Fibromyalgia Treatment

Is fibromyalgia curable?

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  • ACeleste Cooper, Rheumatology, answered

    Fibromyalgia is not curable because we don't know the exact cause. Though many studies show us there is a dysruption in the Hypothalmus-Pituitary-Adrenal axis, and that FM patients have an abnormal release of cortisol in the absence of inflammation, scientists have not been able to nail down a definitive reason for the many symptoms we suffer. It is believed that the comorbid conditions of irritable bowel syndrome, Raynaud's, irritablel bladder, hypothyroidism, fibrofog, pain, restless leg syndrome, migraine, and such have more than a casual connection to FM.

    There are treatments, some of the newer medications to treat FM have been underwhelming in effectiveness, but some have great benefit from them. The thing to keep in mind is that we are all different with different co-existing conditions too. What might work for one patient, may not work for another.

    This is why recognition of the presence of myofascial pain syndrome/chronic myofascial pain from myofasical trigger points is imperative. They are treatable and have a major influence in pain generatrion and wind-up of the central nervous system. They are knotted up pieces of muscle fiber in a taut band of muscle that radiate pain in a specific pattern which is consistent amoung all patients. New research suggests that ALL FM patients have this, though we know too that all MPS/CMP patients do not have FM. In FM all it takes is a stight breeze to active these painful trigger point, which cause muscle dysfunction, shortening, pain and sometimes local swelling and neuropathies, for those without FM the TrPs are easily treatable and do not return until there is anothe physical injury. There are specific treatments for myofascial trigger points (MTrPs).

    You can read all about it and much more in our book 

    Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by Celeste Cooper, RN and Jeff Miller, PhD.


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  • AJacob Teitelbaum, Integrative Medicine, answered

    The good news is that chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia are very treatable. The bad news is that most physicians are not yet trained in proper treatment. Because of this, you want to see a physician who knows how to help you, beyond simply using the few FDA approved medications.

    Our published research has shown that 91% of patients can improve, with an average 90% increase in quality of life, by treating with the ”SHINE Protocol”. SHINE stands for Sleep, Hormonal support, Infections, Nutritional support, and Exercise as able. This requires a comprehensive approach. To find a physician who knows how to treat you, I recommend the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers nationally. In addition, there is a free "Symptom Analysis" that can analyze your symptoms (and, if available, even analyze your lab testing) to determine what is causing your CFS/fibromyalgia. It will then tailor a treatment protocol to your specific case using a mix of natural and prescription therapies. You can then work with your local physician using this protocol.

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