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Fibromyalgia Misunderstood

“Fibromyalgia is real. It’s not in your head; you’re not going crazy.”

For those of you who have been diagnosed with this ailment, you may feel “my life is over.” One thing I have experienced with the Fibro clients I train, as soon as they leave the doctor’s office, they will surf the net, researching all the medical websites on this ailment. Soon after, a bit of psychosomatic thinking goes into affect, where people think they have all the symptoms, and then the fear sets in. They don’t want to workout, they don’t want to eat, they don’t want to do
anything.

“Let’s clear up a few things…….”

Many of you will read about reviews, pros and cons, medications and treatments that work or don’t work, even cure-all’s from the proverbial snake oil salesman selling the “magic juice” or “pill” that will eradicate all your symptoms. Just remember, “What works for one person may not work for another.”

I recommend sticking with a simple plan of action. I never overstep the boundaries with any doctors diagnosis or proposed treatment. I always say, ”If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” so if your treatment is working, stick with it. If not, then communicate with your doctor and work with them to find another solution. If your doctor chooses not to utilize another solution,then it’s time to take your health into your hands, and get a second or third opinion. Always bring your questions and current lab test results with you.

Find a doctor who will think outside the box from standard treatments  .I am a personal trainer and nutritionist,and, like most, also live with ailments, (Hashimotos Hypothyroidism,
Multinodular goiter, Arthritis) But because I live healthy, my symptoms are not as severe as most, and I do not require as much medication. By looking at me, you would assume I‘m the picture of
health.   I’m proud to acknowledge that I’m 44, and in the best shape of my life; physically, mentally and spiritually.

For those of you living with Fibromyalgia, couple of recommendations will work well with your current medical treatment, so you can become active again. (Always get doctor approval before
beginning any type of exercise or nutrition program.)

1. Nutrition-By Cleaning up your diet you can reduce and/or eliminate some or most of your symptoms, and possibly get away from taking some of your medications. You will increase your energy, mental focus, strength and overall wellbeing. Yes, sounds simple…well it is!! It’s as easy as decreasing or preferably eliminating fatty foods, processed foods, dairy (yes, dairy) salt, sweets, some soy products carbonated beverages, caffeine, sweeteners.  and, increasing
healthier whole foods – vegetables, healthy lean meats, healthier complex carbs (quinoa, rice, etc.) and more importantly, drinking your water!!

2. Light Exercise or Therapeutic Stretching.     Some form of exercise or stretching, which will promote  “healthy circulation” which in turn will increase recovery from your ailments or injuries,
decrease those aches and pains, improve digestion, balance, coordination and your overall well-being. Heard of “Endorphins?  In laymen’s terms, these are happy chemicals that are released when we exercise to give you that “feel good” feeling. “Why do you think I exercise daily?”..I feel like a million bucks after my workouts!!”

3. Decrease your Stress – Make your physical and mental health a priority. Leave work at work, Your home should be a place where you relax and spend quality time with your loved ones. If you work at home, leave the room where you do most of your work, close the door, turn off the laptop, turn off the cell, and relax.

4. Declutter your life – Get rid of clutter in your house. By creating a more organized atmosphere, you create a focused and relaxing environment.  . Remember Fibromyalgia is not the end of the world.  Always think positive, knowing that you can take control of this ailment…you can achieve a better quality of life.

Fibromyalgia,  Up until  a few years ago, was one of those misdiagnosed ailments,  so misunderstood most medical professionals made the assumption it was a form of anxiety, depression or another type of mental disorder. Anti-depressants and pain medications were quickly prescribed because most doctors were not knowledgable about this ailment. But
fortunately, great strides have been made in developing more accurate research and tests to ensure a right diagnosis is made along with prescribing the right type of medications.

For those of you who are not familiar with this ailment, Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, causing pain, stiffness, and tenderness of the muscles, tendons, and joints. It is characterized by restless sleep; awakening feeling tired, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, and disturbances in bowel function. Fibromyalgia was formerly known as fibrositis because these symptoms parallel so many other types of ailments It’s still difficult to diagnose and its cause is still unknown.


This article was provided by WellFIT Personal Training Group
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