Part of understanding any health condition is to classify for proper treatment. Fibro is a functional disorder as there is nothing most doctors know how to test for in spite of all the miserable symptoms.
This is the same with anxiety, depression, IBS most headaches etc. Here is the medical dictionary definition of disease
A testable disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific
location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury.
Doctors are scientists and scientists abhor things that can not be tested for, seen with the eye or held in the hand. They want data or it does not exist. This is why fibro was not beveled by doctors...I cant see it....you dont have it !
If it cant be tested for medical science goes off the rails in their theory of how to treat. Doctors dislike functional patients because none of their allopathic treatments work well....so many functional patients get sent to a psychiatrist or psychologists.
Problem is they are not trained in physiology or neuro-physiology so they start mucking around into you past and did you see you mother naked.
Since neither is trained in how to treat a mind/body functional disorder we are mistreated with powerful chemicals that have long term negative outcomes or we learn how screwed up our childhood was and that we have an ID and Ego but we are still suffering.
there was a glimmer of recognition that neither practice ( medicine or psychology) had the answers for functional medicine so a few rare medical schools created this program. Problem most were eventually dropped and none were updated with todays research.
When I started having fibro symptoms my education pointed a direction to look but no information on how to recover.
There are tests that can point to fibro but few patients have access to them - they are not definitive but they showed how and where the dysfunction is.
I have had them all, functional MRI (fMRI) CAT and SPECT scans and heart rate variability tests. They all confirm what credible fibro researchers have concluded. The brains HPA axis that is activated every time we have stress or get aroused is stuck in sympathetic nervous system dominance...and if you had an unsafe, stressfull or too demanding childhood there are permanent changes to this system that make you more prone to manifesting fibro.
More on this later - I have to be in the clinic this morning for a 7:00 am meeting
Post Edited By Moderator (Sherrine) : 2/7/2017 6:32:57 PM (GMT-7)