Last year, in a desperate attempt to find help with my severe CFS and FM, I did a search online and found out about the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers (www.fibroandfatigue.com). These centers, which I believe there are now 13 or 14 nationwide, deal specifically with CFIDS, Fibromyalgia, and hormonal issues.
I have finally found somewhere to go where the doctors and staff truly believe that I am sick and they don’t just tell me, “You just have to learn to live with it”. The staff at F & F are extremely helpful, courteous, empathetic, and wonderful!
These doctors are trained in giving in depth blood work (my first trip the lab took 31 tubes of blood!) and I was with the doctor on my first visit for over an hour! Yes, that is correct. OVER ONE HOUR!!
The centers use conventional, along with some “natural” type approaches to treat which include supplements, IV therapy, compounded prescriptions, food allergy testing, etc.
The F & F Centers have found that the large majority of CFS and FM patients have hypothyroidism and other hormonal deficiencies. I know for me I was having severe hormonal issues, but when my family doctor and other specialists checked, my hormone panels were “normal”. I kept going back though because I knew they weren’t. But the F & F doctors are trained specifically to do TSH, T3 & T4 panels and they have found that CFIDS and FM patients do not adequately convert T4 to the active T3, which results in low levels of active thyroid hormone and will have low thyroid despite having a normal TSH.
The Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers also have a store site where you can purchase their supplements that they offer (www.fibroandfatigue.com/store). I recommend these centers to anyone suffering. It does cost to go, but the cost is so worth it.