Fibromyalgia and Your Care: How's That Working for You?

Dr. Phil often talks to viewers about their concerns this way. Perhaps something can be learned from this approach when it comes to our bodily health. Maybe you’ve been through the health care maze known as “fibrocare.”

Many patients start off with one little problem, such as fatigue or a headache, which just seems to grow and grow, much like the entourage of doctors we collect to get answers. How many physicians did you see before being properly diagnosed? Unfortunately, most fibromyalgia (FM) sufferers endure years of misdiagnoses, years of visits to various specialists, and of course constant and widespread pain. So is it working well? Are you getting healthy? Getting back to your old healthy self? Is so, then great. If not, then read on…

Were alternatives and perhaps more natural/non-drug approaches brought to your attention? Unfortunately, the maze can be quite daunting and it can be hard to really get a sense of any direction or what lies around the next corner.

Chiropractic care is one such alternative that remains a practical secret for many. In prior articles, we have looked at the many benefits chiropractic offers the FM patient in addition to spinal manipulative therapy and other manual therapies. Some of these include tips for improving sleep, exercise training (very important in managing FM), diet—specifically an anti-inflammatory diet (rich in anti-oxidants)—and supplementation (such as magnesium, malic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D3, Co-enzyme Q10, and more).

Most importantly, studies show that the FM patient is BEST served when a “team” of healthcare professionals work together on behalf of the FM patient. Depending on a patient’s needs, the team can include a doctor of chiropractic, a primary care doctor, a massage therapist, a clinical psychologist, and others.