According to AARDA (American Autoimmune Related Disease Association):
“Approximately 50 million Americans, 20 percent of the population or one in five people, suffer from autoimmune diseases.
Women are more likely than men to be affected; some estimates say that 75 percent of those affected – some 30 million people – are women.”
Some of the most common symptoms of this condition include muscle weakness, insomnia, fatigue, migraines, fatigue intolerances, depression, pain on a daily basis, and inflammation.
“My experience with fibromyalgia began with a very traumatic childbirth incident almost 30 years ago. At the time many doctors believed fibromyalgia was just a combination of other issues or “all in your head.” Finally, a rheumatologist was able to diagnose the cause of my constant all-over pain and extreme fatigue. The diagnosis of fibromyalgia was a relief, but then the journey to find solutions began.
As a young mother at the time, each day was a difficult challenge. Without the support and understanding of my husband, I would not have been able to cope. Fibromyalgia often comes with co-existing problems. Severe depression and joint problems accompanied mine.
Some things that have helped me over the years: Effective treatment for depression managed by a reputable doctor; extra rest – each person with fibromyalgia must learn to recognize their own breaking point and STOP even if others might judge them as weak or lazy; gentle stretching daily, especially in the morning when fibromyalgia pain and stiffness can be the worst; heat in the form of a warm shower or bath, moist heat packs or a heating pad; teaching my children to become more independent and capable of taking care of their basic needs (e.g. my children started doing their own laundry at age 8); very gentle massage either by a partner or professional; and maintaining a healthy weight with a diet of natural, raw, organic and affordable foods where possible – this included avoiding white sugar, white flour, and dairy products for me.
13 Ways To Naturally Control Pain And Fatigue
Turmeric is a potent antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and pain-relieving agent. It has been scientifically shown that not only relieves pain in an all natural way, but it also works better than Prozac. It is greatly juiced or taken in powdered form in smoothies and juices.
Fenugreek seeds have been widely used for their cleansing and healing properties. It has been referred to as “warm” remedy and valued for its ability to treat joint pain. Soak the seeds overnight and munch on them during the day.
Ghee is packed with healthy fats which are essential for protecting the joints, skin, nails, and hair as well as optimizing the immune system function. It works as an anti-inflammatory agent and it helps with swelling and pain.
Dandelion green are rich in various nutrients, particularly protein. It has been scientifically shown that these little weeds are great for fatigue and increasing energy levels.
Many people are sensitive to electromagnetic frequencies, which makes them prone to chronic pain. Some of the ways to protect yourself from EMF include getting rid of cordless varieties, using speakerphone as much as possible when talking on the cell phone, and putting cell phones away from the bedroom.
Low impact exercises like biking, walking, stretching, and swimming is extremely beneficial for relieving the symptoms of chronic conditions like fibromyalgia.
When combined with exercise, massage therapy helps reduce pain in people with fibromyalgia.
Multiple studies have shown that gluten is directly linked with a fibromyalgia diagnosis, leading to gastrointestinal symptoms like SIBO, IBS, reflux, and celiac disease.
Many people with fibromyalgia have low energy which makes them turn to sugar for an energy boost. Headaches and migraines are very common for these people too.
“Sugar aggravates low blood sugar and adrenal problems, yeast (Candida) overgrowth, and nutritional deficiencies that worsen fibromyalgia,” Dr. Teitelbaum M.D. says.
Sugar cravings are often caused by yeast, which is another common problem for those with fibromyalgia. Probiotics are great for healing and balancing the gut, which in turn brings relief from gastrointestinal issues.
According to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, acupuncture relieves anxiety and fatigue in fibromyalgia for up to seven months after treatment.
This healing method aids the body release pain, toxic thinking, and negative emotions.
Many people with fibromyalgia are deficient in nutrients like magnesium and vitamin D, meaning that supplementation helps relieve many of the symptoms.
Juice Recipe For Fibromyalgia
You will need:
- 1 green apple
- 4 collard green leaves
- 2 limes
- 1 bunch alfalfa sprouts
- ½ head purple cabbage
- ¼ jalapeno pepper (de-seed for less heat)
- 1 cucumber
- 4 stalks celery
Simply run all the ingredients through a juicer!