Laughing and crying, you know it's the same release. Joni Mitchell

Laughing and crying, you know it's the same release. Joni Mitchell

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Rothfeld Center for Integrative Medicine

On the recommendation of a friend with both MS and Lyme Disease, I went to see Dr. Glen Rothfeld at the Rothfeld Center for Integrative Medicine. In fact, I've been to the Rothfeld Center three times this week. On Monday I had my initial consultation with Dr. Rothfeld. On Wednesday I had blood drawn after fasting for 12 hours to test for all kinds of things like thyroid, Lyme, viruses, adrenal hormones, etc. And on Friday I had my first IV Nutrient Infusion Therapy with Magnesium and Vitamin B. I felt pretty loopy after the IV treatment, so I went home and had a nice nap!

Dr. Rothfeld has been treating people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome for 35 years and he knows what he's doing. He's built a practice that integrates the best of Western and Eastern medicine with supplements and IV therapy. At the initial consultation, Dr. Rothfeld spent a good deal of time with me going over all my history, what's worked in the past and where I am now. He did a physical exam in which he felt either side of my spine and could tell right away how tight my neck was on the right side, which made the left side of my lower back tight, too, as compensation. He said that the tightness in my neck might be triggering "fight or flight" nerves that release stimulating hormones which could be interfering with my sleep.

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Structure of Malic Acid
Since results of the blood work takes 4 to 6 weeks, he made some recommendations to start me off in the meantime. One recommendation was a supplement called RibosCardio, which is similar to a product I used when I first started at the Fibro and Fatigue Center, so I felt it was on the right track. It's a powder that helps boost energy levels with d-ribose, magnesium, malic acid and L-carnitine. It's a little bitter, but I add some stevia and it's not too bad.

He also knew both my rheumatologist and acupuncturist and said that he works well with them. I felt like I'm finally building the right circle of health care providers that can really help me deal with my fibromyalgia on a long-term basis. After all, with a chronic condition I have no choice but to be in it for the long haul!

I will post more about my experiences with the Rothfeld Center as I go through the process with Dr. Rothfeld.
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  1. Really like what you've got. Interesting. easy to read. links make you feel authoritative. Titles and photos are engaging.
    I hope you'll keep up with it!
    Best of luck,

  2. Thanks for the feedback, Wendy!

  3. Hi Wendy

    I too am a patient of Dr Rothfelds, and suffer from fibromyalgia. Ive been going to the Rothfeld Center for about 2 years now and things have dramatically improved for me on so many levels.

    Glenn REALLY knows what he is doing and sees things that every other Dr Ive been to has missed. I cant say enough about this place. I had been so sick for so long - since going there, Im finally getting my health back!

  4. You're in good hands! I've been seeing him,Beth Galen and the whole gang there for a few years now and they are great!!! It may not be an easy road to health but they can get you there!