August 2011

Sleeping more and having less depression may seem like good goals for a health practitioner to have when they are treating a patient with Fibromyalgia.

What about all the other symptoms you are suffering from?

What about the side effects of the medications used to try to accomplish these goals?

What is the long term plan in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia sufferers with these goals?

The treatment protocol for Fibromyalgia by the medical community is to prescribe anit-depressants and sleeping pills. This can help the patient get through the day. Anything that is going to make things more bearable in the short term is often necessary. Certainly though, just getting through the day CAN’T be the long term goal.

Due to their training, most doctors have these goals because they do not believe there is a treatment for Fibromyalgia that will get the patient out of pain. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Dr Chris Heimlich, DC of Scottsdale Arizona comments:

It is possible to reduce and many times eliminate the pain completely, as well as the other symptoms the patient is suffering from.

Unfortunately most patients have been “beaten down” and told there is nothing that can be done to get rid of their Fibromyalgia symptoms. They are told that they have to live with it and manage it for the rest of their life. This can lead to more depression and a feeling that there is no hope. But there is hope. If the underlying causes are addressed properly, then the patient can heal and no longer have the group of symptoms tagged Fibromyalgia.

So how do you find these underlying causes and complicating factors?

You have to go to a dotor that will look at you as a whole. Health care practitioners that understand that the body has the power to heal itself, given the right environment and stimulation, will be able to put your health puzzle pieces together and come up with a Natural Treatment Protocol and goals that will help you to get your life back. Your goals, and you doctors, should be to find and address the cause of you Fibromyalgia, not just cover up some symptoms.


Dr. Chris Heimlich DC, Phoenix Metro Area Fibromyalgia Doctor Comments:

One of the biggest mistakes I see with patients that are not getting good results from their Fibromyalgia Treatment is thinking that they have had all the correct tests to figure out what is causing the Fibromyalgia Symptoms.

Well, usually many of you woman have seemingly had every test done under the sun. Most of the women I consult with who are suffering with Fibromyalgia have had MRI’s, CT scans, NCV’s, EKG’s, basic blood work, psyche evaluations, colonoscopies……. Now all of these tests do have their merit. They can rule out some very ugly pathology. Here is what I have found. After spending two days at the big diagnostic clinics, they come out with the same thing they had before: a report that says that the labs are “normal” and a diagnosis of fibromyalgia.

The truth is zero functional testing has been done.

Research shows that Fibromyalgia has a huge Neurological component. It makes sense that if you have a neurological problem, then you need to get a functional neurological examination to get to the bottom of what is causing your fibromyalgia.

A functional neurological examination doesn’t just look for pathology of the brain and nervous system, but also for different subtle clues and findings to let the doctor know how the different parts of the brain are communicating with each other. If the different parts of the brain are not communicating with each other, then the brain, and body, will not work correctly. When this happens, it is called a Function Disconnect, or Functional Disconnection Syndrome.

Many things can contribute to the neurological problems of sufferers of Fibromyalgia. These factors are gastrointestinal dysfunction, hormone imbalances, immune dysfunction, intestinal dysbiosis and candida among other things. Success with fibromyalgia treatment depends on stepping back and looking at all the pieces of a patient’s health puzzle.

Don’t stop looking for the answers. You need to find a doctor that will do functional testing and look at the functional ranges of lab results and someone that will put all the pieces of your health puzzle together.


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Dr. Chris Heimlich DC, Founder of the Arizona Fibromyalgia Institute Comments:   I commonly get asked this question as I am in consultation with a fibromyalgia sufferer. Of course this is usually only asked by the newly diagnosed or those who exhibit mild signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia. Anyone who has suffered with this dreaded […]

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