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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition of pain in the muscles and soft tissue. Fibromyalgia mostly affects the muscles and their attachments. There are nine pairs of Fibromyalgia test points. At least 11 of the 18 specified tender points of Fibromyalgia must be tender to consider Fibromyalgia. These areas are painful to the touch without signs of redness, swelling or heat in the surrounding joints or muscles.

Although in Western Medicine the cause is looked at as unknown, researchers link this condition to parasitic infections, dental amalgam fillings, hormone imbalances, viral or parasitic infection, neurotransmitter imbalances, sleep problems, problems glands, and physical trauma. Other factors that can play a role include chemical and food allergies and sensitivities, chronic stress, and dysfunctions in muscle metabolism. Breast implants can also contribute to Fibromyalgia because the materials implants contain weaken the body’s immune system. Fibromyalgia is also linked to a low pH in the body, a poor diet, mineral deficiencies, toxic intestines and a toxic liver.

Conventional medicine has achieved limited success in treating Fibromyalgia, and in many cases conventional physicians fail to detect it. Some patients have been told it is a physiological disorder of depression and it’s “all in their head”. There is hope!

In Oriental medicine, the liver governs the muscles. Often times, liver detoxification and purification programs along with Acupuncture are highly recommended in Fibromyalgia patients.

Common Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

  • Widespread pain in various muscles
  • Chronic Fatigue/Fatigue
  • Mood Changes/Mood Swings
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Allergies
  • Dysmenorrhea (Painful Menses)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Body Stiffness
  • Anxiety
  • Intolerance to exercise
  • Dizziness

The medical community is finally coming around to understanding that fibromyalgia is “real.”  But there is still little known about the cause or effective methods of treatment. Many are now turning to natural remedies offered by a fibromyalgia doctor in Austin, Texas.

Fibromyalgia symptoms are commonly associated with chronic fatigue and intense muscle pain in the shoulders, neck, back and hands; however, there are other symptoms that can manifest in this disorder such as headaches, anxiety, depression and even irritable bowel syndrome.

Sadly, for many years, it was not uncommon for patients suffering from this disease to be misdiagnosed, based on one or two symptoms, and some were simply told it was psychosomatic. As a result, medications were often prescribed that were unnecessary, ineffective or completely missed the mark. Is it any wonder that fibromyalgia sufferers have become somewhat skeptical of conventional medical treatments and have begun to consider the natural support offered by a fibromyalgia doctor in Austin, Texas?

Chronic illnesses often pose serious challenges for most people, not just on a physical level but psychologically and emotionally as well. While there are still medical professionals who are still adverse to the concept of mind and body balance as it relates to overall good health, fortunately, many are now beginning to understand its importance in treatments. It wasn’t that long ago that Chiropractics and the ancient art of acupuncture were considered ineffective but they are now beginning to gain a new found respect because of the relief patients are experiencing with these methods.

In addition, many people are now trying to avoid the inevitable side effects that often come with medications and are seeking alternatives over the possibility of addictive, expensive prescriptions that may cause more harm than good. Natural therapy is aimed toward restoring the mind-body balance by utilizing detoxification and purification, acupuncture, gentle chiropractic massage and nutritional herbal supplements.

If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and have yet to find an effective, healthy way to cope with this disorder, you should consider the natural path with a fibromyalgia literate doctor in Austin.

For more information on fibromyalgia and fatigue read Dr. Tenesha Wards’ article “Awake Again? Fibromyalgia and Fatigue”

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