Physicians are generally confused by fibromyalgia, and it can be fairly controversial.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by non-specific pain that doesn’t seem to have any particular source. Some believe it’s a real physical condition, while others believe it’s entirely psychogenic. Some believe it doesn’t exist at all.
Today we’re digging into the mystery of fibromyalgia with Heather Conley, a functional medicine practitioner working remotely in New Mexico.
Although fibromyalgia bears all the warning sign of pseudoscience, a growing number of medical researchers believe there is something real happening. Although there is no known cause, some cases are actually proving to be treatable.
According to the CDC, Fibromyalgia affects about 4 million US adults, or about 2% of the adult population. The most common symptoms for Fibromyalgia are:
One of the biggest issues with treating fibromyalgia is that it does not respond well to the typical Western treatment options, which often act as a band-aid instead of getting to the root cause (which, of course, is also difficult to do with this disease).
So how can someone manage their fibromyalgia? It will look different for everyone because the root cause is not consistent, but these are some things that you might consider.
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