FINDING OUT THE REAL CAUSE OF FYBROMYALGIA
Fybromyalgia has a reputation of being called the “mystery” disease. Many doctors do not know all the symptoms associated with this condition and patients are usually referred to a “specialist” who claims to have the medications that will help the patient. However, most of these drugs are used in combinations that can have side-effects for the patient while providing only average relief from symptoms. So why does fybromyalgia remains such a mystery? I believe the answer lies in looking at the common denominator in patients. According to one of the world’s leading experts in fybromyalgia, the common factor that fybromyalgia patients have is a very slow metabolism.
CAUSES FOR SLOW METABOLISM
There are many causes for slow metabolism. Too much fat as compared to muscle tissue can cause metabolism to slow down. Diabetes can slow the metabolism. Medications, fasting, and skipping meal also contribute to slow metabolism. Of course, genetics is often blamed for slow metabolism. These conditions can all influence metabolisms, but an often overlooked cause is hypothyroidism.
HYPOTHYROID AND FYBROMYALGIA
Many if not most patients with fybromyalgia also have hypothyroidism or thyroid hormone resistance. In order for patients to fully recover from their fybromyalgia, they need to be involved in a good program that includes balanced nutritional meals (healthy food choices), exercise, nutritional supplements, stress reduction, and support with thyroid hormone therapy. However, this thought continues to not be accepted in some medical circles. The reason for this has to do with the approach in hypothyroid detection.
In the past, hypothyroidism was detected not only using blood tests but a combination of observation, thoughtful investigation, common sense, patient collaboration, and rational judgment. Now, everything hinges on the blood test using markers such as TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and blood levels of T3 and T4. However, in many cases blood tests have not been accurate in diagnosing hypothyroidism. In fact, for auto-immune thyroid disorders, an examination of the glandular tissue has to be performed because the factors for diagnosis do not show up significantly in a blood test.
Now, you might be saying “what does this have to do with fybromyalgia?” If the underlying cause is treated, it stands to reason that the symptoms will be reduced or eliminated. Those patients, who have had their hypothyroidism treated with a natural thyroid hormone (Armour Thyroid) a good synthetic combination of T3/T4, or T3 therapy on its own and a combination of other lifestyle changes, have seen a significant change in fybromyalgia symptoms. Naturally, the patient has to be willing to be an involved participant in the overall program in order to see results. The program of choice is:
- A wholesome diet
- Nutritional supplements
- Herbal medicines
- Thyroid hormone replacement
- Adrenal hormone support
- Female sex hormone balance (for women)
- Exercise to tolerance
- Healthy sleep
- Avoiding chemical contaminants
- Physical therapy
A good thyroid hormone replacement therapy working in conjunction with a good natural way incorporating a healthy diet, nutritional supplements, herbal medicines, and an active lifestyle will create an alliance that will take the pain and mystery out of fybromyalgia.