Fibromyalgia – Possibility of Misdiagnosis

Fibromyalgia – Possibility of Misdiagnosis

Let’s face it, fibromyalgia is a life altering condition, and it is for very real. It is essentially a syndrome that has its own underlying symptoms. You are said to suffer from this condition when a set of symptoms happen in concert.

These symptoms are…

  • Tender points
  • Debilitating fatigue
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Extensive pain
  • Reduced pain threshold

Fibromyalgia can also give rise to certain feelings and signs that are akin to osteoarthritis, tendinitis and bursitis. However there is lurking danger here. The above symptoms can be also found in other conditions and may not be Fibromyalgia at all.

All these became evident, when a recent study, quite alarming in its implications, was published in the medical journal Rheumatology. This study revealed a shocking fact: An incredible 66 percent of those patients who were diagnosed with Fibromyalgia or suspected of suffering from the condition were obviously misdiagnosed. This indeed is an appalling state of affairs. The study came to the conclusion, “There is a disturbing inaccuracy, mostly observed to be over diagnosis, in the diagnosis of FM by referring physicians. This finding may help explain the current high reported rates of FM and caution physicians to consider other diagnostic possibilities when addressing diffuse musculoskeletal pain.”

Medical experts term fibromyalgia as a ‘diagnosis of exclusion’. This signifies that doctors should exclude every other cause prior to arriving at a positive conclusion of this grave and often perplexing condition. This also presupposes testing all underlying causes via clinical deduction.

For all you know, you might be one of those 66 percent of sufferers who are unfortunate enough to be misdiagnosed with this disorder. By properly deducing the basic causes of the symptoms, they become treatable, enabling the sufferers to get their own lives back.

This is why there should be no cessation in looking for the underlying causes of our symptoms. In this context, a patient should ensure that his/her doctor/s tick off all of the alternatives before labeling them with fibromyalgia, as their health relies on it quite literally.

Some common health condition that mimic fibromyalgia and must be ruled out include:-

  1. Hypothyroidism or Under Treated Hypothyroidism:Getting thyroid levels, especially T3 and Calcitonin into an optimal range, typically alleviates fatigue, brain fog, sleep disturbances and depression. An effective drug that can advance thyroid function, and restore vitality and energy is NDT because it provides full set of thyroid hormones produced by the body: T4, T3, T2, T1, & Calcitonin.
  2. Vitamin Deficiencies: Healthy muscle function rests on the right balance of minerals and vitamins in your cells – something that can be difficult to track by yourself. Although it may not clear up all of your symptoms, topping up your levels of magnesium, vitamin B12 and vitamin D often can have a profound effect on pain and fatigue, which suggests that a severe vitamin deficiency could be at the root of fibromyalgia.
  3. Leaky Gut/Gut Flora:Most of the patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia have gut infections, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), and leaky gut. Several studies have found a relationship between gut flora and fibromyalgia. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found that 100% (42/42) of fibromyalgia patients they studied had small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). This is astounding.If you suffer from fibromyalgia, ensure intake of fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, kim chi, etc. Also consider taking a probiotic like Prescript-Assist
  4. Chronic Stress: Chronic stress is so disruptive to your body and sleep cycle that some experts believe it to be the main culprit behind several serious diseases, including chronic pain conditions. A few aspects of the stress response may be at play, including an overactive adrenal gland (resulting in adrenal fatigue), poor regenerative rest, and emotional tension. Ultimately, prolonged stress can interfere with all your body’s natural processes – including pain response.To manage  stress, its important that you get get at least 7–8 hours of sleep each night. Further, you can do relaxation exercises, yoga, light aerobics, and take anti-depressants if prescribed.

 

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