Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Syndrome causes body-wide pain and extreme tiredness along with a host of other issues such as digestive problems, hormonal issues, cognitive issues, anxiety, depression and sleep disturbances. By understanding the connections between these seemingly different conditions, the root cause can be understood and symptoms can be reversed.

About Fibromyalgia

If you have fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) you may look healthy on the outside but feel very different on the inside. Fibromyalgia is known as an invisible illness. It’s characterised by non-local body-wide pain.

That’s the defining feature but it also comes with a smorgasbord of additional disorders that you may have to contend with. These include but are not limited to chronic fatigue, digestive issues, hormonal issues, cognitive issues, anxiety, depression and sleep disturbances.

Traditionally conventional medicine has been very dismissive of fibromyalgia patients. It was originally believed to be psychosomatic. Patients were told that it was all in their head and were given little sympathy.

Even today it’s difficult to get a fibromyalgia diagnoses. Many patients fight hard believing that having this label will lead to them getting proper treatment. On average it takes about a decade to get a diagnoses.

Sadly conventional medicine has little to offer the fibromyalgia patient. Some drugs such as SSRI’s can help modulate some of the neurotransmitter imbalances associated with FMS, but overall can only offer partial relief.

Conventional medicine fails to make sense of and find the common links between all the different and varied symptoms associated with FMS. Conventional doctors just aren’t trained to think that way.

Specialists are trained to only look at one specific area of health. A rheumatologist will look at your muscles and joints. He’ll only look at the area where the symptoms are.

He never thinks that toxicity in the liver or inflammation in the digestive system could be having a knock on effect on your nervous system and thus causing the pain.

Quite simply, conventional doctors are not taught to get to root cause of the issue. This is why they fail to help people with FMS.

You see fibromyalgia doesn’t have one singular cause. Instead multiple underlying issues have a downstream effect that leads to the various symptoms experienced.

The most recent research points to neurogenic inflammation as a key modulator of pain, fatigue and the other issues experienced.

So what causes this inflammation of the nervous system? What is it in your health or life that is setting these things off?

Sadly, it takes 17 years for research to get to the clinical setting, so it will be a long time before your doctor has anything available to help reduce this inflammation and improve your symptoms.

Even still, he’s not trained to ask the “root cause” questions that can allow you to improve your health and reverse your pain and fatigue for good.

However, you are not without hope. By examining all of your health issues and finding the common links between them, it’s possible to find the root cause of your fibromyalgia.

Successful treatment of this root cause can allow you to live pain free and full of energy.

Our Approach to FMS

We take the functional medicine approach to treating fibromyalgia. This means that we look for the “root cause” of your issue. Rather than just treating the symptoms, we work with you to completely restore your health and thus live pain-free naturally.

The root cause of your fibromyalgia might be different from the root cause of some else’s fibromyalgia. That’s why we look at your health as a whole and we want to know about all areas of it.

We know that the nervous system and immune system are not working right in fibromyalgia patients.

The neurotransmitters, which are the nervous system’s “molecules of communication”, are in total disarray. We also know that parts of the brain and nervous system have become inflamed.

The conventional medicine approach tries to modulate some of the neurotransmitters. However, there is a web on imbalances and addressing any one of these individually will only have a minimal effect.

A better approach is to look at what might be causing the nervous system to malfunction in the first place. The nervous system in fibromyalgia patients tends to be inflamed, so what’s causing that?

The answer may not be the same for different individuals. There may also be multiple factors that are contributing to the symptoms of pain, fatigue, cognitive issues, etc.

State of the art lab testing allows us to pinpoint the exact areas in your health that are having a negative impact on your fibromyalgia syndrome.

Stress, trauma, food sensitises hormonal issues, gut disturbances and environmental toxins are some of the common issues we find in our fibromyalgia patients.

By working with these and balancing the biochemical disturbances that they create, fibromyalgia symptoms can be relieved.

We can help you to work out why your symptoms are arising and we can help you fix the problem at the “root cause” so that you regain your health and resolve your fibromyalgia.

Schedule a Discovery Call with us today to find out more about the underlying causes of your condition and what a roadmap to recovery would look like for you.