4 Ways to Beat Fibromyalgia
1. Treat the gut
Health begins in the gut. Studies showing alterations in gut bacteria in fibromyalgia patients. A comprehensive stool test that tests the gut bacteria along with markers for inflammation, digestive immune markers, parasites and how well you digest your food gives our fibromyalgia doctors the tools they need to develop an individualized treatment program for your specific condition. By individualizing treatment we get excellent results treating fibromyalgia. There is no treatment that fits every fibromyalgia patient.
2. Eliminate allergic foods
Patients with fibromyalgia will often change their diet to reduce inflammation and this will often help, just not all the way. A good fibromyalgia doctor will test for food allergies so they know which foods are causing inflammation. Even a food like broccoli or spinach can generate an immune response without the patient realizing they are eating a food that while good for most people is bad for them. To treat fibromyalgia effectively, food allergies must be tested because individualized treatment is so important. This includes IgG, IgE, IgG4 and complement reactions for commonly eaten foods. This is one of the reasons why Midwest Functional Medicine stands above in treating fibromyalgia.
3. Work with a health coach
Changing diet and lifestyle can be very difficult. How many times have you tried to eat the right foods or not eat bad foods and failed. It’s tough! A good health coach can hold your hand and walk you through the process. Your health coach should be only a text message away, answering questions you have about cooking ingredients, supplements and more. A good health coach increases successful fibromyalgia treatment dramatically.
4. Your supplements should match your lab tests
In consultations with patients with fibromyalgia, and other chronic illness, they are almost always taking nutritional supplements. When I ask why they are taking a particular supplement I often get a blank stare or a vague answer. Every supplement you take should have a reason behind it. That reason should be to remedy a tests result. Even probiotics vary widely. They should be matched to your microbiome that was tested with a stool sample. Your diet should match your food allergy tests. The days of guessing are over. Don’t guess, Test!
5. Treat the cause not the symptoms
Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by widespread pain in all four quadrants on the body for longer than 6 months. Despite what you may have heard fibromyalgia can be successfully treated. To treat fibromyalgia successfully the cause of the pain must be determined. This cause will be different for different patients. Symptoms are downstream reactions to upstream problems. Some of the upstream problems are:
Poor Diet: High sugar, not enough fiber from fruits and vegetables, too much protein and much more.
Food Allergies: IgG4, IgE, IgG4 and complement allergies which when eaten constantly inflame the gut.
Putting the pieces together
The above factors can be tested for to determine the area of deficiency. At Midwest Functional Medicine we perform comprehensive lab test to identify the specific factor in your fibromyalgia. We will then develop a comprehensive plan to fix the problem.