Fibromyalgia is a misunderstood condition that debilitates over 4 million people in North American alone. The average Fibromyalgia patient often finds themselves stuck on the medical- merry-go-round; being shuffled from one doctor to next, with no one being able to help. The standard medical treatment is focused on treating the symptoms and not the condition itself. When the standard protocol of pain medicines, muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory medicines, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medicines or anti-depressant drugs don’t work, the patient is told the condition is untreatable or that it’s “really all in their head”. There is nothing further from the truth.
The truth about Fibromyalgia is that it is not a muscle problem to be treated with pain drugs and anti-inflammatories. If that were the case, then fibromyalgia sufferers would respond to the standard medical treatments. Research is pointing out that Fibromyalgia must be addressed as a combination of both a metabolic condition and a neurological condition. Until Fibromyalgia patients are treated using a combination of metabolic and neurological approaches, they will never demonstrate improvement or begin to feel better.
The typical Fibromyalgia patient is being constantly bombarded with pain neurological stimuli. This can result in an over-firing or under-firing of the brain and nervous system. The effects: constant pain, chronic fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, indigestion, reflux, heartburn, insomnia, as well as bowel problems such as constipation and diarrhea.
These problems can be the result of a metabolic disorder; an unknown food allergy or sensitivity, a hidden thyroid or adrenal gland problem, an intestinal parasite, a bacteria, mold or yeast infection, as well high levels of specific markers in the blood which indicate high levels of internal inflammation. Unless all these are tested for, the fibromyalgia sufferer just doesn’t know. And neither does their medical doctor, because the average medical doctor has no interest in running these types of tests.
On the neurological side, a Fibromyalgia patient may be suffering from an oxygen deficit affecting the specific area of the brain which controls all the muscles of the spine. A few simple tests can be performed in the doctors office to determine if an oxygen deficit is a contributing cause of a patients fibromyalgia. If this proves to be the case, then a treatment protocol utilizing specific Brain Based Therapies (BBT) is in order.
However, if you don’t test then you just don’t know. And this is why the standard medical treatments for Fibromyalgia don’t work.
There is an answer to successfully treating Fibromyalgia and obtaining maximal relief. Specific metabolic treatments must be paired with neurological treatments. Dr. Berl Michel, DC of Palm Beach Gardens practices with an emphasis on combining the metabolic treatments with the neurological treatments to help fibromyalgia patients recover.
If you or a loved one is suffering from fibromyalgia, then you need to find a doctor who understands how to truely treat this condition.