Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia
At the DaSilva Institute, we know the fatigue, pain, and other symptoms you are experiencing are not all in your head. They are real, and they have a cause. More importantly, we can help.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is closely related to fibromyalgia — so close, in fact, that the two conditions are in some cases indistinguishable.
Symptoms of CFS include:
- post-exertional exhaustion
- unrefreshing sleep
- wide-spread muscle and joint pain
- sore throat
- cognitive difficulties, and
- chronic, often severe mental and physical exhaustion.
Patients with CFS may report additional symptoms including:
- muscle weakness
- increased sensitivity to light, sounds and smells
- orthostatic intolerance (aversion to standing upright)
- digestive disturbances
- depression, and
- cardiac and respiratory problems.
Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 10 million Americans, most of whom are women 25-55. The symptoms are similar to those with CFS: fatigue, insomnia, depression, and poor concentration. But people with fibromyalgia also suffer with chronic deep aching or sharp shooting pain in soft tissues throughout the body.
In severe cases, pain and overwhelming exhaustion are so debilitating that they interfere with normal activities.
As you may have already discovered, conventional medicine has little to offer people suffering with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue.
Most doctors today are baffled by these conditions, and many dismiss them altogether by telling patients that the symptoms are psychosomatic or “all in your head.”
The only solution they can offer is a prescription for a lengthy list of drugs, which include antidepressants, anti-inflammatory medications, sleeping pills, and painkillers.
When the drugs fail, patients are simply told to “live with it.” The quality of life is particularly and uniquely disruptive.
Natural Treatments for CFS/Fibromyalgia
At the DaSilva Institute, we don’t just treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue — we prescribe a nutritional approach and targeted therapies that have the potential to alleviate pain, increase energy, and actually reverse these stubborn conditions.
Personalized Lifestyle Program for CFS/Fibromyalgia
If you have fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, diet can make a huge difference in how you feel. First, we look for undetected food allergies, which are an overlooked but frequent cause of fatigue and pain.
If you’re suffering from low energy and sore muscles, the idea of exercise probably strikes you as absurd. However, exercise is one of the best-researched therapies for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, and it is essential to your recovery.
Exercise improves sleep, enhances mood, alleviates anxiety, and increases energy. We’ll design your personalized exercise program aimed at boosting metabolism, strengthening muscles, improving flexibility, and increasing your activity level. Better still, we’ll teach you how to implement and stick to your exercise regimen consistently.
Unique Therapies for Fibromyalgia
At the DaSilva Institute, we combine lifestyle measures with powerful interventions to boost immunity, increase energy, and alleviate pain.
A number of targeted nutritional supplements, which are aimed at improving mitochondrial function, have been proven to relieve the pain of fibromyalgia and the overwhelming exhaustion of chronic fatigue.
You will receive a prescribed comprehensive supplement program to address these concerns as well as other issues that often accompany fibromyalgia, such as insomnia and depression.
Research has often shown that patients with either fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue have much lower levels of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) and cortisol than healthy people of the same age. Many are also deficient in thyroid or growth hormone.
The DaSilva Institute provides a variety of treatment options for CFS/Fibromyalgia some of which can be performed in your own area prior to coming to our facility in Florida.