Has your doctor told you that you have Fibromyalgia? And what was your response? My guess would be – a sigh of relief – because at least you now know what’s causing all your problems – knee pain, back pain, neck pain, muscle spasms and tightness, exhaustion, insomnia, difficulty in concentrating, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, tension headaches, jaw and/or facial tenderness, depression, numbness or tingling in the face, arms, hands or feet, increase in urinary urgency or frequency, a ‘feeling’ of swelling in your hands or feet and sensitivity to odors, noise, cold and/or bright lights.
I hate to be the one to break this news to you, but Fibromyalgia is not causing your umpteen problems. Let me explain, starting with a clarification of some words:
Muscle and joint pain, exhaustion, insomnia, gastro-intestinal and urinary tract problems, sensitivities, etc. are all what is known as ‘symptoms’. In other words, a symptom is something that you are experiencing going on in your body.
A ‘sign’ is what your doctor observes and discovers during his examination. For example, the doctor takes X-rays of your vertebrae to see if you have arthritis, he/she palpates your stomach and observes whether or not you have pain when they compress, they palpate your TMJ to see if you feel pain in your jaw and they run a sonogram of your bladder to see if it’s normal.
A ‘diagnosis’ is when your doctor identifies the cause of your symptoms and signs. For example, they may tell you that your leg pain is due to a fracture of your tibia (leg bone), the swelling in your hand is due to the trauma of hitting it with a hammer and your exhaustion is due to mononucleosis (an Epstein-Barr virus).
A ‘syndrome’ is when your doctor can not identify the cause of your symptoms and signs and so can’t make a diagnosis.
Because doctors don’t know the cause of Fibromyalgia, it is called a ‘syndrome’. In other words, Fibromyalgia is not a diagnosis.
Why is this all important?
It’s important because you’re expecting a diagnosis (the cause of your problems) from your doctor and that, knowing the cause; he/she will have a solution. When your doctor tells you that you have Fibromyalgia, you’re probably assuming that Fibromyalgia is the diagnosis and hence, there is a cure. This is the big misconception.
I think this occurs because patients want the comfort of thinking that their doctor knows what’s wrong with them and is treating them accordingly. It’s not very comforting to realize that the doctor doesn’t know what’s wrong with you and is only treating you in a fashion that’s often referred to as ‘crisis management’ – treating your symptoms and hoping for the best.
Physicians sometimes do this as a way to wiggle out of tight situations – that is, one in which they must tell the patient what’s wrong, when in reality they don’t know what’s wrong! It’s a great maneuver that keeps them from being nailed to the wall.
So where does this leave you – the person suffering with all the problems?
At least you’ve jumped over your first hurdle – you now know that your doctor doesn’t know.
The Cause Of Fibromyalgia Symptoms
I’ve been doing research on this very subject for the past 40+ years and have found that many of the symptoms grouped together and called Fibromyalgia, are actually symptoms that are the result of postural distortions (bad posture).
That is, knee, back and neck pain, exhaustion, insomnia, difficulty in concentrating, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, tension headaches, TMJ problems, depression, numbness or tingling in the extremities, an increase in urinary urgency or frequency, a ‘feeling’ of swelling in your hands or feet and sensitivity to odors, noise, cold and/or bright lights are all symptoms that can result from bad posture!
And what is often the cause of bad posture? Bad posture originates in your feet.
There are two inherited abnormal foot structures that cause bad posture and the myriad of symptoms that bad posture creates. These common foot structures are known as the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity. If your doctor has told you that you have symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia, why not look into a therapy that actually gets at the cause, instead of just living with a fancy name?
If your chronic pain manifests as knee pain, back pain or neck pain, why struggle with temporary fixes and treatments that only work in the short term, like pain killers or physical therapy?
Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures I discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain frequently diagnosed–incorrectly–as fibromyalgia.. Reading the information on this site will help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with me might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read:
Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain
To find out if you may have one of two common inherited, abnormal foot structures that cause chronic muscle and joint pain, take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire.
As you learn more about my innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
If you have questions about what’s involved in being treated with Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy by long distance, see our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page.
Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT