Does Fibromyalgia Actually Exist?

May 22 08:08 2008 George Best Print This Article

Fibromyalgia is not one single condition with one underlying cause and therefore it is highly unlikely that any one treatment will work for even a small majority of fibromyalgia sufferers.

Fibromyalgia is not one single condition. It does not have just one underlying cause. Because of this it is extremely improbable that any one treatment approach will be successful for the majority of fibromyalgia sufferers,Guest Posting regardless of what the makers of Lyrica want you to think.

"Fibromyalgia" is simply a set of symptoms that can be caused by any number of underlying conditions. And while fibromyalgia is still considered to be untreatable for the most part (Lyrica works well for a few people, but it is far from what it is being advertised as, and the side-effects rule it out as an option for many people who try it), the underlying conditions that are causing the symptoms are usually quite treatable. The problem is that most doctors are making the diagnosis of fibromyalgia and not looking any further. Even when they do look further, they often still miss a problem that's very important, and usually pretty easy to correct.

In most situations, the majority of potential causes of fibromyalgia are not even checked for by the doctors who propose to diagnose and treat it. Of those, such as hypothyroidism and hypoglycemia, that are typically tested for, the standard testing procedures may not be adequate to uncover subtle or "subclinical" problems that can be more than enough to produce rather severe symptoms.

People with any combination of symtoms that fit the "pattern" (widespread pain, sleep problems, fatigue, digestive disorders, etc.) all get lumped together under the fibromyalgia diagnosis. Worse yet, fibromyalgia sufferers are typically told that there is nothing that can be done to cure them and the best they can do is manage the symptoms with medication.

In fact, many of the people I have seen with the fibromyalgia diagnosis have told me that their doctors actively discouraged them from "wasting their time" trying to find a better way to deal with the situation. It's as though if the doctor told you it was incurable, you should just accept that and not bother to question "THE DOCTOR"?

Unfortunately, there are so few healthcare practitioners who do know what to look for, how to look for it, and how to fix it when they find it, that the vast majority of fibromyalgia sufferers are being managed by doctors who really don't know much more about it than the patients themselves!

The good news is that you don't necessarily have to find a doctor to help you - although assistance from certain healthcare providers is usually very helpful. You can take a "shotgun" approach to the problem using a combination of natural approaches. Unlike using medication, using multiple natural treatments at once (within reason) isn't hazardous (you wouldn't want to take medication for every possible cause of fibromyalgia because you probably wouldn't survive the side-effects!). In fact, the "side-effect" of the approach I'm about to recommend is that other health problems usually improve at the same time as the fibromyalga symptoms! The biggest downside is that using multiple natural approaches simultaneously can be somewhat costly, but costs can be kept down the more you learn to do for yourself and when you use approaches/products that "kill two (or more) birds with one stone".

Specifics of treatment are beyondwhat can be discussed here, but in most cases, a combination of exercise, diet, nutritional/herbal supplementation, body work (such as massage, chiropractic, etc.), reducing systeic toxicity, handling allergies and infections, and working to restore bioelectrical balance to the body is required. With this multi-tiered approach, which is different to some extent for every person, most fibromyalgia sufferers will put their symptoms into remission. Although this approach is not a "cure" in the sense that it is necessary to continue the program for life to keep the symptoms from returning, it is a far superior approach for most people than trying to manage fibromyalgia with medications that are usually minimally effective at best.

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George Best
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Dr. George Best has been a holistic healthcare practitoner in private practice since 1992. For more free information on fibromyalgia and natural remedies, please visit the natural fibromyalgia relief section of his blog at

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