28 Dec Fibromyalgia and PERMANENT Pain Relief
Editor’s Note: Current statistics, 1 in 50 Americans suffers from fibromyalgia and 50% of people with fibromyalgia have difficulty performing daily activities. As a growing problem, it’s important for doctors to find real solutions.
Imagine having muscle pain every day in every muscle, no matter what you do.
Here’s an interesting thing about pain.
At a low intensity in one location, the pain is manageable.
But increase the intensity and feel it in 2, 3, or 4 locations and the pain will quickly stress you out, leading to depleted energy, anxiety, and even depression (people with fibromyalgia are 3-4x more likely to experience depression).
As the pain becomes intolerable, you seek out the help of multiple doctors in an attempt to find out why you are in pain and what can be done to make it stop.
All they give you is a diagnosis of fibromyalgia with no real understanding of what that means, or what can be done to really help.
Unfortunately, this diagnosis leaves you with no path to proceed down in order to reduce your pain.
If you’ve ignored the TEM Frame for finding the right doctor, you’re virtually guaranteed to continue suffering.
In this post, we’ll look at a few different hypotheses that cause pain associated with fibromyalgia and a SECRET cause of chronic pain that almost no doctors are talking about.
An honest solution to getting your pain from Fibromyalgia fixed is most likely going to be a cocktail of the Gold Standard treatments for each piece of the puzzle.
So, if you really want to reduce your pain, be prepared to pursue the BEST POSSIBLE TREATMENT for each piece of your diagnosis.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a complicated, chronic pain condition with pain at multiple locations in the body. There is a lot of discussion on potential causes.
What does Fibromyalgia mean in the medical world really?
Fibromyalgia is understood as “idiopathic muscle pain”.
“Idiopathic” literally means that we, your doctors, are idiots …
… and don’t know what is causing your pain.
There are a plethora of hypotheses on what actually leads to Fibromyalgia, and we will discuss a few of the more comprehensive and scientifically supported causes here.
Missing Bacteria and Gut Microbome Theory
The gut microbiome is altered in many inflammatory conditions, such as:
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- irritable bowel syndrome
New research from July, 2019, demonstrated a DECREASE in anti-inflammatory gut bacteria in patients with fibromyalgia. These anti-inflammatory bacteria are the good guys who actually help keep you healthy!
It’s the first study to show altered gut bacteria in patients who don’t also experience some level of chronic abdominal pain.
Contrary to popular opinion, you can have a problem in your gut, without having any gut symptoms!
With the good guys out, the bad guys come in! When pro-inflammatory bacteria grow and proliferate, small intestinal bacteria overgrowth (SIBO) occurs.
SIBO has a causal role in for some percentage of fibromyalgia patients.
The gut gets our focus first on purpose.
Emphasizing the importance of diet, supplements, and the gut, at Barefoot Rehab in Denville, NJ, we’ve been known to refuse to treat fibromyalgia patients who DID NOT address the gut FIRST.
It’s that important!
“Brain Garbage” and Glial Cell Activation Theory
If inflammation starts in the gut, you might be asking:
Where could that inflammation spill out to in the body?
Turns out, the brain is directly affected by the inflammation in the gut through the Gut-Brain axis.
Microglia are nerve cells in your brain that are the victims of gut issues.
They change immune responses in the central nervous system by cleaning up the cellular “brain garbage”.
Research indicates that there is increased microglial activation related to neuroinflammation in the cortical brain in patients with Fibromyalgia.
More microglia in the brain = more inflammatory cytokines!
What the heck is a cytokine?
If a microglia is a garbage man, a cytokine is a mailman.
Cytokines releases substances (messages) which are delivered to other cells.
Wait a minute, if I have Fibromyalgia, then is my brain inflamed? Isn’t that … you know… deadly?
Sure, if we are talking about the entire brain. Whole brain inflammation would kill you. Bang your head in a car accident and it could be lethal.
But on the cellular level, this chronic neuroinflammation leads to chronic disease (will kill you over many years) as opposed to acute illness (kill you today).
Adding pep to the garbage man’s step, current research has found that opioid medications promote microglial activation. It’s kinda like giving adderall or cocaine to your garbage man so he’s moving faster than he normally does, but leaves 2 out of 4 full garbage cans on the street!
So if you take something like:
- any other opioid pain medication
… you could actually be making your Fibromyalgia worse, not better.
Doesn’t it make more sense to heal the CAUSE of your Fibromyalgia?
Chronic Inflammation Theory
Is inflammation causing your widespread muscle pain?
The answer is YES!
This begs the question of WHAT is causing the microglia and gut bacteria to be altered leading to these pro-inflammatory states and ultimately widespread muscle pain?
That is the part of the Fibromyalgia story that is yet to be written.
There are theories that certain foods, chemicals, or environmental exposures are leading to these altered brain and gut cells, but no concrete evidence has been published that can point the finger in one direction.
Treatment of Fibromyalgia is difficult.
If you want to get started on your own, we are huge fans of Chris Kresser’s Paleo Template to clean out foods that might be inflaming you. We recommend that you eat as clean as possible for 1-3 months to see how your body feels.
Note: At Barefoot Rehab, we are musculoskeletal pain experts, not dietary or nutrition experts. However, we’ve found that more than 50% of the people we’ve helped with Chris Kresser’s diet have experienced profound, noticeable changes in their bodies.
A Secret Cause of Fibromyalgia
If you have a hole in your pool that keeps leaking water, how can you fix it without identifying the hole?
This secret cause of Fibromyalgia and ALL chronic pain is like that.
At Barefoot Rehab, we only take on patients who have been to at least 3 other doctors or therapists WITHOUT permanent relief.
95% of our patients have NEVER heard of this secret cause.
It’s kinda like glue in your muscles, called ADHESION.
It’s the most common cause of chronic pain that almost no doctors are talking about and is very easily removed by an expert.
We discussed cytokines like mailmen for your brain.
The problem with having too many mailmen is that your body is MORE likely to lay down adhesion because your body is sensing “damage” all over!
The current research is saying that in patients who suffer from Fibromyalgia there is an enhanced likelihood towards developing musculoskeletal fibrous adhesion.
Without fixing the underlying cause of the microglial and cytokine over-activation, there is no way to truly cure the condition. So the metabolic state of the body is first priority.
However, here at Barefoot Rehab, we can help to reduce your pain without the use of addictive substances by finding any adhesion that the Fibromyalgia state has caused, and removing it in a non-invasive way.
Here’s how we find ADHESION in your steaks. (I mean, muscles)
Then, we remove it like this.
Because you’ve been riding the medical merry-go-round for a while and increasing fear and doubt has crept into your mind, we realize that most of you won’t believe we can help.
She is a woman in her 30s who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in high school and whose life was dominated by her Fibromyalgia pain before finding us at Barefoot Rehab.
Removing adhesion will lead to increased function of your muscles, better range of motion, increased strength, and decreased pain.
We can’t take all of your pain away if you have Fibromyalgia, but we have the opportunity to make it manageable for you.
Share your Fibromyalgia story with us below, or call us today to see if you’re a candidate for the PERMANENT pain relief we offer at Barefoot Rehab! You don’t have to suffer.
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What has helped your experience of having fibromyalgia? Tell us about it below.
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Minerbi et. al. Altered microbiome composition in individuals with fibromyalgia. Pain. 2019 July 2.
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