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Fibromyalgia Syndrome

Even 10 years ago, you never heard the term fibromyalgia, but now everybody knows at least one person who has been diagnosed with this condition. Is it because we weren't looking before, or that our population is getting sicker?

FirbomyalgiaYou should first understand that most conditions that include the term "syndrome" as part of their name have been designed to explain a certain set of symptoms.

There is usually a list of criteria that must be met in order to diagnose the person with one of these syndromes - chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia syndrome, etc.

This essentially means that your doctor. doesn't know what is causing your symptoms, but only that they fit into a certain diagnostic mold. In the case of fibromyalgia, you must have a certain number of tender points throughout your body that are persistent despite rest.

I don't deny that patients may have the symptoms that match a diagnosis, but I choose to utilize functional medicine to determine the underlying cause. This involves looking carefully at your blood and lab work along with any symptoms to determine what physiology is going wrong in your body. By doing this, we can help uncover the culprits behind your symptoms.

Some common issues I look for in fibromyalgia patients are: dysbiosis (an imbalance in the healthy bacteria of your gut), adrenal gland fatigue or weakness, vitamin and mineral deficiency, side effects from prescription drugs, sluggish thyroid gland, autoimmune conditions, anemia, and more. Some simple lab tests help me quickly narrow down what areas to focus on first.

If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome, and have yet to experience any relief, please get in touch with Dr. Noah in Boise, ID today.