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Don’t let Fibromyalgia sufferers be forgotten.

I live in Southern California, I just googled Fibromyalgia and not one advertisement came up. It seems no one is helping and everyone has forgotten or maybe just given up on these wonderful people. I am dedicated to changing all of that. Get with me and help me get the word out. Lets raise the awareness. Look what they did with AIDS, we have a lot more people suffering just as badly. We need to unit and make a stand for our cause. The problem is many of our people are so sick they can barely stand. So the rest of us need to make the difference.
It is time for us to be heard. It is time for the world to fund good research. We have so many good things happening out there and no one seems to care much.
It seem the majority of sufferers have given up on finding the answer and if they hear of anything just don’t believe it. Let ban together and make a difference.

Dr Whitcomb

Dear Bill from DR Whitcomb

Hi Bill

 

Many time meningeal compression can cause symptoms like this. Where do you live. I may be able to get you a free test to see if you can be helped.

 

Dr Whitcomb

Dear Lucy, from DR Whitcomb

You are right Lucy, tight muscles will increase problems in the upper neck, especially if they are causing meningeal compression. What area of the US do you live in?

Thank You Lucy

 

Early in 2001 I had two Fibromyalgia patients enter my office, both had been disabled in the same auto accident 3 years previous and were taking the medical triad: pain pills, antidepressants, and sleeping pills, that often goes with Fibromyalgia. This, I thought, was a golden moment, as it gave me the chance to crosscheck so many things and hopefully find common denominators that could be the cause of their condition.

 

Having treated over 6,000 car accident victims in the past and understanding the neurological and physiological implications of trauma, gave me a great advantage. I thought to myself, if there was a neurological component, it would have to be upper neck (upper cervical) or brain (cerebral) in origin, because they both had total body pain. I found that both had severely displaced C-1 vertebrae in a position that is found in few of our patients. However, to make it worse this malpositioning was much more severe than what is normally seen. I immediately checked my other Fibromyalgia patients and found the same condition. Could this be the results of spinal cord compression (spinal Stenosis) or maybe a torgueing of the covering of the spinal cord (the meanings)? After reviewing many MRI’s and plain radiographs (X-rays) It seemed apparent that the Menengies was the culprit, and the torqueing, or compressing, was pulling on the nerves exiting the spinal cord (nerve roots) and causing them to fire pain signals to the brain. These involuntary signals being sent to the brain would also explain the inability to sleep, and as a Chiropractor, I already was fully aware of the emotional component involved with upper cervical (neck) problems. There it was, all at one time.
This was something our profession had for the most part overlooked and now I had a chance to see if my discovery was correct. Four years later I discovered a test for Fibromyalgia that hundreds of Doctors now report very effective. It lets us know it the patients will respond in most cases and how to treat. Doctors and myself have found that it relieved a significant portion of the patients symptoms at the time of testing, sometimes all of them.

Hundreds of Doctors now use this technique and growing rapidly. 

Look at some of my other posts on WordPress to find out more about what causes this problem. 

Dr Paul Whitcomb

Dr Whitcomb, in Office Studies, Fibromyalgia Statistics

Fibromyalgia Statistics

 

 

Our typical Fibromyalgia patient comes in sick and goes out well. For many this is after decades of suffering. Naturally, there are those who just do not respond to treatment, and fortunately they are few. We are happy these numbers are small, but we continue to study and test new procedures that may bring relief to everyone.

The answers given in the form below include many symptoms that may not have been caused by Fibromyalgia. Therefore, at the end of treatment the patient may still have symptoms from a knee that was injured years ago, which continues to cause pain but has nothing to do with Fibromyalgia. Naturally, this would not disappear with the treatment and would leave residual pain figures on the study. So as you look at the results, remember that some of the symptoms you are seeing are leftover old injuries and have a negative impact on the statistics. Even so, the overall results reveal a 73% drop in symptoms. In addition, the original symptoms are with medications and the end statistics are with little or no medications.

The figures in the following study were compiled from questionnaires, completed without help or persuasion from our staff, by patients who volunteered to be in this study. The “patient numbers” represent each patient participating in the study. “Total First Pain” represents how much pain the patient was experiencing upon arrival at our office. This was determined by asking the patient to rate their pain on a scale of 0-10, 0 being no pain and 10 being severe. The numbers were all added together to reach the numbers below. The “Total Last Stats” are a total of all of the pain ratings at the date of their last report.

 

 

 

 

An example form is shown below and the actual study   totals are below that.

