Dr. Morgan: Conventional medicine will tell you that fibromyalgia has no cure! You may be one of 450 million people worldwide who are suffering from fibromyalgia and may even accept the fact that it’s something you have to learn to live with.
Dr. Casey: Hi! I’m Dr. Casey
Dr. Morgan: And I am Dr. Morgan!
Dr. Casey: Our first response to that statement is that is ridiculous! No one has the right to tell someone else that they don’t have the opportunity to heal. Even doctor to patient. Do you agree with that?
Dr. Morgan: Absolutely! Unfortunately it happens all the time. People are being told that there is no cause and there is no cure and you’re going to have to learn to live with these symptoms. They feel shackled that they have no other option. So, we are here to give you information so you can move forward from that mindset blockage.
Dr. Casey: The sad thing is, there is a ton of evidence to support treatment protocols that are designed and show that you can reverse your suffering.
Dr. Morgan: You know; ignorance is not bliss. However, many doctors are guilty of ignorance. So it’s really important that you are taking your health into your own hands.
Dr. Casey: Yeah, and in most cases, conventional health care practitioners have the best intentions. However, they are limited to what they have been taught. Usually that leads a patient down a path into a treatment protocol which solely relies on medication. The other thing is, your doctor, by the time they finish their schooling and they have started practice, the cutting edge research on this topic would have advanced by 5-10 years.
Dr. Morgan: It’s amazing how fast things change and advance! The only way that doctors can stay on top of the cutting-edge research is by doing one of two things, the first would be to spend countless hours with their face buried in peer-reviewed research. There IS an abundance of great research information available, however it can become overwhelming even for doctors. The other option would be to rely on their pharmaceutical rep. This person is going to come around and obviously only promote what their company is selling, which is drugs.
Dr. Casey: Now, I know for those of you that are that watching right now (Facebook Live), that may be very frustrating to hear, and we are here to tell you that we hear you. We are frustrated too because when we are listening to our patients while doing consults, it’s very disheartening to realize that most of our patients before they come to us have never had anyone take the time and teach them the truth about health and healing.
Dr. Morgan: I think that most people have done a Google search online. There is basic information on fibromyalgia, but if you’ve done the search before and you go do another search, there is going to be the same old information and the same old websites. The search is going to drive you to the same old notion that there is no cause and there is no cure. If there is anything available, they turn to conventional medicine and then the next thing you know, they have become another customer to another industry making millions of dollars.
Dr. Casey: What you won’t find, and this is the biggest thing, you won’t find the ‘why’. Why are you suffering with the condition and the associated symptoms? The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia include widespread body pain, but it can also include things like digestive problems and irritable bowel symptoms…
Dr. Morgan: Anxiety, depression
Dr. Casey: Yes, stress
Dr. Morgan: Numbness tingling into the arms and legs
Dr. Casey: Some people get TMJ joint pain, heart palpitations, morning stiffness. There are so many different symptoms that go along with the diagnosis or fibromyalgia.
Dr. Morgan: Simply put, fibromyalgia is characterized as widespread muscular skeletal pain with associated symptoms. So, those symptoms we listed are just some of them. However, fibromyalgia is not limited to those. Pain and symptoms vary every day. You can have pain levels vary in severity day by day. From moderate discomfort to severe disability.
Dr. Casey: In 1986, the “powers that be” came up with the official criteria to diagnose fibromyalgia. Basically, the criteria were a combination wide spread body pain with tenderness at 11 or more of 18 specifically identified tender areas of the body.
Dr. Morgan: People who have been doing research on fibromyalgia have come across that diagnosis criteria. However, the next three points are something that you need to know! Take note. The first thing is; there is not just one simple medication or treatment or supplement or pill that is going to cure fibromyalgia. I recommend you lose that notion, it’s not just one treatment
Dr. Casey: The second thing is, you have to change your mind set from always looking for the next miracle treatment that’s going to save you. Come to terms with the fact that you have to learn and focus on getting to the underlining cause of your condition.
Dr. Morgan: The most important point would be to understand that the approach to treating fibromyalgia can’t be a “disease centered” approach. Fibromyalgia needs be addressed with a “patient centered” approach and treatment. In other words, we can take two people who don’t know each other, and both suffering from fibromyalgia. They can receive completely different treatments, however they both improve! This is possible because one person’s fibromyalgia maybe a result of an underlining thyroid issue while another person’s fibromyalgia might be a result of a bacterial intestinal problem.
Dr. Casey: Right. I hope this is starting to make sense to you. It would be counterintuitive to look at one medication or look at one supplement and expect that using that one intervention is just going to work across the board and help every person suffering with fibromyalgia or any other auto immune disease for that matter. So, it’s actually quiet illogical for you to take one specific treatment and expect that it’s going to work because that treatment helped with your friend’s fibromyalgia. The cause for your fibromyalgia may be completely different than what’s causing fibromyalgia for someone in your family or a friend that you know.
Dr. Morgan: You are probably thinking “what is he cause of MY problem?” and “who’s going to help me figure this out?” This can be really frustrating. This is where we ask that you step up with your health. We encourage you to figure out and learn the facts about fibromyalgia. Choose the right health care practitioner who is going to be on this road to healing with you. If you have a doctor who is not willing to accept the facts about fibromyalgia, it’s time to find a new one.
Dr. Casey: We are going to talk more about this on our next Facebook live videos over the next few weeks as a part of this series. But before we get to the next video, we want to hear from you. If you have comments, put them below. We would love to hear from you. We are a community here, so if there is something that helps you in dealing with your fibromyalgia and symptoms associated with it, write it down. If there is something you tried that didn’t work so well, put it in the comments because we are a community and all that information is going to be of benefit everyone.
Dr. Morgan: We are in this together! We are excited for you. We will meet you next week on our next Facebook live video.