & Pain Cycle
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This episode continues pain science education of fibromyalgia.
In fibromyalgia, the normal pre-wired by nature to feel fear or danger signals is dysregulated. The nervous system is more sensitive and gets activated more frequently into a danger state, the flight or fight response; it experiences a fear whole lot more often and longer than someone who has a more balanced nervous system.
Additionally, how the brain reacts reinforces the experiences as dangerous or safe.
So our brain is pre-wired to view pain as dangerous, as a surviving mechanism. When we react to pain with fear, it reinforces that experience as dangerous.
The more you fear pain, the more it puts the brain in a state of danger or high alert, activates the nervous system to fight or flight, the more fear you get. The more fear we have, the more pain we feel. The more pain you have, the more fear you feel, which leads to more pain. The brain is stuck in the fear–pain cycle or loop.
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