Fibromyalgia - I had to help myself!
Updated: Sep 14, 2017
The doctors couldn’t help me, so I had to help myself. It took four years for me to begin the process. This is a picture of our children, Zach and Callie at ages 2 and 4 when it all began. I was so happy to become the stay-at-home mom that I had longed to be and when we moved to PA in late 1997, my dream came true! I loved being at home with them. We had just moved into a beautiful home in Butler, PA and I decided to plant lots of flowers in the yard. This required lots of mulch too. I got one or two truckloads of mulch, I can’t remember how much, since it’s been twenty years ago. Lol!! Anyway, it was a lot and I shoveled it all from the truck in the wheelbarrows to the different places in the yard.
The next morning I woke up in so much pain! The pain radiated from my hands, up past my elbows. I tried the over the counter pain medicines and nothing worked. Days went by and I decided to go to the doctor to see what in the world was going on, because I couldn’t lift my children…and do you know how much a 2 year old wants to be held? I was finally home and could be the one who gets to hold them all the time, but physically I couldn’t. It was terrible and I needed to figure this thing out.
The doctor said I had tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome. I thought this was comical on a couple of different levels. I’ve never played much tennis because I suck at it AND I thought carpal tunnel syndrome was for people who worked at a desk all day, something I didn’t do anymore. The doctor suggested surgery for carpal tunnel, and I said I’d think about it (I had already decided that was NOT what my problem was and I was NOT going to have surgery)
Many doctors over the course of the next four years tried to figure out what my problem was and how to fix it. It had gone from just the arm thing to my hips and legs. After lots of physical therapy (which felt great during the sessions) where I saw no improvement, the doctor sent me for hip x-rays. He told me he thought I might have bone cancer. I was terrified, because I knew a pediatrician who just died from bone cancer within six months of finding out he had it. No bone cancer, still tons of pain.
Are you bored reading this, because I’m a little bored going through all of it? It was tedious. I was young and I allowed a bunch of doctors (who couldn’t figure out why I was in so much pain) make me feel like I was crazy and just making up the symptoms. Later, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and given several drugs that didn’t work.
The answer was my diet!!! When I started eating a (mainly) plant based diet and taking nutrition supplements that I finally got better. All symptoms went away and guess what?!?!? IF I EAT PROCESSED FOODS THE SYMPTOMS COME BACK! Yep! All the pain and inflammation returns if I eat fast food.
I eat mainly alkaline foods, so I’m not feeding the acid/inflammation. If you would like a list of acid/alkaline foods, please message me and I will gladly send it to you!