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What is Your Journey with Fibromyalgia?

By MelissaW | Chronic Illness

What is Your Journey with Fibromyalgia?

What a journey I took through those ten years, attempting to get well! It took two years before I even found a physician who could diagnose me correctly. Until that point, doctors would simply attempt without success to treat my various symptoms. Often they’d tell me to get a lot of bed rest or tell me it was all in my head.

Finding a Doctor Who Knew About Fibromyalgia

I was so relieved to find a doctor who could not only tell me there was a name for what I had but could also be gentle and understanding of all the pain and confusion I’d been suffering. I wanted to cry, as I sat and listened to him compassionately explain the disease to me.

Causes of Fibromyalgia

I found out that although the causes of Fibromyalgia are still theoretical, heredity likely plays a strong role in the disease, especially from mother to daughter. And sure enough, I remembered that my mother had told me years before that she’d been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. (It didn’t register at the time that it might affect me. It just sounded like an “old person’s disease.” ) The doctor also said both physical and emotional stress were thought to be causes of Fibromyalgia, as well. And I could relate to that. He described Fibromyalgia as essentially a collapse of the immune system which affected all other systems in the body, including the hormonal and nervous systems.

Fibromyalgia Treatments

He prescribed three medications. One was for my high pulse rate. Another was a strong medication for sleep-which was a godsend. Even though I knew it was addictive, I didn’t care. I just knew I had to sleep or I’d never get well. Next were high potency B-12 shots that I administered to myself daily. He also urged me to take glucosamine with chondroitin and MSM for joint pain, and a powerful antacid and enzymes for indigestion, all available over-the-counter.

Low Thyroid as a Possible Cause of Fibromyalgia

About a year prior from when all the symptoms started I was diagnosed with Graves and Hashimoto’s disease. I had radiation on my thyroid, leaving me without one. My thyroid was checked and found that it was extremely low. The doctor explained that he often found it was low thyroid that caused many of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. He prescribed Armour thyroid, which contains T-3, a natural hormone that gives us energy and boosts mood. Again, he veered away from prescribing synthetic thyroid, explaining that some people can’t convert it to the T-3 thyroid our bodies can use. Taking the high doses of T-3 greatly improved every condition I had. The other drugs and supplements also helped to make a living with Fibromyalgia at least half-way tolerable. I was by no means “normal”-but I could have a semblance of a life again.

Getting Stronger Every Day

Since then, I’ve made steady progress back to good health. I’ve slowly cut back on all my meds. I’m thinking, enjoying my kids and friends, laughing, getting a good night’s sleep. I feel like I have my life back. I may not be totally cured-but living with Fibromyalgia is now totally tolerable.

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About the Author

I have a family which whom I love so much. I have three small children and a husband to look after. Along from being a mom and wife, I’m a woman with a myriad of interests -mom tips, health, personal development, decorating, organizing, finances, frugality, family time. I'm always looking for ways to better myself to pass along to my children

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