Fibromyalgia Remission Story, Trisha from Ohio

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 Trisha from Ohio about her Fibromyalgia journey and how she stays healthy after living in pain for years.

BYLSH: How long have you had Fibromyalgia

TRISHA: I have officially been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia for about a year, but it's honestly quite possible that I have had this since at least 2015.

BYLSH: What were your first symptoms?

TRISHA: It's difficult to say for sure. I also have Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism. I know that I have had trigger point inflammation and tenderness for years. I was exhausted and my headaches were debilitating.

BYLSH: What do you think triggered your fibromyalgia?

TRISHA: I honestly think it was a culmination of many unresolved traumas which were triggered when my whole world flipped upside down. I was adopted at 4 by my “step dad” and he raised me and I was led to believe that my biological dad was deceased and he didn't want me anyway. In 2017, everything came crashing down: custody battle, my husband lost his job, my “dad’ passed away, my oldest daughter was rebelling hard, and we almost lost our home. My youngest was undergoing testing to get to the bottom of issues at school and in the process of looking for biological family to help with medical history I discover my biological dad is alive and well. It was a heck of a year and by Christmas I was having more bad days than good.

BYLSH: How long did it take for you to get diagnosed?

TRISHA: It took about 18 months. I am fortunate because with family history of Fibro and autoimmune disorders my doctors were more open to listening. One just kept pushing it off as symptoms of the Hashimoto’s. I switched to a new doctor and she listened and gave me referrals after one visit with me; reduced to tears explaining how I feel.

BYLSH: What kind of doctor diagnosed you?

TRISHA: My PCP referred me to a rheumatologist. He diagnosed me after two visits and referred me to a physical/functional medicine doctor who honestly likes to give pills...I am switching doctors.

BYLSH: What was your rock bottom, when you decided you needed to change in order to heal?

TRISHA: The rock bottom was really no one thing. I honestly was just trying different things to make myself feel better. CBD helped, but not enough for me to be able to exercise. I knew I needed to lose weight and I think watching my mom who is 59 years old walk with a walker and who is in pain constantly, I just couldn’t be like that. I didn’t want this thing to completely destroy my life.

BYLSH: What changes did you make in your life to feel better?

TRISHA: I started eating better. I used Herbalife. The plan cuts gluten and processed sugar from your diet. It drastically reduces your natural sugar intake...my daily total for fruit is 1 cup a day. It focuses on high protein GOOD carbs and healthy fats it also utilizes pre and probiotics to help heal your gut. I drink 6 oz. of aloe juice a day to help with inflammation and I take a probiotic. I also drink half my body weight in ounces of water daily....8 oz. more for every 4 oz. of caffeine I have.

I stopped eating NSAIDs like candy. They were tearing up my stomach and didn’t work. I started doing yoga and forcing myself off the couch and outside. I started therapy and really dug down deep into my past issues. I also read the book The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. It's part of the Herbalife program that you look inside and change your mindset because your mental health greatly impacts your physical health

I was also tested for adult ADHD and I am currently on meds for that.

BYLSH: Looking back in time is there anything you would have done not to get fibro?

TRISHA: I don’t know that there was anything I could have done. It is in a lot of ways a genetic predisposition. Some of the factors were there and untreated as a child. I have researched a lot on the connection between ADHD, PTSD and Fibro. I do know that if I had eaten better and paid more attention to being physically active and fit, I wouldn’t have gotten so bad.

BYLSH: What do you want other people with Fibro to know to do in order to go into remission?

TRISHA: You need to remove any and all things that could be an inflammation trigger, i.e. gluten, sugar and dairy. You should move for at least an extra 30 minutes a day; meaning take a walk. Even walking laps around the house on top of your daily routine will help. HEAL your gut; if our body can't properly digest our food, we won't get the nutrients we need. HYDRATE, you have to drink water! Your body needs it. It’s a natural detoxifier and lubricator, at least half your body weight in ounces daily. I weigh 190 and I drink 10 glasses a day, sometimes 12 if I have anything with caffeine in it. THERAPY, it's good to look at your thought patterns and work through your traumas so your body can heal from them.

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?

TRISHA: Hydrate, lose the gluten and STRESS reduction. When things get rough, I find myself falling back to old habits and then my pain increases.

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