Fibromyalgia is now so common in the Western world that it has been added to the World Health Organisation’s International Disease index. The condition, which sees patients experiencing chronic musculoskeletal pain, along with digestive disturbances, poor sleep, memory problems, fatigue, and low mood, is often preceded by physical, emotional, or psychological trauma or illness caused by a viral and/or bacterial factor. Identifying fibromyalgia is complicated by the fact that there is no single medical diagnostic test. A clinical assessment is made when characteristic symptoms exist: severe muscle pain lasting for more than 90 days and discomfort when pressure is applied to multiple tender points of the body. Fight fibromyalgia andby identifying the cause and making sure it is this and not Lyme disease or any other disease state.
Conventional treatments focus on long-term prescription of corticosteroids, and offer little hope of recovery; a holistic approach, however, can offer a return to optimal health. In other words, natural medicine can help.
As a naturopath, I aim to address the cause(s) and help you get better. Such causes can include viral/bacterial strain, multiple chemical sensitivity, toxicity build up, heavy metals, gut dysbiosis (parasites, candida etc), nutrient deficiencies, food allergies/sensitivities and more. I also work to improve gut function, alkalise the ph (thereby reducing inflammation) replenish nutrient deficiencies, reduce muscular pain, improve the immune system, support the nervous system and restore proper adrenal function using diet, supplementation and herbal medicine. A multi-modality approach involving other complimentary practitioners in body work (physiotherapy, massage, osteopathy etc), acupuncture and various forms of counseling is often also recommended.
Naturopathy can be a powerful tool in the treatment of Fibromyalgia and associated conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). Identifying such causes and triggers can save time and result in patients getting better with fewer treatments.