image credit If you've done your own research on fibromyalgia, you may have seen some of the following headlines:
Genetics of fibromyalgia. Familial studies suggest that genetic and familial factors may play a role in the etiopathogenesis of these conditions. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2005 Oct;9(5):313-5.
Genetic linkage analysis of multicase families with fibromyalgia syndrome. Our study of 40 multicase families confirms existence of a possible gene for FM that is linked with the HLA region. J Rheumatol 1999 Feb;26(2):408-12 Significance of catechol-O-methyltransferase gene polymorphism in fibromyalgia syndrome. Fibromyalgia syndrome (FS) is associated with a neuroendocrinal disorder characterized by abnormal function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis via polymorphism in the gene. Rheumatol Int 2003 May;23(3):104-7 The T102C polymorphism of the 5-HT2A-receptor gene in fibromyalgia. Our results showed a significantly different genotype distribution in FM patients with a decrease in T/T and an increase in both T/C and C/C genotypes as compared to the control population. Neurobiol Dis 1999 Oct;6(5):433-9 Importance of genetic influences on chronic widespread pain. Individual differences in the likelihood of developing chronic widespread pain reflect modest genetic influences. Arthritis Rheum. 2006 May;54(5):1682-6. Source:Neurotransmitter.net
In the most recent issue of Newsweek, Dr. Dean Ornish reminds us that genes, our genetics, are only part of the story in our health history and future. Dr. Ornish has long been advocating a plan to reverse heart disease. But his ideas can crossover easily into all diagnoses and diseases. "Some people may say, 'Well, looks like it's all in my genes, there's not much I can do about it.' It's tempting to take a nihilistic view since it absolves us of any personal responsibility. But it also means we're powerless, and I don't like feeling that way. Besides, it's not true. Our genes are only part of the story. According to Dr. David Heber, director, UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, "Genes load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger."
This has been my experience. I may not completely eradicate all indications of dis-ease in my body, but a pro-active approach to wellness through lifestyle improvements, psycho-emotional efforts, and proper diet, allows me to live well, feel well, and do well, and for that, I am grateful! I've noticed that symptoms creep in when I forget to make the lifestyle changes which created my healing a priority. Yes, it's a lifelong commitment, and not always an easy one, but oooooh yes, it's really worth it.