Is Fibromyalgia Real?
Dr. Rutherford: Hi, I’m Doctor Rutherford, I’m Dr. Martin Rutherford, I am
a doctor of chiropractic and I am a certified functional medicine
Dr. Rutherford: And we treat fibromyalgia. And the topic today is, is
fibromyalgia real? I have fibromyalgia, it’s real. Let’s start off with
that, okay. But the confusion I think is the term; fibromyalgia and the
diagnosis of it. The term is a dumb term, It is a term, but I’m not putting
you down, okay? It’s not a dumb term because it means you don’t have it, or
because it means it’s in your head, it’s a dumb terms because it means pain
in your muscle fibers; that tells you nothing.
The reason it tells you nothing is because to date, the accepted way
of diagnosing fibromyalgia is with, and Dr. Gates maybe gets more specific
than this, with the specific number of points that will tell you whether
you have sensitivity in your muscle fibers or not, and if you have it, they
diagnose you as fibromyalgia, if you don’t, they tell you that you don’t
have it even though your entire life is falling apart.
Fibromyalgia has a very, in our world, fibromyalgia is a very
specific clinical entity. The name is poor, I’d like to change it but it’s
useful for communication. For those of you who have it, it’s not a
psychological problem. All right? It is a neurological problem.
Dr. G is going to expand on that briefly. It is a bio-chemical
probably more specifically an auto-immunish problem and immune problem.
Most of our fibromyalgia patients that come in here have gut problems.
Frequently that gut problem is actually celiac, which for those of you who
are familiar with celiac, means that you have a sensitivity to the now
becoming more known gluten protein.
Dr. Rutherford: Or non-Celiac gluten sensitivity.
Dr. G: Or you have non-Celiac gluten sensitivity. Usually, you’re
going to have an over-fired sympathetic nervous system, which I think Dr.
Gates is going to address briefly. You’ll usually have something called
central sensitization, again, it’s a neurological issue, it’s a brain
issue, where you have the sensitivity, your husband, your boyfriend, your
girlfriend, your significant other hugs you, it doesn’t feel too good. You
have pain that comes and goes all over your body. And let’s see, thyroid,
guts, immune, central sensitization, and stress. Stress and brain.
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