In our practice, we advocate the combination of complementary and alternative medicine with traditional medicine. Dr. Ricki Mitchell and myself firmly believe that utilizing both systems of medical treatment offer the best option for patients. We believe in preventing and treating diseases by improving the body’s own immune system. Two conditions that make up a large portion of our practice are fibromyalgia and yeast sensitivity. Visit our website
Fibromyalgia is an extremely painful condition that involves muscle pain throughout the body and fatigue. An estimated five million Americans, mostly women, suffer from fibromyalgia. Initially, most physicians believed that fibromyalgia was a psychological disorder—and some still do. We now know that people with fibromyalgia experience an increased sensitivity to pain and that there is some dysfunction in their pain processing centers. Studies have found that certain neurotransmitters that regulate the transmission of pain signals are either too high or too low. We do not know what triggers fibromyalgia, but it’s believed to be a combination of genetics and environmental triggers, like stress, trauma, major surgery or infections.
Patients typically say that they ache all over. Most common symptoms include chronic diffuse muscle pain, tender spots bodywide, achiness, muscle soreness, difficulty sleeping and fatigue.
The American College of Rheumatology states that in order to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a person must have diffuse, widespread pain that lasts for a minimum of three months. In addition the pain must be in 11 out of 18 “tender points” in the body. There is no specific blood or diagnostic test for fibromyalgia, but patients should undergo a thorough evaluation including bloods to rule out other conditions.
There are a variety of different treatment options for fibromyalgia. Not all the medications work for everyone and some have side effects that some patients find intolerable. In addition to trying prescription medications , Dr. Ricki Mitchell incorporates holistic remedies including dietary manipulation, oral, injectable and intravenous vitamins, herbal supplements, stress reduction like relaxation exercises and yoga, and exercise.
Hypersensitivity to yeast or candida is a condition in which a person reacts abnormally to her own internal yeast. We all have candida in our bodies, in our mouths, genitalia, and our stomachs. But some people develop a sensitivity to it (also called candida overgrowth). This is most likely due to the ever increasing usage of antibiotics (for infections and in our food supply), steroids, hormones, alcohol consumption, and a diet high in refined carbohydrates.
Candida can cause a host of symptoms including vaginitis, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, and allergies. It is important for the patient to be aware that any person experiencing these symptoms needs to have a medical evaluation to rule out other disorders.
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