My doctor said my blood tests looked good, then why do I still feel so bad?
According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, many, not all, but many of the people who suffer from Fibromyalgia are also suffering from an auto-immune disorder. This is a condition where the immune system is attacking and destroying the nervous system as well as the thyroid gland. This may be the most overlooked disease process in the entire health care system.
MY QUESTION IS WHY?
Although auto-immune disorders may be the most common cause of fibromyalgia problems in this country, many medical doctors don’t test for them since it will not change their standard treatment plan, which is to prescribe thyroid hormone in the event that a thyroid problem is diagnosed. Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is just monitored and medication is adjusted accordingly. As other symptoms pop up, they are prescribed more drugs. Prozac or another drug for depression, as well as anti-seazure drugs for other symptoms, pain medications, as well as additional drugs for continued thyroid malfunction. The person may feel better for a short period of time and then “crash” with their symptoms returning. Or they may or feel no change at all. The solution- more thyroid and other medications.
Conventional health care has no model to successfully manage an auto-immune related Fibromyalgia syndrome. The reason that this condition is so poorly managed and people seldom feel better is because most doctors are “barking up the wrong tree”. What do I mean? Well, if Fibromyalgia is a problem with the immune system….which it often can be…..shouldn’t the immune system be looked at?
I feel it should…. And that is one of the places where I look. By looking into the immune system, you can see what is not working correctly and why it is not working correctly. We do that-by testing. Doing the correct tests can give you the information needed to specifically see what is going on with the immune system.
Remember, if you don’t test, then you just don’t know. Once this is figured out, a specific protocol, unique to you can be set up in order for you to finally begin to feel better.
Ask yourself the following questions:
1. How has your chronic health condition affected your job, relationships, finances, family, or other activities?
2. What has it cost you in time, money, happiness, sleep?
3. Where do you picture yourself in the next one to three years if this problem is not taken care of soon?
4. What is it worth to you if we could help improve your condition?
If you’re really serious about the possibility that there could be an alternative treatment for you or your loved one, call our office at 561-627-2747 and tell us that you are interested in setting up a case review.
Dr. Berl Michel, DC