Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia

by Varsha Rathod, M.D. - Date: 2010-09-27 - Word Count: 889 Share This!

Have you seen multiple physicians for minor ailments such as headaches, joint pains, muscle pains, or an irritable bowel? Have you been given drugs to treat each individual symptom? Have you noticed additional symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety and panic, irritability, extreme mental fog, and low grade fevers. Or, have you been plagued by recurring infections. If these symptoms are familiar you may be one of the three to six million Americans suffering from Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Many patients have been made to believe by physicians that it is 'all in their head.' Some have been told that they will just 'have to live with it.'

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are often debilitating conditions that share a number of symptoms such as aches, sleep disturbances and fatigue. These two conditions are causing a rise in disability rates disproportionate to our capacity to identify and treat. Twenty five percent of people with Fibromyalgia are considered disabled.

Practitioners of integrative medicine assume that there is no magic drug that serves as a single source cure for this syndrome. They assume that there are several sub-clinical problems like single players in an orchestra. Viral infections, parasitic infections, Candida, hypoglycemia, food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity, sick thyroid syndrome, and immune dysfunction can all play a role to orchestrate the cacophony of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.

Prior to diagnosing either of these conditions, illnesses such as Lupus, severe anemia, severe heart disease, and kidney disorders have to be eliminated. Once the diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia has been made, then listening to you- the patient, correcting the immune system, and establishing a good nutritional program are the pivotal approaches I use in my practice to help you to start the healing process.

Please Note: Dr. Varsha Rathod does not perform the Marshal Protocol.

New Hope For Pain Sufferers

Are you suffering from chronic pain with little relief? Do you have an injury from which you have never fully recovered? Have you tried several methods to manage your pain without success? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Low Level Laser Therapy may be the solution for your pain. Low Level Laser Therapy is an alternative method to treat a wide range of painful conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, repetitive stress injuries, back pain, sports injuries and more. Low Level Laser Therapy is FDA approved, non-invasive, non-toxic, easily applied and highly effective for the restoration of injured tissue to normal function, thereby relieving painful symptoms.

Many adults have suffered injuries requiring surgery, only to be left with residual pain after the damage has been "repaired." The usual treatments for pain are over-the-counter painkillers (i.e. ibuprofen, Tylenol), NSAIDS (i.e. anti-inflammatory), prescription narcotics and corticosteroids. These medications treat only symptoms and not the cause, often producing unwanted side effects. Long term use of prescription painkillers can be quite costly, both physically and financially. I use alternative ways of addressing pain, such as Low Level Laser Therapy, homeopathic injections and oral supplements. These methods may be used in place of prescription pain medication or invasive procedures, such as surgery.

Low Level Laser Therapy heals at the cellular level without harmful side effects. It uses red and infrared light from low intensity laser diodes. The tissue of the affected area absorbs the light and allows the injured cells to begin their healing process. The light source is placed in direct contact with the skin allowing the photon energy or "healing light" to penetrate tissue, where it interacts with molecules inside the cell. This results in decreased inflammation, normal cell function, and enhancement of the body's healing process. Other effects of Low Level Laser Therapy include the release of endorphins (your body's own painkillers), increase in the immune response, and improved lymphatic drainage. Together these processes allow the cells to heal. This type of therapy has been very effective in eliminating or reducing acute and chronic pain issues. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other traditional treatments (physical therapy, mas sage therapy, surgery, etc.). I also use enzyme based anti-inflammatory and cellular repair supplements to aid the healing process.

The number of treatments vary with each person depending on the individual's healing process. Some patients require only a few treatments while others may need up to 30 or more. The elimination of pain is a good indicator that the injury is healing and treatment can be discontinued. The long term benefits of this therapy will continue after treatment has stopped.

Low Level Laser Therapy operates at intensities too low to damage living tissue, unlike high intensity medical lasers used to thermally cut and coagulate tissue. Low Level Laser Therapy does produce radiation, as photon energy, in the visible and near infra-red regions of the electromagnetic light spectrum. Worldwide research, conducted over the past thirty years, indicates that normally cells are not adversely affected by this type of radiation ("healing light"). Forms of ionizing radiation, such as x-ray, ultra violet light, etc., can harm your body. However, Low Level Laser Therapy uses light to heal, similar to how plants use light to live and grow. No adverse side effects or negative impacts have been reported by practitioners or researchers.

No one should have to live with pain. If you have been suffering from pain that has not been relieved by other treatments, please contact my staff at Preventive Medicine.

About the Author: Dr. Varsha Rathod is a Board Certified Rheumatologist and Internist. Preventive Medicine has focused on a combination of traditional and holistic medicine since 1967. For more information about alternative solutions, visit or call 314-997-5403.n
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