Fibromyalgia: Fix It or Fake It?

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Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) sucks the life out of those who suffer from it.

To get an idea of what it is like, imagine being in pain every day. And now imagine that pain being in many areas of your body. And on top of the pain, imagine being unable to sleep.

It’s no wonder people who have it feel depressed, tired and hopeless.

And going to the doctor doesn’t help. Even though many conventional doctors finally acknowledge that FMS is a real problem, they don’t have much to offer. That’s because it is a complex, systemic problem and their pills are too focused to catch every part.

If you look for answers, you will find a bewildering number of ideas. A quick search through my alternative medicine database found 10 proposed factors. None of them are certain. And none of them look at the whole body for answers.

Here’s what I mean:

  • FMS patients often have high homocysteine levels.
  • Eating foods with Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) can add to the symptoms of FMS. Some patients get symptom relief after stopping MSG use.
  • High levels of Reverse T3 are common in FMS patients. This affects energy levels.
  • Many FMS patients have high levels of Substance P. This increases pain perception.
  • Prior infection by influenza virus type A may create a tendency for FMS later in life.
  • Intestinal permeability issues often show up with FMS.
  • Over active TH2 helper T-cells is one of the features of FMS. This means the immune system is involved.
  • There is less energy for muscles. Plus the muscles can’t relax after contracting.
  • With time the plasma membrane (Sarcolemma) that wraps groups of muscle fibers becomes tight and thick, causing further muscle pain.
  • Hypothyroidism may be a causal factor of FMS.

Confused yet? Here’s how to sort it out…

Bodies are designed to function perfectly. FMS happens when the body isn’t getting what it needs to succeed. At the same time it is dealing with things it isn’t naturally equipped to deal with. So it needs support on both fronts.

The less effective approach is to chase symptoms. Pain pills, anti-depressants and sleeping pills are examples of this. They only mask symptoms at best. But they never fix the underlying problems. I call this the “fake it” approach.

The better way to address FMS is to get down to the root of it. In other words, fix these problems at their original source. This is the “fix it” approach.

Since each person is different, there isn’t one set way to deal with FMS. But by getting down to the root causes, we can almost always see dramatic improvement.

Here are the most common ways to improve FMS symptoms:

  • Adjust Foods. Adding in the right foods for someone while removing foods that aggravate FMS.
  • Reduce Stress. Remove whatever stress that can be removed and increase resilient responses to stresses that can’t be removed.
  • Clear Toxins. Improving detoxification capacity and eliminating toxins.
  • Support Digestion. Increase digestive efficiency and heal the gut.

The right mix of these differs from one person to the next. But when done well, symptoms of FMS reduce or go away completely.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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