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Could These Drugs Make Your Fibromyalgia Worse?

Excepts from my Tuesday Night Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia Teleconference

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Pills and capsulesThe average fibromyalgia patient is taking 6-12 different prescription drugs. Because they’ve been sick for so long and seen so many doctors over the years, they’re often on a plethora of different medications and they don’t even know if one drug is helping or not. They’re taking something to wake them up, something to help them to go to sleep, to calm them down, to rev them up, to have a bowel movement … they’re taking all these meds and oftentimes they really don’t feel much better.

They continue to go back to the doctor or doctors year after year for their check-ups, and the doctors continue to add more and more medications in their attempt to help the patient feel better. What they’re doing is trying to lessen the symptoms.

The symptoms are warning signs that something is going wrong in the body. If you continue to try to mask the symptoms and don’t deal with the causes, you’re going to eventually have problems. If you’re in your car racing down the freeway and the engine light comes on, you can certainly ignore it. You can cover it up so you couldn’t see it or you can unplug it, but you can get rid of that warning light. You can deal with the symptom so it’s no longer there and it’s not a problem, but what will happen is eventually your car is going to break down, sooner or later. The engine light coming on is a warning sign. High blood pressure is a warning sign. It doesn’t mean that you have a high blood pressure drug deficiency.

It means that either you’re under too much stress so you’re generating high blood pressure from that; it could be a genetic thing. Most often in this country, it’s because of poor diet and being overweight for most people. Why does the person have a weight issue? It could be poor diet, but it also could be low thyroid function that’s never properly diagnosed. You want to continue to ask the question – if I have this symptom, why do I have it? It’s not because you have a drug deficiency.

Good evening this is Dr Rodger Murphree, TheFibroDoctor.com, author of Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Thank you for joining me for my Tuesday night Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia teleconference. I look forward to your questions this evening. I’m a board certified chiropractic physician and board certified nutritional specialist. I’ve been in private practice for 24 years. For the last 18 years, I’ve specialized in fibromyalgia.

For a number of years, I owned a very large integrative medical practice on the campus of Brooklyn hospital here in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2003, I sold that practice and I’ve been out practicing solo ever since. My book Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is now in its 5th edition and is available at most bookstores throughout North America, including Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

My practice has evolved over the years to where now 95% of the patients that I work with on a daily basis are phone consults. I get to work with patients literally all over the world, certainly throughout North America, the UK, Australia and other places around the world.

If you’ve listened to any of these calls in the past, if you’ve watched any of my free videos at the TreatingandBeating.com site, you know that my philosophy having been a specialist in fibromyalgia for 18 years is that the only way to beat fibromyalgia – and you can, is to get healthy. That’s the only way to do it and drugs don’t make you healthy. They can be helpful and sometimes they’re your only choice, sometimes your best choice. But for the most part, drugs are a dead end for fibromyalgia at least long term, because drugs are treating symptoms and not causes.

What we’ve got to do with fibromyalgia is we’ve got to figure out where the person is broken down and fix the causes. If we continue to just treat the symptoms, the patient winds up on half a dozen to a dozen drugs, a drug for every symptom. The problem with that is we never get to the root cause of the problem, and every drug has a potential side effect.

doc holding pillsTypically my patients on average are taking 6-12 drugs when they start with me. By the time they finish working with me, they are down to a couple, if that. I can get most patients almost off all their drugs over a period of time. I don’t recommend you stop your drugs because that’s too stressful. The thing with fibromyalgia is you’ve bankrupted your stress coping chemicals so you really can’t handle stress, so you don’t want to ever stop your medications., at least in the beginning. It is best to start the supplements I recommend, and once you’re feeling better then work with your doctor to slowly wean off one medication at a time.

If you do that, then you have the opportunity as you’re doing the protocols that I recommend, a lot of times you can start weaning off these medications and you’ll never miss them. For some folks, that may take longer than others but typically when I’m working with patients, I start to do that only when they’re doing better. I look at medications that are probably causing more harm than good.

