According to WebMd:  Fibromyalgia is a lifelong condition that affects about 5 million Americans. People with it have sore, stiff muscles, but nothing odd shows up on X-rays or most lab tests. Doctors diagnose it based on your symptoms and an exam. While fibromyalgia doesn’t damage joints or organs, the constant aches and fatigue can really impact daily life.

Thehallmark of fibromyalgia is muscle pain throughout your body. Typically, you’llalso have:

  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Joint pain and numbness or tingling

Approximately3.4 % of women in the United States suffer from fibromyalgia.  Women aremuch more likely to develop fibromyalgia then are men.  Many people whohave fibromyalgia also have tension headache, temporomandibular joint (TMJ)disorders, irritable bowel syndrome as well as food sensitivities associatedwith gut dysbiois.

Accordingto “The Fibro Bible” The causes of fibromyalgia is caused by long term stress, poordiet, and irregular sleep cycles.  This creates a combination of gutdysbiosis (poor gut flora balance) improper distribution of gasotransmitterssuch as nitric oxide, and hormonal imbalances leading to chronicinflammation.  It is a very similar etiology as chronic fatigue syndrome,multiple chemical sensitivity, and PTSD.

Fibromyalgia is chronic pain caused by eight separate, yet overlapping causes.The predominant factor that causes pain can and does change based on weatherpatterns, diet, psychological triggering, sleep, and mitochondrial levels. Thisvariability is why fibromyalgia seems so random. For anyone who has been on afibro forum or talked to a fibro support group, you have heard stories that areterrifying and make the situation seem bleak.

Awoman is diligently practicing yoga. She is feeling better by the day and thensuddenly, for no apparent reason the pain is back with a vengeance. She wasdoing everything “right”. She summoned every bit of will power. Why was theyoga suddenly not helping anymore? This lack of understanding is terrifying andleads many to believe that they are cursed or that the situation is hopeless.

Adoctor cured several patients with a special diet. It worked exceptionally forsome, but not at all for others. Why?

Abody worker made one person feel normal again, but caused the next patient tohave an extreme spike in pain. Why?

Thesimple answer is because there are eight different overlapping causes. Seeingthem with clarity will allow you to flexibly adapt. It will help you know whatto use to help alleviate pain, when to use it, and when to stop. In most casesall of these mechanisms are at work to a varying degree, but one will play apredominant role and alleviating it will allow the others to follow. Findingthat first domino creates a metabolic cascade that increases energy, decreasespain, and improves quality of life.

The Light of Context
To really understand fibromyalgia, imagine trying to renovate a dilapidated house.After years of neglect, it has fallen into disrepair. The windows are broken;the basement is flooded and plants are growing up through the moldy floorboardsin the living room. Now imagine that someone has told you that uncomfortablehomes are caused by moldy carpets. It’s a perfectly reasonable explanation. Youtear up the carpet in the living room and replace it. There is less mold, butno one has repaired the windows or the leaky roof. After a while it starts torain and the carpet is moldy once more. As a result, you forget the mold andhear from a specialist that in order to maintain a comfortable home thethermostat must be working properly. As a result you crank up the heat, but thehouse is still flooded and the windows are still broken. Repairing this houseseems like an impossible task. This is because no one is looking at the bigpicture. Without context and an order of operations, most of the effort iswasted. As a result, people honestly believe that there is no cure. This islike deciding that a home can’t be functional because you installed a furnacewhile the windows were still broken. To make improvements that will last, youwould first seal the windows and patch up the roof. After this you could drainoff the flooded water, repair the electrical system, tear out damaged wood,hire workers, get materials, install new pipes, and finally a heating system.These stages overlap, yet must be addressed in the correct order or else it canlead to relapse. The stages address the following conditions in sequentialorder.
1. Lymphatic dysregulation and biofilms
2. Gut Dysbiosis
3. Nitric Oxide Dysregulation Associated with Elevated Cortisol
4. Prostaglandin Dysregulation and Platelet Adhesion
5. Mitochondrial Myopathy
6. Venous insufficiency
7. Due to Low DHEA’s /HPA-Thyroid Dysregulation
8. Dysregulation of ACTH and Cortisol Associated with Lumbar Pain and Low BodyTemperature

LotusSpring Acupuncture and Wellness Inc. offers 1 hour comprehensive examination todetermine what stages you may be at and addressed accordingly by treatmentstrategy and therapy to relieve pain, improve sleep and digestion, increaseenergy level and improve your overall quality of life.

Hereis a recent testimonial from a patient:

Lotus Springs Acupuncture and Wellness Inc. specializes infibromyalgia treatment. The acupuncturist and owner, Dan Clark has afibromyalgia program that includes herbs, acupuncture treatments and knowledge.This fibromyalgia treatment program has changed my life! I began treatmentthree months ago with a 10 point daily pain level and poor energy. Today I ampain free most of the time. After 25 years of painful suffering withfibromyalgia I recommend you give Dan and his fibromyalgia treatment program atry. Catherine Kelsey

Callto schedule your one hour examination to see if Lotus Spring Acupuncture canhelp at 385-498-3914