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Fibromyalgia is Not a Disease

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Notice: Since the original writing of this article, I have continued my observations concerning fibromyalgia and the connective tissue system of the body. What I have found is that some people appear to have sensitive connective tissue which puts them at risk for a myriad of problems, including a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Consequently, the advice offered here applies to all persons who are considered sensitive. And, as connective tissue is now being studied by science, it is my fervent hope that the scientists will one day find out why some of us are sensitive and reactive. In the mean time, the best we can do is educate ourselves and others and minimize our exposure to the things that make us feel worse. Updated: November 2009.


It is not a disease for which, once they find a cure, a pill can be popped and now everything is okay. Fibromyalgia doesnt have a single cause. It is not a bug or a virus or a parasite. Fibromyalgia is not, despite its name, about muscle pain. Fibromyalgia is not incurable. Fibromyalgia is not in your or anyone elses head.

For those who live with Fibromyalgia, there is no part of their life that it does not affect: sleep, energy, movement or mood. To what degree it affects ones life varies from person to person. Some peoples symptoms are so mild, they are not even aware they have a disorder. Others are so severe they can think of nothing else except their pain and misery.

I have been living with Fibromyalgia for years now. It may have started around 1998. I was the statistical average in that I suffered for five years before being diagnosed in 2003. Fortunately, I was on the path of alternative modes of healing when this news came to me, and I believe this has given me an edge over the establishment in learning more about this unfortunately named disorder: my mind was and still is open to many possibilities. In fact, it is all of the possibilities that make understanding Fibromyalgia so difficult. Especially in a society where black-and-white thinking has become the norm, and observation, analysis and critical thinking obsolete. If you cant see it on a blood test or in an MRI it doesnt exist. This is nonsense, of course, but it is amazing how many people, especially physicians, believe it.

Towards the end of helping you to more fully understand your world and your body, I present my observations and findings on Fibromyalgia so that you, too, may become a part of your own healing process and if you are lucky, find more sleep, more energy, more physicality and more joy in your life.

Of the people I work with who have Fibromyalgia (FM), these are the following similarities:
Generally sensitive individuals
High stress levels
Sugar and refined food intolerance
Food allergies
Synthetic/Chemical intolerance
Electrical Sensitivities
Cellular Dehydration

Generally Sensitive: The moment I meet a client who feels pain at the slightest touch, I begin to ask questions about their lives and their general health. Most report frequent colds and flus, trouble with taking medications due to unusually unpleasant side effects, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, etc. When I compassionately suggest that they are very sensitive people, their eyes mist up and reflect an immediate sense of both you so get me, and how did you know that?

High Stress Levels: Invariably, FM sufferers have unusually high stress levels. If you ask about their lives, they will often only be able to see and speak of their stress. Due to their highly sensitive natures, usually both physically and emotionally, I sometimes wonder what came first, the sensitivity or the stress. Stronger individuals with stronger immune systems tend to handle life stressors with relative ease compared to their sensitive counterparts.

Sugar and Refined Foods: This is where I usually meet resistance: I will ask about where the sugar is in their diet, and they are either proud to announce that they are sugar-holics or embarrassed to admit it. Occasionally, a client will say that they dont like sweet things, but they drink alcohol. This is when I inform them that alcohol addiction is sugar addiction. Take alcohol away from a regular drinker, and they suddenly develop cravings for sweets.

Food Allergies: With the food supply the way it is today, who doesnt have at least one food allergy, but these people tend to be allergic either to a lot of different things or to entire food groups.

Synthetic or Chemical Intolerance: This conversation usually coincides with the sensitivity one: it begins with, I cant take this or that medication and ends with a discussion of how sensitive individuals tend to have issues with all things synthetic. In an effort to open their eyes about where the synthetics are, I mention a few of the basics: Now that the pharmaceutical industry owns most of the major supplement companies and have begun replacing once natural ingredients with synthetic ones (like vitamin E d-tocopherol vs. dl-tocopherol), more people are often reporting an allergy to vitamins. Synthetic hormones tend to cause problems regardless of sensitivity, but natural bio-available hormones do not. Artificial sweeteners are used by many sugar-addicted sensitives to help them cope with their sugar-loving guilt, yet these synthetic sweeteners are only adding to their health problems and pain.

Electrical Sensitivities: This is a subject all its own and is presented in other articles on this site under the heading of Protection, but suffice to say these clients tend to work or live in areas of high electro-magnetic fields of varying sources.

Cellular Dehydration: The ultimate commonality in FM individuals is what I refer to as, a form of cellular dehydration. I say this because this is what the scientific community needs to investigate and give a name to. When they do this, I am confident that they will find that this cellular dehydration causes the connective tissue disorder that is now being erroneously referred to as Fibromyalgia.


Connective tissue exists throughout the body. It wraps every muscle fiber the same way that a transparent, tough film wraps a chicken breast. Connective tissue is called such because every molecule of it, from the connective tissue in your big toe to the connective tissue in the back of your head is connected, literally. Most of us are familiar with the bodys primary communication system: the nervous system. I believe and now scientists are beginning to believe that the connective tissue system is the premier communication system of the body. I take it one step further and see it as the communication bridge between the physical body and the energy body. It has already been proved that the human body has both a physical and an energetic component. The energy body is probably most often referred to in new-age and spiritual circles as the aura. This aura can now seen by computer. A scientific understanding of how the energy body works is for our future researchers to discover, but I will guarantee you that the connective tissue system of the body will play a significant role. And, it is when this connective tissue becomes disturbed at the cellular level that people begin to experience the myriad of symptoms such as with FM sufferers.

