Treat Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue & Migraine w/ LENS

Because LENS can be so helpful in restoring normal sleep and decreasing anxiety, it very often helps decrease the chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and migraine.

Sleeping much better. Increased energy. Much more alert. Thinking clearer. Not letting things bother me anymore, or not as much. Doing more around the house; making my bed and throwing out old things instead of keeping them. Want to go to gym.

54 year old female: chronic fatigue, depression, procrastination, lack of motivation

Fibromyalgia / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Migraine

“Investigators are constantly looking at various explanations for the occurrence of fibromyalgia. Some, for example, are exploring hormonal disturbances and chemical imbalances that affect nerve signaling. Other experts believe fibromyalgia with its deep muscle pain is linked to stress, illness, or trauma. Still others think there is a hereditary cause or say there is no explanation at all. But while there is no clear consensus about what causes fibromyalgia, most researchers believe fibromyalgia results not from a single event but from a combination of many physical and emotional stressors.

LENS Neurofeedback helps in the treatment of migrainesSome have speculated that lower levels of a brain neurotransmitter called serotonin leads to lowered pain thresholds or an increased sensitivity to pain. It’s associated with a calming, anxiety-reducing reaction. The lowered pain thresholds in fibromyalgia patients may be caused by the reduced effectiveness of the body’s natural endorphin painkillers and the increased presence of a chemical called “substance P.” Substance P amplifies pain signals.

There have been some studies that link fibromyalgia to sudden trauma to the brain and spinal cord. Keep in mind, though, theories about what causes fibromyalgia are merely speculative.”

To add to the theories: perhaps sleep deprivation and/or failure to get into deep sleep- stage IV, Delta Sleep, may contribute to creating fibromyalgia.

In 1975 two Canadian physician researchers (Moldofsky and Smythe) suspected disordered sleep physiology  as a factor in both Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

They conducted sleep studies to prove their theory. Using EEG they measured the brain waves of Fibromyalgia and CFS patients. The EEG can demonstrate when a person moves in and out of Delta Sleep. In the study it was found that the patients with Fibromyalgia and CFS were unable to go into stage 4-Delta Sleep.

Another one of their studies involved awakening healthy patients and disrupting their sleep pattern as they entered Delta Sleep. They found that the healthy subjects developed Fibromyalgia and CFS symptoms when their sleep was disturbed, but the symptoms subsided when they were permitted to sleep undisturbed.

Before going further it is important to understand that a healthy, regulated, balanced and functional brain produces the right brain wave, and associated neurochemistry, at the right time, in the right amount, for any given circumstance. A dysfunctional brain does not.

LENS Neurofeedback helps with chronic fatigueDelta brain waves are associated with the neurotransmitters Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and Serotonin, which produce, and are indicative of Delta Sleep.

HGH dominates for the brain for the first 6 months of life, which is why babies sleep and grow. In adults, HGH is responsible for tissue repair and accelerates fat burning.

Serotonin helps regulate sleep, appetite, sex drive and mood, and blocks the perception of pain.

So, a person who is not getting into Stage 4-Delta sleep is not producing HGH or Serotonin in the right amount at the right time. Therefore:

1. low levels of HGH due to the inability to enter Delta Sleep results in an inability to repair micro-traumas that occur to muscles each day.
2. this effect is cumulative resulting in the muscle abnormalities typically observed in Fibromyalgia
3. this, combined with low levels of Serotonin, which lower the pain threshold, make the muscles a primary source of pain.

I have used LENS with many patients with fibromyalgia, most often with very good, even dramatic, success. I suspect it is because LENS Neurofeedback is very helpful at restoring normal sleep cycles, allowing the patient to achieve Stage 4-Delta Sleep.

I have a decrease in overall pain. I feel more aware and brighter. More focused at work, finding I can utilize my time better. Energy level so much better. I feel really good, happy. Looking to the future after so much sadness. I feel at peace in my body and mind. I can finally stand being in my own body. Beginning to care about myself—dieting and exercising.

60 year old female: pain, fatigue, Fibromyalgia, forgetfulness, restless leg syndrome

LENS Neurofeedback Treated Disorders