Getting at the heart of your ailments seems the more impossible, since your recurring discomfort occurs throughout your body, especially in your neck/head region. Also, your moments of acute pain come and go randomly or remain with you constantly, a muted unease that flares intermittently. Occasionally, you find yourself inexplicably bedridden and/or lethargic, irritable and throbbing.
From the Desk of Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC.....
Recurrent body pain is not an inescapable life sentence. Like a lot of people, perhaps you have struggled with such pain for years despite having seen doctors, taken various medicine cocktails, and participated in some form of physical therapy.
So many patients with fibromyalgia, chronic thyroid conditions, disc herniations, sciatica, and chronic neck pain often find blessed relief with the help of a unique medical device named the ATM2 and Cold Laser.
At the time of writing this article, I am sitting in the surgical ICU at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. My oldest son, Darren was in a bicycle accident the evening before. After his wounds heal and his facial fractures are surgically repaired and the injury to his neck is sufficiently stable, he will be a candidate for some chiropractic care and specialized neurological cranial work called Neuro-Cranial Integration. Combined with specialized nutritional help to aid in the healing of his soft tissues and brain, as well as prayers for healing from friends, family, patients and readers, we expect a positive outcome.
If you are suffering with fibromyalgia or chronic pain and don't know why, it's time your investigation includes looking at the role of sub-optimal brain function and nutritional deficiencies. Check out the video below and we'll continue the discussion after that:
We all have that one chore or project in our house we never seem to get around to. Maybe it's cleaning the garage, finally getting the family picture framed, or reorganizing your kitchen. You know it would not take much time to accomplish the task and you will feel better when you are finished, but you just never quite seem to make the time.
Living with an autoimmune illness and chronic pain is similar. You know there probably is a better way to treat your ailments than the constant drugs, appointments and new treatments. Yet, you continue to go about your medical routine, succumbing to what feels like the inevitability of living with chronic pain and autoimmune illnesses and the host of drugs and doctors that go along with it.
However, just as you will feel better when you finally tackle that nagging chore, you can find relief from your autoimmune illness and chronic pain by stepping outside the traditional approaches to these ailments.
Gluten sensitivity is an under diagnosed common trigger of many autoimmune illnesses and chronic pain. Once patients discover they have a gluten sensitivity and commence a gluten free diet, their illness and pain often disappears. It's an amazing yet incredibly simple diagnosis that brings relief to many people suffering needlessly each year. Let's take a closer look at how this simple diagnosis can bring the much sought after cure you have been longing for.
Gluten Sensitivity: The Basics
Gluten is a protein found in common grains, specifically wheat, rye, barley. New studies show gluten is contained in all grains. Gluten is what gives dough its elasticity and helps it to rise. It is the composite of two proteins, gliadin and glutenin. Most people can eat and digest this protein without any problems.
However, many people suffer from gluten sensitivity or essentially an allergy to gluten. Unlike other allergies, say to peanuts for example, gluten does not typically cause anaphylaxis. It does, however, trigger the basic allergic response. When you consume gluten, your immune system produces antibodies to fight off what it perceives as harmful to your health. This immune response causes inflammation in your body leading to a host of autoimmune illnesses.
Chronic pain reaches into every aspect of your life. It affects how and even if you can work. It affects your relationships with family and friends. It affects your mood and your outlook on life. Chronic pain becomes an ever present companion, accompanying you wherever you go no matter what you do.
Many who live in chronic pain spend a lifetime trying to find the cause of their pain. Traditional medicine often treats the symptoms, addressing each ache and pain as it's own illness. Take this drug for this pain. Take another drug for another ache. You may often get conflicting advice as well. Try increasing your activity. No, you need to rest. Try ice. No, try heat. Well-meaning friends and family offer all kinds of advice and old wives' tales and maybe even accuse you of making it all up.
At what point do you give up on all the misguided medical advice and give in to a life of chronic pain?
Before you give up and give in, you need to know about a common cause for chronic pain and a problem that can be solved relatively simply. A sneaky culprit may have quietly been wreaking havoc on your body for years. Gluten.
What is Gluten?
Simply put, gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, malt, rye and some oats. People with a gluten sensitivity often have no idea the kind of destruction this protein is wreaking on their bodies. The traditional medical community has only recently started to acknowledge how gluten can cause damage.
People with a gluten sensitivity cannot digest this protein. As the protein travels through their digestive systems, it damages the villi in their intestines, the part of your intestines that gather nutrients from your food. Over time, you lose the ability to absorb nutrients into your body leading to a host of health problems including:
Gut Feelings: System Acts as Second Brain
When you have an autoimmune condition such as Hashimoto's, or if you have fibromyalgia, anxiety or depession you must remember there is an important connection between your digestive tract and your brain. Dr. Michael D. Gershon coined the term "second brain" in 1996 to refer to the powerful brain in the gut known as the enteric nervous system. He is one of a small number of researchers studying brain-gut connections in the relatively new field of neurogastroenterology. Read this informative article that was printed in the San Diego Union Tribune via the New York Times News Service: