Along with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia is another possible culprit for the cause of fatigue that does not seem to have a clear cause.  The word fibromyalgia means muscle pain, which is a symptom of an underlying cause.  However, conventional doctors use the term fibromyalgia to describe a set of symptoms that are actually common symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Some common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
• Insomnia/disturbed sleep
• Fatigue
• Mental fog and memory loss
• Joint pain
• Muscle weakness

A Condition, Not A Diagnosis; Doctors And How They Treat It

Fibromyalgia is still seen as a “new” disease, despite the fact that the term has been around since the 1970s and people have been suffering from it since well before then. Aggressive marketing campaigns in the first decade of the 2000s by drug companies Eli Lilly and Pfizer raised awareness of the condition by the general public. (Both companies had also recently had drugs approved to treat the condition, incidentally.)

Notice that I use the word “condition” and not disease or diagnosis. Strictly speaking, a diagnosis means that there’s a way to determine what the problem is and an understanding of the cause of the problem. At this point, there’s no consensus by conventional doctors on the cause of fibromyalgia. Unable to treat the underlying cause, doctors instead treat the symptoms; that is, they numb the pain.

How do doctors who follow conventional medicine usually deal with patients who come in complaining of fibromyalgia symptoms? Typically, they declare that the patient has fibromyalgia, and then they prescribe a pill or two or three to alleviate the symptoms. The attitude is something like, “There’s no cure. Get used to it.”

This is the best-case scenario. Other times, the doctor will dismiss the patient out of hand, claiming that the real problem is hypochondria or depression. I hear this happening often after blood tests and other exams come back normal. None of the numbers say anything is wrong, so nothing is wrong – even if the patient is saying otherwise. You can imagine the frustration a person feels after years of getting the run around when they just want answers.

An Effective Approach to Treating Fibromyalgia

When we see guests at the Center who have been told they have fibromyalgia, or who are experiencing the symptoms, we listen to them first and foremost. I learned a long time ago to listen well, and that’s how I, along with my team, have been able to achieve so many positive results for the guests who come to the Center for help. We take a holistic and natural approach to helping people get better. I’ll tell you how we help people with fibromyalgia.

First, take another look at the list of common symptoms of fibromyalgia:

• Insomnia/disturbed sleep
• Fatigue
• Mental fog and memory loss
• Joint pain
• Muscle weakness

Do those symptoms look familiar? They’re all symptoms of hypothyroidism, too. In fact, if you look at the two conditions side by side, you see that hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia share nearly 100% of symptoms. All symptoms of fibromyalgia are common among patients with hypothyroidism.  In treatment trials, thyroid hormone therapy has reduced or eliminated fibromyalgia symptoms, and a long-term follow-up study showed that improvement with thyroid hormone therapy. (1)   Is it any surprise, then, that by treating hypothyroidism, many symptoms of fibromyalgia improve or disappear altogether?

By taking an approach that includes addressing hormone imbalances with natural and bioidentical hormones, treating adrenal fatigue, and ensuring sound diet and nutrition, my team and I have been effectively helping people climb out of their fibromyalgia “diagnosis” to regain their health and happiness.

(It’s worth noting here that chronic fatigue syndrome also shares many of its symptoms with both hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia, and again, we’ve found that treating for hypothyroidism often alleviates symptoms of CFS.)

A Ray of Hope for People Suffering from Fibromyalgia

What I hope more than anything is that if you’ve been told you have fibromyalgia but there’s nothing you can do about it, or if, even worse, you know something is wrong but your doctor doesn’t believe you, I hope that you now see a light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t believe in the medical advice of “just learn to deal with it.” I believe that by helping the body get back into balance and allowing it to heal itself, you can naturally regain your vitality, your spirit, your hope, and your health. I’ve seen it happen many, many times.

This is the time for you to take back your health and experience the quality of life you know you can have. Let us help you. Call the Hotze Health & Wellness Center in Houston, TX to schedule your free consultation with one of our Wellness Consultants. Call us at 1-888-447-4058 or visit the website. I encourage you to take this first step to a healthier, happier you!

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Research
1. Lower Resting Metabolic Rate and Basal Body Temperature of Fibromyalgia Patients Compared to Matched Healthy Controls