What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition caused by excessive activity of nerve cells throughout the body. People with Fibromyalgia experience intense total body pain, muscle spasms/cramps, and often have symptoms of anxiety as well. For many, Fibromyalgia can be a debilitating condition that worsens over time, resulting in increasing pain and eventual disability.
What causes Fibromyalgia?
While Fibromyalgia symptoms are caused by excessive activity of nerve cells, there may be several reasons for this activity or excessive electrical current in the nervous system. Fibromyalgia can be caused by one or more of the following:
- Build-up of environmental toxins resulting in neurotoxicity
- Biotoxin illness (mold illness) from exposure to water damaged buildings
- Chronic infection such as Lyme disease and certain common co-infections
- Leaky Gut Syndrome (Intestinal permeability)
- Systemic inflammation
How is Fibromyalgia treated?
Many physicians treat Fibromyalgia patients with medications intended to reduce the excess electrical current causing the overactivity in the nerves. Unfortunately, many patients find this treatment to be ineffective or to work only temporarily. Why? The medications only address the symptoms but not the underlying conditions causing the dysfunction. This allows the illness or neurotoxicity root cause(s) to continue to cause damage and worsen this medical condition over time. The key to effectively treating Fibromyalgia is to first diagnose the underlying root cause(s) creating the excess activity in the nervous system. The second step is to treat those underlying contributing factors or illnesses that are causing symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Dr. Thomas gathers evidence by testing, clinical observation, and patient history to uncover the root cause(s). From there, she works with the patient to create a customized treatment plan that is designed to address those specific issues. Dr. Thomas looks beyond the symptoms to identify the causes and provide treatment that best meets the needs of each individual patient.