Treating fibromyalgia naturally — so you can shine again
by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP
- What is fibromyalgia?
- Stress, hormonal balance, and fibromyalgia — what’s the connection?
- An inside look at the pain —fibromyalgia and the central sensitization theory
- Women to Women’s SHINE protocol — the natural approach for treating fibromyalgia
I see many women in my practice who feel discouraged and disheartened by the advice they’ve received about fibromyalgia. The sleeplessness, extreme fatigue, and widespread chronic pain that accompany fibromyalgia can be unbearable for some women, but the medical community has long been stumped by this confusing and controversial condition. It was ignored by conventional medicine for years, and in some circles fibromyalgia is still questioned as a “real” diagnosis. But fibromyalgia is real, and I know there are thousands of women out there who deserve compassionate and effective care. We don’t have all the answers yet, but pain specialists and functional practitioners are working to get to the root of fibromyalgia and similar pain syndromes, to give you the answers you want and deserve.
Recently the FDA approved medications (Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Savella) for fibromyalgia patients, and many are thrilled that the medical community is finally recognizing their struggle. But I have to say, I think women with fibromyalgia deserve more than a prescription for their pain and suffering, especially since the initial FDA reviewers of Lyrica (which was first examined for treatment of diabetic nerve pain) felt its effects were unimpressive. On top of this, Lyrica has some unappealing side effects — including weight gain, swelling, dizziness, and drowsiness (the last thing a fibromyalgia patient needs!).
There is a better way — I promise you.
It may seem surprising, but I have lots of patients who recover from fibromyalgia, and others who improve tremendously by learning to nurture their bodies from the inside out. I see this as a condition that strikes at the very core of a woman’s being, where there can be many underlying issues to uncover — from sleep and diet, to viruses and bacterial infections like Lyme disease and other co-infections, to how we think and feel. It’s oftentimes a difficult road to travel. But you can feel good again, if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves, do some digging, and learn some new ways of being. Let’s take a closer look at fibromyalgia and your options for feeling better naturally.