Hey Doc…

I’m a 46 y/o mother of 3.  Every morning I awake with pain in my lower back and my right hip.  I keep my teeth clenched and have severe fatigue.  I feel like I’m 80 years old.       Is there anything that can be done?

       -S.B. in Palm Springs-


Dear S.B.,

You have the classic symptoms of fibromyalgia.  The pain is caused by a buildup of lactic acid in various muscles.  The fatigue is caused by keeping muscles tense – all day and all night.  In order to get relief, one has to approach the cause of the muscle tension.  The two most common causes would be internalization of anger and/or dislocation of the atlas at the top of the cervical spine in the neck.  The latter can be the result of an injury to the neck such as a whiplash event.  Anger may be the result of high adrenaline levels (the fight-or-flight hormone) which can be the result of an imbalance of hormones.

The important message is that this condition is often curable.

 “Hey Doc” is a weekly series of questions & answers pertaining to common medical issues. It was published in the local newspaper in the Palm Desert area not too long ago. The answers are strictly my beliefs and are intended to inform the reader of possible alternative approaches. Obviously, all questions regarding your health should be discussed with your own physician. ~Michael E. Platt M.D.