Finally, here's some good news about Fibromyalgia treatment. The purpose of this article is to empower you to take charge of your own health, and choose the right type of fibromyalgia doctor. There may be some things in this article that make you feel uncomfortable, but a short bout of discomfort is much better than suffering with chronic fibromyalgia, so here we go.
"Fibromyalgia," is just a label used to name a syndrome that is mostly noticed in your muscles. The symptoms include widespread pain, or terrible pain all over the body, with bouts of "fibro fog," or brain fog (foggy thinking), chronic fatigue (fm/cfs/cfids), exhaustion, headaches and extreme sensitivity to moderate or mild touch pressure. Fibromyalgia doctors (doctors that treat fibromyalgia), and fibromyalgia specialists say the "cause" of fibromyalgia is unknown.
The term "fibromyalgia" does NOT define a definite process of disease—it just NAMES a group of symptoms for the doctor's convenience. This is an important point. A fibromyalgia diagnosis does NOT identify any mechanism of why you have this symptom profile (fibromyalgia pain syndrome). The diagnosis does not identify any causes of fibromyalgia. The "fibromyalgia" label is used for convenience, to describe a group of symptoms including multiple areas of chronic pain, chronic fatigue and bouts of brain fog. The fibromyalgia label itself doesn't really help you.
The doctors that treat fibromyalgia and give such a diagnosis do not offer any deep insight into the causes of fibromyalgia. The perspective of the fibromyalgia specialist is that there is "no known cause:" just what other fibromyalgia doctors say. When you seek another doctor's opinion, and you say that your diagnosis is fibromyalgia, it only suggests that you have a lot of pain symptoms, and someone else decided to label your condition as "fibromyalgia." It is a symptom label: it does not describe a disease, nor is it the cause of anything.
Los Angeles Fibromyalgia: Beyond Pain Management
Unfortunately, most doctors in Los Angeles, have no idea what causes fibromyalgia. They treat the symptoms with acute-care (crisis-care) drug treatments like pain killers, muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory drugs, and cortisone shots. But be warned: those drug treatments are for acute care: they give short term relief from pain. Those treatments don't help your brain-fog/ mental-fog/ fibro-fog, or cfs/chronic fatigue. They never improve the core reasons you have fibromyalgia in the first place. There are no conventional, symptom-based cures for fibromyalgia, but symptom-based drug management care is usually presented as your only choice.
most doctors in Los Angeles, have no idea what causes fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia pain can be temporarily "controlled" with western medicines that were originally designed for an acute crisis, but it is important to be aware of this fact: those medicines will not change the underlying process that causes the pain, at all —they are only a temporary fix! The conventional treatments are focused only on the symptoms (the products of your condition), not the causes of fibromyalgia. Ignoring and not investigating your unknown, underlying causes will eventually lead to frustration, and poor health.
Do more than just covering your symptoms: Fibromyalgia is a result of many things. A group of symptoms with a label does not cause anything, but those symptoms can have many causes. Grouping your symptoms under one label and treating fibromyalgia like it is a disease is a disservice to you.
A select few holistic doctors using a functional medicine system can uncover the causes of fibromyalgia. Unless you really want to take drug treatments for the rest of your life, and suffer their side effects too, you need an integrative alternative doctor to go beyond your fibromyalgia pain management, and address your long-term health; from the ground, up.
Fibromyalgia does not describe a process of disease, nor is it the cause of anything,
but it is a result of many things.
Fighting fibromyalgia symptoms for the rest of your life is NOT the only thing available. Remember, numbing the chronic pain with drug treatments doesn't mean your fibromyalgia has become fundamentally any better. Your pain symptoms might be less, but the reasons why your condition came about in the first place still needs attention! If you were to stop taking the pain killers, wouldn't the pain come right back? You know it would. That's because the causes of your condition have not changed, only your perception of your condition has changed.
Long term use of chemical fibromyalgia treatments, originally designed to be a temporary fix, can eventually lead to other, seemingly non-related symptoms, which, in turn, can be "controlled" with additional drugs—an undesirablecascadeofevents.
A better solution for fibromyalgiacan be used, even in tandem with temporarily killing pain (which might be necessary for now). When you go to a licensed, holistic chiropractor he will be well versed in alternative medicine and functional medicine, to investigate and address the underlyingmultiplecauses of your fibromyalgia. He will address the real causes of your fibromyalgia by looking at this pain syndrome with different lenses. Let your new integrative chiropractor look for the functional problems, the underlying conditions that are present and contributing to your overall condition.
Can a pain-killing approach and this alternative, fibromyalgia functional medicine approach be used at the same time? Yes. You don't stop your presription treatments until they are no longer needed!
Contributing Factors to Fibromyalgia:
My experience shows that there are so many possibilities for contributing factors, or causes of this chronic pain syndrome—including autoimmunity, functional impairments of the spine at one or several levels, the hidden injury of mild to moderate head trauma (concussion syndrome), etc.—that it becomes an impossible task for you to try to solve this puzzle all on your own. It is equally as impossible with only the help of a conventional doctor who prescribes chemical treatments as the only tool to manage your pain.
What you want is a doctor who can investigate your condition's hidden multiple causes, and understand how to select your individual treatment plan. You will save years of chronic pain, frustration and suffering when you allow yourself to seek the help of the right alternative fibromyalgia specialist, and choosethealternative now, rather than later.
Dr. Lieberman will investigate the underlying causes of your fibromyalgia!Most people don't even know that this kind of care is available.
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Dr. Barry J. Lieberman, D.C., A.C.N, Integrative Chiropractor
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