Fibromyalgia Myths and Truths
Fibromyalgia Myths and Truths. ' By Lena Sanchez
When, after 15 years of excruciating pain and hospitalizations
without an answer to the pain suffered daily, I was finally
diagnosed with Fibromyositis, now known by it's common name
Fibromyalgia (FMS), I was given a lot of prescriptions and told
that I would more than likely end up in a wheel chair.
That is a very true if I had continued to take those
prescriptions and listen to those doctors who haven't a clue as
to what is going on in FMS patients, yes being wheel chair
bound, a side effect of the prescriptions they are prescribing
for FMS, would have been my fate.
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It took years of trial and error and a lot of years on
prescriptions before I was able to break away from the
traditional wheel-chair bounding medications.
Most usual prescriptions given are NSAIDS (ibuprofen, Motrin,
etc.) or prednisone containing medication and the truth of it
is, those medications will eat away at your bones and tendons
and put you in a wheel chair along with eating the lining of
your stomach creating IBS, horrific bowel problems. IBS is
listed as a symptom of FMS, when in actuality it is most usually
a side effect of the treatment.
The next prescription given will be something to help you relax
and sleep, as FMS people have a hard time staying asleep and end
up with severe pain because of the sleep deprivation. When I
kicked the prescription habit I was taking 150 mg of
Amitriptline at bedtime. That was a nightmare in itself. Sure, I
got the sleep but it took most of the day for me to be alert
enough to feel good and the pains would still be there.
Morning meant -getting slowly out of bed then into the hottest
shower I could stand enabling me to be awake enough to get to
work, but most of all to help weaken the pain enough for me to
contend with it all day. That was not a fun time.
Some days it would be so bad I could not get out of bed without
screaming in pain. Some days I couldn't get out of bed pain
because the pain was more than I could stand. Every movement
Those years sent me researching for something to stop the pain
but keep me out of a wheel chair!
FMS MYTHS that I found are: Prescriptions are the only answer
for FMS pain. Traditional medical world is the only ones who can
help you with FMS. You will end up in a wheel chair. You are a
mental case. You will most likely develop Irritable Bowel
Syndrome (IBS). FMS will get worse with age. Doctor says that's
all that can be done for your pain!
All those are myths but may come to be reality if you follow the
traditional prescription route of treatments and spouted by
doctors in our world of pain but really have no clue what to do
for us' Frustrating for the doctor who recognizes that he/she is
limited in their knowledge and frustrating for those of us who
have to live with it.
TRUTHS I found are; FMS is painful and debilitating. It occurs
more in women than men. With it comes depression, loss of self
worth, pain beyond comprehension and in places you cannot
describe literally from the top of your head to the bottoms of
your feet. Disability comes to the person who follows the
traditional path of treatment. Pain varies from one person to
the next as to the severity and the areas on the body. Sleep
deprivation and chronic fatigue are constant companions when FMS
is out of control. Alternative Natural medicine is the only
route to go to keep from becoming a wheel chair bound invalid
also regain your self worth and avoid chronic fatigue and IBS.
Heart disease comes from the stress of it all so you have to be
extra careful to keep antioxidants in your system, 5 to 10 times
the RDA's. Sugary foods exacerbate FMS. Eating empty caloried
foods (chips, sodas, cookies, etc.) set up an exacerbation of
FMS. Most of these I experienced for myself in the past.
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In 1995 I took charge of my life and found herbs and minerals
that control my FMS, as long as I stay away from sugary foods
and drinks. I no longer take a prescription of any kind and have
no intentions of ever taking another one. I am pain free 99% of
the time. Yes, FMS is still with me but I get my sleep by taking
a formula of several herbs at bedtime Also a necessity is having
sufficient probiotics of equal natural flora to balance out the
intestinal system so the bowels can stay healthy. Equally
important is a strong balance of minerals, antioxidants and
meganutrients. If stress is a problem I temporarily add a
natural stress reducing formula of herbs to counteract that.
Most doctors in 2003 still do not consider FMS a legitimate
illness, but will try to appease a patient while knowing nothing
about how to help them.
I discovered there were certain things that I eat that
exacerbates FMS, so I steer clear of them and take my herbs,
minerals, meganutrient vitamins, antioxidants and probiotics
Occasionally I wake up with "Ouch, where did those pains come
from?" Of course it only takes a moment for me to remember that
I did it to myself. I had to have that Hershey's with almonds or
a fun size snickers with almonds, or maybe it was a cherry soda
or hot fudge banana nut sundae. Anyway, I did it to myself!
My 30+ years with FMS has taught me a few things about myself
that I'm not particularly happy with but it's there. It took me
years to figure out that almost all exacerbation of my FMS days
are caused from what I did or did not put into my mouth. I now
know those times that I indulge is going to make me suffer with
pain and I have to decide if it's worth it and should others
around me suffer for my indulgence? Those days have now become
few and far between. And I'm beginning to enjoy the ability to
take charge! My doctor thinks I'm nuts but he lets me go do my
natural treatment and seems puzzled at how I stay healthy after
30 years with FMS.
Hoping you make a smart decision to take charge of your health!
About the author:
***Lena Sanchez a happy retired Medical Office
Nurse/Administrator/Consultant who took charge of her life 8
years ago and is committed to helping others do the same in all
areas of life' Editor of 'Natural Environmental Health Facts &
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