I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia two years ago. This took me almost two years to achieve that level, which means I have dealt with this disorder for a total of four years.
I know that many people see their illness as a blessing, and make it a positive one. I just don’t. I am not one of those guys.
I wish I had not been Diagnosed with ibromyalgia
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve learned so much and because of everything that happened to me, I have grown a lot as a person. I’m postive, I’m satisfied and I’m doing the best I can about everything.
But the truth is that fibromyalgia is a terrible condition and I wish I had it not. I don’t think anybody should consider differently.
Having said that, in the cards you are being dealt you have no choice and I had to learn to adapt to a new way of life. Over the years , I have learned a lot about dealing with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia as much as possible.
My Attitude towards my Fibromyalgia diagnosis
The way I see it is that you have two choices: wallow in your pain or do whatever you can to survive as best as you can amid the chronic illness obstacles.
I’ve dabbled a little in the former but I’m certainly the sort of person the latter is. I guess you might tell that I’m tenacious; I don’t give up very easily.
It took me a lot of experimentation and trying different things to realize what is working for me, and what is not. Of course, all of this takes time and it’s an ongoing learning process – I still feel there’s a part of my Fibromyalgia puzzle that’s just not quite right yet.
But there are a few things that took me a while to find out I wish I had learned right from the beginning. I thought it would be useful to share these in the hope that they could be of help to someone who is there.
Please include your thoughts in your comments too. Let’s make this article a wonderful tool for people recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia and for those who believe they’ve lost their way in treating their fibromyalgia a little bit.
1. Diet changes Can help fibromyalgia, just experiment with it and stick with it
Diet is always something people wary of changing. I know it was me! I guess there was some frustration for me because I love eating and because of Fibromyalgia I didn’t want to change much else – it had always taken too much from me.
There was still some opposition as there were uneducated people out there who pointed to it as a solution. “Modify your diet and you’ll be as healthy as day.”
Ok, I’m sure you know that’s not the case.
But here’s the kicker – food can cause discomfort. Changing your diet can help you feel a great deal better.
Everyone is special and it is possible that what works for one would need to adapt to another. Because again, it’s not a matter overnight.
This is a matter of trial and error as WIth Fibromyalgia is treated
At one point I tried diet modifications for a month, and they weren’t successful. Admittedly, this was mainly because I wasn’t fully invested in it and I sneaked into a few things I wasn’t supposed to have eaten throughout the month (what harm that could do, right? … False!).
This wasn’t until I gave this 100 per cent that I understood the benefits and stayed with it for about 3 months.
I’ve written on this subject before at a time when I feel very excited about it and I was genuinely shocked at the change in my pain rates.
I think you need to approach something with a healthy mindset and you shouldn’t feel like you can’t eat some foods.
This is not about diet or restriction
It is not about discipline. It’s more about learning to appreciate which foods are helping to nourish and heal your body, and which foods are causing pain.
Because of that, you automatically start making smarter decisions.
When the body grows better, the odd reward can be great, but if you’re like me, you ‘re not all that mad about it because you’re enjoying the difference and there’s no food worth it.
It boggles my mind to think I was eating certain foods every day and I didn’t have any idea how much they made my condition worse.
It wasn’t until I took a good while to eliminate them from my system that I realized this. I feel tired, zapped with energy and can feel my discomfort rising as I eat those foods now.
2. Stretching and gentle exercise for your FIBROMYALGIA will be one of the best things you can do
Today I can bend without feeling a lot of discomfort. This is amazing freaking, and I can’t even tell you how shocked I am about it.
Rewind to January and I could not lean down at all; I was unable to even tie my own shoelaces as I sat down and was exhausted so.
One of the best things I’ve ever done about myself was incorporating stretching into my everyday life. It’s not elaborate, and I don’t spend ages doing it, but what a difference it made to my pain improvement and stiffness.
Yet I realized that I needed to do so so I began shifting all in my house and then building up slowly.
Fatigue still limits me and I can’t do the nearest thing I want anywhere. Even still, I can still suffer failures keeping me in bed for a day or a few days.
But even so, I know I need to move again in order to really start feeling better – for me it’s a delicate balance between rest and movement.
The points to keep in mind are: never force yourself past what your gut tells you ‘re all right for you, keep it soft and gradually build up. At the beginning it can be difficult but it will never lead you to be in pain.
If that is the case, then you do too much. Bear in mind that workout encompasses everything you do in a day, it’s not about what others would consider as workout.
3. Don’t work through the fatigue & FIBROMYALGIA PAIN
Yeah, how I wish I ‘d listened. I pressed and pressed until my body collapsed fully, and now I’m nowhere even as physically fit as I was, and I don’t know if I’m ever going to get back to that point.
Check the body.
I can’t say how critical this is. If it yells at you – i.e. you ‘re continuously in excruciating agony, you’ve gone beyond the point of fatigue because you know you ‘re not dealing with it – you ‘re doing so much. It’s Living with reduced pain is possible but it is not easy.
What it boils down to is making the best decisions for you and it is often the total reverse of what you actually want to do.
To me, I put my desire to work before my health and because of that decision, to be blunt, I essentially broke my body. Nie again. That conveniently leads me into …
4. Do not postpone tough decisions when YOu is diagnosed with fibromyalgia – they ‘re worth it
I ignored my feelings for the year after I was diagnosed, and did not care. I made those poor choices.
I prioritized research and practically everything else fell apart around me – I worked and couldn’t do anything more – until it hit the point that my body couldn’t keep working.
I wish I hadn’t had my head stuck in the desert. I wish I had been bold enough to say I struggled and I wish I had taken the decision to calm down. Hindsight is an impressive aspect. At the moment, I just hoped that maybe things would get easier if I kept driving.