Patients with chronic muscle pain (and often joint and bone pain too!) are frequently prodded in a set of specific points then told by their doctor that they have fibromyalgia, are written a prescription for Cymbalta, and told there is nothing else that can be done!
There are a number of double-blind, control studied techniques that can help. Graduated exercise and counseling are both known to help. But we know more!
- There are often specific diets, that can be determined with appropriate blood tests, that can help.
- Many, probably most, people with fibromyalgia have a breakdown in their stress hormone response, and this must be corrected before any long-lasting relief can be expected.
- Sleep issues must be addressed holistically.
- Issues of toxin excess must be handled gently and appropriately.
What are we describing? An individualized holistic program of 2 to 6 months duration under the supervision of a functional medicine physician and an individually assigned health coach addressing all 5 pillars of health.