This Q&A was part of a Live chat with Dr. Lilienfield on Facebook in January 2016!
Hi! Can you address fibromyalgia? Thank you. I very much enjoyed Dr. Kaplan’s explanation [on treating fibromyalgia] in his book. Would you be able to provide your perspective as well regarding treatment? I have found EFT to be extremely helpful.
Posted by Amethyst Geode on Sunday, January 10, 2016
Dr. Lisa: That is wonderful that you have found EFT to be helpful. Emotional Freedom Technique involves tapping acupressure points and utilizing positive affirmations. Acupuncture points have been documented to be helpful for many pain conditions and so often the emotional aspects of life are not addressed in chronic pain.
My approach to fibromyalgia is multifaceted. I look at digestion and diet, sleep, hormone imbalance, injuries (psychological and physical), infections, environmental exposures, genetics and more. For example, if you don’t get enough deep delta wave sleep your body can’t recover, and chronic pain can be an issue. (We find that this is common in those with fibromyalgia) Or, if you have leaky gut from a food allergy, then inflammation of the intestinal tract leads to nutritional deficiencies. In addition toxins and large molecules can more easily get absorbed causing autoimmune disorders, and chronic pain. As we ( myself and the patient) work on putting the puzzle pieces together, we also address the neuroinflammation that is often part of the picture as Dr. Gary discusses in his book.
AG: You are so right! I have had chronic pain (fibromyalgia, headaches, migraines, OA) since I am 7. I know the two main causes. In addition, when I was 27 and our son was born with multiple anomalies, I stopped sleeping during the night. After he passed at 111 days, it continued as a result of multiple ongoing family issues. Through the years, I have developed a very mindful anti-inflammatory plant-based nutritious intake, exercise (walking, yoga, and most recently, ai chi), meditation, chiropractic adjustment/supplements, EFT (so useful because it is easy, costs nothing, and is addictive in the best possible way), and an increase in sleep through the night as well as naps. I have never taken pharmaceuticals knowing the side effects and damage it would cause to my liver. I am 66 now and doing very well; however, it is a self-monitoring lifestyle (work/play/work/play/work/play) that requires balance and harmony in all aspects of my life. Books like Dr. Kaplan’s are SO beneficial because there was literally NOTHING in the fifties, sixties, and early seventies. There are studies if only physicians listen to their patients and attempt to educate themselves to help them. The doctor/patient partnership is necessary albeit rare. Again, thank you for the work you do.