Chiropractic Meridian ID Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome

Is this the first time you are hearing about Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) in Meridian, ID. Trust me, you’re not alone. CIRS is a complex condition that has only been discussed for about 20 years and recently has been gaining more traction.

Before we go more into exactly what CIRS is, let’s start with what individuals with CIRS are routinely diagnosed with as well as the symptoms.


WHAT ARE CIRS SYMPTOMS IN MERIDIAN ID?

When looking at the symptoms of CIRS, it is broken down into 13 symptom clusters and a positive would be having one symptom in 8 of the 13 clusters if you are an adult.

  1. Fatigue
  2. Weakness, decreased assimilation of new knowledge, aches, headaches, light sensitivity
  3. Memory impairment, decreased word finding
  4. Difficulty concentrating
  5. Joint pain, AM stiffness, cramps
  6. Tingling, tremors, unusual pain, unusual skin sensations
  7. Shortness of breath, sinus congestion
  8. Cough, excessive thirst, confusions
  9. Appetite swings, difficulty regulating body temperature, increased urinary frequency
  10. Red eyes, blurred vision, night sweats, mood swings, ice-pick pains
  11. Abdominal pain, diarrhea, numbness
  12. Tearing of eyes, disorientation, metallic taste
  13. Static shocks, vertigo

Due to the symptoms these individuals have they are often diagnosed with
Lyme, parasites, mold, babesia, bartonella, and other things. That isn’t to
say those can’t be the issue, but they aren’t the issue as often as they are
blamed.


WHAT IS CIRS?

Let’s start with what CIRS is. It is a persistent low-grade inflammation in the body that has persisted for at least 6 months as the immune system doesn’t transition appropriately. It is a multi-symptom and organ illness as you can see above.

This inflammation is caused by exposure to biotoxins, which are toxic substances produced by microorganisms like mold, bacteria, and algae from water damage buildings or living close to bodies of water. CIRS can also be caused by lyme and COVID. When these toxins enter your body, they trigger an immune response that leads to inflammation. And that’s when the symptoms start to show up. CIRS can also be caused by lyme and COVID.

I understand, by now you have probably been diagnosed with a variety of different things and at best only got some improvement. Since learning about this I’m seeing it in many of my concussion or brain injury patients that struggle to get better. Beyond that it is often a player in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.


EVALUATING FOR CIRS

There is a process with CIRS to identify if it is the cause. We start off with positive symptom clusters (8/13) plus a positive visual contrast sensitivity test. This is a brief computer test that looks at impaired contrast sensitivity that is seen with biotoxin illness. Disclaimer, not everyone with CIRS will fail the VCS test, but the majority will.

From there there is an in depth lab panel that rules out other things as well identifies changes in the immune system and genetic susceptibility.

At this point it is decided if CIRS is the culprit. This requires as noted above the symptom clusters, VCS and some labs to be off.

The other tests that can be performed if possible is an additional lab test called GENIE, which evaluates how genes are being turned on or off as there are certain patterns seen with CIRS. The other thing that can be done is using a MRI to perform a neuroquant which tells us how big each and every part of the brain is.


TREATMENT CIRS

The first step is to identify whether or not you are still in a toxic environment. This is done using an environmental test to detect if there are mold, endotoxins, or actinomycete bacteria species that may be impacting you.

After handling that, the key is to work through the process and to remove the toxins as well get the immune system back on track. This can often be done using a purely supplemental approach, but for others they do need some medications that are able to handle this process better.


WHAT TO DO NEXT

I hope you were able to follow, but I understand if you weren’t. It is a lot and was overwhelming for me when I started training on CIRS. It took over 200 hours to get through all the material and was like learning a new language.

Don’t feel like you have to go through this journey alone as it can take 6-12 months, but in some instances longer. The goal of this blog is to provide insight into whether CIRS may be an issue for you and how to finally get resolution from this chronic immune dysfunction.

We utilize an evidence based treatment approach to help walk you through CIRS. We will be by you every step of the way as individuals notice improvement at different rates, but don’t be frustrated as you aren’t the first and won’t be the last one who is recovering from CIRS.