The Source of Fibromyalgia
If you are one of the more than 15 million Americans who suffer from fibromyalgia, you know how difficult it can be living with an “invisible” illness. Fibromyalgia causes terrible pain throughout the body, affecting the fibrous tissue between muscles in the chest, back, head, and extremities. This terrible condition also tends to manifest a severe sensitivity to touch as well as other symptoms, including gastrointestinal problems, difficulty sleeping, numbness or tingling, and most commonly, chronic fatigue.
But just where does fibromyalgia come from?
For as common as this condition is, it is remarkably poorly understood by most doctors, and this fact contributes to the difficulty of finding effective treatment that does more than mask the pain of fibromyalgia with drugs. To truly treat a pain-causing condition such as fibromyalgia, the source of the pain first needs to be understood.
There are numerous clues within the body that indicate that the source of chronic muscle pain is fibromyalgia and not a viral infection or injury…and these clues can also provide a road map to treatment, as taken together they paint a picture of what problems and imbalances in the body need to be addressed. Almost all fibromyalgia sufferers also have problems with their adrenal gland. Exhaustion in the adrenals is a likely culprit for the fatigue and pain sensitivity experienced with fibromyalgia.
While poorly-working adrenals are most common in fibromyalgia patients, there are often problems in other organs in the body that are linked to fibromyalgia. Hyperactivity of the brainstem is tied to exhaustion in the adrenals, for example. Likewise, improper functioning of the liver leads to a buildup of toxic chemicals in the body, and these substances can lead to pain, fatigue, and the other uncomfortable symptoms of fibromyalgia. Thyroid problems are similarly linked to chronic pain through the endocrine symptom, and most fibromyalgia sufferers demonstrate signs of hypothyroidism—that is, under-functioning of the thyroid.
There may not be a cure for fibromyalgia, but there is much more that a responsible medical practitioner can do than prescribe drugs to hide the symptoms of this illness. By addressing these deeper imbalances in the adrenals, brainstem, liver, and thyroid, as well as improving the function of other struggling organs, it is possible to provide relief from the symptoms of fibromyalgia holistically. Metabolic treatments are highly effective at correcting imbalances in the adrenal and thyroid glands; in my practice at the Bay Clinic of Chiropractic, I make use of heavy metal chelation, enzyme therapy, detoxification, and hormonal therapy. Clinical nutrition can likewise be critical in correcting these root problems, and is a cornerstone of any course of treatment.
Fibromyalgia can make daily life difficult to impossible, but this suffering can be removed with careful, natural treatment. Don’t put up with a life of agony for one day longer than you have to.