This presentation is designed to get you thinking about and researching your medications. If you don’t know the potential side effects of your medications, I encourage you to go to the Mayo website and look on there and see what the potential side effects are. It’s very common because with fibromyalgia you’re taking so many different drugs over the years, you really don’t know if it’s helping or not. You don’t know whether the drugs are actually causing symptoms or contributing to the fibro fog, diffuse achy muscle pain, poor sleep, anxiety, depression, irritable bowel and stomach problems, restless legs … medications can cause all those things and more.

Blood Pressure Meds

Looking at the common medications that I see in my practice starting with the cardiovascular drugs, many of my patients have an issue with high blood pressure. A lot of that has to do with them being, typically but not always overweight. They’re overweight because they have a low metabolism, oftentimes because they have adrenal fatigue and/or a problem with their thyroid that’s never been properly diagnosed. Many patients I work with are taking blood pressure medications, including beta blockers like Tenormin, Atenolol, Lopressor, Inderal. Patients may also take these to help with migraine headaches.

The problem is, these drugs have all sorts of potential side effects including fatigue which is very common; insomnia, depression, drowsiness, tingling in the hands and feet, problems with upper respiratory infections, bronchitis, wheezing, increased risk of going on and developing chronic bronchitis as well as asthma. These drugs reduce the good HDL and they increase the bad LDL cholesterol. They also increase the triglyceride or blood fat. Because of that, patients who take these oftentimes see their cholesterol levels go up and then they’re put on statin medications, so one drug leads to another. They also deplete CoQ10 which is the spark plug of every cell. When you do that, you find that your cellular energy goes down and that can create problems as we’ll see here in a minute when I talk about the cholesterol lowering medications.

Calcium channel blockers like Procardia, Verapamil, Norvasc, Exforge, these drugs are used to treat mitral valve prolapse as well as high blood pressure. The problem is calcium channel blockers increase the risk of heart attack and stroke by 5-fold, so 500 times more likely to have a heart attack/stroke taking these medications. You’re 50% more likely to die from taking a calcium channel blocker, than from taking a beta blocker or diuretic. The side effects include fatigue, abdominal swelling, bloating, pain, food retention, reflux, shortness5 of breath, difficulty swallowing, numbness in the hands and feet, chest pain, slow rapid heartbeat, dizziness and increased risk of cancer. They also deplete potassium, so you can start to have muscle cramps. The ACE drugs that are used for high blood pressure like Lisinopril, Vasotec, these are probably the safest medications with the least side effects. They’re known as ACE drugs because they inhibit the Angiotensin Converting factor … the problem is they too have potential side effects, including dry cough which is common, GI problems, bloating, gas, irritable bowel, stomach pain, numbness and tingling in the hand and feet, joint pain, dizziness and fatigue. They also deplete the mineral zinc; zinc is very, very important for your immune system as well as your thyroid. When you get a deficiency in zinc, you can start to have problems with low immune function. That’s why zinc citrate is really good to take when you start to develop a cold.

prescription pillsThe Angiotensin II drugs like Diovan, Benicar, Cardace, Cozaar, Avapro, they have potential side effects including headaches which are very common; upper respiratory infection, cough, dizziness, chronic sinus infections, sinusitis, sore throat, inflammation, diarrhea, fatigue, back pain, joint pain, muscle pain, viral infections … you’re thinking my gosh, all these medications have these potential side effects and they certainly do. If you look at the diuretics like Aldactone, Spirolactone, Lasix and Bumex, they deplete several key nutrients including B1, thiamine. You’ve got to have that to help with mental clarity, you need to have a very high dose of B1 in your system to help with low moods. If it gets low, it can cause not only fatigue and mental clarity issues but also anxiety and depression.

These medications can deplete potassium and magnesium. Magnesium is your stress coping chemical, it’s in 300 different bodily processes. When magnesium is depleted, you have problems with mitral valve prolapse, high blood pressure, diffuse achy muscle pain, muscle spasms, restless legs syndrome, constipation and so on. They also can deplete zinc and Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and folic acid. Vitamin B6 and folic acid, those are two vitamins that you need to help you combat mood disorders. You need both of them to help you convert certain vitamins and minerals into the happy hormone. If you’re deficient in them, you’re going to run the risk of having problems with mood disorders.

