If you have fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) you may look healthy on the outside but feel very different on the inside. Fibromyalgia is known as an invisible illness. It’s characterised by non-local body-wide pain.
That’s the defining feature but it also comes with a smorgasbord of additional disorders that you may have to contend with. These include but are not limited to chronic fatigue, digestive issues, hormonal issues, cognitive issues, anxiety, depression and sleep disturbances.
Traditionally conventional medicine has been very dismissive of fibromyalgia patients. It was originally believed to be psychosomatic. Patients were told that it was all in their head and were given little sympathy.
Even today it’s difficult to get a fibromyalgia diagnoses. Many patients fight hard believing that having this label will lead to them getting proper treatment. On average it takes about a decade to get a diagnoses.
Sadly conventional medicine has little to offer the fibromyalgia patient. Some drugs such as SSRI’s can help modulate some of the neurotransmitter imbalances associated with FMS, but overall can only offer partial relief.
Conventional medicine fails to make sense of and find the common links between all the different and varied symptoms associated with FMS. Conventional doctors just aren’t trained to think that way.
Specialists are trained to only look at one specific area of health. A rheumatologist will look at your muscles and joints. He’ll only look at the area where the symptoms are.
He never thinks that toxicity in the liver or inflammation in the digestive system could be having a knock on effect on your nervous system and thus causing the pain.
Quite simply, conventional doctors are not taught to get to root cause of the issue. This is why they fail to help people with FMS.
You see fibromyalgia doesn’t have one singular cause. Instead multiple underlying issues have a downstream effect that leads to the various symptoms experienced.
The most recent research points to neurogenic inflammation as a key modulator of pain, fatigue and the other issues experienced.
So what causes this inflammation of the nervous system? What is it in your health or life that is setting these things off?
Sadly, it takes 17 years for research to get to the clinical setting, so it will be a long time before your doctor has anything available to help reduce this inflammation and improve your symptoms.
Even still, he’s not trained to ask the “root cause” questions that can allow you to improve your health and reverse your pain and fatigue for good.
However, you are not without hope. By examining all of your health issues and finding the common links between them, it’s possible to find the root cause of your fibromyalgia.
Successful treatment of this root cause can allow you to live pain free and full of energy.