Chronic Pain & The Overlap of Other Pain-Related Medical Issues  

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No single part of your body works independently. Your eyes, organs, skin, limbs, internal connective tissues, and all the other parts were designed to work together perfectly. When there’s an issue in one area, you can usually expect the problem to originate elsewhere.

The Limitations of Traditional Medicine

The modern practice of slapping a label on the single issue you seem to be experiencing can be short-sighted. It often results in treating only those symptoms, usually overlooking what else might be going on. The main problem is that labeling diseases is a very limited way to look at things.

For example, osteoarthritis is a condition common in older adults that contributes to joint degeneration. Most doctors tell patients it’s age-related and unavoidable. While this is true, joint degeneration is not the only cause of osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis could also stem from an iron overload in the body, sometimes due to hemochromatosis or rare forms of anemia. Estrogen deficiency can also cause osteoarthritis.

So, would this mean you have osteoarthritis? Or would you call it estrogen deficiency accompanied by joint problems?

Another disorder, fibromyalgia, could also be the result of numerous other issues. Many patients believe they have the condition or get a diagnosis from their local fibromyalgia practitioner when they may have serious sleep apnea or arthritis instead. Some providers mistake Lyme disease or nerve damage for fibromyalgia.

The Benefits of a Whole-Body Approach to Health

Most diagnoses are not very straightforward. When you focus on one part of the body as the culprit for your symptoms, you could overlook other issues or the root cause of your pain or discomfort.

These are important distinctions to make when diagnosing a disorder. For example, if you’re undergoing osteoarthritis treatment for joint problems when it’s an issue of iron overload, you won’t make much progress in your healing unless you also address the iron issue.

This also goes for many other illnesses. If doctors only treat the symptom and not the whole body, patients are on a longer road to recovery. They may never even see their intended health outcomes. While it’s easy to label a symptom or self-identify with a singular disorder, you could be doing yourself a disservice.

Integrative Medicine for the Whole Person in Cincinnati

At Blatman Health and Wellness Center, we specialize in treating the whole person—mind and body. That’s part of the definition of integrative medicine. At our Cincinnati office, we treat patients for fibromyalgia and other pain conditions but are careful not to overlook other deep-rooted causes of pain, some of which may not be what they initially appear.

In treating you as the whole patient, we help you nourish your body through a combination of natural pain treatments, nutritional guidance, and supplementation. At Blatman Health and Wellness Center, we don’t just reduce your symptoms; we eliminate them and put you on the path to overall healing.

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