 

 

    Frequency Intensity
Head Headache    
  Whole head    
  Back of Head    
  Forehead    
  Temples    
  Migraine    
  “Heavy” Head    
  Memory Loss    
  Hearing Loss    
  Pain in Ears    
  Smell Loss    
  Taste Loss    
  Balance Loss    
  Eye Pain    
  Light Sensitivity    
  Fainting    
  Lightheaded    
  Dizziness    
  Ear Ringing    
  Ears Buzzing    
       
Neck Neck Pain    
  Movement Pain    
  Feels Out    
  Neck Stiff    
  Muscle Spasm    
  Neck Grinds    
  Grating    
  Popping    
  Arthritis    
  Pinched Nerve    
       
Shoulders/ Arms Right Shoulder Pain    
  Left Shoulder Pain    
  Both Shoulder Pain    
  Across Shoulder Pain    
  Arthritis Shoulder Pain    
  Arthritis Right Shoulder    
  Arthritis Left Shoulder    
  Arthritis Both Shoulders    
  Cannot Lift Arm    
  Above shoulder Level    
  Over Head    
  Nerve Pain Right Shoulder    
  Nerve Pain Left Shoulder    
  Nerve Pain Both Shoulders    
  Shoulder Spasm    
  Tense in Shoulder    
  Pain Up arm (right)    
  Pain Up arm (left)    
  Pain Up arm (both)    
  Pain Right Forearm    
  Pain Left Forearm    
  Pain Both Forearms    
  Pains Right Hand Fingers    
  Pains Left Hand Fingers    
  Pain Both Hand Fingers    
  Hands Cold    
  Swelling Right Hand    
  Swelling Left Hand    
  Swelling Both Hands    
  Pain Right Wrist    
  Pain Left Wrist    
  Pain Both Wrists    
  Pain Right Hand    
  Pain Left Hand    
  Pain Both Hands    
  Pain Right Hand Fingers    
  Pain Left Hand Fingers    
  Pain Both Hand Fingers    
  Pain Right Arm    
  Pain Left Arm    
  Pain Both Arms    
  Arthritis Right Hand Fingers    
  Arthritis Left Hand Fingers    
  Arthritis All Fingers    
  Weak Grip Right Hand    
  Weak Grip Left Hand    
  Weak Grip Both Hands    
       
Mid Back/ Chest Mid Back Pain    
  Pain Between Shoulder Blades    
  Spasms Mid Back    
  Chest Pain    
  Shortness of Breath    
  Pain in Right Ribs    
  Pain in Left Ribs    
  Pain in Ribs ( both sides )    
  Nervous Stomach    
       
Low Back Low Back Pain    
  When working    
  When Lifting    
  When Stooping    
  When Standing    
  When Sitting    
  When Bending    
  When Coughing    
  When Lying down    
  Low Back Out    
  Muscle Spasms    
  Arthritis    
       
Abdomen Nausea    
  Gas    
  Constipation    
  Diarrhea    
  Menstrual Pain    
  Cramping    
  Irregularity    
       
Hip / Legs / Feet Pain Right Buttocks    
  Pain Left Buttocks    
  Pain Both Buttocks    
  Pain Right Hip    
  Pain Left Hip    
  Pain Both Hips    
  Pain Right Thigh    
  Pain Left Thigh    
  Pain Both Thighs    
  Pain Right Leg    
  Pain Left Leg    
  Pain Both Legs    
  Pain Right Ankle    
  Pain Left Ankle    
  Pain Both Ankles    
  Pain Right Foot    
  Pain Left Foot    
  Pain Both Feet    
  Cramps Right Leg    
  Cramps Left Leg    
  Cramps Both Legs    
  Numb Right Leg    
  Numb Left Leg    
  Numb Both Legs    
  Numb Right Foot    
  Numb Left Foot    
  Numb Both Feet    
  Numb toes ( right foot)    
  Numb toes (left foot)    
  Numb toes (both feet)    
  Cold Right Foot    
  Cold Left Foot    
  Cold Both Feet    
  Cramps Right Foot    
  Cramps Left Foot    
  Cramps Both Feet    
  Swollen Right Ankle    
  Swollen Left Ankle    
  Swollen Both Ankles    
  Swollen Right Foot    
  Swollen Left Foot    
  Swollen Both Feet    
  Pain in Toes (right foot)    
  Pain in Toes (left foot)    
  Pain in Toes (both feet)    
       
General      
  Fatigued    
  Teeth Grinding    
  Run Down    
  Insomnia    
  Restless Legs    
  Abnormal Itch    
  Wakeup Exhausted    
  Irritable bowels    
  Asthma or Hay fever    
       
Emotional Chronic Fatigue    
  Suicidal Feelings    
  Suicidal Plans    
  Suicidal Attempts    
  Nervousness    
  Depressed    
  Irritable    
  Anxiety    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Result Totals on Fifteen Patients Surveyed

 

 

Patient #    
1 593 61
2 622 460
3 468 178
4 298 101
5 367 48
6 371 69
7 567 75
8 198 119
9 383 22
10 524 115
11 481 28
12 367 131
13 865 236
14 248 8
15 892 313
     
Totals 7244 1964
    73% improvement

 

 

 

 

 

 

Study with 70 Patients 10-8-08

 

The following study was used with the above criteria and only the results have been published in the interest of brevity. There were a few additions in symptoms added.

