Fibromyalgia is an elusive and painful medical condition. It can present with pain
anywhere in the body without any connection to a physical injury.
A patient with Fibromyalgia-like symptoms usually has a difficult decision:
What Fibromyalgia doctor can I see to get relief?
THE FIRST STEP
A logical step into the medical system for
Fibromyalgia treatment is to see a neurologist. Neurologists deal with various types of nerve
conditions and are experts at diagnosing if a specific nerve is injured.
Multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease neurologists care for, is a disease
that can overlap with
Fibromyalgia symptoms. But it has other distinguishing features too, such as loss of
sensation in certain areas of the body, loss of vision and generalized
weakness. The best current MS test is to have an MRI of the brain to look
for white plaques that are a hallmark of MS. Fibromyalgia patients once
differentiated from MS tend to seek other specialists.
Rheumatologists also see many possible Fibromyalgia patients. Rheumatologic
diseases, which are also referred to as Autoimmune diseases, can present
with generalized body pain (it is typically joint pain and sometimes swelling).
These specialists rely on new sophisticated blood tests to check if your
immune system has formed antibodies (immune markers) to detect a specific
THE ANA-ANTINUCLEAR ANTIBODY
The ANA-antinuclear antibody test is a typical screening blood test that
can be done by any physician to check for an autoimmune condition, for
example rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and Sjogren’s disease. If the
ANA is positive, more selective antibody tests are done to make a more
The conundrum comes when these tests are negative and the patient is clearly
suffering with multiple areas of pain.
In the area of Alternative-Holistic practitioners, for
Fibromyalgia sufferers there are many options: chiropractors, osteopaths, acupuncturists
and integrative physicians. Chiropractors and osteopaths, who are excellent
with their hands, can offer relief to aching muscles and joints through
Acupuncturists use Eastern medicine with needles to improve energy flow
to blocked areas. In many cases, patients use a team of these healthcare
providers to get maximum benefit.
Mitchell Medical Group, we are integrative physicians, which means we deal in both worlds of
conventional and holistic medicine. We never tell a patient to avoid seeing
a good chiropractor or acupuncturist, especially if it is giving them
relief. However, we do approach Fibromyalgia symptoms with a program that
get the patients’ lives back.
The evaluation of your
Fibromyalgia symptoms will start with an intensive one-on-one evaluation with Dr. Mitchell.
During this evaluation your medical records will be carefully reviewed.
A Gap analysis will be done to see if any tests may have been overlooked
in making your diagnosis. Most likely, additional blood tests will be
done to evaluate for vitamin or mineral deficiencies, as well as state
of the art testing for food intolerances due to gluten or yeast.
This Fibromyalgia treatment is a 60-day program geared to building up your
immune system with vitamin therapy, immune globulin and a specialized
anti-inflammatory diet. See our
3 Step Process for more details about how it works.
As living with
Fibromyalgia is life altering and difficult in many ways, it is essential that whatever
Fibromyalgia doctor(s) you choose think out of the box and help support
you in regaining your health.
- Dr. Dean Mitchell