December 18, 2016

2016 FIBROMYALGIA – The Good, Bad and not so Ugly

Every year at this time I like to review what we have been able to do to help all of our patients reach as high a level of health as possible. The “good” is that we have been able to help a lot of patients, whether or not they were patients with Fibromyalgia, automobile accidents, weekend warriors, age related, work related or insidious. Insidious is when a patient comes in and states “I don’t know what happened. I just hurt.” Of course, when it comes to Fibromyalgia patients, I feel we have been able to help many of them get back to a pain free livelihood.  To be able to see patients that were barely able to function come into the clinic and tell there stories of success and there abilities to return to a normal life is for us in the clinic a tremendous high. They are able to live, love and enjoy the life they had stolen from them. There success is our most precious moments.

The ‘bad” has been the on going problems with insurance companies questioning the validity of the condition of Fibromyalgia. Even though Fibromyalgia has been given an ICD coverage code number and the National Institute of Health recognizes Fibromyalgia at least as a “syndrome” there still seems to be a problem with insurance companies and many M.D.’s in accepting the condition of Fibromyalgia. You’re not crazy!

This has not stopped many pharmaceutical companies from trying to sell symptomatic medications that often exacerbate the patients condition. I have mentioned many times that most of the medications that are sold have many side affects that are the same symptoms that Fibromyalgia patients suffer with daily.

Another “bad” this year and every year it seems are the patients that come to our clinic to find the Holy Grail of health and they cannot even go through our two week detox program or they can’t deal with the removal of inflammatory foods from their diet or they cheat and continue to use salicylates that block the guaifenesin from working. It is more than frustrating for myself and staff to know that our program will work but for whatever reason the patient gives up too soon.

The “ugly” has to do with so many people who have not been properly diagnosed that suffer with Fibromyalgia. Until the allopathic schools teach M.D.’s, D.O.’s, etc. how to diagnose Fibromyalgia this problem will continue. It has been estimated that there are three million diagnosed Fibromyalgia patients and another three million who are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

For those of you who have given our clinic the opportunity to work with you and your health problems we thank you from the bottom of our heart. For those of you who are still suffering from whatever ailments we welcome you to our clinic.

May this Holiday for you be filled with Peace, Love, and Happiness. May you find comfort in your pain and suffering and may this New Year be the start of the best year of your life.