Cholesterol Lowering Drugs

I’ve already mentioned the statin medications. These are lipid lowering medications like Crestor, Lipitor, Zocor, Vytorin; these medications are associated with fatigue, muscle pain, anxiety, depression, dementia, poor memory, dizziness, blurred vision, muscle death – rhabdomyolysis, and renal impairment. Statin drugs cause a 15% increased risk of polyneuropathy – nerve damage in the first year of use, and 26% increased risk in the second year of use. Polyneuropathy can cause weakness, pain, tingling and burning in the hands and feet, difficulty swallowing, voice changes, muscle contractions, muscle atrophy, joint pain, bowel and bladder dysfunction, suicidal tendencies, depression … many people who start taking these medications complain to the doctor that it makes them feel tired or they start to have diffuse achy muscle pain, especially in the lower extremities and their legs on exertion.

Oftentimes the doctor then will change their medication but they’ll keep them on a statin drug. The patient will share with them that they feel better now that they’ve made the change to a different statin drug. The thing is, all those medications are very similar so if you have a reaction to one, it may not be as pronounced on the second one but it’s definitely causing problems because they’re in the same family. What those medications do is a very good job of lowering your cholesterol – that is true. What they don’t do is decrease your risk of heart attack and stroke, at least by much.

If you’ve not read my book Heart Disease: What Your Doctor Won’t Tell you, I encourage you to pick that up and read that. That will share with you the studies out of JAMA, the Journal of American Medical Association, New England Medical Association, the reports from the Lancet from the UK. Cholesterol medications decrease your risk of heart attack and stroke by 1% if you’re under the age of 37 and you’ve already had one episode of heart attack or stroke. For those who don’t fall under those parameters, it really doesn’t do a whole lot except increase the risk that you have side effects and poor health from taking those medications. There’s no doubt they lower cholesterol … I encourage you to read more about that in my heart disease book, I go over that in detail as well in my Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome book.

Blood Thinners

Many patients that are taking Coumadin or Warfarin, those medications can cause internal bleeding, loss of consciousness, headaches, joint pain, muscle pain, abdominal pain, constipation, weight gain, nosebleed, edema, nausea … these are some of the things that you see as patients go on those as a preventative, and it’s oftentimes not warranted. I’m not sharing this information to scare you, I’m sharing it to educate you and get you thinking about the medications that you’re taking.


If we look at the mood disorder medications which most every fibromyalgia patient has either been on or has been encouraged to get on, we see these medications have potential side effects. If we look at the Tricyclic Antidepressants that now are still used but more as a sleep aid than anything else like Elavil, Trazodone, Pamlor, Nortryptiline, these meds are the older antidepressants and their side effects include fatigue, morning hangover, weight gain – that’s especially true for Elavil, that really seems to cause people to pack the pounds; low libido, tremors, tardive dyskinesia when we get the shakes, convulsions, blurred vision, constipation, confusion, problems with memory loss, muscle spasm. They deplete melatonin which is your natural sleep hormone.

They deplete Vitamin B2 or riboflavin which is needed to make the happy hormone. It’s ironic that you’re taking an antidepressant, they can actually deplete one of the B vitamins that help you make the happy hormone so you’re not depressed. They also deplete CoQ10 like the lipid lowering medications, which then can create muscle spasms, tingling in the hands and feet and so on.

Sleeping pills on bedside tableIf you look at the SSRIs, the newer generation antidepressant medications like Paxil and Prozac, Celexa, Zoloft, Cymbalta, Effexor, Savella, Pristiq, these medications are no better than a sugar pill in 70% of the cases. That’s a meta-analysis that looks at hundreds of different studies out there over a period of 10 years. What it found was that patients taking these medications were no better than patients taking a sugar pill, 70% of the time. I don’t make this up, I’m just the reporter. What that tells us is these medications probably aren’t doing a lot, and the reason why is because they’re like a gasoline additive.

These medications don’t make serotonin or norepinephrine, they allow you to hang on to what serotonin or norepinephrine, the two feel-good brain chemicals that you have. If you’re deficient in those because you’re run down or you’re not sleeping … my fibro patients haven’t slept well in years, so they get really deficient in these stress-coping chemicals and then there’s nothing really to reuptake. If you’re using gasoline additive in an empty gasoline tank, it’s not going to do much.

