Another item to consider about the link between emotional experience and fibromyalgia – this again from the Fibromyalgia Information Foundation that I referred to in my last post.

There is now good evidence that drugs commonly labeled for other uses are beneficial in treating FM associated pain. Antidepressants are one such class of drugs that also help pain irrespective of their antidepressant action…. It is important to note that you do not need to be depressed to benefit from this class of antidepressants; the available medications are duloxetine/Cymbalta and venlafaxine/Effexo.  Click for the full page at The Fibromyalgia Information Foundation.

What?  If you have fibromyalgia, then antidepressants will reduce your pain, even if you’re not depressed.  This seems like a pretty clear indication of the ongoing influence of emotions on the fibromyalgia pain experience.

  1. If antidepressants are having some effect on a persons emotions,
  2.  if that change in the emotions then results in a reduction in pain,
  3.  doesn’t this make the case for working with our emotional background to affect the way our body experiences pain?

The Emotional Freedom Technique does exactly this.  EFT works with a persons emotional experience to lessen fibromyalgia pain symptoms.