I am a Lyme Disease specialist and have been involved in utilizing Alternative and Conventional medicine for decades. I describe the approach used in my practice as “Blending Traditional and Alternative Medicine.”
I co-wrote the book, “Solving the Puzzle of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFG).” The reason I mention CFS when speaking about Fibromyalgia is that much of Myalgia goes along with CFS.
A Silly Definition
The definition of CFS is silly, but it is still better than the one used to diagnose Fibromyalgia. The definition of CFS is:
“Greater than 50% debility for greater than six months with no known cause.”
I believe CFS is usually caused by a hidden infection. However, I believe Fibromyalgia Syndrome is also caused by a hidden infection or toxicity most of the time.
Fibromyalgia is a disease of pain. It is a syndrome whereby people have pain, generally over most or all of their body. It is widespread pain, not a localized one which would be called Myalgia. “Myaligia” means Muscle Pains, and “Fibro” means Scar tissue. So Fibromyalgia syndrome is defined as chronic intense widespread pain resistant to treatment.
A Ridiculous Diagnosis? Fibromyalgia Symptoms
I believe the current diagnosis of Fibromyalgia is borderline ridiculous. It is diagnosed by defining 11 of the 18 possible trigger points on the body. There are nine pairs on each side of the body; 8 on the front and 10 on the back. They are located on the neck, the chest, the elbows, the knees, the back of the head, the top and lower shoulders, the lower back, and the hips. When 11 of these 18 trigger point respond positively to pressure, (they are painful when pressure is applied), the patient is diagnosed as having Fibromyalgia.
It’s interesting, but there is no formal name when a patient is experiencing pain in just 9 or 10 of these pressure points.
Patients could have the exact same pain and debility if they have less than 11 pain points. The condition that caused the 11 pain points could very well be the identical condition causing any number of pain points.
What is the Point of Pain Points?
Fibromyalgia has No Pathognomonic test to label or name it. “Patho” comes from the word for disease and “gnomonic” means naming or labeling. The bottom line, there is no known test that names (provides a diagnosis of) Fibromyalgia with certainty.
But at least it is a starting point for a conversation, though the definition sends us in the wrong direction. The conversation around Fibromyalgia should be about the hidden causes of the condition, not what pain points are affected by it. I look for the cause of the symptoms and do not concentrate only on the symptoms. Of course, most people understand treating the cause of an illness, not just the symptoms, is the best way to restore someone to health.
This is what I do in my practice. I test for hidden infections or toxicity and then treat those conditions.
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