The potential side effects include weight gain – Paxil is notorious for that; headaches, muscle spasms, weakness, nervousness, anxiety. It’s ironic that these medications are given out for anxiety and depression, but they actually can create a more chance of developing or worsening anxiety and depression. They can cause chest pain, decreased libido, problems with your sleep, upset stomach, bloating, gas, hair loss, bronchitis, they interfere with thyroid function, they can cause low blood sugar, they deplete your natural sleep hormone melatonin.

The longer you’re on these medications, the more likely you are to have a deficiency in melatonin. Deep restorative sleep is the key or certainly the first hurdle that one has to get over, for you to be able to reverse your symptoms of fibromyalgia and actually be on the right path to feeling good with fibromyalgia.

Anti-Anxiety Drugs

A lot of my patients are taking benzodiazepines. They may be taking them for the anxiety to calm them down, or they may be taking because they had a sleep study and they were told they’re not going into deep sleep so they need to be on Klonipin … or they’re taking them to help them sleep, for Restless Legs Syndrome or for pain. These medications oftentimes like antidepressants are given out like candy. The problem is, benzodiazepines like Restoril, Klonipin, Valium, Ativan, Xanax, these medications have numerous side effects. One of the scariest ones is that you get dependent on them within 2 weeks, and then you can never get off them. You get dependent on a medication that can actually cause you to have seizures, depression, fatigue, amnesia, dizziness, mental clarity issues, fluid retention, poor sleep, low blood pressure, tremors … 40% of adults aged 60 or older who are prescribed these medications, go on and develop tremors. Oftentimes these tremors never go away.

That’s really tragic, given that they’re given out so routinely by doctors and the doctors don’t even explain the potential side effects. Headache, anxiety, depression, fatigue, poor sleep, mental clarity issues, ringing in the ears, nausea, all these things are associated with the benzodiazepines. They do not by the way, put you into deep restorative sleep. They knock you out but you don’t go into delta wave sleep, so you’re really not any better off taking those for your sleep.

I realize there are people listening to this who take these medications and are saying, “Dr Murphree, I couldn’t live without these medications.” I would ask you to switch your thinking to think, how can I live without these medications because most of you listening to this are just settling, you’re just getting by. Is it going to be a good day or bad day with fibro? Am I going to be able to visit my relatives next month? I don’t know, because it could be a bad day. You’re basically settling with your life right now, so these medications certainly don’t make you healthier. They may allow you to cope with things and they may tone down your symptoms, but there’s a price to pay and the price that you’re paying is longevity and vitality.

I’m not telling you to stop any of these medications and some of you can never come off the benzodiazepines in particular, but I want you to change your mindset, your paradigm … you’ve got to start thinking differently, because health does not come out of a prescription pill bottle. No one has a Xanax deficiency or Klonipin deficiency.

Woman with glass of water takes pills, isolated on white. Taking medicationThe question you want to ask is, why am I so anxious? Is it the way I’m born? Could be, or is it because I’ve depleted my stress coping chemicals because I’ve gotten under too much stress over the years. I don’t sleep, my thyroid is not working, my stress coping glands the adrenals are not working. Maybe I need to find out more about that and fix my adrenal fatigue issues, get on high doses but the right doses of vitamins, minerals and amino acids that make these stress coping chemicals so I don’t need Xanax.

That’s what I want you to start thinking about, instead of just going to the doctor who tells you “Let’s put you on this.” Then you go back and you still don’t feel better, “Let’s try this” … that’s what happens over the years, 10 years go by before you know you’re on a dozen different drugs. You don’t even know what you’re taking. You don’t know what they’re for, you don’t even know if they’re helping or not. You don’t want to be in that situation. Now we see patients who are on the atypical antidepressants which really scare me – Zyprexa, Seraquil, Abilify. Patients are now being put on these medications in addition to antidepressants. These medications cause tremors almost right away for some people, increased risk of suicide, insomnia, massive weight gain – in some cases, it could be 40 pounds in a couple of months. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome which is fatal – that’s rare, you don’t ever hear about it but if you’re in the 1% of treatment people that it happens to, it means a lot to you. Fatigue is the common one.

