Fibromyalgia is the most common musculoskeletal condition after osteoarthritis, affecting an estimated 6 million people in the USA alone. Often misdiagnosed and misunderstood, its characteristics include widespread muscle and joint pain and overwhelming fatigue.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that occurs primarily in women of childbearing age, though men, children and the elderly may also be affected. Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
- Widespread pain. The pain associated with fibromyalgia often is described as a constant dull ache that has lasted for at least three months. To be considered widespread, the pain must occur on both sides of your body and above and below your waist.
-Fatigue. People with fibromyalgia often awaken tired, even though they report sleeping for long periods of time. Sleep is often disrupted by pain, and many patients with fibromyalgia have other sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.
-Cognitive difficulties. A symptom commonly referred to as "fibro fog" impairs the ability to focus, pay attention and concentrate on mental tasks.
Fibromyalgia often occurs with other painful conditions, such as:
· Irritable bowel syndrome
· Migraine and other types of headaches
· Interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome
· Temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders
The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown and because many of the symptoms mimic those of other diseases, it can be very difficult to diagnose. It’s my belief that a variety of factors, including toxins, a damaged digestive system, vaccines, antibiotics and poor nutrition contribute to fibromyalgia. As I often say, “Anything can cause anything”. There are many different factors that could contribute to fibromyalgia so it is important to find out what is causing YOUR fibromyalgia. This is best done with Nutrition Response Testing®. This allows us to safely and accurately uncover the root cause of your pain.
If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, call us today to schedule your appointment for a complete Nutrition Response Testing® analysis. Once the underlying causes are identified, a specifically designed clinical nutrition program can be formulated to assist the body in returning to optimal health. It takes time. Most cases of fibromyalgia take years to develop and it often takes 1-2 years for the body to fully recover once a program is started. The results are worth it! If you are ready to finally handle your fibromyalgia pain, call us today! 501-842-1004.