How to Manage your Fibromyalgia

“You know Jane” said Finty, “I woke up this morning exhausted, and Charles had the biggest smile on his face and was puffed up like a strutting turkey”

Jane had to bite her lip to stop from bursting into uncontrollable laughter. “Why was he so happy”?

“Because he really thought the cause of my exhaustion was his five-minute love making from the night before, I almost told him it was my fibromyalgia, but bless him I couldn’t bear to see him deflated”

“Good for you darling, you did the right thing, and just for that you deserve a glass of prosecco”.

Last month I talked about Fibromyalgia and what we know about this condition.

However, if you are a Fibromyalgia sufferer, what you really want to know is what you can do to minimise your symptoms.

There are three approaches to Fibromyalgia treatment.  These are:

  • Chemical – meaning with the aid of pharmaceutical drugs or supplements.
  • Emotional – through counselling
  • Physical treatment

You might want to explore all three.  As a natural therapist, though, I will focus on my strengths and my knowledge base, so though many people benefit from medication, I suggest that you talk to your Doctor about these.

Emotional

I have found that all fibromyalgia sufferers often get despondent, because of the pain and fatigue.

Therefore, I suggest counselling to find coping mechanisms, sometimes admitting that you can’t cope is a start to finding ways to cope.

Not all my patients need counselling, as some people have a natural ability to put in place boundaries. I had an Aunt who had chronic fatigue syndrome, and we knew that she always had a sleep between three and four, so we never called her then.

This is a good example of a boundary and a coping mechanism. Sometimes saying no is much harder than saying yes.

The beauty of therapy is it can work through any blocks you may have to putting these boundaries in place and help support you to understand your emotional and physical needs in a much healthier way.

The BACP can be an excellent starting point to finding a licensed, experienced practioner in your area.

Physical

Though we know Fibromyalgia shows very real physical signs and symptoms, we still do not know what causes it.

However, there is a growing body of thought that inflammation may contribute to a great deal of the problems.

With inflammation, we get restriction in the blood flow and deprivation of oxygen. When investigating, and researching treatments, my analytical mind realised that the devil is in the detail.

What I believe is not only a possible contributor to the fatigue associated with fibromyalgia but also what I believe is the cause of many modern problems like allergies and irritable bowel syndrome.

This is the gastrointestinal tract, otherwise known as the gut.

Your gut is vital for the absorption of nutrients and even the formation of digestive enzymes and vitamins.

It never ceases to surprise me that we often know more about the inside of a car or the latest fashion trend, than we do about our own bodies until of course, it goes wrong.

Think of your gut as a long tube lined with sponges, and just like a sponge it is very absorbent.

If you keep pouring dirty water through this tube, in time it will get blocked up with dirt, this, in turn will affect its ability to function. Your gut is designed like the sponge, to be permeable to certain nutrients, but when we bombard it with poor nutrition and a lack of hydration, we develop a syndrome called leaky gut – our sponges are too full.

This means that bacterial toxins, germs and undigested food particles can pass through the gut wall into your blood stream.

This then fires up your immune system to react by causing inflammation, not only in your gut lining but your body.

Until we find a cure for fibromyalgia, we need to look at measures to lessen the symptoms.

I therefore believe that starting with a protocol to deal with inflammation is as good a place as any to begin. This has been successful with my fibromyalgia patients.

Based on this I give my patients who have fibromyalgia the following supplements, which help to increase oxygen and boost energy.

This, in combination with my fibromyalgia protocol, has helped to make a marked difference.

  •  Iron,
  • Ginger,
  • Vitamin E,
  • Turmeric,
  • CoQ10,
  • Electrolytes

One of the greatest thinkers in history was called Hippocrates, and he is famously quoted as saying:

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”

I could not agree with this more, so based on this I always look to Mother Nature first for help in the form of food. My recommendation is to increase food that contains the above list. I have given below just one food from each on the list, but there are  more.

My recommendation is to increase food that contains the above list. I have given below just one food from each on the list, but there are  more.

Iron-Meat and spinach

Ginger root as a hot tea

Vitamin E-Wheat germ

Turmeric-A spine often used in curry

CoQ10-Sardines

Electrolytes-This is a combination of many foods as electrolytes will not be found in just one food group.

Therefore, it’s often a case of supplementation.

Foods such as banana for potassium and tomatoes for chloride though are a step in the right direction.

I appreciate that fibromyalgia is a vast topic to cover in just a few paragraphs, so please feel free to contact me for more information on my protocol.

In the meantime, start by eating as clean as you can with plenty of vegetables and lots of water, and learn to say “NO” to food that you may consider a ‘treat’ but your body certainly does not.

Read more from Jean Luc at http://jeanluclafitte.com/

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