Fibromyalgia: Getting to the Root of the Problem

Available for Interviews: Dr. Eldred Taylor

Interview Dr. Eldred Taylor to answer all of your women’s health questions regarding hormonal imbalances and how to correct them. Dr. Taylor is a leader in the hormone industry and is passionate about helping women while using a holistic functional medicine approach.


Talking Points from Dr. Taylor On

    • Fibromyalgia is a complicated disorder that are associated with adrenal gland dysfunction.
    • Approximately 1 in 50 women are estimated to have fibromyalgia, or between 3 and 6 million Americans in the US, and is the 2nd most common ailment affecting the musculoskeletal system after osteoarthritis.

    • It is a  condition characterized by muscle and bone aches, fatigue, sleep, memory problems, anxiety, and depression. Fibromyalgia symptoms tend to be more severe in women than in men. Women have more widespread pain, irritable bowel symptoms, and morning fatigue than men. Painful periods are also common. The transition to menopause could make fibromyalgia worse.
    • The exact cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown. However, it  appears to be triggered and made worse by stressful events i.e. infections, emotional and physical trauma, surgery, and other chronic illnesses. Other factors that increase the risk of developing fibromyalgia include age, gender, and family history. Most fibromyalgia cases are currently diagnosed in women, although the reason for this gender disparity isn’t clear.  You’re most likely to be diagnosed in middle age, and your risk increases as you get older. However, children can develop fibromyalgia also. If you have close family members with fibromyalgia, you may be at greater risk of developing it.

How is Fibromyalgia Diagnosed?

    • The cause of fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose using standard blood and urine testing. Salivary testing is very useful in diagnosing these conditions. It oftentimes reveals adrenal gland dysfunction. Cortisol and DHEA which are produced by the adrenal gland are low or elevated in individuals with fibromyalgia. Cortisol is important for energy and our ability to handle stress. Imbalances of cortisol can result in many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
    • Many natural treatments focus on lowering stress and reducing pain. You can use them alone or together with traditional medical treatments. In severe cases when systems are associated with adrenal gland dysfunction, prescription cortisol or adrenal glandular supplements may be used to restore cortisol levels and improve symptoms.

Natural Remedies and Treatments:

   Dietary strategies to keep in mind:

    • Drink plenty of water, Eat lots of green leafy vegetables and fruits high in vitamin C, Eat lean meats, Avoid processed foods, Avoid sugars and carbohydrate.

   Things that make Fibromyalgia worse:

    • Vigorous exercise, Processed foods, Fast foods, Inflammatory foods like dairy, gluten, MSG, and eggs, Working long hours, Stressful situations, events, and relationships, Overextending  and spreading yourself too thin, Not getting enough sleep, DehydrationCaffeinated drinks


Interview: Dr. Eldred Taylor

Dr. Eldred Taylor, MD, is an expert in functional and anti-aging medicine and is President of the American Functional Medicine Association, a nonprofit which educates healthcare providers and the public on functional (wellness) medicine. He is the co-author of Are Your Hormones Making You Sick? and The Stress Connection. Dr. Taylor is also a sought-after radio and television personality who has been featured in local and national publications. 

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