Much Confusion over Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
A recent news article discussed Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum a medical doctor and a chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia researcher who has found, the drug focused medical approach inadequate. He also discussed the confusion and frustration that many people with chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia are experiencing.
Dr. Teitelbaum said “In spite of whatever doctors may have said to you in the past, the disease is real and you are not crazy”.
The article reported that Teitelbaum himself suffered from fibromyalgia when he was in medical school and had to drop out for a year to recover. The disease left him homeless and sleeping on park benches. Due to this defining period, Teitelbaum has dedicated his professional life to leading scientific research, finding treatments and helping others with these illnesses.
The trouble with CFS and FM — diseases that have afflicted everyone from Florence Nightingale to JFK — starts with differentiating between the two. According to Teitelbaum, they are simply two names for the same process.
“If you go to see an infectious disease doctor, you will have chronic fatigue syndrome,” Teitelbaum says with a laugh. “If you go out of their offices next door to see a rheumatologist, you will have fibromyalgia.”
Natural Fibromyalgia Relief
Teitelbaum uses the SHINE acronym to help people address their chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia symptoms naturally: sleep, hormones, immunity, nutrition and exercise. Simply put, you should get adequate sleep, get tested for hormone deficiencies, get treatment for infections, maintain a healthy diet and exercise. Following these steps can improve patients’ health by 75 per cent after three months, one study found.
The area that Dr. Teitelbaum missed is the effect of head and neck trauma on the spine and nervous system in people suffering with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue. Research is showing that those suffering with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue frequently have a history of head or neck trauma. These traumas can lead to a structural misalignment of the bones in the upper neck leading to changes in blood, cerebral spinal fluid and nerve flow to and from the brain.
In a study published by Dr. William Amalu, and upper cervical chiropractor and researcher, he found a 92% to 100% reduction in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue symptoms in 23 patients after addressing an upper neck misalignment caused by head and neck trauma.
Here’s a quote from one of the case studies included in the research report:
“The patient continued to improve over the next few weeks with complete resolution of her FMS and CFS. The patient returned to full-time work during this time and experienced only two minor temporary exacerbations in her condition. Over the past two years, the patient has been seen on a check-up basis of four times per year. She remains FMS and CFS free with only an occasional sore neck due to long deskwork hours.”
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Dr. Kurt Sherwood, D.C. is Upper Cervical Specialist and has helped many people to find natural fibromyalgia relief in Renton, Washington over the past 20 plus years. He is trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. He specializes in correcting problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems including multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, and vertigo. More information can be found on his website at http://www.sherwoodspinalcare.com
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