Fibromyalgia FAQ’s Real Answers

WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA?fibromyalgia pain neck

  • Fibromyalgia is a form of generalized muscular pain and fatigue that affects approximately 3.7 million Americans.
  • The name, Fibromyalgia, means pain in the muscles and the fibrous connective tissues (the ligaments and tendons).
  • Fibromyalgia lacks laboratory abnormalities; instead, the diagnosis depends mostly on a person’s report or complaints and feelings.
  • Pain is the most prominent symptom of Fibromyalgia. It generally occurs throughout the body although it may start in one region, such as the neck and shoulders, and spread to other areas over a period of time.
  • Most people with Fibromyalgia experience moderate or severe fatigue with a lack of energy, decreased exercise endurance, or the kind of exhaustion that results from the flu or lack of sleep. Sometimes the fatigue is more of a problem that the pain.
  • Headaches, especially muscular (tension headaches) and migraine headaches, are common in Fibromyalgia. Abdominal pain, bloating, alternating constipation, bladder spasms, and irritability may cause urinary urgency or frequency.
  • Your skin and blood circulation can be sensitive to temperature changes, resulting in temporary changes in skin color.
  • It does not discriminate by gender or age, but predominately affects women between the ages of 35 and 54.
  • It is mostly characterized by pain, muscle pain, fatigue, brain fog, and much more.

How is Fibromyalgia Diagnosed?

  • Diagnosis is difficult. Currently there is no medical test that will clearly diagnose Fibromyalgia.
  • Diagnosis is presently based on patient history and tender point sensitivity.
  • “Tender Points” refer to 18 points on the body in which extreme sensitivity may occur in at least 11.
  • Tender point sensitivity, as well as a history of widespread chronic body pain for at least 3 months, provides the most definitive diagnosis at this time.

Other common fibromyalgia symptoms include:

  • Flu-like pain that can be severe and constant
  • A constant feeling of exhaustion
  • Specific tender points that hurt
  • Overall body aches
  • Depression
  • Muscle stiffness and pain
  • Insomnia or other sleep disorders
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Depression not caused by a trauma or event, but by chronic discomfort
  • Cognitive problems, often called “brain fog
  • “Reoccurring headaches
  • Multiple reoccurring infections
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Frequency, degree and location of pain vary from day to day. Any given day a
Fibromyalgia patients’ level of discomfort may range from mild muscle stiffness to
extreme, radiating pain so severe they feel completely debilitated and unable to
carry out simple activities.

What causes Fibromyalgia?

The underlying cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown. Research is ongoing, but there
is agreement that Fibromyalgia patients have an enhanced pain sensitivity and
response originating from the central nervous system damage. Traumatic
illness or injury may trigger the disease.

Research also points to different types of antigens may be responsible for the triggering of Fibromyalgia.

Want to learn more about fibromyalgia?

We take a different approach to Fibromyalgia treatment.
After a thorough neurological examination I determine which part of the nervous
system is not functioning properly.  In many Fibromyalgia patients I may find a
high mesencephalic output.

There are three parts to the brain stem: top, middle, and lower.  The
mesencephalon is the top part of the brain stem.  A high output of the
mesencephalon will cause an increased pulse and heart rate, inability to sleep or
waking up from fitful sleep, brain fog, urinary tract infection, increase warmth or
sweating, and sensitivity to light.

Along with a high mesencephalic output, the Fibromyalgia patient may have a
decreased output of the cerebellum.  The cerebellum is in the back part of the
brain, and it controls all of the involuntary spinal musculature. Thus one might
have chronic muscle pain or discomfort.

We also do complete blood chemistry testing along with immune system testing.  We test for different antigens that may be causing this, such as Gluten testing with DNA analysis, test if you are reactive to Casein (dairy products) Soy, Dietary Yeast and Egg.  We test your gut to see what the makeup of its flora is and if there are any parasites present, the lab we use is the leading laboratory in this field, using DNA analysis of your gut contents, resulting in very precise and specific results that no other technique is capable of.

No matter what the condition, it is imperative that the doctor performs a thorough
and comprehensive exam to determine the exact nature of the patient’s condition.

Like all chronic type patients whose symptoms last longer than 6 months,
Fibromyalgia patients must be monitored closely before and after treatments
(blood pressure, pulse, oxygen levels).  If the patient is not monitored, it is
possible to over-stimulate or exceed metabolic capacity.  Since the upper part of
the brain stem (mesencephalon) is firing at an abnormally high rate, I will want to
utilize modalities that will lower the mesencephalic output.

Am I a candidate for your treatments?
Not all patients will be accepted into our program. There is a qualification process that all prospective patients must go through. It consists of 2 different parts, the first is that you would call and request a Fibromyalgia Qualification Package that you are to fill out completely along with a written history of all of your health problems for your entire life, no matter how insignificant you feel that they are. Then the second part is the Preliminary Qualification Examination, it is after this step that I will be able to determine if you would indeed benefit from our care.

Are your treatments safe?
Very safe and painless.

I go to a chiropractor now, what is the difference between what you
do?
Most chiropractors adjust the spine manually and it makes a popping noise. We do NOT do this on Fibromyalgia patients. We use different forms of painless stimulation to the increase the brains efficiency. We may use visual stimulation, auditory stimulation, touch, taste, olfactory simulations and many more.

Why can’t I just take medications?
You can if you like but remember that no medications will get to the cause of your Fibromyalgia. They will only cover up
the symptoms. Medications are basically used to help the patient tolerate their
symptoms. Traditional Treatments are focused on managing the symptoms. Not correction of the cause.

How much do your treatments costs?
It varies. We do not know exactly what treatments the patients will need until we
examine them. Fibromyalgia treatments are very patient specific.