The Frustration of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is perhaps one of the most frustrating and tricky conditions. Some GPs refuse to even acknowledge it despite many many people, women especially presenting with an array of frustrating symptoms. Part of the reason is blood tests and other checks all come back normal despite very serious symptoms. Thankfully awareness is growing that this is a very real condition, and more clinical trials are taking place.
Symptoms vary tremendously, but muscle pain (some being very painful to touch), brain fog and fatigue are the most common, but there are literally dozens of them and each person can vary. Some are affected so badly that even getting out of bed can be a challenge.
With 9 out of 10 cases being women, it is no surprise there is both a hormonal and emotional element to this dreadful condition. But it is very complicated, and because the underlying reasons clearly vary, what works for one, may not for another.
Additionally it is common in people with certain conditions, in particular type 2 diabetes, IBS, those on hemodialysis or with Behcet syndrome.
So here is a look at some simple steps you can take naturally, and the good news is we have good results, including one of our own team members who has had terrible bouts of Fibromyalgia in the past.
Stress and Trauma
Trauma in life can have far reaching consequences, and we read a very interesting piece this week about childhood trauma causing illness in later life. It is really worth a read. And we know many people have bouts of fibromyalgia after significant periods of stress in their lives.
So first and foremost. Take care of yourself. Sounds so easy doesn’t it, but when in the cycle of a condition like this, especially when GPs won’t help can be difficult in itself. Seek emotional support, and take care to seek out the sort of holistic healing that suits YOU. And this will vary, it could be massage, aromatherapy, acupuncture, walking in nature, painting, reading, exercise, talking therapies any number of different modalities. But you MUST take time to rest and look after yourself and find the ways to reduce the emotional harm of stress or trauma. And you may need to explore a few options to find those that suit you best.
Again, sounds so simple. But we know all too well when it feels like your whole body is riddled with pain, and fatigue is taking over, that this is so incredibly difficult. But if you can just find a way to get moving, somehow every day, we promise you it will help. One excellent Harvard study documented significant improvements in women who exercised regularly over a 20 week period. Again, find the sort of movement that suits you.
Especially if weight is an issue, you need to resolve this. We understand this may seem challenging at the point you are now. But you can heal your body and make changes if you desire to be well, and losing weight can be one of the biggest steps you can take. And the more you move, the better you will feel, the slimmer you will be and the more in control of your life and your health. It can be a very beautiful journey to take.
B is Best
When it comes to Fibromyalgia, there are no miracle cures, but if we had to choose one single supplement, it would definitely be the Zell Oxygen. This has been studied clinically with the overlapping condition Chronic Fatigue with excellent results. And we have many Fibromyalgia customers on our books that find this helps them tremendously. So please do add the Zell, it can be a real life changer. We have a 20% saving available on boxes of 15 or more specifically for those who need to take larger amounts of this supplement.
This is often a missed component, but can be a real issue for those with Fibromyalgia. But this is all part and parcel of the hormonal / endocrine system. So, we like to try Kelp. This is a simple solution to nourish the thyroid naturally, and get all your vitamins and minerals, again, naturally — it’s a totally natural mutvit and mineral and of course additive free. So kelp ticks lots of boxes. Then if you can add the Wild Yam to balance and soothe the entire hormonal system. And there is a free food plan on that page you can try as well if you hormones are an issue for you.
This will typically be an issue for most people. So we strongly recommend you add Serrapeptase or Turmeric. We wouldn’t recommend both initially for someone with a sensitive system like yourself, so choose one.
We know that women with “undiagnosed” pain often have low vitamin D. But your GP may not automatically check this. So ask, insist if needs be. And see the supporting article on getting your Vitamin D naturally.
Check the gallbladder
If your pain is predominantly on the right hand side, especially your arm and neck, it might be the case that your gallbladder is an issue. Take a look at Dr Eric Berg on this.
These are very common, so you may need to eliminate foods that irritate you. If you are unsure which these are, a food diary is a good way to start. Google this for some guidelines on how to do this to be sure you are eliminating the right foods.
And finally, choose food that is natural. Work out sensitivities if you have them, but otherwise, simply eat good quality real food. Stay away from processed foods. Lots of healthy fats to heal your system. Don’t go low fat if you have Fibromyalgia. There are lots of articles here on the site, we send free Eat Naturally articles with all orders, and we are here to help you if you are unsure on anything.
So these would be the first steps we like to take, and to try this as a programme for three months, and see how you get on. If you have any questions on all this, we are always here to help and support you.