You almost feel sedated and you start losing your mind to this foggy feeling, you don’t think clearly … that’s what these medications do. It can cause depression even though they’re recommended for depression; dizziness, they cause problems with your stomach, pharyngitis, anxiety, headaches, they deplete melatonin, Vitamin D. Patients who take these oftentimes gain so much weight, it’s almost shocking and then they spend years trying to get the weight off even when they come off these medications.

Stimulant Drugs

I have a lot of patients are taking stimulant medications. They don’t even realize that the doctor put them on Adderall, Concerta, Ritalin – they don’t even realize that that’s an amphetamine. That’s what’s sold out in the street … sell it out on the street, you go to jail. But your doctor can prescribe it, they hope that you can have some more energy. The problem with that is again, not to sound redundant but no one has an Adderall deficiency. You have no energy, you can’t get out of bed and you can hardly get off the couch, but why is that? It’s not because you have an Adderall deficiency, it’s probably because you haven’t slept well in 5 years.

The question is why aren’t you sleeping? Because many of you have issues where you are tired all day and when you try to go to sleep at night, you catch your second wind. You’re waking up when you should be going to bed, or you go to lay down to sleep, you’re exhausted but you can’t turn your mind off. That’s the problem when you’ve depleted your stress coping chemicals that allow you to get into deep restorative sleep. You’ve got to fix that. You don’t take Adderall because Adderall actually decreases your stress-coping chemicals even faster, and you go further and further into debt. It’s almost like you go into bankruptcy over and over again when you take these medications. The side effects include insomnia, Tourette’s syndrome, nervous tics, tremors, rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure, agitation, aggression, psychosis, problems with anemia, liver dysfunction, seizures, headaches. If it’s bad enough, you can go into problems with Addison’s disease where you have adrenal failure. I’m not trying to scare you, just trying to educate you but I have a lot of patients who didn’t see it for a long time, and now are starting to see it again.

To me, it’s lazy medicine because the doctor doesn’t want to take the time to figure out what they can do to help the patient have more energy. They just want to pacify them and give them a pill to have more energy. The problem is, there’s a price to pay. If you’ve got adrenal fatigue where you have a low norepinephrine state – a deficiency in this chemical that gives you mental and physical energy, drive and ambition, it’s more than likely coming from the glands that produce that which are your adrenal glands, the stress-coping glands. Those become sluggish when you develop adrenal fatigue. After years and years of stress, eventually your adrenal glands can’t keep up with demand so they quit working like they’re supposed to.

Because of that, you have these low energy states. It could be because you’ve got low thyroid. I see that about 60% of patients that I work with have low thyroid that’s never been properly diagnosed, or hasn’t been properly treated. They’ve been on medications that don’t work, or they’ve never had the right blood test to show that they actually do have a problem with low thyroid.

Lyrica and Neurontin

We also look at things like Lyrica, Neurontin … those medications are associated with all sorts of different side effects. Weakness, weigh gain – some patients on Neurontin and Lyrica can gain 10 pounds a month, you start getting fluid retention so you have swelling in your hands and feet, blurred vision, trance like feeling where you feel out of it, anxiety, depression, muscular in-coordination and balance issues, it can interfere with your sleep so you’re not getting into deep restorative sleep. It can cause tremors, muscle aches and pains, memory loss, constipation, double vision, problems with macular degeneration; all sorts of things can show up with these medications.

I’m not a fan of these medications at all. Studies show that Neurontin and Lyrica only work on 30% of the patients that take them, so 30% of people who take them actually feel some benefit. Of those 30%, less than 50% say that it has reduced their pain. The problem is those medications have become the go-to medications that doctors recommend for fibromyalgia. In my opinion, it’s a recipe for disaster. What we need to be doing is finding and fixing the causes, and not trying to cover up symptoms with medications that actually can cause real problems.

Sleep Drugs

Almost everybody with fibromyalgia is taking sleep medications because that’s the number one issue that drives their fibromyalgia. They may be taking Ambien or Lunesta, and those medications cause short term memory loss, flu-like symptoms, muscle aches and pains, fatigue, diarrhea, anxiety, depression, in-coordination, problems with their balance, joint pain, upper respiratory infections, sore throat, urinary tract infections, heart palpitations.

