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How I Control Fybromyalgia

March 31, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 122

My name is Brian Carter and my wife Judith has Fibromyalgia. I don't pretend to be an expert on Fibromyalgia but this is a story on our journey to find relief for Judith to improve her quality of life. While I am writing this article in the hope that it may help others with Fibromyalgia, it is by no means meant to be taken as expert advice. This is only what we have found that works for Judith through trial and error.

Fibromyalgia symptoms include chronic pain in the muscles, fatigue, painful tender points or trigger points, poor quality of sleep, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, anxiety, depression, restless legs syndrome, numbness in the hands and feet, poor concentration, poor memory, heightened sensitivity to odours, noises, bright lights and touch and sensitivity to heat and/or cold.

In fact Judith describes it as if she "has been hit by a bus"

Other symptoms Judith experiences are a prickly heat sensation in the arms and her back. Plus extremely tender soles and cramping of her feet. She also gets cramping around the ankles and tightness in the back of her head.

What triggered her fibromyalgia we are not sure but she did have an accident about 30 years ago when she fell off the back of a truck and hurt her back. A major trauma seems to be a common factor in people with the condition. Another possibility is it could be genetic as her Grandmother had similar symptoms to Judy but fibromyalgia was unknown back then.

While there is no cure for fibromyalgia as yet it can be controlled with either medication or natural methods. Judith chose to take the natural way.

So what is Judy doing to help control the pain? It would be great if sufferers could just take a pill to fix their fibromyalgia but I'm afraid there is no wonder pill out there. Instead a balanced approach is what is important. Judy refused to take medication as the possible long term side effects did not outweigh the benefits of the medication.

Judy is doing or taking several things to try and control her fibromyalgia.........and is having good success with what she is doing.

It is a combination of natural dietary supplements, light exercise, relaxation and diet.

Natural Dietary Supplements:

Magnesium: A muscle relaxant it is taken twice daily. It is taken in powder form mixed with water. The formulation is made up of Magnesium Chelate, Group B Vitamins, Selenium, Folic Acid, Chromium, and Taurine, Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) plus a few more ingredients. This has greatly reduced her pain.

MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane): taken in powder form MSM is a nutritional from of sulfur. It is found in every cell of every animal and plant. About half of all body sulfur is concentrated in the muscles. It is useful for relieving inflammation in joints that are associated with muscle pain, fatigue and back pain. MSM relieves pain by helping to equalise cell pressure.

MSM may also aid digestion, circulation, plus many other benefits. MSM also helps to increase energy levels.Virgin Coconut Oil: is a natural antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal food. Plus it is great for your hair and skin!!!

Magnesium Oil: use magnesium chloride flakes dissolved in water to make a spray which is sprayed all over the body morning and night (and when necessary) so that it absorbed through the skin. If I am feeling extra sore or after strenuous activity (like gardening all day) I will have a bath to hopefully avoid the pain or reduce it. Magnesium Oil Spray is great for bruising, sore muscles and general aches and pains.

Exercise: people who suffer from Fibromyalgia should be cautious about the amount of exercise they do and do only what their body will let them do. Judy uses a Nintendo Wii to do her exercises and it is working very well. She can tailor exercises to suit her needs and can do it in the privacy of her own home. She can do yoga, muscle toning, and many more. You can do as little or as much as you are able.

Diet: Diet is a case of working out what aggravates your condition and what doesn't. In Judith's case it's more about eating light meals, more than certain types of foods, just a case of eating a sensible balanced diet. Stay away from refined foods where ever possible, we don't use salt in cooking or on our foods, limit sugar intake, no fast food take away meals at all. If we do have to have takeaway meals it is usually something like a Subway meal which is reasonably healthy. Judith hardly ever has bread and definitely no nuts in her diet. Most of the meals we have are homemade and not processed at all.

It is more a common sense diet rather than a strict regime.

Other things that help are heat packs especially at bed time and we are considering a water bed which is heated. She has one had before and used to wake more refreshed and with reduced or sometimes no pain. It is like having as heat pack on her body all night long.

Stress reduction is a big one for Judith. Stress seems to be a major trigger point for her fibromyalgia. Relaxation music, meditation all helps but this an area we are exploring more.

Well that is what is working for Judith, it's not perfect and we are still searching but at this stage her pain is manageable.

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