For most of the world, it’s a common little phrase. But for people who have fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome (or both), it’s amazingly powerful, not to mention rare. Because you have an illness that’s hard to “prove,” loved ones may secretly convict you of hypochondria or laziness. You may be told “it’s all in your head.” You may be urged to exercise or lose weight or take antidepressants.
Physicians can be even worse. If they believe the conditions exist at all—and some don’t—their first impulse is to mask the symptoms with prescription drugs. Patients often end up on a medical merry-go-round, seeing doctor after doctor after doctor. They end up more confused and disoriented than ever, often concluding, “Maybe I am crazy, after all.”
But take heart. Here at my office, we know what you’re going through. We specialize in treating fibromyalgia and CFS. We don’t offer one-size-fits-all solutions, because every case is different. We take an integrated approach to treatment that combines the best of traditional and alternative medicine. Our goal is to get to the root of the problem, to help the body’s innate healing ability return to normal.