Robert G. Silverman, DC, DACBN, DCBCN, MS, CCN, CNS, CSCS, CIISN, CKTP, CES, HKC, FAKTR

Dr. Robert G. Silverman is a chiropractic doctor, clinical nutritionist and author of, “Inside-Out Health: A Revolutionary Approach to Your Body,” an Amazon No. 1 bestseller in 2016. The ACA Sports Council named Dr. Silverman “Sports Chiropractor of the Year” in 2015. He also maintains a busy private practice as founder of Westchester Integrative Health Center, which specializes in the treatment of joint pain using functional nutrition along with cutting-edge, science-based, nonsurgical approaches.

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Tags: Lady Gaga | fibromyalgia | pain | fatigue

Framework for Treating Fibromyalgia

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Friday, 09 February 2018 03:42 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Lady Gaga, the pop star best known for eye-catching outfits and larger-than-life performances, has cancelled the remaining dates of her “Joanne” world tour because she is suffering from fibromyalgia, a disease for which both the cause and the cure are still unknown.

Fibromyalgia currently affects some 10 million Americans and 6 percent of the world population overall. However, according to the Public Library of Science, 73 percent of patients with criteria for fibromyalgia are never diagnosed with the condition.

The Mayo Clinic describes the disease as “widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues.”

It occurs because the brain overreacts to pain signals via abnormal increases in the levels of neurotransmitters, changing the way neurotransmitter receptors function in the brain.

While a definitive cause remains unknown, a number of factors can trigger fibromyalgia, including stressful or traumatic events, autoimmune issues, obesity, and toxins.

Despite there being no known cure, I’ve developed a treatment plan to improve fibromyalgia patients’ quality of life. If Lady Gaga were to walk into my office seeking treatment, this is how I’d help her:

1. Make lifestyle changes. Patients suffering from fibromyalgia can greatly benefit from a change in their lifestyle, particularly an anti-inflammatory diet.

To start, I would recommend removing the most recreationally used drug in America: sugar. In some patients, sugar is known to exacerbate the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Cutting out sugar and artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, can reduce pain symptoms significantly.

Next, I would recommend restricting gluten. A study conducted in 2014 suggested that gluten sensitivity can contribute to fibromyalgia and that removing gluten from the diet may be able to reduce pain.

Finally, I’d recommend a 10-28 day detox, as it’s been proven to improve gut health and expel toxins that cause musculoskeletal pains.

2. Incorporate supplements. In addition to an anti-inflammatory diet, the following supplements can help ease the symptoms of fibromyalgia:

• Malic acid is a natural compound that helps fibromyalgia patients experience significant reductions in pain, as well as better functionality and mood.

• 5HTP is the precursor to serotonin in the brain. Clinical trials have shown that fibromyalgia patients presented with considerable improvements in anxiety, pain intensity, quality of sleep, and fatigue when supplementing 5HTP.

• Omega-3 fatty acid helps to improve brain function and cell membrane health, and has been shown to reduce inflammation and improve pain severity, fatigue, and depression.

• Fibromyalgia patients experiencing Vitamin D deficiency, often from impaired mobility and lack of exposure to sunlight, can be treated with Vitamin D3 supplements. Vitamin D3 helps patients with fatigue and depression, and put the breaks on inflammation.

• Low levels of magnesium have been shown to implicate the development of fibromyalgia, so I would recommend magnesium bis-glycinate supplements to reverse the effects.

3. Take a closer look at the body. Patients with fibromyalgia should incorporate a combination of aerobic exercise, strength training, yoga, and meditation into their regular routine.

To compliment the exercise, chiropractic care can expedite the treatment of fibromyalgia. As a chiropractor, I’d focus on central nervous system damage, utilizing manual manipulation and low level laser therapy (LLLT) to up-regulate proper brain circuitry.

LLLT can stimulate new nerve tissue growth, support the brain’s network of synapses, help cerebral blood flow and increase the release of BDNF. Exercise, chiropractic care, and LLLT have all been linked to a reduction in pain, tenderness, stiffness, and sleep disturbance in fibro patients.

While no one lifestyle adjustment can cure the symptoms of fibromyalgia, a combination of the above treatment options can arm patients, including Lady Gaga, with the tools to ease their pain.

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