I developed fibromyalgia as a result of sleep deprivation from having sleep apnea for over 30 years, along with a personal trauma.
I had pain everywhere and didn't know why and sometimes it was difficult to explain what the pain was like and where it was because my entire body hurt. I couldn't cope with bright lights, I was exhausted all the time and I felt like a nervous wreck.
Fibro is in the arthritis family although it is not arthritis but can resemble symptoms of arthritis. It does not make the joints swell or deformed. It is a condition of chronic widespread pain and fatigue.
Fibro = Fibrous tissues, tendons and ligaments
My = Muscle
Algia = Pain
It can affect anyone of any age and can be mild to incapacitating. The pain can move around the body so there isn't always pain in the same part of the body, although the pain can be from head to toe on a bad day.
The many different symptoms associated with fibro will also come and go at varying degrees.
Pain messages to the brain are amplified, making sufferers more sensitive to pain.
Genetic: Increased risk of developing fibromyalgia if there is a history of the disease in the family.
Infections: Any kind of viral or bacterial infections can trigger fibromyalgia.
Stress: Stressful events, either physical (accidents) or mental (post traumatic stress disorder) can cause fibromyalgia.
Chronic diseases: Auto-immune diseases like systemic lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis can lead to fibromyalgia.
Chemical factors: Imbalances or disturbances in certain brain chemicals called neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin are found to be associated with fibromyalgia.
I find that when I'm stressed the fibromyalgia gets worse. I have tried various painkillers but nothing has worked so I gave up on medical drugs.
While I was searching for alternative and natural treatments, I found a crazy Italian guy on YouTube who had fibro who was ranting about the effectiveness of juicing to get rid of the fibro pain. He had suffered from fibro pain for years and was just about at the end of his tether until he found juicing.
I wasn't new to juicing, I already had a juicer so decided to start juicing to see if it would get rid of the pain.
I juiced for two days, no other foods just juice, four of them each day and to my amazement the fibro pain went. The relief from the pain was wonderful. This only works as a temporary measure, it does not get rid of fibro completely. But it is a blessing when you are riddled in pain, knowing that you can juice and the pain will go.
This is how I manage the fibro. We should all try to live stress free lives but its impossible to avoid stress completely, so when I get stressed and get the fibro pain I turn straight to the juicer as I know that usually the next day I am pain free.
But when I am having a fibro flare up, it takes about 4 days of pure juicing, daily Reiki treatments and tapping several times a day, for everything to subside and start feeling 'normal' again.
Your Healing Level
Everyone with fibro will have different degrees of pain and symptoms so juicing will work in varying degrees also. For some people it may only take a day or two for juicing to work, others it may take a week of juicing. So its important to know that you have to experiment with juicing, to find your healing level, how many days it takes for you.
If I know I have a stressful situation on the horizon I start juicing to avoid the pain. I'm currently at University doing a degree and when it comes to assignment deadlines I get very stressed, but I also try to manage the stress a little better by preparing my assignments well in advance of the deadlines, so I'm not putting myself under so much unnecessary stress.
Put all the fruit and vegetables, except the banana and avocado, through the juicer. Pour the juice into a blender with the banana and avocado and blend for a minute. You can put ice cubes in the mixture to give a beautiful cool drink. This makes enough for 4 juices for the day.
There are so many juicing recipes available on line. Experimenting with your own recipes can be fun and also researching the nutritional value of foods to use when making your own juices.
For example ginger is a natural anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic, helps with travel sickness, helps to stop blood clots and lower cholesterol. It contains copper, potassium, sodium, iron, calcium, zinc, phosphorus and magnesium.
I usually make my juices in the morning and then I store my juices in the fridge until I'm ready to drink them throughout the day. Don't leave them for more than 24 hours though. The juices can also be made and put in the freezer. This is something I do for emergencies as you never know when the pain is going to strike.
I have tried to give you as much information as I can about how I cope with fibromyalgia so that it might help you. But if you have any queries or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me and I will try to answer any questions you may have.
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