Naturopathic Dr. Finally on to something ??

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by dee3, May 27, 2006.

  1. dee3

    dee3 New Member

    Last Wednesday I went to a naturopathic Dr. It took me 3 1/2 months to get in to see this guy. I arrived a little late so I didn't have time to fill in my complete history, so he really didn't know a lot of my symptoms. He sat me down and had me hold a 'probe' in one hand and tapped my finger on the other. He used a very complex machine, and told me he was checking each of my systems (Kidney, bowel, immune system, hormones etc.) When these systems were functioning normally the machine made a postive sound, when he tested my connective tissue the machine 'droned'. He discovered my histamine levels were through the roof (causing forgetfulness, lack of energy and blotchy red spots - all of which I have). He also discovered I have extremely low levels of protein and copper in my body. (Low protein causes lack of energy, muscle aches and headaches, low copper causes 'brain fog' and depression - all of which I have.) He said that we are born with stores of these and if our bodies don't utilize our intake through supplements/diets then we gradually get these symtoms and hit rock bottom in our 20's and 30's. (I am 37 and definitely at my lowest)

    He explained that if I were to get my copper and protein levels tested at a lab (through blood testing) they would show up normal because I have adequate levels in my body, but am not producing the enzymes in which to use them properly. Makes sense to me!! I was prescribed 1 tbsp of gelatin/day (for energy) and 2 other preps that he makes in his office. He told me to come back in 6 months and that I should be better.

    I have tried many physicians,specialists, chiropractors, physio, massage, vitamins- etc etc over the past 17 years. This man came highly recommended by several people, so I thought I had nothing to lose. He charges $120/visit and my 'medication' was $67 for 2 months. Not bad especially if it helps. He tested my Flexeril, Paxil and Tylenol #1 which I take for pain to see if it worked against my body and condition - it's all fine. What impressed me was he didn't tell me to stop taking any of it, he said if it helps me get through some tough times during my recovery then take it. He didn't go against medical doctors which was positive. His view on fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue was that its a group of symptoms that doctors lump together and give a name. It's his philosophy to find the cause and treat that rather than covering the symptoms with drugs. I'll let you all know how I progress!
  2. alaska3355

    alaska3355 New Member

    in what he prescribed...did he give you a copper supplement? Your descriptions of the cause and effect of low levels of protein and copper sure sound like what my son has....so let us know how it goes! Thanks for posting! Terri
  3. dee3

    dee3 New Member

    Terri,

    I am taking Copper and Manganese in spray form under my tongue every am, and a formula in dropper form (10 drops) under my tongue 3 times/week. I assume this one is for the protein problem. I have been feeling worse the last couple of days, but he warned me of this saying this was expected during the healing process.

    I think if you took 10 different people with fibromyalgia they would all have different causes for their illness. It would be worth checking into with a naturopath before trying anything. I have to say I feel so crappy that I am definitely not sold on this treatment yet, although when you've been sick as long as I have, it is going to take more than a couple of days to recover!!

    Dee
  4. alaska3355

    alaska3355 New Member

  5. intensemom

    intensemom New Member

    HI! I hope you finally found true help..it's so hard to find!

    Please keep us informed of your progress. I may go to a naturopath myself:)

    Love,
    Tracy