Fibromyalgia Specialists St Louis
Although most doctors have basic knowledge of Fibromyalgia, if you are not
lucky enough to have a specialist as your primary care physician you should consider
looking for a fibromyalgia specialist. Unfortunately this can often be easier said than done.
|The chronic pain associated
with fibromyalgia is considered by most Western medical
professionals to be incurable and is expected to last throughout
the patient's entire life. Thankfully Alternative medicine
is beginning to offer more positive outlooks with the holistic
thinking and treating not only the body, but also the mind
and spirit of the patient as well. Chinese medicine for
instance examines the overall pattern of disharmony rather
than focusing on the pain, which is itself seen as merely
a symptom of a system wide imbalance. According to the Western
model of medicine the first step is to see your primary
care physician. Depending on which state you live in, this
may actually be required by law. On the other hand, if you
live in a state that is more progressive towards encouraging
alternative health care you may wish to see your alternative
health care provider first
Treatments for both Fibromylagia and Myofasicial Pain Syndrome include acupuncture, physical therapy, natural herbal therapy, and prescription medication such as Tricyclic anti-depressants. For Myofascial Pain Syndrome in particular trigger point injections with pain relieving medication can help, such as NSAIDs like Aleve or ibuprofen based Advil / Motrin. Click here for more information on how to Treat Fibromyalgia St Louis
Chinese Medicine has shown great success with treating both diseases using natural herbal therapy based upon the patient's diagnosis, with the goal being to return the patient's body to a balanced and harmonized state. Natural practitioners such as licensed Acupuncturists and Chinese herbalists place primary emphasis not on the individual symptoms, but on the overall constitutional diagnosis of the patient.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by fatigue, aching, pain, and stiffness in the soft tissues (including the muscles, ligaments, and tendons). The first biomedical mention of this disease was in 1975 by Smythe and Modofsky. They mentioned two groups of symptoms 1) tender/trigger points throughout the body and 2) sleep disturbance due to pain. Approximately 2-3% of U.S. citizens suffer from fibromyalgia, a number that is surprisingly high. Approximately 70%-90% of fibromyalgia sufferers are women aged 20-40, or over 40 and overweight.
The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown in western medicine, but Chinese medicine offers some different answers. Chinese medicine, which includes practitioners of acupuncture and those who prescribe Chinese herbs, describes the mechanism of fibromyalgia as being a blockage of the superficial defensive 'wei qi' in the tendino-muscular channels. Treatment methods in Chinese medicine include massage, tuina, bodywork, cupping, and superficial needling - which are all highly effective in treating fibromyalgia and managing chronic pain. Although fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome are different diseases in Western medicine, in Eastern medicine they will often have similar treatment plans unless the differential diagnosis changes.
In Chinese medicine not all patients with the same disease are treated identically, and Chinese medicine describes several key differentiations for fibromyalgia. These include damp retention due to poor digestion and deficiency in the Stomach and Spleen, Qi deficiency of the Lung, Spleen, and Kidney, and Yin deficiency of the Heart, Liver, and Kidney. Each patient is given a complete Chinese medical diagnosis and a treatment plan is selected according to the primary pattern of disharmony that is presented by the patient.
"It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has."
- Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.)
Feel free to visit our home page, or book an appointment online. For questions and more information please call Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Justin Hays at 512-369-2242 or 808-387-9647. If you are not in Honolulu it may be more difficult for you to book an appointment with Master Justin. Instead please take a look at the map below to find your nearest city and state. You can find more information about fibromyalgia, including alternative health solutions and a directory of doctors that specialize in treating fibromyalgia in your area.
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