Fibromyalgia is a syndrome characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. The diagnosis of fibromyalgia is often given when all your labs are normal, but you still feel like crap. In reality, the symptoms used to diagnose fibromyalgia could be applied to any number of conditions.
Often people diagnosed with Fibro are made to feel like malingerers, or hypochondriacs. That their symptoms are due to depression or they just want attention. I had one lady tell me that her physician told her he didn’t believe Fibromyalgia is real and he just give the diagnosis to get her out of the office. It is really sad. But I think it is frustrating for most medical professionals because they just don’t have any good treatment options. No way to cure this nebulous condition with vague symptoms that could be attributed to many problems. When the standard labs to diagnosed anemia, thyroid problems, and autoimmune conditions come back normal the physicians are left with the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. And they know from experience that the medications used to treat the symptoms are generally not very helpful and sometimes cause more problems than they solve.
Substantial evidence suggests that it is in part a central nervous system driven pain amplification syndrome. But research has also implicated chronic stress, hormonal abnormalities, viral and other infections, imbalances in the gut microbiome, abnormal mitochondrial function and even genetic mutations among the many potential causes of FM. The reality is that there is not likely to be any single cause of fibromyalgia. Multiple factors were involved in the development of your condition. The “perfect storm” if you will, that set the stage for your body to get out of balance.
I hate to say it, and I wish it were not true. But there is No Magic Pill that will cure you. But I believe that I can help restore your health and vitality so that you can enjoy life again. Recovery will be a process and it will take some time.
Utilizing the Functional Medicine framework, which offers a whole new science based paradigm on how to approach and manage chronic conditions, I will look at you and your symptoms from a holistic perspective. We will begin peeling back the layers of factors that are negatively impacting your heath. We will look at chronic infections in your gut and elsewhere, hormone imbalances, nutrition, stress management, toxic exposures and other lifestyle factors that are contributing to your feeling like crap.
If you are tired of feeling like crap and are ready to start on your journey toward health, click below to schedule your 60-75 minute intake appointment.
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