Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia Specialist

Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue can be challenging to diagnose and even more challenging to treat. However, at the Stengler Center in Encinitas, California, 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. 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.

You may experience mild or severe fibromyalgia symptoms. In its most extreme forms, fibromyalgia can cause disability.

Dr. LaBeau has found that most patients suffering from fibromyalgia have a number of causes such as past injuries. This may include hormonal deficiencies, nutrient deficiencies, toxins such as heavy metals, neurotransmitter imbalance, and sleep disturbances. Many patients’ conditions are complicated and compounded by other conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome.

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 and other symptoms similar to depression. He focuses treatment on identifying and healing the conditions contributing to the symptoms, not just masking or treating 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. He takes your total body health and wellbeing into account and works with you to improve your wellbeing instead of focusing on your symptoms.

The common root cause of both of these conditions includes chronic infections, nutrient deficiencies, neurotransmitter imbalance, toxins, and hormone imbalance.

Dr. LeBeau works with you to make behavioral adjustments to support healthy hormone production and balance. This may include a regular exercise regimen of 15-30 minutes of moderate exercise, five days a week, to normalize the stress hormone, cortisol. You may make dietary adjustments to avoid food sensitivities that trigger symptoms and focus on healthy foods that create health.

You may also benefit from bio-identical hormone therapy, specifically to replace or supplement thyroid hormones. Your thyroid is responsible for your metabolism and energy levels, which contribute to the symptoms of CFS and fibromyalgia.