Finding the source of your fibromyalgia pain is SO important! Many of the doctors you have seen have been trained in Western Medicine, which is fine when they’re asked to treat problems which have a DEFINITE cause (which doesn’t include fibromyalgia!). They are great at prescribing pills and saying that you need surgery HOWEVER pills and surgeries aren’t always the best treatment. You need a doctor who will find the SOURCE of your fibromyalgia pain and who will be careful not to misdiagnose you!
It’s not their fault that they aren’t trained to look “outside” of the box, they just have tunnel vision. They were trained to look at the part of the body that is in pain and try to treat that specific body part but most times, that isn’t the SOURCE of your pain. It’s just where the pain is located. There is a huge difference!
This is exactly what happened to one of my patients, Nusshr. His foot was incredibly swollen, so much so that he couldn’t walk and he was in severe pain. The doctor that he had seen had told him that he was suffering from 1 of 3 different things: a break, gout, or an infection. After taking an X-Ray, his doctor concluded that Nusshr was suffering from an incidental fracture, which means that he fractured his foot at some point in the past. For treatment, Nusshr was prescribed anti-inflammatory and pain killers; however, his foot wasn’t becoming any less inflamed and he was still suffering from a severe amount of pain. Nusshr’s story is a classic example of doctors not seeing the SOURCE of the pain and not being able to look outside of the box.
His wife decided to take action and told him that he needed to come into my office. Within 2 minutes of him being there, I was able to deduce that the SOURCE of his pain was not his foot, like his other doctor had thought! I did muscle testing in his left leg and found that Nusshr actually had very weak muscles in his back, legs, and gluteus muscles. That’s where the SOURCE of his pain was! Because the muscles were weak, they were relying on his foot to pick up their slack, which put a huge strain on his foot and this caused the swelling and the pain.
Muscle testing is something that many doctors don’t perform but it’s something I insist upon. Testing muscle function is a VERY effective way to find “hidden problems” that don’t show up on exams or on diagnostic images (x-rays, CT, MRI). By testing his muscle function, I didn’t need to touch his foot AT ALL but I worked on his back and on those muscles and in ONE week, Nusshr could walk and was 90% better!
A BIG part of his success was because he wanted to help his body help itself. I gave him homework and told him to do the door exercise (which can be found on my Pain Management Cheat Sheet – Get it here) every hour. By doing this, he was able to treat himself and strengthen those important muscles when I wasn’t there. He did this and that’s why he saw such a huge improvement.
Many doctors will tell you to see them a few times a week for your pain. If you do this, you’ll be treated on average 5-7 times during that week and you’ll need to PAY for each of those doctor visits. It can get EXPENSIVE. At The Yen Total Health Institute, we give you homework (like we did for Nusshr) which means that you don’t need to come into our clinic multiple times a week. Nusshr was asked to do that exercise every hour and so he was actually receiving 50-60 treatments PER week but only paid for one office visit! I told him, “You can do this exercise every hour on your own OR you can come into my office. I’ll help you and you can pay me for each of those visits.” Needless to say, he decided to do his homework on his own and without my help
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