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Chronic Pain – Cope or Cure?

Chronic Pain – Cope or Cure?

Fibromyalgia, debilitating arthritis, severe headaches, neuropathy, these are all common causes for chronic pain. I have been talking about the effects of fibromyalgia for sometime now but I felt it important to address the needs of those who suffer from many forms of chronic pain; including fibromyalgia.

Once a person begins to experience constant, debilitating pain that does not seem to ease, a frequent questions that is asked is “will I have to live with this for the rest of my life?” This is a very difficult question for any doctor, chiropractic or medical, to answer and it is even more challenging for the chronic pain sufferer to learn whether she must cope with it or seek for a cure. As your fibromyalgia and chronic pain chiropractic physician, it is my hope in writing this article that every chronic pain sufferer will learn that you can cope with your illness while seeking a cure.

Almost every health condition, illness or diagnosis comes with its very own disclaimer. Although science, chiropractic and medicine have made significant breakthroughs with the treatment of many diseases, seldom is there a guarantee of a cure! Do cures exist? Yes they do and they occur more often than one might expect. “But what about fibromyalgia, can fibromyalgia be cured too?” Whether it is fibromyalgia or any chronic pain illness, the answer this chiropractic physician  always gives is -maybe.

There are many cases of people who have suffered the debilitating effects of chronic pain due to arthritis or fibromyalgia who, through a series of steps or procedures, report having been cured from their illness. I have seen it personally in my Mesa, AZ Chiropractic clinic. Allow me to share a story of on of my chiropractic patients suffering from fibromyalgia.

Angie (not her real name) suffered from fibromyalgia for over 14 years but was diagnosed just eight years ago. I first saw her in my Mesa, AZ Chiropractic Clinic approximately 3 1/2 years ago where we discovered a possible beginning to her fibromyalgia. Our treatment, which included whole food nutrition / supplementation, chiropractic therapy and massage (very gently I must add) began immediately. The process was expectantly slow but after one year Angie’s pain intensity fell from a frequent 7 to 9 out of 10 to an occasional 2 to 3. She went several weeks, even nearly two months without pain or her other multiple symptoms. After the completion of her second year of treatment she had been pain free for over 5 months. During her third year of chiropractic and nutritional care she had fibromyalgia like symptoms only once for one week; during the cold and flu season. She continues to be pain free and over 90% of her other fibromyalgia related symptoms have resolved.

However, in medicine, chiropractic and science you can never proclaim a permanent victory in recovery and you must “never say never” to a cure. One can be permanently cured from an illness like fibromyalgia or from any cause of chronic pain but their must be caution in proclaiming it so. Cancers return many years later for example or, illness or injury may open up a reoccurrence of any previous illness; including fibromyalgia or chronic pain. But cures do happen sometimes.

Hope is so important to the chronically ill. When in pain, you must never give up hope for a cure. Yet you must also learn to cope properly with your illness while searching for that possible cure for you! Never give up and never give in to your illness; whether it is fibromyalgia, arthritis, neuropathy or any cause of chronic pain.

When necessary, medications can be beneficial in controlling pain. However, prolonged use of almost all medications has the potential for serious long term consequences. These may contribute in the long run to an increase in your perception of pain and limit your body’s ability to provide its own miraculous healing capabilities! I believe in the use of whole food nutrition and other non pharmaceutical means to strengthen you and your body’s pain fighting capabilities.

To learn more about natural healing, search the internet for articles that may give you an idea or two on how to cope or discover a possible cure your chronic pain. Seek the advice of a chiropractic or medical physician that has training in the use of whole food nutrition or you may read about the use of chiropractic, whole food nutrition, balance, exercise, massage, drug toxicity, environmental causes of fibromyalgia and many more articles of interest found in my blog.

Most importantly, remember not to ever “give up or give in” to your chronic pain! There is a chance that you will find your specific answers to the question: Chronic pain – cope or cure. (May I suggest you can successfully have both!)

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Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia – Is it your Fault?

Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia – Is it your Fault?

If you do not attempt to understand what it is I am about to share with you and, if you are not willing to takes steps to improve yourself, then yes,it is at least partially your fault. Ouch!

Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue are siblings. In my Mesa AZ Chiropractic and Fibromyalgia Clinic, I have not found a person yet that has fibromyalgia but does not have chronic fatigue with it. Fatigue can be caused by many things. From a simple restless night to a more serious deadly infection, fatigue is a symptom of your body’s inability to return to homeostasis. If your body is functioning normally, rest gives the body a chance to restore itself at a cellular level.

Every cell of the body needs to do three things in order to provide optimum energy and total body restoration; assimilate nutrients, eliminate wastes and replicate properly. In theory, if your cells are doing all of this correctly, you would have no cancer, no fibromyalgia, no fatigue, no aging and no death. But, we know that this is an imperfect world with pollutions, chemicals, “non-food” foods, insects, bacteria, molds, fungi, viruses, trauma, stressors….. the list goes on and on. So, is there any way to fight all of these bad things and to support our body’s cells to function at their best? The answer is an absolute yes!

A body deprived of the vitamin B complex begins to show symptoms of poor health and cellular energy loss. Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia are the result of this. The vitamin B complex from whole foods is responsible for a variety of functions in your body: cellular metabolism, transmission and health of nerve cell energy, heart pulse rate, muscular contraction, digestion, brain function, thought processes and energy production. Without an adequate amount of vitamin B complex from whole foods you will experience any one or more of one of these symptoms:

Soreness all over, mental problems, heart palpitations, heart arrhythmias or fibrillation, indigestion, chronic fatigue, chronic exhaustion, inability to sleep (insomnia), anxiety, fear that something dreadful is about to happen, nervousness, ADD (attention deficiency), inability to concentrate, irritability, feeling of uneasiness, thoughts of dying, easily agitated, frustration, restlessness, tingling in hands, tingling fingers and toes, rashes, crying spells, inability to cope and/or paranoia.

Does this not describe fibromyalgia!!!

Dr. Vic Shayne, PhD (Vic Shayne, PhD ©2005 Author, Man Cannot Live on Vitamins Alone) Wrote:

“Before delving into the problems of vitamin B complex deficiency and its symptoms, it is first important to understand the difference between vitamins that are in pill form versus vitamins that are contained within nature’s foods. There is a world of difference — a difference between sickness and health. Vitamins just do not work like foods, and foods are what our bodies were designed to use for healing, prevention and energy. There is no substitute, and no matter how you look at it, vitamin pills are an invention of scientists, so they are prone to cause side effects, be incomplete and lack what we need to overcome our health problems.

Vitamins have been sold and marketed as the “magic bullet” for all health problems, yet food science researchers are bringing out the truth about vitamins, minerals, multivitamins and antioxidants— and it’s not an easy pill to swallow. The problem is that vitamins, when not still contained in their original food (oranges, bananas, spinach, broccoli, etc.) are merely chemicals. Our bodies do not recognize vitamins as nutrients, because they don’t work the same way as whole foods for these simple reasons:

Foods contain not just vitamins, but the co-workers (synergists) and helper nutrients that allow vitamins to work.

Foods are never found in high potency, so you won’t suffer any toxic side effects that have been proven to exist with ALL vitamin pills. As one expert stated, “Foods never deliver toxic doses [of vitamins]. (Hamilton, p.205)

For these reasons, and more, vitamin pills, despite their use and overuse, are not turning people’s health around.”

To combat the evil forces of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue you must begin to feed your cells properly. This starts with a healthy digestive system and a healthy diet. Together with whole food supplements (including Vitamin B complex), stress control, exercise, rest, a positive mental and emotional attitude and a healthy reduction of life’s “poisons”, you too can begin to feel less chronic fatigue and better control of your fibromyalgia.

What will you do today to improve your body’s ability to help its cells perform at their optimum level and thereby improving your chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia?

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Fiber

Increasing dietary fiber intake to at least 25 grams per day from varied sources provides a significant protective effect against cardiovascular disease. Researchers presumed that fiber intakes of 30- 35 grams per day would likely provide an even greater protective effect.

Increased dietary fiber intake is associated with reduced levels of a number of cardiovascular disease risk factors. The results of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition add to a growing body of evidence linking higher dietary fiber intake with a lower risk of heart disease. Nearly 6,000 men and women were selected from participants in an ongoing trial designed to evaluate the effect of antioxidants on cancer and heart disease incidence over an eight year period.

The highest total of insoluble dietary fiber intakes were associated with reductions in the risks of overweight and elevated waist-to-hip ratio, blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, and homocysteine. Fiber from cereals was associated with a lower body mass index, blood pressure, and homocysteine concentration; fiber from vegetables with a lower blood pressure and homocysteine concentration; and fiber from fruit with a lower waist-to-hip ratio and blood pressure. Fiber from dried fruit or nuts and seeds was associated with a lower body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio, and glucose concentrations.

The findings of this study illustrate the significance of increasing fiber intake from various dietary sources. The results also indicate that 25 grams total dietary fiber per day is the minimum intake required to attain a significant protective effect against cardiovascular disease, and that total dietary fiber intakes of 30-35 grams/day will likely provide an even greater protective effect.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 82, No. 6, 1185-1194, December 2005

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