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What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a complex condition that causes widespread pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and other symptoms. While the exact cause remains unknown, conventional medicine often focuses on managing symptoms rather than addressing the root cause.

At the London Clinic of Nutrition, we believe in a holistic approach to fibromyalgia that considers the whole person, not just their symptoms. We combine nutritional therapy, functional medicine techniques, and lifestyle modifications to create personalised treatment plans that aim to improve your overall well-being and manage your fibromyalgia effectively.

Find out more about Fibromyalgia with some of our frequently asked questions:

1. What are the causes of fibromyalgia?

The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but several factors may contribute, including some of these more obvious root causes:

Genetics: Some individuals may be genetically predisposed to developing fibromyalgia.

Stress: Physical or emotional stress can trigger or worsen symptoms.

Hormonal imbalances: Fluctuations in hormones, especially oestrogen, may play a role.

Gut health: Imbalances in gut bacteria have been linked to fibromyalgia.

Nutritional deficiencies: Deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals can contribute to symptoms.

One of the causes of that is often overlooked when discussing chronic illnesses and conditions such as Fibromyalgia is trauma.

Inherited and Developmental Trauma: Studies suggest that these factors can play a significant role in complex chronic illnesses. At the London Clinic of Nutrition we utilise techniques like Internal Family Systems (IFS) to help patients explore these underlying issues. As Gabor Maté famously stated, “your biology is influenced by your biography.”

At the London Clinic of Nutrition, work with you to understand which of the above is most likely behind your Fibromyalgia and how we can work with you to reduce its impact on your life.

2. What are the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia can manifest in various ways, but some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Widespread pain: This is often described as a dull ache, burning, or tenderness throughout the body, particularly in areas like the neck, back, shoulders, hips, and legs.
  • Fatigue: Feeling excessively tired and drained, even after getting enough sleep.
  • Sleep disturbances: Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing unrefreshing sleep.
  • Cognitive difficulties: Problems with memory, concentration, and focus, often referred to as “fibro-fog.”
  • Stiffness: Feeling stiff and achy, especially in the mornings or after periods of inactivity.
  • Headaches: Frequent headaches, including migraines.
  • Mood swings: Experiencing anxiety, depression, or other emotional changes.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): Digestive issues like bloating, constipation, or diarrhoea.
  • Numbness or tingling: Tingling or prickling sensations in the hands and feet.

It’s important to note that not everyone with fibromyalgia will experience all of these symptoms, and the severity can vary significantly from person to person.

3. How do we test for Fibromyalgia?

As one of the largest functional medicine clinics in Europe, we investigate all possible root causes during your time with our expert nutritionists and functional medicine practitioners.

With this approach, our team looks closely at the myriad of interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease.

As part of our discovery we’ll look at possible causes and also how these might be creating the symptoms that are affecting you every day for example, identifying and addressing toxins (environmental toxins like heavy metals and mycotoxins) and latent infections (including parasites, bacteria, and viruses) will highlight what’s contributing to inflammation and pain.

We have built a reputation for our expertise in functional medicine. We combine industry-leading nutritional practices, alongside the latest in-house testing, so we can attend to all your health needs in one trip.

4. How can I live better with fibromyalgia?

Living with fibromyalgia requires a multifaceted approach. Here are some key strategies:

  • Dietary changes: Implementing an anti-inflammatory diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein can help reduce inflammation and improve gut health.
  • Stress management: Techniques like yoga, meditation, and deep breathing can help manage stress and improve sleep quality.
  • Regular exercise: Gentle exercises like walking, swimming, and yoga can improve flexibility, reduce pain, and boost mood.
  • Nutritional supplementation: Addressing potential deficiencies in vitamins and minerals like magnesium can support overall health and well-being.

5. How do we support Fibromyalgia at the London Clinic of Nutrition?

At the London Clinic of Nutrition, our team of experienced nutritional therapists, believe in a comprehensive approach to supporting individuals with Fibromyalgia.

We go beyond just managing symptoms and focus on identifying and addressing potential underlying causes that may be contributing to your condition.

Our consultations are centred around you as an individual. We take the time to understand your unique set of health concerns and goals. This holistic approach allows us to identify factors that may be impacting your overall health and develop a personalised plan tailored to your specific needs.

