While it is not unexpected to have an emotional or psychological response to a chronic illness, there may be other physiological reasons that explain why anxiety and depression occur in fibromyalgia patients consistently enough that they are listed as symptoms of the condition. "Biochemically, depression is very different in [people with] fibromyalgia than otherwise," says Dr. Teitelbaum. "In fibromyalgia, it is often associated with an underactive adrenal function [a low cortisol level], whereas depression [in a non-fibromyalgia population] is associated with a high cortisol level."
If you've been experiencing those racing emotions that just won't allow you to step out your door when a flare up occurs, than Valerian Root Extract may be your saving grace. Most bottles state to dispense one dropper full in the mouth. Unfortunately, for me, if I chose this option, I'd be sleeping most of the day. Instead, I carry this miracle liquid, alternate therapy in my purse always. I use 3 - 4 drops and, instantly, the edge is taken out of the equation. I repeat 2 - 3 times if I don't feel relief in as little as five minutes. On days that flare ups continue without due notice, this can be a lifesaver.
One of the most acute problem solving strategies this offered in the beginning of my quest was it my body the ability to heal itself the instant I began this therapy. No one knows, but you, the intense emotions that accompany initial pain triggers, especially if this is your first experience. In the beginning, at times, the pain can be quite debilitating. This sends your emotional well-being into a cascading spin causing irrational fears. When your mind is at ease, you can think clearly. By thinking clearly and preventing issues that cause flare ups allows your body to rest and being recuperating.