On a recent visit to Barnes and Noble book store with my wife, she picked up a magazine, Woman’s Day, to peruse. I was involved in other literature. As I was sitting enjoying an iced tea and reading a magazine my wife plopped down her magazine in front of me and suggested I read an article she had found. The name of the article was “When the Pain Won’t Go Away”. The article was on Fibromyalgia and was very close to what we have been preaching for many years.
The article included the usual explanation of how difficult it is for doctors to diagnose Fibromyalgia due to any unreliable tests. As we have preached the condition is triggered by some physical or emotional trauma. The ongoing problem of pain leads to chronic long term painful symptoms. Diagnosis is from painful symptoms that last for longer than 3 months and the condition is further complicated by fatigue, brain fog and coexisting health problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, osteoarthritis, headaches and many other conditions.
As we have preached medications don’t seem to help. The article mentions antidepressants sometimes reduces pain. We find most medications have side effects that mimic the same symptoms Fibromyalgia patients suffer with. Finally it was mentioned that an anti inflammatory diet( cutting out dairy, gluten, sugar, trans fatty acids) filled with fruits, vegetables and fish is definitely a pain reliever that allows the patient to sleep.
We do not agree that stressful exercise reduces pain for Fibromyalgics since most of our patients can barely get out of bed. However, activity such as walking, stretching, eating as mentioned a healthy diet are all an important part of our treatment protocol.
For more information on our treatment protocol check our website www.fibrowellnesscenter.com or my book FIBROMYALGIA,Falsehoods, Fakers, and Facts which can also be found on e-book.