There is nothing in the world that makes me happier than connecting with people who are winning the battle over Fibromyalgia. Here at But You Look So Healthy, we look for those people, so you can discern and learn from them so you can get better too!
Today we talk to Laura from Ohio about her Fibromyalgia journey and how she stays healthy after living in pain for years.
BYLSH: How long have you had Fibromyalgia?
LAURA: I believe I have had Fibromyalgia for at least 35 years. I wasn’t diagnosed until November 26, 2012. For years I thought my pain was arthritis. My life was so busy then I ignored my pain until I could no longer.
BYLSH: What were your first symptoms?
LAURA: My very first symptoms were isolated pain.
BYLSH: What do you think triggered your fibromyalgia?
LAURA: After a lot of research, I believe what triggered my Fibromyalgia was the culmination of traumas, tragedies and stress throughout my life.
BYLSH: How long did it take for you to get diagnosed?
LAURA: It took me many years before I would find a Doctor that would finally diagnose my cause of all over body pain.
BYLSH: What kind of doctor diagnosed you?
LAURA: It was my new General Practitioner that diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia. It was after the reports from blood work for my thyroid and Vitamin D both of which needed to be addressed. I still had pain and fatigue, so she performed an exam of my tender points located on both sides of my body. After the exam she said I had 15 out of 15. She explained she suspected Fibromyalgia and wanted to refer me to a Rheumatologist for confirmation. Of course, I got the confirmation from the Rheumatologist.
BYLSH: What was your rock bottom, when you decided you needed to change in order to heal?
LAURA: I had been experiencing pain deep into my bones with relentless fatigue when I decided I had to find out why and went to my Doctor.
BYLSH: What changes did you make in your life to feel better?
LAURA: I found myself after a year of my diagnosis and taking the maximum dosage I could take of my prescribed medication; I still had no relief from the Fibromyalgia pain. That was the deciding point that there had to be a better way for me to live my life. I was determined to find it. I started researching inflammation and pain. I found that a lot of foods I was eating were causing me pain. When I eliminated them I started to feel better. I was weaning myself off my meds at this point. I added antioxidants and Supplements and most importantly probiotics. I had researched immune health and found that taking care of the gut was key to getting better. I was decreasing my inflammation and pain and doing it without medication. I was unaware that a lot of my Fibromyalgia symptoms were being caused from the medication I was taking.
BYLSH: Looking back in time is there anything you would have done not to get fibro?
LAURA: I believe the root causes of my Fibromyalgia were not anything I could control. Simply put the stress of the traumas I suffered caused my Fibromyalgia.
BYLSH: What do you want other people with Fibro to know to do in order to go into remission?
LAURA: It was a need for something better than the suffering from Fibromyalgia and taking medication that didn’t work to relieve my pain. It was sheer determination to feel better and live a life not controlled by Fibromyalgia. There is a better way to live your life and put your pain in remission. You have to decide you want it bad enough.
There are many people that have accomplished pain remission. I have personally spoken with some of them. We have one thing in common and that is we took that first step with a positive attitude and determination to accomplish our goal. We did and you can too. I just did the research all the answers are there. It’s up to each individual to decide if it’s worth trying or not.
BYLSH: For you, what is the number one thing to stay in remission, AKA, your secret sauce or holy grail? It’s the number one thing to stay in remission?
LAURA: I keep my Fibromyalgia pain in remission by keeping my stress level down. For me to continue my remission is a combination of things, it’s my stress level (my mental, emotional and physical health) and with my diet and supplements.