Here’s how we can help:

  • Address Underlying Causes: As discussed earlier, Oliver emphasizes exploring potential contributors to Fibromyalgia, such as:
    Inherited and developmental trauma using techniques like Internal Family Systems (IFS).Toxins and latent infections through targeted testing and potential detoxification protocols.
  • Optimise Your Body’s Functioning: We aim to create an individualised plan that focuses on:
    • Strengthening the immune system: A strong immune system can better fight off potential infections that may contribute to inflammation.
    • Decreasing toxicity: Reducing exposure to and eliminating existing toxins in the body can help reduce inflammation and improve overall health.
    • Normalising inflammatory function: Chronic inflammation is a hallmark of Fibromyalgia. We aim to identify and address the root causes of inflammation and support a healthy inflammatory response.
    • Optimising metabolic function: Proper metabolic function ensures your body can utilise nutrients efficiently and generate energy effectively.
    • Balancing regulatory systems: The body’s various systems need to be in balance for optimal health. We can help identify and address any imbalances that may be contributing to your symptoms.
    • Enhancing regeneration: Supporting your body’s natural healing and repair processes can be crucial for managing Fibromyalgia symptoms.

The specific approach will be unique to you, but this list provides an indication of some of the strategies that have been successful for many individuals with Fibromyalgia.

6. What are the best pain relief options for fibromyalgia?

While conventional pain medications may offer temporary relief, they often come with side effects. Holistic approaches can provide more sustainable pain management through:

  • Nutritional therapy: Addressing underlying nutritional deficiencies and gut imbalances can help reduce inflammation and improve pain perception.
  • Acupuncture: This traditional Chinese medicine technique can help alleviate pain and improve sleep quality.
  • Massage therapy: Regular massage can promote relaxation, reduce muscle tension, and improve pain management.

7. Can supplements help with fibromyalgia?

Typically some supplements may offer additional support for individuals with fibromyalgia. However, it’s crucial to consult with a qualified healthcare professional before starting any supplements, as they can interact with medications or have unintended side effects. Some potentially beneficial supplements include:

  • Magnesium: Supports muscle function and may help reduce pain and fatigue.
  • Curcumin: Possesses anti-inflammatory properties and may help manage pain and inflammation.
  • Fish oil: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce inflammation and improve mood.

Whilst these are typical of some of the supplements that can be used to support Fibromyalgia and it’s symptoms at the clinic and following on from test results, we’d actually recommend a more personal approach using:

  • Targeted supplementation: Based on individual testing (vitamin and mineral panels, blood tests), We may recommend specific supplements to address identified deficiencies.
  • Supporting detoxification: Certain supplements may be used to assist the body in eliminating toxins.

8. Are there any natural remedies for fibromyalgia?

While there is no single “cure” for fibromyalgia, several natural remedies can support symptom management alongside a holistic treatment plan. These include:

  • Heat therapy: Applying heat packs or taking warm baths can help relax muscles and ease pain.
  • Cold therapy: Applying ice packs to sore areas can reduce inflammation and provide temporary pain relief.
  • Mindfulness practices: Techniques like meditation and mindfulness can help manage stress and improve sleep quality.

9. Where can I find fibromyalgia specialists near me?

The London Clinic of Nutrition houses a team of experienced nutritional therapists specialising in supporting individuals with fibromyalgia. We offer personalised consultations to assess your unique needs and develop comprehensive recommendations tailored to your specific situation.

10. What is the best fibromyalgia diet?

There is no one-size-fits-all “fibromyalgia diet.” However, focusing on an anti-inflammatory diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein can significantly improve symptoms. It’s also crucial to identify and address any potential food sensitivities or intolerances that may be contributing to your symptoms. Working with nutrition specialists like the London Clinic of Nutrition will mean help to identify the right diet for you.

11. What exercises are recommended for fibromyalgia?

Regular exercise is crucial for managing fibromyalgia symptoms. However, it’s essential to choose low-impact exercises that won’t exacerbate pain. Gentle activities like walking, swimming, yoga, and tai chi are excellent options. It’s advisable to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts as your fitness improves.

 

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