The Fibromyalgia Merry Go Round

Woman at night suffering from fibromyalgiaFibromyalgia is not due to a drug deficiency. Fibromyalgia is due to a breakdown in the body’s ability to be able to self-regulate itself. It’s a problem in the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis, which creates a medical condition called allodynia or low pain threshold. That’s brought on largely by stress – it can be chronic or acute stress, it can be years of stress, it can be from a virus, a surgery or all sorts of things.

Eventually it bankrupts the person’s stress coping chemicals and the body’s ability to self-regulate itself. The hypothalamus regulates our body systems, digestive system, our endocrine system which is our thyroid and adrenal glands, our estrogen, progesterone and testosterone … it regulates our sleep-awake cycle, our pain, body temperature, our cardiovascular system. When the hypothalamus gets under too much stress, it starts to have problems regulating these different systems. Every system is connected to the other system by the way. That’s part of the problem is that you have so many symptoms, you’re seeing 5 different doctors, none of them talking to each other, and they’re all recommending different drugs.

They don’t talk to each other, but the way God made us, every cell and every system in the body communicates with one another. When one system starts to fail, it creates a domino effect where the other systems start to have problems as well. That’s why you see so many different symptoms in combination with fibromyalgia. The hypothalamus which is our robot that runs the body, when it’s not working correctly, you start to set off problems that are magnified like a domino effect throughout these other systems. Before you know it, you’ve got a dozen different problems.

You can’t drug your way out of fibromyalgia, it just doesn’t work that way. You’ve got to get healthy, that’s really the only way to do it. I realize that sounds simple, and that’s why I wrote a book 550 pages deep because it goes into detail about the biochemistry and physiology of what you have to do to get healthy. Drugs don’t make you healthy. They can be helpful and sometimes they’re your only option, but they don’t make you healthy. That’s not what they’re designed to do.

Doctors typically have 7-10 minutes to see each patient that comes into the clinic. They’re doing the best they can, they have a busy practice … some of the internists that I know see 50 or more patients a day. A rheumatologist may see at least that and your primary care family doctor, they’re seeing everything from the common cold to Type 2 diabetes; they’re looking at the whole gamut of things. You walk in with your list of different symptoms and you feel bad. You don’t go there when you don’t feel bad, you’re not faking it. You go there because you’re looking for help, there’s nothing wrong with that.

Female supportYou really want somebody to listen because nobody understands. You visit your doctor and he/she gives you 7 minutes to go through your symptoms. Most of the time, they’ll tell you that we’re just going to focus on this one thing today and then we’ll have you come back.

The problem is when they focus on one thing, you get a drug for that. The next thing you focus on, you get a drug for that, so eventually you’re on a dozen drugs.

Eventually before you know it you are on a drug for this, drug for that merry go round. Drug after drug, doctor after doctor, and nothing seems to help, at least not long term.

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