Fibromyalgia? Mainstream docs think it's YOUR fault!
The mainstream is playing its favorite game.
It's the BLAME GAME -- and you're not going to believe who it's blaming for the constant, endless, agonizing, all-over pain of fibromyalgia.
It's not their fellow doctors for failing to treat or even recognize the condition.
It's not the drug industry for refusing to come up with real solutions instead of recycling meds discarded for other conditions.
It's not even researchers for practically ignoring a devastating illness that leaves up to 10 million Americans suffering from debilitating, chronic pain.
If you have fibromyalgia and aren't getting better, a new study claims it's YOUR FAULT for not taking all of your meds as instructed.
The study blames lack of "compliance" among fibromyalgia patients, saying less than 10 percent stay on their meds for a full year -- and that's true no matter what meds they're on, whether it's pregabalin (a.k.a. Lyrica) or antidepressants.
And that, the study claims, can make the fibromyalgia harder to control.
To put it as politely as I can, this is pure nonsense.
If the drugs were safe and truly worked, no patient would quit. They'd be THRILLED with their meds... and would practically BEG their docs for more!
But the drugs often do little or nothing and pack so many side effects that many people quit even when they DO help.
Pregabalin, the main drug given to many fibromyalgia patients, has a "number needed to treat" of roughly 10, depending on which study you look at. That means you have to give it to 10 patients to help just one reach pain relief levels of 50 percent or better.
It also has a number needed to harm of six -- which means 1 in 6 patients on the med will suffer serious side effects.
So, out of any group of 30 patients, 3 will be helped... 5 will be hurt... and as many as 25 will get little to no benefit at all, while potentially suffering from less severe side effects.
Yet they're blaming patients for not taking the drug? The real wonder is that it was ever approved in the first place!
But there's a key reason these drugs are doomed to fail: They don't tackle any of the possible causes of fibromyalgia.
There are more than 20 of them, and we're learning about more all the time.
Most mainstream docs don't know that. Heck, the mainstream only just recently admitted that this is a real condition!
The only way to beat this disease is to find the cause and fix it, and that's where a skilled holistic medical doctor can make all the difference in the world.
If you live in the San Diego area, I can test for all of the known causes of fibromyalgia right here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine and work with you on a treatment plan to reverse the condition and end the pain.
Not in the area? I can also offer advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.
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