Jan 16, 2011 Wisdom and Motivation
Have a pain out of know where or in fatigue or have sleeping problems? You might wanna read this article.
A friend of mine has Fibromyalgia. When she used to work and tell everyone that she is hurt, everyone would laugh at her. “What? ha? Fibromyalgia? Eat more Fibromyalgia then you should be fine.” Not knowing what this severe chronic symptom can hurt someone and if not treated in well one can faint or fall down. And often doctors with patients who work as cashiers standing for hours and hours, Doctors tell patients to sit on a chair or take a break or have some drinks with them. But those suggestions remain just that, because most cashier’s place is not an office, it’s where you stand and shorten the line; you stand before the customer and work as fast as you can, scan items after items and finish customer after customer. Then stand more. Often cashiers also have to do more than just deal with customers, they have to vacuum after work, stay up late if managers are slow in finishing evening tilt and there is no telling if they will ever give you a break or not although company could be following the rules; 8 hours; you get a break and, who knows your break could be at the end (just before you finish your work ?)
When I saw a person in extreme pain, I asked her, are you okay, she replied in a very soft and hurtful manner, “Do I look okay?” I knew from the start I should not have asked the question. She was on a wheel-chair. After a while I learned that she was a Fibromyalgia sufferer and all the medications that she had been taking wasn’t helping at all and adding to that she explained to me certain weather can worsen the pain.
A lot of people still don’t know that Fibromyalgiais. But now they do, since it’s been a condition for Health Insurance Companies to avoid. If you have one, you may not be accepted in health insurance plan.
As per my knowledge, Fibromyalgia arises due to weakness in your immune system. And if you don’t deal with it when you realize that you have it, it can get worse. Followings are typically prescribed medications.
Cymbalta (Duloxetine), a medication that came about a year ago or so has been proven by the American Medical Association to treat Fibromyalgia. Doctors also may use other medications, but a friend of mine is doing great with this medication but I am teaching her to do these since every medication has some reactions and if ultimate cure can be done without any medication, why not follow that path ?
BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM:
There are many ways to do this. Eat right. Be out in the sun or take a good amount of Vitamin D and also Multi-Vitamins can be taken, Eat lots of good stuff instead of junk foods. Remove Alcohol and Tobacco from your life. Do easy exercises such as Yoga. Pain can also arise not just because of your Fibromyalgia, but also too much work you have been doing. A visit to a doctor is a must. Some patients who have Fibromyalgia may also have problems on their legs or knees should their work be so demanding that they have to stand all the time or it could be due to any other factors. Fibromyalgia can get worse if Cartilage is getting less and less inside the bones in your knee, it will not only hurt when you are walking, it can hurt even when you are standing– you will have another complications again. So your doctor may advice you to take what is called a shot for Collen which goes into your joints in the Knees. These shots may be expensive, but they help you a lot also these shots are not done every month, perhaps every 6 months as needed so you don’t hurt. Some reports suggest that Doctors who combine both Cymbalta along with Lyrica (Pregabalin) have gained better results for treating Fibromyalgia. But both do come at a cost, a lot of money here; out of pocket really!! Generic medications aren’t available and if you are out of work and/or your uninsured, both of these medicines can make you bankrupt. I pray that Generic for both of them become available so people who are benefiting from these medications can continue to use it until they heal themselves.
What works for one patient may not work with others, also Doctors need to know what other medications you are taking. So he or she can pick the right one for you. There are many other medications and treatment options overcome from Fibromyalgia.
Here are a few things you can do, right now:
1) Eat Foods that have High Potassium such as fruits and vegetables and here are some you try right now; Avocado, Banana, Honeydew, Kiwi, Lima Beans, Milk (if you are Milk Allergic try Soya Milk),
Orange, Potatoes, Prunes, Spinach, Tomatoes, Juice specially Vegetable Juice and Winter Squash. And others with good source of potassium : Mushrooms, Pineapple, Plums, Apples, Bell peppers, Blueberries, Cabbage, Cranberries, Cucumber,
Grapes, Green beans, Iceberg lettuce
2) People with Low Blood Sugar will not have the problem of eating a lot as I mentioned above. But if you have high blood pressure, you should consult with your doctor and don’t be afraid to ask a list of foods that can help you heal faster–although you know the answer, it’s always good to ask (Your answer: BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM, Fibromyalgia can be history forever.)
By now, you probably know it’s not a myth, When someone says, he or she has Fibromyalgia. Treat the person with respect because, when you have one, you will know how it hurts. Do you remember the pain of Wisdom teeth coming out ? It’s even worse than that.
The Entire body, muscles, legs, all hurt. Often to cope, patients take hot shower, or lie on the floor as if they are fainting literally. Patients have reported that weather conditions can also affect Fibromyalgia.
For further reading, please visit these useful resources and let me know if there is anything I should share.
http://www.fmaware.org/ - Something nobody believed even a year or so ago…But now, here it is…National Organization for the topic we are dealing here.
Wiki has a wealth of knowledge about this disease: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibromyalgia
Don’t feel that you are alone although to be honest with you, even the medical community has little knowledge about Fibromyalgia, even today!! And there are hundreds and thousands who suffer from this illness. According to Wiki about 2% of Americans suffer from Fibromyalgia.
There are a lot of people, books, websites, resources—you name it; all trying to help you overcome. Google it, Search on Youtube, join some good forums and be active. Here are a few resources you might like.
Are you having problem at work because you have this condition?
Read a blog that’s interesting.
Vitamin D and Fibro : http://healthandsurvival.com/2007/12/10/72/
Living with Fibromyalgia:
Study Shows Thai Chi can help Fibro:
The best way to FIGHT is by boosting your immune system – so from now on, create a plan on what to do every day of the week; meal, exercise and all :
Simply Ways to Boost your Immune System:
1. Garlic (fresh one, not the power one please!) <– don’t take it too much either, it contains Sulfur, also don’t take it on an empty stomach.
2. Turmeric – let the plates have some yellow colors for dish washing by hand for some good exercise.
3. Mushroom, Banana and other foods and vegetables with good source of potassium.
4. Take a good amount of Vitamin D (4000 IU at least.)
5. Yoga, Rest and Relaxation is good but don’t sit too much on your sofa for too long. Be active.
6. Eat Pistachio.
7. Be sure to drink lots of water. AVOID SODA, i.e. if you can, but if you have Hyperglycemia you can try other alternative drinks besides SODA.
8. Be a morning person. Wake up early, walk outside for some fresh air. Don’t just sit on your chair or bed and blame on the Fibromyalgia and cry in pain. Your goal should be to overcome, defeat it and one way to do is by boosting your immune system.
That’s all for now.
Take care and I pray that all those who are suffering from Fibromyalgia,
may your pains be gone.
with great respect
p.s. A general information only. Please consult your doctor if you feel pain, fatigue, sleeping problems or you think you have a Fibromyalgia.