From The Pain of Fibromyalgia
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
The cornerstone of fibromyalgia treatment is understanding where it comes from. Fibromyalgia is caused by hypothalamic suppression. Most of your body’s glands are controlled by the hypothalamus so when the hypothalamus becomes weakened, a cascade of negative effects can occur in your body. The hypothalamus controls the adrenals, thyroid, sex hormones, the autonomic system (which regulates body temperature, blood pressure, and the anti-diuretic hormone), and the sleep center. Fibromyalgia is the result when the hypothalamus has been weakened long-term stress, short -term extreme stress, chronically deficient diet, exposure to toxins, as well as a number of other factors. These types of stressors often show up as low thyroid, adrenal exhaustion, chronic infections (which often go undiagnosed and untreated). Underneath it all, the cellular power plant of the body, the mitochondria, have become dysfunctional, making it almost impossible to recover without a targeted medical program.
A factor that disguises this issue is that blood tests for hypothalamic suppression have a very wide “normal” range. Here at Renewed Vitality we look at the test results and also at the function. If the test shows inside the listed “normal” but the function is impaired, we work to get that function back. This factor means it is common for fibromyalgia and hypothalamic suppression to be misdiagnosed by doctors not familiar with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. We know that if we want to restore energy and vitality we have to get your hormone back to correct levels and function restored to your glandular system.
Fibromyalgia treatment has made a huge amount of progress in the last 15 years, But successful treatment does require that you work with a doctor who has the specialized knowledge of this syndrome and who can look past the obvious symptoms and see the causes. It is important to understand that the treatment of symptoms, while often very needed, does not help resolve the underlying conditions -Fibromyalgia is much too serious to try and just cover up with a painkiller. Also because this disease can be complex to treat, it requires more than a 10 or 15 minute visit to your local doctor. Trying to treat Fibromyalgia in a 10 minute interview has resulted in a great many people in the US going essentially untreated for this very debilitating condition. Successful treatment requires addressing a number of different issues which when diagnosed and treated, can lead to an overall return to normal energy and vitality.
Our Nurse Practitioners
All of our Nurse Practitioners have studied under Dr Spurlock and work with him closely to get patients successfully through their treatment programs.
Renewed Vitality Uses a Six Step Process for
First: Address the pain and sleep disturbances.
This frequently includes the use of sleep, pain and antidepressant medications. This treatment is typically only temporary while the underlying problems are addressed. It is not the long term answer as commonly practiced in the traditional medical system.
We will perform an extensive laboratory analysis focused on discovering the underlying issue and customized to the symptoms of each patient.
One of the most effective treatments for pain is Trigger Point injections, with medications injected directly into the affected tissue. This often provides 4-6 weeks of pain relief. Myofascial release/massage therapy also greatly improves pain in many patients until the underlying disorders can be treated.
Second: Rejuvenate the mitochondria and increase energy production.
Getting these little energy power plants in every cell of your body working at optimal levels is essential to restoring your energy. In those suffering from fibromyalgia, they are often found in a poisoned condition, leaving the cells starved for energy. Many things can poison the mitochondria including hormonal deficiencies, toxins and infections. Mitochondrial dysfunction may be the common denominator and underlying mechanism that explains the symptoms of fibromyalgia. In addition to using treatments to rid the body of the offending agents, specific nutrients can be given to jumpstart the mitochondria and get the cells functioning well again. These can be administered orally or intravenously.
Third: Balance Hormones
Hormonal deficiencies are often missed or poorly treated because traditionally doctors have used blood tests that count on a healthy pituitary and hypothalamus as a standard. These traditional tests measure levels, not function and therefore several critical hormone deficiencies go undiagnosed and untreated. Some typical hormone functions that need to be evaluated include thyroid function, growth hormone, testosterone, aldosterone, cortisol, DHEA, pregnenolone, estradiol, and progesterone. When hormones are properly treated and balanced, tremendous results can be achieved! Follow-up care requires regular monitoring of the correct hormone levels for continued hormone health.
Fourth: Treat the immunity factor
Various infections can either be a major cause of fibromyalgia or contribute to the problem. Because the immune system may not be operating properly, it is possible that there may be more than one infection that must be addressed. Some of these potential troublemakers include viruses such as Epstein Barr (EBV), Cytomegalovirus (CMV), and Human Herpes Virus 6 (HHV6). Also Enteroviruses, such as Coxsackie, Parvo, can be culprits. Bacterial infections like Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydia pneumonia, Borrelia Burgdorferi (Lyme disease), Babesia and Ehrlichia can also contribute to fibromyalgia. A number of yeasts such as Candida and also parasites must be evaluated as well.
In a weakened immune system, infections with the above organisms will further suppress the body’s defenses and often results in further infections with other organisms. These are called opportunistic infections. Even with the most aggressive treatments, it is difficult and sometimes impossible to destroy the infection if the weakened immune system is not addressed and treated as well. It is critical to assess infections and be treated for them along with being treated for a suppressed immune system.
Treatment may include oral or intravenous (IV) medications. Often a combination of IV and oral medication can be extremely powerful in treating infections and a compromised immune system simultaneously. Prescription anti-infectives and immune boosting supplements work together to get control of these rogue infections and restore health to an ailing immune system.
Fifth: Explore unique causes
There are some groups of individuals that have specific problems that must be addressed as part of their fibromyalgia treatment. For instance, some patients may have suffered from a chronic infection that has created a coagulation defect which results in the body laying down a fibrin (or fibrous protein) coating on cells that impairs oxygen and nutrient transfer to the cells. This can cause fatigue, muscle aches and a “brain fog.” If this condition is suspected, specialized testing is required. If this condition goes untreated, not only are the cells starved for oxygen and nutrition, but it is very difficult to eliminate any infections because they will “hide” in the fibrin coating. The infectious organisms may also produce neurotoxins which can remain in the body and continue to cause problems long after the organisms that produced them are gone. Some patients have such severe symptoms of “brain fog” that they require intensive evaluations of brain function and very direct treatment to alleviate the problem. Fortunately there are tests and procedures that can be done to rid the body of these toxins and to restore health to the cells.
When treatment is complete, a plan of maintenance will help patients continue their new-found health. Patients remain on a few core medications and supplements that are important to continue their health. These may be taken to sustain their health for many years. As with all medical treatments, some patients may require additional therapies as their case dictates.
When a comprehensive treatment plan is in place, significant recovery or a complete resolution of symptoms is the rule, rather than the exception.
Can Fibromyalgia patients recover?
There is Hope!
Today there is a workable Fibromyalgia Treatment. Here at Renewed Vitality, our doctors and nurse practitioners stay abreast of the latest breakthroughs and make sure you get the best possible treatment We pride ourselves on being many years ahead of most doctors when it comes to Fibromyalgia treatment. Often patients will start to feel better within a few weeks and according to our records we show significant improvement on 80% of all our patients within the first four visits.
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