Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia
Dr. Mark LaBeau is an expert in helping patients overcome these often debilitating conditions with a holistic approach that focuses on addressing the root causes of poor energy production and inflammation.
Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia
Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia Specialist
Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue can be challenging to diagnose and even more challenging to treat. However, as an Osteopathic Physician, Dr. Mark LaBeau is especially enabled to help patients overcome these often-debilitating conditions with a holistic approach that focuses on addressing the root causes of poor energy production and inflammation. Call Dr. LaBeau, to make your appointment today.
WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA?
Fibromyalgia is a pain syndrome characterized by a combination of general soreness throughout the body and areas of more acute localized pain, typically in the arms, shoulders, back, neck, and legs with no obvious cause. Yet, Dr. LaBeau often finds that there is a history of trauma to the upper neck and head such as from a concussion or motor vehicle accident. In fact, most patients with Fibromyalgia have a history of a combination of several injuries along with daily ergonomic strains from their work life.
Many patients’ conditions are complicated and compounded by other conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome. You may experience mild or severe fibromyalgia symptoms. In its most extreme forms, fibromyalgia can cause disability.
WHAT IS CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME?
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a condition characterized by tiredness. CFS is often challenging to diagnose, and there are many medical points of view on the condition and its causes. However, Dr. LaBeau believes that CFS is often a result of several underlying conditions, both metabolic and musculoskeletal, that lead to fatigue often along with anxiety and depression.
Dr. LaBeau has found that most patients suffering from fibromyalgia have several health imbalances along with injuries that lead to chronic pain and inflammation. This may include hormonal deficiencies, nutrient deficiencies, toxins such as heavy metals, neurotransmitter imbalance, and sleep disturbances. He focuses treatment on identifying and healing the conditions contributing to the cause, not just masking the symptoms.
HOW ARE FIBROMYALGIA & CHRONIC FATIGUE TREATED?
Dr. LaBeau provides a comprehensive physical exam and lab tests to identify the root cause of your condition and creates customized treatment plans. A good place to start is a comprehensive blood test which often includes hormone evaluation to rule out other factors leading to fatigue. Additionally, depending on one’s history he will consider other factors like exposure to chemicals, mold, heavy metals or even Lyme disease.
As an Osteopathic Physician, Dr. LaBeau will evaluate your musculoskeletal system with a unique perspective of seeing if boney malalignment and muscle tension might be restricting vital blood, nerve, or lymphatic circulation. Such imbalances can chronically restrict the flow of vital nutrients and oxygen thus impeding the natural healing process of one’s body. Using Osteopathic myo-fascial therapy muscle tension can be reduced allowing for better circulation and reduction of pain.
Dr. LaBeau takes your total body health and wellbeing into account and works with you to improve your wellbeing instead of focusing on your symptoms. Your thyroid is responsible for your metabolism and energy levels, which if out of balance can contribute to the symptoms of CFS and fibromyalgia. You may benefit from bio-identical hormone therapy, to specifically treat any imbalances that might be present and effecting your overall energy and mood.
YOUR PATIENT CENTERED HEALING PROCESS.
The two most important aspects of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue are the presence of chronic pain and sleep disturbance. Pain wears down your body and lack of sleep fails to restore your body. Dr. LaBeau has found that a rough estimate for optimal healing is one month of healing for every year one has suffered with their chronic dis-ease.
Osteopathic myo-fascial therapy, often with acupuncture, is best done one to times weekly till one is feeling less pain and sleeping better. Therapeutic recommendations that patients have found beneficial are Vitamin B injections, IV Nutrients, and IV Ozone which all are available at his office. Additionally, this includes working with you to make behavioral adjustments to support your body through your healing process. Dr. LaBeau considers an anti-inflammatory dietary to be a foundational part of your body's ability to heal through identifying any possible food sensitivities that trigger symptoms and focus on healthy foods that create health. A regular modified exercise regimen of 15-30 minutes five days a week is essential to facilitate optimal circulation of blood, oxygen and create natural endorphins to normalize the stress hormone, cortisol. Sleep issues will also be addressed to allow your body to heal and restore.
The final thing to keep in mind is that your body’s natural tendency is to heal if it is given the proper direction and support.