SLOAN! asked Oliver Eaton, an experienced osteopath at ProHealth Clinic, to share how he cured himself of fibromyalgia and offer advice on how those affected by fibromyalgia can use the same treatments and techniques to overcome the condition.
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia at the age of 23, having been struck suddenly by a long list of debilitating symptoms.
I was in my fourth year studying to become an osteopath, yet both my knowledge and my experienced tutors’ knowledge still had no answer for why all these symptoms had started. Doctors and consultants had no answer either. It was the start of a frustrating but educational three-year-long battle with the condition. I eventually managed to overcome it – but only after many hundreds of hours of researching the root causes of the condition and how best to treat it without medication. Those three years felt like studying for a whole separate degree.
The NHS estimates that 2-4.5% of people in the UK may have fibromyalgia syndrome – estimating between 1.2 million and 2.8 million people. 75-90% of people with fibromyalgia syndrome are women.
It’s a condition that conventional medicine currently has no answer for and sufferers are often prescribed with long lists of symptom-managing medication with often damaging side effects. There are many well documented alternative treatments available that, unfortunately, doctors and consultants aren’t aware of as they aren’t part of their university curriculum.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is defined as a sensitization of the central nervous system. This essentially is when the body is stuck in ‘fight or flight’ mode. According to the NHS’s website, the following symptoms can be associated with Fibromyalgia:
- Widespread Pain
- Extreme Sensitivity
- Poor Sleep Quality
- Cognitive problems (‘fibro-fog’)
- trouble remembering and learning new things
- problems with attention and concentration
- slowed or confused speech
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Dizziness and clumsiness
- Feeling too hot or too cold
- Restless legs syndrome
- Tingling, numbness, prickling or burning sensations in your hands and feet
- In women, unusually painful periods
- Depression and anxiety
What causes Fibromyalgia?
If you suffer from fibromyalgia it’s important to learn about the causes and triggers – this will give you the best chance of achieving symptom relief and overcoming the condition.
As described earlier, Fibromyalgia is when the body becomes stuck in ‘fight or flight’ mode. For the body to become stuck in ‘fight or flight’ mode it has to have been under chronic stress for a prolonged period of time. This stress can be either physical or emotional. The following is a list of common forms of stress that have been linked to the development of Fibromyalgia:
- Prolonged virus – e.g. Glandular fever
- Prolonged emotional stress – work or domestic
- Chronic pain from a previous unresolved injury
- Misalignments – misalignments in the body can cause chronic stress on the muscles and nerves in the body, subsequently causing pain.
- Gut bacterial overgrowth – bacteria such as candida can overgrow in the gut and can cause many of the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, including: pain, insomnia, fatigue, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), food sensitivities.
My own Fibromyalgia had been caused by candida in the gut. I found it hard to believe at first because I had always thought candida was only an issue in people who had a bad diet and my diet was really good. This lead me to learn about the many other things that can leave an individual’s gut vulnerable to a candida overgrowth; the main being antibiotics.
Antibiotics kill not only the bad bacteria in our bodies but also the good bacteria. We rely on our good bacteria to defend ourselves from bacterial overgrowths such as candida. The problem is that doctors in the UK fail to advise patients to take a course of probiotics after their course of antibiotics to help repopulate our good bacteria.
Treatments that helped me:
- Prolozone Therapy
- Myofascial therapy
- Nutritional Therapy
Every fibromyalgia sufferer requires a different treatment approach so it is important to first understand the root cause of yours.
Fibromyalgia Consultancy –
Here at ProHealth Clinic we run a consultancy service for individuals suffering from Fibromyalgia. We help to identify the root cause of your symptoms and point you in the right direction of the best treatment approach. Consultations are priced at £250 and include a full report and treatment plan. The best way to book an appointment is to call 0800 107 3238. Below are reviews from two of our patients.
About Oliver Eaton
Oliver Eaton is a qualified and registered osteopath, Medical Acupuncturist and Musculoskeletal Injection Therapist. Much of Oliver’s specialties were learnt through personal experience; suffering from a series of chronic conditions from which he made a full recovery using alternative medicine approaches. This sparked his passion for specialising in the treatment of patients with chronic pain.
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