Ambien and Lunesta’s side effects really are a mirror image of fibromyalgia … flu-like achy muscle pain, fatigue, brain fog, low moods, muscle pain – that sounds like fibromyalgia, right? I’m not telling you to stop any of your medications but you ought to be thinking, why do I have trouble with my sleep? I don’t have an Ambien deficiency.

We also know that sleep medications increase your risk of all sources of mortality like smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. That’s how dangerous they are for you to take on a consistent basis. It’s not something that you want to be on if you can figure out another way to do it, and that’s what I talk about in my book, on these calls on Tuesday nights, that’s what I talk about in my free seminar series on the doctor videos. If you go toTreatingandbeating.com, you’ll see all those videos where you can learn more.

Reflux Drugs

antacid pillsA lot of patients with fibro have GI disorders – IBS, reflux, bloating, gas, indigestion. Many of them are taking Nexium, Aciphex or Prevacid or Prilosec. The problem with these acid pump inhibitor drugs is they block the absorption of zinc, folic acid, B12, calcium, magnesium and iron. If you get a folic acid deficiency, you’re really at risk of developing mood disorders and fibro fog because folic acid is one of the most powerful anti-anxiety medications out there, next to DHEA. it is probably the most potent antidepressant; it stacks up to where folic acid actually works better than antidepressants alone, paired side by side. You can see that research, it comes out of the medical journals in my book. These antacids deplete calcium, Vitamin B6, B12, folic acid, zinc … these nutrients are needed to help you combat anxiety and depression, senile dementia, problems with fatigue and anemia. You certainly don’t want to be depleting those vitamins and minerals. If we look at Tagamet and Zantac, the potential side effects of these medications include confusion, hallucinations, sore throat, slow, fast or irregular heartbeat, weakness, lethargy and bruising.

Diabetic Drugs

If we look at the diabetic medications like Avandia and Actos, these have potential side effects including upper respiratory infections, headaches, sinusitis, pharyngitis, problems with your stomach, muscle pain, anemia, fluid retention, weight gain, increased risk of osteoporosis. Avandia increases the risk of heart attack and stroke by 42%, and doubles the risk of heart failure. Actos raises the risk of heart failure by 40. For diabetics, the thing leads to their death is heart disease because you’re at a 5-fold risk of having a cardiovascular event when you have diabetes. But it’s ironic that the medicine that they’re using to treat Type 2 diabetes for many patients, actually increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. It makes no sense to me and I’m sure it makes no sense to you when you hear that. Just so you know, those medications are really not the answer.

We have a lot of patients who are taking Dibeta or Glucotrol, and these meds will deplete CoQ10 which can lead to muscle spasm, problems with low energy states … the same things that we see with taking statin medications. These medications are not without risk, that’s for sure.

I’m not trying to get you to stop your medications. What I’m doing is to get you to learn more about your medications. Are they in fact helping you or are they hurting you, and that’s a question that only you can answer once you start doing the research and then working with a functional medicine doctor who specializes in fibromyalgia.

Many of you have been sick and tired for a number of years, and you’re finally sick and tired of being sick and tired. That’s why you’re listening to this call or this replay. I encourage you if you’re at that point and you want somebody to help you to actually feel good again and not just be on one drug after the next, to be coping with life as you see life passing you by … is this going to be a good day or a bad day? Am I going to be able to get out of bed? Am I going to be able to go to work, to socialize and if I do, what’s the price that I’m going to pay? Am I going to be in a flare-up for the next 2-3 days? You get to the point where you withdraw from life and you get to where you’re almost housebound. May of you are, because life is just too stressful and it’s too much effort to even put your clothes on and go to the grocery store. That is a terrible state to be in, that’s not what God intended and that’s not what it’s about. It’s about having vitality. It’s not about breaking down when you’re 50 or 60 and then just trying to cope and settle the rest of your life, hoping that you don’t have a flare up while you’re on dozens of drugs which are compromising your moods, your mental clarity and your ability to interact with life.

I encourage you to get a copy of the Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome book available in many book stores throughout North America. I encourage you to read that book, and to go to the TreatingandBeating.com site and watch the free videos, read the articles and learn more about the protocols. If you’re ready and you want someone to work with you one on one, then I encourage you to learn more about my phone consults which you can do at the TreatingandBeating.com site.

