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Monday, September 22, 2014

What Does Fibromyalgia Look Like?

Often one can recognize themselves in someone else's story.  Here is a case study from Dr. Louise McCrindle and Dr. Alison Bested's book that describes a patient with fibromyalgia.

"Claire was 54 years old and working full time as a grade 7 teacher when she was rear-ended in a car accident.  This was the third time she had been in a car accident.  The next day, Claire had a headache and felt pain in her neck and shoulders.  She went to see her family doctor, who prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and recommended massage therapy.  Over the next few months, her pain worsened.  She rated the pain a 6 to 8 on a scale of 10 (with 0 as no pain and 10 as the worst pain).  She was unable to sleep.  She went to bed exhausted and she woke up exhausted the next morning.  Her pain spread to the rest of her body.  At work, she spoke with her principal about her situation.  She finally had to leave work when she couldn't remember how to teach a lesson to her students-one that she had taught many times previously.  She is now on medical leave, struggling to go out grocery shopping for 20 minutes."

Does this sound familiar?

Unfortunately, even though an estimated 6% of Canadians are suffering with Fibromyalgia, many Canadians are not being properly diagnosed or treated for this disease.  When looking for a health-care professional, make sure they are willing to learn about new conditions in medicine.  Everyday there are new discoveries in treating and diagnosing Fibromyalgia.  Although we do not have all the answers yet, we have learned enough to help you control your symptoms and begin to improve your daily life with fibromyalgia.

A great resource to understand more about Fibromyalgia is the following book:

Dr. McCrindle practices in Toronto, ON and Dr. Alison Bested practices in Vancouver, BC.  Dr. McCrindle practices functional medicine and uses therapeutic diets, nutrient therapy, and botanical medicine as a base for treatment of her patients with Fibromyalgia.

To find a healthcare practitioner in the Calgary area, visit this link and this link

Yours in health,

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