Is It Fibromyalgia, Thyroid or FLC Syndrome?
Do you suffer from the mysterious FLC Syndrome? Many people do and don’t know it; furthermore there are no drugs that can heal this devastating syndrome. How do you know if you have FLC syndrome? Do you ache all over at times, does fatigue haunt you, and are you noticing multiple health issues such as digestive problems, mood swings and brain fog? Are your exams and lab tests coming back normal but yet you suffer with these symptoms? Many times individuals with this disorder are diagnosed with fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Well in plain English FLC syndrome stands for “feel like crap” disorder, which is probably a better diagnosis then fibromyalgia which only means in Latin my “muscles and tissues hurt”, which is exactly what you told doctor.
What ever you call it Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or FLC syndrome it is caused by metabolic problems that lead to the loss of cellular energy. This loss of cell vitality takes place throughout the body especially in energy demanding tissues such as muscles, the digestive tract and the brain. This loss of energy in your tissues leads to pain and disability, plus research is now shows rates of earlier death from preventable chronic diseases. The wide variety of unexplained symptoms throughout the body and brain provide evidence to the fact that there is not enough energy to properly run and keep your tissues in good repair.
This ‘gumming-up’ of your energy production (e.g. muscle, nerve, skin) primarily comes from metabolic problems such as systemic inflammation and oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is when free radicals’ from poor diet and toxic chemicals buildup in tissues and cause damage to cells turning on inflammation and pain. Drugs prescribed for fibromyalgia such as Lyrica and Cymbalta cover up symptoms and do nothing to treat these underlying metabolic problems causing the damage.
There are some unique functional laboratory tests that I utilize to determine the underlying nutritional needs and metabolic problems in individuals with FMS/CFS or FLC. In virtually every patient I treat with chronic pain and fatigue, I find the metabolic problems such as oxidative stress and chronic inflammation, which needs to be properly treated. There is hope! This can be conquered when the underlying nutritional needs and metabolic issues are properly identified and treated, I have personally witnessed this thousands of times, even with my own daughter!
For example let’s look at hypothyroidism, just measuring TSH only catches about 17% of hypothyroid patients. To properly diagnose your thyroid you need at least eight different thyroid tests. A very common problem is the inability to convert your T4 for into the active T-3. This can even happen when you are taking Synthroid or levothyroxine, leaving you feeling hypothyroid even while on medication. This can be fixed by correcting the underlying nutritional and metabolic issues. Then there is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, the cause of 90% of hypothyroidism today. Hashimoto’s is triggered when antibodies from your immune system attack your thyroid decreasing the thyroid’s hormone output. If diagnosed very few doctors know how to stop the immune system from killing off your thyroid. To properly treat Hashimoto's disease these autoimmune triggers must be identified and removed by a doctor knowledgeable in functional medicine.
Tired of taking drugs for your Fibro with all their side effects? Confused because you have been told your thyroid is fine but all your symptoms point to hypothyroidism? Are you on thyroid medication but still feeling hypothyroid? If you answered yes to any of these questions it is vital that you attend one of my up coming seminars. If you are suffering with chronic pain and fatigue or FLC syndrome it is vital to get information that can help you really heal. Call my clinic for a free consultation and I will discuss how you can reinvent your life, naturally.
About Dr. Greg Fors
Dr. Greg Fors, D.C. is a Board-certified Neurologist (IBCN), certified in Applied Herbal Sciences (NWHSU) and acupuncture. As the clinic director of the Pain and Brain Healing Center in Blaine Minnesota he specializes in a functional medicine approach to fibromyalgia, fatigue, brain fog, digestive disorders, depression and anxiety. He is a sought after international lecturer for various post-graduate departments and state associations. Dr. Fors is the author of the highly acclaimed book, “Why We Hurt” available through booksellers everywhere.
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