Fibromyalgia

Primary Concerns

A 36 year old woman presented with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia.  She was diagnosed six months prior, but had been experiencing debilitating symptoms for the last year and a half. Symptoms started after a 36 hour influenza infection. Upon presentation, she is experiencing crushing fatigue and pain. Unable to work, her entire body aches. She has a history of ovarian cysts and hormonal acne. She experiences insomnia and is awoken from sleep due to pain. Headaches lasting 3-4 days occur each week and include nausea and vomiting. She has gained 30 lbs. in the last two years.

 

Initial Workup

After performing our 12-point diagnostic evaluation, we found signs of significant chronic adrenal gland stress, thyroid dysfunction, gallbladder congestion, overgrowth of intestinal bacteria, chronic throat infection, significant inflammation, and a pattern of Chronic Hyperventilation Syndrome.

 

Dietary Modifications

An intolerance to Eggs, as well as Milk when eaten in combination with Grain was discovered. She would meet with the nutritionist to be educated on naturopathic sciences of eating and food nutrition, and also start the dietetic portion of a Nutritional Purification program

 

Nutrition and Natural Medicines

Medicinal food concentrates were administered to improve adrenal gland function, kidney and liver function, and to restore mineral deficiencies identified through blood testing.

Herbal extracts were given to improve thyroid function, help reduce pain and improve circulation to the tissues and joints of the body, to detoxify the colon and bowel to address unhealthy gut bacteria and to improve hormonal regulation.

Nutritional supplementation to provide fiber and nutrients in order to support elimination and regular bowel movements, and for immune support to fight a chronic infection of the throat.

 

Treatment Procedures

12 Bio-Thermal Therapy® Treatments over 6 weeks were prescribed to repair organ function, digestion, drain lymphatics to heal the skin, lessen nausea, and reduce inflammation.

6 sessions of Naturopathic Manual Therapy and breath retraining, with biofeedback and breathing exercises, were used as a part of our Respiratory Rehabilitation Protocol to address the

6 Intravenous Nutrient Therapies were administered to rapidly saturate the body with bioavailable nutrients available at a cellular level to support immune function and replete the body for a more rapid recovery.  Intramuscular injections of B vitamins were administered weekly.

 
  Here is a picture of a peripheral smear of her blood at the initial evaluation

Here is a picture of a peripheral smear of her blood at the initial evaluation

 
  CES Device-  Can be used during treatments or rented out of the clinic for home use.

CES Device- Can be used during treatments or rented out of the clinic for home use.

 

 

Cranio-electrical stimulation (CES) to promote relaxation in an effort to help sleep and manage anxiety. Several research studies show a significant reduction in pain and improvement in sleep cycles in patients with fibromyalgia.

 

Progress

The headaches went away, and within a few weeks, she started noticing that her energy and mood was improving as well as her digestion and bowel movements. Within a month she was sleeping better – up to 6.5 hours at a stretch and was having significantly less pain. By 4 weeks she said she was ‘feeling great’ and went for a bike ride, her first bike ride in 6 or 7 months. At treatment during her 6th week she reports that she went kayaking for 2 hours followed by a 20-minute bike ride the following day. This did not provoke pain or fatigue.

At her 2 month check-up she reported that she has had none of the 3 or 4 day headaches at all.  She has a had a couple of mild headaches that lasted 30 minute and were associated with dehydration – easily resolved by drinking water. Her energy is much better, she is active, and her mental fog has cleared.  She has lost about 10 pounds, she is sleeping much better and feels rested in the morning.

 
  Here is a picture of the peripheral smear of her blood at that time

Here is a picture of the peripheral smear of her blood at that time

 

She was healing and to continue the support of the process she continued her treatments but at a reduced frequency. She was prescribed a Bio-Thermal Therapy ® once weekly. Every other week she would receive the Respiratory Rehabilitation Therapy and every other week (alternating weeks) the Intravenous Nutrient Therapy.

 

Continued Progress

A month after her first checkup, 3 months after starting care, she reports that she hiked 40 miles at elevation in the Denver, Colorado area.

She continued to improve with decreased pain and increased energy, started doing yoga, walking daily and learned to see the patterns between food, weight, and skin.

 
  At 5 months her peripheral blood smear

At 5 months her peripheral blood smear

 

The patient moved from the area and was followed up via phone, around 10 months after starting care. 


She reported that she had lost 17 pounds and was regularly swimming a variety of front, back, and breast stroke, walking 11,000 steps daily, her energy continued to improve….and was planning a backpacking trip for the Grand Canyon in the fall.