It’s interesting to note that many of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia also occur in other disorders-Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypothyroidism, Adrenal Fatigue, Hormone Imbalance, Nutritional Deficiencies, Food Sensitivities, Depression, and Environmental Toxicity. Could there be a relationship? .

Fibro and CFIDS seem to have become more prevalent around the late 1970’s. That is when we began using the TSH test as the gold standard to test for thyroid problems. What if it is not accurate? What if we have been missing many cases of Hypothyroidism because of this? What if you are Hypothyroid?

The Thyroid Gland is an endocrine gland that affects the function of every aspect of your body. When it is not producing enough Thyroid Hormone, or that hormone can not be converted to its active form and used by your body, your metabolism can not be regulated and every thing goes haywire. Thyroid disorders, at least the obvious ones, seem to be exploding in this country. We believe that over 80% of Fibromyalgia patients have Hypothyroidism.

Adrenal Fatigue is another common finding in Fibromyalgia patients. To deal with the many stressful events in our lives, our body has a system to handle it-at least physically. The Adrenal Glands, which sit on top of each kidney, produce a myriad of hormones to regulate our body systems. They work in concert with the Thyroid Gland to control our metabolism. They produce stress hormones like Adrenaline and Cortisol. They produce Aldosterone to regulate our fluid balance. And they produce sex hormones, which become increasingly important as we pass mid-life.

As we accumulate stress over the years, our Adrenal Glands are working hard to produce Cortisol and other hormones to compensate and keep us going. Gradually, over time, they get tired of trying to keep up with our stressful lives. Poor diet, nutrient deficiencies, toxins, poor sleep, and other factors take their toll. The hormone production begins to decline and the Adrenal Glands can no longer fully compensate for stressors. Then, some major stressful event occurs and they just can’t keep up, resulting in Adrenal Fatigue or even failure. Our patients usually describe a time (or even a date) when everything got worse and they have never felt well since

Other causes of Fibromyalgia include sleep dysfunction, lack of exercise, and a spiritual life out of balance. Most patients have several causes at work. This is why a comprehensive, multidisciplinay treatment team approach is essential for the healing of Fibromyalgia patients.



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