Strategies for fibromyalgia recovery

February 24, 2012

Fibromyalgia, Health, Pain

Fibromyalgia pulls the rug out from under those who have it.

by Betsy Timmerman — 

Fibromyalgia syndrome can rob sufferers of their life. The ability to manage and erase the pain of fibromyalgia affects the sufferer’s work, family and friend dynamics.

Fibromyalgia pulls the rug out from under those who have it. If you have unmanaged fibromyalgia symptoms, it is time to take control of your illness and make the changes that will give you your life back.

Fibromyalgia is now known to be a sensory processing problem where non-painful stimuli illicit pain sensations in the brain. A light breeze or tight clothing can cause discomfort. Sitting in a chair or car for a short time can be extremely uncomfortable. Trying to get comfortable in bed can be impossible because the pressure of your body on the mattress is excruciating.

No one deserves to live with these symptoms, and when coupled with debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbances, irritable bowel syndrome and bladder problems, living a full life is virtually impossible.

Drugs can sometimes temporarily mask the symptoms, but they are not a long-term solution to repairing brain dysfunction. If you know what can trigger and exacerbate the symptoms, and which medication, treatments and techniques work best for your recovery, then you can design a program that will help you get well.

We have heard the quote, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” First you need to have the right information about how to reduce your symptoms so that you can implement strategies that make sense based on their prior success. Learn to be your own doctor, druggist and dietician, as well as your own educated advocate.

You can do this if you have the right information. Wondering what to do next is not going to get your health back; you need to understand what will work best and proceed intelligently.

 

Betsy Timmerman is a certified Bonnie Prudden Myotherapist (trigger point therapy) therapist, fibromyalgia educator and First Line Therapy educator (helping people to prevent and reverse illness with food plans and supplementation). eastwestpainsolutions.com or 623-251-7547.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 30, Number 1, Feb/Mar 2011.

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