 

Again, these numbers include all problems and pain the patients had at the time of their initial intake including non-Fibromyalgia symptoms and the fact that most patients were on narcotics at the time of their intake. Further at the time of their release the patients were off of most of their medications and still had the following results again we included the non-Fibromyalgia symptoms in the results, which made our results lower.

 

 

 

Number of patients in the study: 70

 

Average decrease in the Frequency of Symptoms

 

71.69%

 

Average decrease in the intensity of Symptoms

 

70.78%

 

 

The next study was done to see the impact surgery was having on Fibromyalgia.

 

Number of people in the study 74

 

The number of patients who had surgery with the intent of helping their symptoms:

 

Fifty-two patients had surgery, that’s 70.27% of the seventy-four people in the study having surgery.

 

Twenty-nine people who had surgery had their Fibromyalgia get worse, that’s 65.38% of the fifty-two people who had surgery got worse.

 

Two patients who had surgery had their Fibromyalgia get better, that’s 3.85% of the people who had surgery.

 

Three patients had multiple surgeries and got better after one and worse after another. This represents 5.77% of the people who had surgery.

 

74 Fibromyalgia patients

52 Surgeries

29 Worse

2 Better

3 Mixed results

 

Of the Fibromyalgia patients having surgery, 65.38% had their Fibromyalgia symptoms get worse.

 

 

 

Dr Paul Whitcomb, Fibromyalgia and Mental Illness

Mental Illness

 

  Our focus is on Meningeal Compression and Fibromyalgia, not on mental illness per se. But anyone who works in this area will understand how the mind is affected. As we meet this in our practice, and have consulted with specialists in this field, we see once again the close relationship between the mind and the body. Whatever affects the body will inevitably affect the mind—and vice versa. There are the factors of exhaustion, prolonged pain, and trying to meet the frustrations of cognitive failures and lack of concentration, along with whatever other problems are involved. Naturally there will be emotional and logical thinking problems. In addition there is the issue of medications and their particular effects. There’s no doubt in our minds that Meningeal Compression and Fibromyalgia can bring about mental illness.

We have seen patients who have suffered long term Fibromyalgia. Often they have had Fibromyalgia as children and some received shock treatments, one patient, twenty four times and later another set of chemical shock  treatments.

We had another patient who spent fifty years institutionalized on and off with symptoms of Fibromyalgia. We also treated two patients, who at the time they presented, could have been institutionalized and are doing well now.

We tell you this in case it is you or a loved one who is suffering like this, it doesn’t have to mean it is the patient loosing their mind it could easily be a nervous system that is running unchecked because of Meningeal Compression and Fibromyalgia. If Meningeal Compression and Fibromyalgia are bad enough anyone can be like this.

 

 

Dr Paul Whitcomb, Meningeal Compression and Fibromyalgia in Children

Meningeal Compression and Fibromyalgia in Children

 

  A child sees whatever is going on in life as normal. We have seen many children with Fibromyalgia, and one common denominator is this: they think what they feel is normal until it gets so bad it becomes overwhelming. Most parents will think their kid is just whining or is “just a baby”. Children will not tell you all of their problems unless you ask the right questions; they don’t always know what is abnormal. But consistently, when we ask the correct questions of children with Meningeal Compression or Fibromyalgia, they will shock their parents with answers that reveal just what the child is going through.

Consider that a child with a significant case of Meningeal Compression or Fibromyalgia doesn’t have energy, so he isn’t as active as the other children. His mind is foggy and forgetful so he can’t compete with the other kids in school unless he is extremely bright or has a lighter case. He is emotional, so he is seen as moody. He can’t sleep well, so he gets in trouble for not going to sleep. He is always tired so he is labeled as lazy. He will usually have stomach problems and be charged with faking to avoid school or chores. And he will usually not be good at or even have a desire to compete in sports. This child might take refuge in food or drugs, or maybe end up with troubled kids as friends.

Usually children respond very quickly to normal treatment for back problems, but with Fibromyalgia they seem to take longer. It is also difficult to keep children down when they start to feel better after being ill, and flare-ups will inevitably follow their irrepressible enthusiasm about feeling good again.