Con Edison once loaned me a report from the government regarding electromagnetic fields (EMF) and cancer. Although they could not definitively prove that EMF caused cancer (and why would they considering who was sponsoring the research,) the scientists were quoted as saying that they did notice significant changes, damage actually, at the cellular level in the presence of extremely low-frequency EMF and that further exploration was highly recommended. I believe that this cellular damage is a form of dehydration.

Dehydration also occurs when ingesting sugars, alcohol, and caffeine. Dehydration can also result from an over-active immune system such as one dealing with allergies and stress and detoxifying the body from synthetic chemicals.

When the bodys connective tissue system begins to dehydrate, not only is communication going to break down, but the connective tissue, itself, is going to harden. Under normal circumstances, this occurs over decades and is referred to as the aging process. In todays world with the incredible onslaught against the body of so many pollutants in our air, water, food supply and the invisible realm of technology wave patterns, this aging process is accelerating at an alarming rate and is currently mislabeled as Fibromyalgia.

More women suffer from FM than men probably due to the fact that women tend to be more sensitive than men. But the tide is changing. In my practice I am seeing more men, sensitive men, with this disorder. Perhaps, when enough men begin complaining, the syndrome will be taken more seriously and real research will begin on the phenomena. Politics aside


Lets look again at our list of FM similarities and apply logic to the healing process:
Generally sensitive individuals.Acknowledge this sensitivity and use it to help you grow.
High stress levels..Find stress-reduction techniques that will work for you.
Sugar and refined food intolerance...Stop eating sugar and refined foods.
Food allergiesGet blood tested and reduce allergic food intake.
Synthetic/Chemical intoleranceStop ingesting synthetic chemicals; clean your liver.
Electrical Sensitivities..Educate yourself and reduce your exposure.
Cellular DehydrationDrink water. Not fluids, water. And, stretch the body gently each day (gentle stretch causes connective tissue to produce a hydrating liquid.)

These suggestions may seem like over simplifications. It is an unfortunate fallacy that complexity makes something meaningful. Even when designing large, apparently complex computer systems, I found that simplicity is what made them operate accurately. Now that I am observing the human body and working to solve pain problems, I also find that the simpler solutions are the best.

The most pro-active suggestion I have outside of re-hydrating with plenty of water on an ongoing basis is to stretch. Unfortunately, when I make this suggestion most people either give me blank looks or loud groans. There tend to be two types of exercisers: those who do and those who dont. Both groups dislike stretching. Both groups find it tedious and boring. I have made an interesting observation, however: The immune system problems and injury rates of both exercisers and non-exercisers are about the same. Exercisers (also known as gym rats) heal faster, have better circulation and generally more trim and toned bodies, but they get the same injuries and they, too, suffer from FM. This is because FM has nothing to do with muscles. Pumping iron is about muscle tone and strength. Stretching is about exercising and toning the connective tissue system. You want to feel better? Spend five minutes every single day stretching gently, yet firmly. It will take time, but eventually you will not only be more limber, have more range of motion, but also a stronger immune system and a healthier connective tissue system.


Fascia Congress I, 2007, Harvard Medical, Boston, USA

Fascia Congress II, 2009, Vreja University, Amsterdam, NL

Energy Medicine, The Scientific Basis by James L. Oschman, PhD

Jobs Body, by Deane Juhan

Molecules of Emotion, by Candace B. Pert, PhD

The Field, by Lynne McTaggart

Copyright 2011, [Massage Energetics and Paula Moerland, LMT]. All rights reserved.



Good Article! Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for sharing the article. While I can't disagree with what it says, I do know that it is the neurotransmitters in the brain that are misfiring and the nature of FMS is biochemical. So litterally it is in our heads. In the past several years, it seems thoughts are changing regarding FMS and perhaps it could be classified as a disease of the central nervous system. It is strange that they can't seem to decide "what" it is, but I like many of you are sure that it is debilitating and affects a lot of people. I know that some people are offended by the commercials on TV for Lyrica, however, that was a huge step forward for us. It has helped to legitimize the condition or syndrome, with hopes of coming up with new medications. Personally, I still have hope they will either find a cure someday or at least be able to tailor a drug for patients to make life much more bearable. This may be far off into the future or just around the corner. Who knows?

Agreed, Caroline04. So far as I'm concerned, FMS is not a connective tissues disease, but an imbalance in the brain (hypothalamus, to be specific) which causes every part of our bodies to be effected, since it, not connective tissues, is the conductor of our bodies. It is what drives all the functions in our bodies.

Now, that is what I have learned through my study, which has gone on for many years now.

I'm ready to accept anything that can be proved scientifically, so there might be more information down the road. As far as I'm concerned at this point, focus on connective tissues as THE main point of disease is a mistake. There are simply too many studies that relate FMS to the brain, rather than the bodies locations of distress.

I do love hearing other opinions though. Keep up the discussions, everyone.

I don't think they can say it's not a disease. I don't think they know enough about it yet.

What if it turns out to be a little bacteria like Lyme, or a virus like XMRV? Maybe our neurotransmitters are misfiring for some specific reason still unknown. Or maybe it's a perfect storm with the environment. Doesn't it seem like it's an epidemic lately with all the new people being diagnosed?

I don't think anyone can say anything for sure, not until they have tests to prove it exists at least, and I'm not talking about a tender point test.

I just don't get this "disease", "condition", "illness", "syndrome" thing. For me: DIS-EASE
Not at ease. Yep that fibro. Not at ease. Yep it's a disease.
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