Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Do You Have Fibromyalgia?

Previous criteria to make the diagnosis of fibromyalgia have included a detailed listing of how many tender areas you have throughout the body out of a possible 18 points.  Dr. Andrew Gross of Univ. of California SF calls this “a complete waste of time”.  Instead, he has the patient fill out a questionnaire.  The most important factors are widespread pain lasting at least 3 months, fatigue, poor sleep, and no other disease causing the symptoms.  Rather than anti-depressants and pain medications, the usual treatment, I immediately check for yeast imbalance, food allergies, and insufficient digestive factors.  Herbal preparations, low dose naltrexone, amino acids, and Kaufman’s pain neutralization techniques can be very effective treatments without side effects.


See Family Practice News, January, 2014, p. 38.

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