The diagnosis of fibromyalgia has been given to a number of my patients throughout the years. Is the cause viral? Is the cause bacterial? or Is the cause due to toxic metals? It has been postulated to be caused by the Epstein Barr virus ( EBV) as well as various metal and environmental toxicities. It has been associated with severe fatigue, aches and pains, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Fibromyalgia is classified as a chronic pain disorder affecting 2- 8 % of the general population More women than men are affected, Common symptoms include fatigue, sleep disturbance, gut issues, memory problems and depression. A number of conventional drugs as anti depressants, anti pain medication and even anti epileptic drugs Some of the common ones are Savella, cymnbalta and gabapentum.

I utilize supplements and herbs to repair and restore the gut. These involve glutamine, probiotics and our GUTSY tea. I want the patient to try an anti candida diet . I recommend a Bowen technique practitioner. The Bowen technique is a form of physical manipulation that involves gentle rolling along muscles, tendons and fascia. I perform toxic metal analysis and detoxify the body if appropriate. Acupuncture has been useful in some cases as well as gentle Qigong.

Until tomorrow…