According to the best knowledge of each time
Throughout the history of mankind people have believed that the various medical diagnoses and treatments used at each time were correct and indisputable. In the 19th century women were diagnosed with “hysteria” if they presented with almost any kind of symptoms – and no one dared to protest. I wonder which conditions of today, considered indisputable and beyond doubt by most, will be considered obsolete in the future. Fibromyalgia perhaps? Depression? Could it also be that with all the emphasis on complex diagnoses we have forgotten the basics? Like shortage of iron, vitamin-D or vitamin-B12 as the root cause of symptoms? Physicians of the 19th and 20th century knew that excessive head sweating of children at night-time signaled vitamin D deficiency. Do physicians of today possess this knowledge at all?
In any case it is interesting to compare the symptoms caused by deficiency of common vitamins and minerals with the symptoms of fibromyalgia:
Symptoms of fibromyalgia
Lack of concentration/amnesia
Symptoms from the heart and vascular system as well as digestive tract
Restless leg syndrome
Lack of energy
Raynaud’s phenomenon (coldness of hands and feet)
Sleep disturbances, balance problems
Can we trust that all physicians send patients they diagnose with fibromyalgia first for a thorough blood work?
Maybe we should look further than the best knowledge at each time….