More than 10 million people have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in the U.S. It is the most common chronic pain disorder and there are over 4000 published studies that have been published about the widespread, chronic pain of Fibromyalgia.
As a Fibromyalgia sufferer, I know how debilitating and life altering Fibromyalgia can be. Even though I consider myself as having a “mild” case, I’ve had days where I couldn’t get out of bed even though I was sick of laying in bed and unable to get comfortable, it was still more painful to get up and walk. I’ve forfeited kids’ functions, family get togethers, meeting up with friends because I didn’t want to be miserable and make everyone around me miserable. I would also be terrified of being in a situation where there might be too much walking or physical activity that might not seem like a big deal to other people, but would put me into a flare-up the next day.
I had to leave a nursing job that I physically couldn’t handle anymore – even though it was only part-time. I would come home after 8 hours of being on my feet under intense pressure all day and I would be in agony and it would take a couple of days for me to recover. I stuck it out for a year and a half because we needed health insurance at the time. Luckily my husband was able to get a new job with health benefits and I was able to change jobs to the doctor’s office that I have been working at for 9 years now.
Just before I got that job, I learned about an amazing form of Energy healing called Reiki. It’s a holistic Japanese hands-on healing technique that uses life force energy to help the body heal itself. The origin of Reiki can be traced back to ancient Tibet, thousands of years ago. It was then re-discovered in the mid 1800’s by Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan. It’s a gentle, non-invasive technique that promotes relaxation and stress reduction. The practitioner guides their hands along the body, sometime a few inches off of the body, (in the aura) to scan for any feeling of blockages in the body. Where there is a blockage, there is usually pain or illness. Holding their hands over the blockage and channeling healing energy to the area helps to get the energy flowing properly again and reduces pain – both physical and emotional pain. After receiving my first treatment at a healing circle, I felt like I was floating. It was the most amazing feeling, and any pain or stiffness that I had seemed to just melt away. For the first time in a long time I felt a sense of relief and hope. It was brought into my life at just the right time. It was exactly what I needed. It reminded me of the body’s ability to heal itself. I loved it so much that I became a practitioner. I felt like I finally found something that could help people naturally, without medications.
That’s when I made the decision to live a more holistic lifestyle. It was the only way to combat the pain and misery of this disease. I didn’t want to take the medications that are being prescribed to treat the symptoms. I decided to do my best to overcome this and not let it overcome me.
Everyone has stress in their lives. What matters is how you choose to handle it. Avoid people and situations that you know are going to create stress for you. Surround yourself with people who are positive and supportive. It’s OK to talk to other people who know what you are going through, but don’t get caught up in constantly focusing on it. This can cause you to get into a downward spiral of negativity and self-pity and will make you feel worse emotionally and physically.
If you have a stressful job, get a new one. Think about what makes you happy and find a job related to that or create something that you can do online. Create an online course or write a book. Do something that will help others. This will make you feel better about yourself and will increase your vibrational energy which attracts positiivity into your life.
If you are in a toxic realtionship, end it or go to counseling. Learn how to communicate effectively and how to deal with your physical limitations.
If you don’t like your life, change it! Don’t let anyone else dictate how you should live your life. Take control of your life, it is possible. Don’t let negative thoughts stop you from living the life you want and dream of.
Get a journal and start writing about positivity. Every day write down 3 positive things that happened during that day. Don’t write about the things you are mad or sad about. Only write about things that made you happy, no matter how small. It could be as simple as petting your cat or eating something that was so delicious, you didn’t want it to end. Just focus on how good it made you feel at that time and feel a sense of gratitude for it. The more you focus on these little things, the more appreciative you will become for things that you usually take for granted and you will start to develop a more positive mindset which attracts more positivity into your life.
I found that I definitely felt better when I avoided sugar and processed foods. I tried going gluten-free and dairy free and noticed a major difference with my IBS. My stomach wasn’t so bloated all the time. And taking a good quality probiotic every day is a must as well.
As a result I decided to put together a list of items that I use and recommend as very helpful. They obviously are not intended to replace any prescription medications that you may be taking, I am just making a suggestion based on what I have found helpful for me. You can click on the images to purchase the items through Amazon. Please check with your medical provider before taking any new vitamin supplements.
Vitamin D3 Most people are Vitamin D deficient. Boosting up your levels of this vitamin is good for overall health. Getting your level up between 50-60 is optimal. It helps improve your immune system, its good for brain health, heart health, bone health and breast health. Ask your doctor to order a Vitamin D25OH blood test.
Magnesium Deficiency – studies have shown that low magnesium levels correlate with and contribute to the muscle and nerve pain of fibromyalgia. (Abraham and Flechas 2009)
Magnesium Citrate is an oral supplement that helps improve nerve and muscle function. It helps me with Restless Leg Syndrome. I take 400mg at bedtime. If you are taking it for the first time, start out with 150mg and work up to 400mg because it can cause loose stool.
Magnesium Spray is an excellent alternative to taking an oral supplement. There is now Magnesium Oil spray available (magnesium chloride). There was a Mayo Clinic study published in 2015 that demonstrated improvement in fibromyalgia patients who applied the spray to arms and legs (or any other body part that gives you the most pain) twice a day. The only side effect can be skin irritation or itching. If it doesn’t subside after using a few days, use the oral supplement instead.
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Essential Oils are one of my favorite things to use and to recommend to people because it is beneficial for so many ailments. In this case, I highly recommend using just lavender oil in the water at bedtime . It’s very relaxing and can help with falling asleep. During the day you can mix lavender and peppermint for a more invigorating scent and it can help with headaches and sinus congestion as well. It just gives a sense of well-being and makes you feel good. It also helps to ward off germs and viruses. I brought a diffuser to work because we are constantly getting exposed to germs and sickness. Everyone enjoys it and looks forward to the new scents that I bring in. Patients are always asking me how I avoid getting sick. I tell them it’s the essential oils!
Diffuser My favorite diffuser to use is this one by Coosa. It’s a cool mist humidifier so you can use it with plain water to moisturize the air (good for the winter) or add essential oils. It has 4 time settings and 7 color changing LED lights.
These Ambient Salt Lamps are individually handcrafted and sourced directly from the second largest salt mines in the world, Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan.
This sleep mask is made of 100% top quality silk on BOTH sides. The super soft, super smooth silk is light weight, breathable and protein rich, which gives you total blackout. One size fits all. Gentle, easy-to-adjust headband won’t tangle hair. Such a simple, inexpensive item, can make a major difference in your quality of sleep.
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