Strategies for the Understanding and Treatment of Fibromyalgia
Sunday, 11/05 at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
An estimated 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Mature women account for 80-90% of all fibromyalgia cases. There are no reproducible, objective tests to definitively diagnose this condition, no agreed upon treatment strategies, and no statistically effective drug protocols to treat fibromyalgia. The treatment of this condition for the TCM practitioner represents an amazing opportunity to provide significant benefit in an area where Western medicine has very few answers to benefit patients. Ten common symptoms often present to a varying degree with fibromyalgia: muscle spasms, intense headaches, generalized pain, tenderness (especially within the joints), depression, sleep disturbance, memory loss and brain fog, bowel issues, muscle and joint stiffness, and painful menses. All of these symptoms, individually or in patterns, offer significant road signs for the TCM practitioner to follow and to successfully alleviate our patient's suffering. As integrative and TCM practitioners, we have the tools and strategies to make a profound difference in people's lives without the risk of harmful side effects.