Fibromyalgia is a form of generalized muscular pain and fatigue that affects approximately 2 to 4 percent of the US population, or as many as 6 to 12 million people. The name, Fibromyalgia, means pain in the muscles and the fibrous connective tissues (the ligaments and tendons). Fibromyalgia lacks standard laboratory abnormalities, your doctor can’t detect it in your blood or see it on an X-ray or an MRI. Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection, or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.
The conventional medical diagnosis depends mostly on a person’s report of complaints and feelings and their doctor's interpretation of symptoms. Pain is the most prominent symptom of Fibromyalgia, in fact, researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals in part due to imbalances in the central nervous system. It generally occurs throughout the body although it may start in one region, such as the neck and shoulders, and spread to other areas over a period of time.
Most people with Fibromyalgia also experience moderate or severe fatigue, including lack of energy, decreased exercise endurance, or the kind of exhaustion that resembles the flu or chronic lack of sleep. Sometimes this fatigue is more of a problem than the pain. Other common symptoms include headaches, especially muscular (tension headaches) and Migraine headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, abdominal pain, bloating, alternating constipation and diarrhea, bladder spasms and irritability that cause urinary urgency or frequent infections, skin sensitivity, poor blood circulation, anxiety, and depression.
When the upper part of your brainstem called the Mesencephalon over fires or becomes hyperactive, strong nerve impulses go racing down the spinal cord, overstimulating pain fibers throughout the entire body. This is what causes the fibromyalgia pain pattern, as well as the other related symptoms mentioned above. But, what causes the brainstem to over fire? Although Fibromyalgia can’t be diagnosed through a simple laboratory test, our specialized Functional Labs have shown us that this disease has many common root causes. Problems ranging from systemic inflammation and neurological dysfunction in the brain and spinal cord to metabolic problems like hidden infections, nutritional deficiencies, food allergies, and toxicities related to our ever-increasing body burden are all major contributors.
Unfortunately, most who suffer from this condition are only offered pain medications and drugs that manipulate the chemicals of the brain and nerves that carry pain signals. The problem with this “solution” is that it does not address the root causes that lead to the development of this disorder. It will continue to progress and can lead to permanent changes in the way your body perceives pain resulting in ever-increasing sensitivity to stimuli and abnormal pain sensitivity. Which will likely also mean ever-increasing medications. This is why it is so important to take a functional medicine approach to Fibromyalgia.
Unlike conventional medicine, our Comprehensive Functional Programs look and address all the root causes of dysfunction and utilize brain-based therapy (if indicated) and metabolic treatments to "quiet" this overactive part of the brainstem, giving you the relief you desperately need. Also unlike conventional treatment plans, no pharmaceuticals are needed. No matter how long you've suffered or how severe it is, this program can uncover and resolve the root causes of your Fibromyalgia.
If this approach of treating the root causes of dysfunction and not the symptoms of Fibromyalgia makes sense to you, call (309) 222-8806 or use the contact form below to see if you are a good fit for one of our programs. I do not accept all cases, only those I truly believe I can help pinpoint the cause of your Fibromyalgia syndrome, correct it, and give you your life back!
5 Starr Experience , went from headaches everyday for forty years to very few in three months. And new hope, now that I know pain free is possible. I can't begin to tell you what I've been through, never thought headache free was possible for me. I'm living a new life. Thanks Doc.
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