Everything can be done remotely, the blood work can be done in your town, the test kits can be ordered and sent to you so you can send those in … everything can be done by phone.

If you’re looking for somebody in your area to work with them face to face, I certainly understand that. I have a site, FunctionalFibroDoctors.com where I have trained other doctors to use my protocols. I’ve been doing seminars for both medical doctors and naturopaths, primarily chiropractors who are trained in functional medicine for the last dozen years or so. The last year, I tried to get more and more doctors involved in working with fibromyalgia patients and getting them trained in the protocols that I’ve been using the last 18 years.

You can go to FunctionalFibroDoctors.com to see if there’s a doctor in your area. For heaven’s sake, don’t settle. It’s time to be proactive and do something and actually feel good again. If you doubt that you can, I would encourage you to look at the testimonials on my TreatingandBeating.com site. You’ll see or hear from patients who were just like you are now, and now they’ve gotten their life back, so it can be done … it certainly can.

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14 replies
  1. Kathrine Bartel
    Kathrine Bartel says:

    I really need your help! I think i have had fibro since i was a child. I recently read about the thyroid issues and my Dr took the extended tests u recommended but he still says things are normal. I have been diagnosed with fibro, migrains, siezures, cronic fatigue, nerocardiogenic syndrome with syncope, Disautonomia and a few other things. Lets just say Im broken. I have had unexplainable rashes since i was a child and i feel like im allergic to myself! What should i do! Please help!

  2. Sandy Ege
    Sandy Ege says:

    I use fentanyl patches are they good or bad for me. The Dr that I’m seeing now has me on her victims. I don’t feel any better by taking them. Not sure what type of meds to take. She has me on Norco now and that do not seem to help a lot. I have had this terrible illness for over 15 years. Nothing seems to help. Can you help me? Thank you Sandy Ege

  3. Edie Bryant Tubbs
    Edie Bryant Tubbs says:

    Hey, I have Fibro/chronic fatigue syndrome as well as a chronically painful shoulder due to 2 failed shoulder injuries, as well Hashimotos thyroid disease and homogenous hemochromatosis. Could my hemochromatosis be the root cause of my thyroid issues and Fibro? If so what can I do to balance all of these issues?? I am currently taking Cymbalta, Escitalapram, Gabapentin,for Fibro.(severe allergic reaction to Lyrica) Kadian, Norco, Cyclobenzepar, for pain and muscle spasms from Fibro and Chronic pain from shoulder injury. Nexium for reflux, Synthryoid for Hashimotos thyroid disease, which has NEVER been regulated or controlled in over 15 years. 20mg of Melatonin so I can maybe sleep. Phlebotomy for control of Hemachromatosis.
    Please send me your recommendations/suggestions to help me with my current living conditions. I would greatly welcome another opinion on my current medications and whether my homogenous hemochromatosis has a bearing on my Fibro treatment/severity!!! Thanks for any help/ suggestions you have to possibly help me

  4. anne
    anne says:

    Please help. The pain of fibromyalgia ? which I do not even believe is a real disease/disorder is going to actually kill me.
    The pain is excrutiating as if a cancer eating you from the inside out.
    Feel like I am in a vat of burning oil & I am actually crying & wanting to scream.
    I can’t take this much longer.
    Had a total thyroidectomy 5 years ago & going downhill ever since.

  5. Andrew Gossman
    Andrew Gossman says:

    Thank you for your helpful insights. I have had Fibro for 25 years and it is now worse than ever with 12 different meds a day. However, I live in South Africa and cannot find your book available here, is there an online version I could download? Thanks

  6. Susan
    Susan says:

    I have been in excruciating pain that started about a month after a cervical discectomy and fusion. I’ve had every treatment under the sun for it, then the pain became widespread. So bad I can’t sit, stand or sleep without pain. Finally sent to a Rheumatologist and of course diagnosis Fibromyalgia also ran a Lupus panel and the anti-DNA shows positive so they are saying Lupus and Fibromyalgia. These Fibromyalgia meds are not tolerable to me and do nothing but make me feel worse including the pain. I’m truly at my wits end as I have been like this for over 3 years now so bad I had to take early retirement from my job because I’m in so much pain I can’t move in the mornings and can’t sit in front of a computer all day without moving all day. I plan on purchasing your book today.


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