Fibromyalgia: one of many misunderstood medical conditions

Fibromyalgia (FM) has fascinated me from day one of naturopathic medical school because it doesn’t neatly fit into any diagnostic category. The diagnostic criteria remain vague. Some researchers still hold the belief that FM isn’t even a separate condition, but instead it is suggested to be a variant of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or IBS, or hypothyroidism or perhaps a chronic infection? So what going on?

While the conventional medical model prescribes anti-depressants and muscle relaxants for symptomatic relief, often requiring life-long medication, my study in functional medicine over the past decade has shed light on the topic.

There is a better way to approach FM.

The most logical explanation for FM is the combined irritable bowel (IBS) and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) which will invariably lead to decreased cellular energy (mitochondrial dysfunction), muscle weakness, fatigue and pain.

If you or someone you know has been given a diagnosis of FM…

  1. Don’t settle for a lifetime of medication and the many side effects that regularly ensue.
  2. Get tested for SIBO, IBS and for the basic inflammatory markers from your local naturopathic doctor.
  3. Start on a comprehensive, customized treatment plan to decrease bacterial overgrowth, rectify the gut barrier and digestive function, boost mitochondrial function and nutrient status.

FM pain and fatigue doesn’t disappear overnight, but until the deeper physiological problems are identified and treated, nothing will change.

FM is surely a real condition. The causal factors are understood, and with the right approach, I firmly believe that FM is treatable.

Dr. Sal Meli ND
Euphoria Natural Health

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