Fybromyalgia is a rheumatic autoimmune condition characterized by muscular or musculoskeletal pain with stiffness and localized tenderness at specific points. It involves a persons being highly sensitive to pain because they are not producing endorphins to counteract pain. It also causes fatigue, affects a persons mood, mental clarity, and ability to sleep. It can be extremely painful and totally debilitating, affecting every area of the body. It varies from person to person.
Fybromyalgia has no specific treatment as the symptoms vary, they also vary in their intensity. Care may be involved with rheumatology, neurology and psychology departments. Most often nerve drugs are prescribed.
A personal’s mental and emotional well-being is very important in the treating of fybromyalgia. Being in pain causes stress as a physical reaction, and chronic pain is fatiguing and takes its toll. Do things to reduce your stress, and to look after yourself and relax. Exercise, get fresh air and positive stimulation, and try to make sure you are not socially isolated. The relationship between physical, mental and emotional health is complex and little understood by modern Western medicine, which is only just beginning to realise its importance.
Research shows that all sufferers of fybromyalgia have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and disturbed sleep patterns. Again, reducing stress as much as possible is helpful here as is eating well, reducing caffeine and having as active and fulfilling a lifestyle as possible.
There is a known connection between fybromyalgia and arthritis, and other autoimmune conditions. Many people have experienced reduced pain by following a lactose and gluten-free diet, which all of my recipes are. The Whole Food Rainbow provides an anti-inflammatory diet tailored specifically to pain reduction and pleasurable wholesome food. Changing your relationship to food is challenging but it is such a positive journey once you embark on it. I am here to support you, and there are many other like-minded people out there too. Embrace a whole food diet and strive to be the healthiest you can be.
you can do it, it’s so worth it.
In my experience fybromyalgia can be vaguely diagnosed, this is most likely a part of its nature, as its symptoms are so diverse and so little is known about its cause. Discuss this with your doctor, it can be isolating, dis-empowering and confusing for the patient. Try to make sure that you get as many answers as are available, and the support that you are entitled to (note to self). Get a second opinion, that’s your choice. Use the resources below to learn more, and to do everything you can to help yourself achieve optimal wellness ♥
GO FOR IT!