Dealing with Fibromyalgia!

Imagine waking up each morning and walking around like you got no sleep at all - day after day, month after month, year after year! I obviously never felt like a million bucks. I took down several pictures from my social media because I was told I looked tired and sleepy (especially in the picture below).


As a Health Coach, when I realized what I had been going through for years was Fibromyalgia, I didn't know whether to be happy that I finally had a diagnosis or be upset because I didn't realize all this while that I was so sick.

It took me a few hours to realize I had NOT failed myself. I was human, and I could have issues that needed to be dealt with

Welcome to the world of Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and Brain Fog!

What do these terms even mean?

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue: Chronic and widespread muscle pain and tension for extended periods of time. I got so tired of these pains and was prescribed muscle relaxants for years. The pain got so bad that I couldn’t even sleep on my back. My head hurt all the time because my neck was so tensed. They called it Myofascial Spasms. Needless to say I was always tired. Various other joints hurt-my knees, my leg muscles, arms, wrists.

Brain Fog: Imagine having cotton wool stuck around your brain. You don’t think very well and lack mental clarity most of the time. Doing anything is an ordeal. I felt tired even after 8 hours of sleep (If I got that with body aches).

Medical Science Answers

When you live like this for 6 years, it becomes a way of life-not a sickness. Medical science’s symptomatic bandages didn’t help very much - muscle relaxants and painkillers. Flare ups meant increasing the dose, which meant I was practically dysfunctional to drive, pay attention to work, kids or anything at all. I wanted an answer!

I was told to stretch and exercise to loosen my muscles-well guess what? My back was so inflamed that I couldn’t even sleep on it! It wouldn’t stretch. Why was it so hard to understand? Was I the only one facing it in the world?

Taking Charge

Series of doctors, alternative practitioners later, I finally asked what I should have asked years ago-"If I am on so many medications right now, what will happen when I am 55 or 65 or 75" (if I ever made it that far)? The doctor looked at me and said, "we can adjust the dosage".

It was then that I refused to take medications and started my own journey to find answers. The information was all out there! But only if google could cure me too! I

Medical answers aside, I just needed to listen to my body and go easy on myself, and give my body a chance to heal!

(A picture of how my skin shows how my body feels right now-much more healed and settled)

Journey to heal

After various alternate therapy diagnoses, I narrowed down to a line of treatment that involved acupuncture, functional medicine and cupping

Gut Healing

Gut Health and Fibromyalgia are closely linked (Read Here Read some facts from source here:

  • A study in 2008 found a relationship between alterations of the intestinal microbiota (i.e. “gut flora”) and fibromyalgia. (5)
  • Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found that 100% (42/42) of fibromyalgia patients they studied had small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). This is astounding. (6)
  • A study of 40 patients with fibromyalgia, 28 (70%) had intestinal permeability (i.e. leaky gut). Importantly, 12 of the 28 patients with leaky gut had no gut symptoms. I believe this is one reason the gut is often overlooked as a potential underlying cause of fibromyalgia. (7)

My course of Action

  • Avoiding ALL medications unless absolutely needed.
  • I increased my bone broth intake
  • Increased my Probiotic in Kombucha, fermented foods and supplements forms.
  • Avoiding all forms of sugar, gluten and grains for a while. Increased vegetable intake along with seeds, nuts, fruits for a while
  • I added some supplements under the supervision of a functional medicine specialist
  • Getting extra hours of sleep to help my body heal
  • Getting outdoors-even if it’s for a walk around the neighborhood.

I am going to keep updating my blog and hopefully do a video soon. For now, just know, the answers are all out there. You CAN feel better. It is NOT  in your head. Your problems are real and so should be the treatment.

I still have flare ups, but they just remind me how much better I have been. The road is long but I am on the path to heal!


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