Can BHRT Help Fibromyalgia?
Can BHRT Help Fibromyalgia?
In many cases, yes. It is now believed that sex hormones play a role in the expression of fibromyalgia. People suffering from this disease commonly exhibit low hormone levels—specifically low estradiol and testosterone. When these two hormones exist in the proper amounts and ratios they work symbiotically to maintain internal equilibrium. This balance helps keep the organs, systems and glands operating beneficially. Using the right BHRT can help restore hormone levels to useful levels and relieve the underlying deficiencies that create the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
For many years, physicians were skeptical that fibromyalgia even existed. In fact, it was frequently dismissed as a mental disorder. Finally in 1981, a scientific study formally confirmed its existence. Today we know it as a real and often debilitating condition. Fibromyalgia is currently one the most common types of chronic pain disorders. It’s estimated to afflict more than 10 million people in the U.S. Worldwide, the number is said to be upwards of 200 million.
With such an alarming number of cases, fibromyalgia research has increased dramatically in the past 10 years. Even so, we still don’t know precisely what causes it. It appears that numerous factors interact and play a role. We do know that this condition occurs primarily in perimenopausal and menopausal women. This happens to be the time when their principal estrogen (estradiol) and other key hormones are fluctuating, in low supply or missing altogether.
Many symptoms of fibromyalgia parallel those of hormone deficiencies. The most common include chronic pain, inflammation, fatigue, sleep problems and concentration or memory problems, among others. Symptoms aren’t the same for everyone and vary in degree and intensity from person to person.
Since hormones have multiple jobs and participate in complex relationships throughout the body, the connection with fibromyalgia isn’t surprising. A deficiency in estradiol alone can trigger a chain reaction that will interfere with a variety of functions throughout the body. For instance, estradiol is tied to nerve function and sensitivity to pain. Low estradiol often precedes low levels of serotonin in the brain. And serotonin deficiency is connected to chronic joint and muscle pain. Low vitamin D, which is actually a steroid hormone precursor, is also associated with chronic joint and muscle pain, as well as depression. Likewise, testosterone is connected to muscle health, mood, cognition, sleep, and energy levels.
SottoPelle® BHRT & Fibromyalgia
Many fibromyalgia patients report improved symptoms using SottoPelle® BHRT to treat their hormone deficiencies. At SottoPelle®, we’ve found, time and again, that restoring hormonal balance is the key to progress. Using our proprietary pellet implant method many of our patients have experienced lasting, safe and effective relief.
If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, this same relief may be just a phone call away. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation.