Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by long-term, body-wide pain and tender points in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, morning stiffness, sleep problems, headaches, numbness in hands and feet, depression, and anxiety.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Toxic Relief Continued

I have been on the cleansing for several days now.  I had a tough time yesterday with it.  At least I think that might have been the problem.

My stomach was so bloated all day that I could barely move.  I haven't had this happen in a long long time so I contribute it to the fiber drink of the colon cleansing.  I think my poor system is so mixed up with all the different meds I am taking right now.

My foot isn't any better.  Guess I'll have to start using the ice again.  Very frustrating not to be able to walk at night with my husband.

My cravings for sugar at night are still there.  It's going to be a while before I can get past that I think.  I just stand at the pantry and think "what can I eat that will kill this sweet tooth without using sugar?"  Not much.

As far as the fibro, I feel pretty decent today.  Some days I get up and feel halfway normal and others are bad from the start.

We went to church on Saturday night and I could barely sit through the service.  I hadn't taken my pain pills ahead of time and I kept squirming around in my seat trying to find a comfortable position. Finally I just had to leave. 

With my fibromyalgia I have a very difficult time sitting or standing for long periods of time so I don't go to plays very often and never go to the theatre to see a movie.  Traveling has to be planned around how much time I have to sit. I am just grateful my husband is so understanding.

Until Next Time. :)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Toxic Relief

I am in my 3rd day of cleansing.  It's not at all difficult.  you take two pills (probiotics) in the morning before you eat.  Fifteen minutes later you mix one scoopful of fiber in juice and drink it down, quick, before it turns to a very thick mush.  Each of these requires drinking 80z. of water after.

Later at night I drink the tea.  My biggest problem is remembering to do that.

I am also on my 3rd day of no refined sugars.  This is much harder for me as I got a bit addicted to eating "Nips" at night.  They are hard, chewy candies that have a filling in the middle. Yum!  Anyway, no more of those little buggers.

Trying to find something suitable for lunch without having to do major cooking is my biggest problem with being on any kind of diet.  I have never been a sandwich fan but much of the time I will eat them because it's convenient, however, today I had some leftovers of a brown rice that you mix with pineapple, toasted almonds, green onions, and a little allspice.  It was very good.  It should last me a few days. 

Feeling a bit tired as I write this.  I spent much of my day in the Urgent Care waiting to find out what was wrong with my left foot.  It has been bothering me for a few weeks now so I thought I had better get in this time and have an X-ray.   Honestly, I figured it was the fibromyalgia flaring up because I have been walking more than usual each night.  Sure enough, it was the extra walking, but I have inflammation in the ball of my big toe so I will
will have to curb my walking for a while.  Thank the Lord it wasn't another fracture.

Until Next Time.  :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Are You Toxic?

I have been researching information regarding toxicity of the body and I finally found a link to fibromyalgia, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, and many other illnesses.

What really got me going was when my neighbor told me she just discovered she has Type 2 diabetes.  She is the 2nd person in 2 years that I know very well that have been diagnosed with this disease. 
I am also finding more and more people who suffer from fibromyalgia.  It's like an epidemic out there!

Something that makes very much sense to me is that our systems are full of preservatives, insecticides, pesticides and other man made substances and the older you get the more saturated you become. I truly believe that is why so many older people battle weight when they never had it as a problem in their youth. When you carry around a lot of toxins it generally gravitates to your waistline, but other symptoms include unusual rashes, allergic reactions to foods, sensitivity to smells, puffy eyes, bloating, headaches and not feeling well much of the time.  OMG, this is me except for the headaches.

I have been carrying around 10 extra pounds from the lack of walking when I fractured my foot, but what bothers me more than that is the fact that I am starting to break out in hives for things I never did before. It started with ibuprofen so I began taking aspirin. The aspirin gave me hives so I switched to Tylenol and the same thing. Last month I was eating some strawberries and noticed I was itching on my face and sure enough...hives!! I have eaten strawberries all my life and never ever had any reaction.

I was listening to Suzanne Summers on the news today and she was talking about the correlation between "leaky gut syndrome" and other ailments such as CFS and fibromyalgia. I had never made that connection before but it sounds feasible as fibromyalgia and CFS patients seem to be growing by leaps and bounds according to the research I have been reading online. In all honesty, I am not a follower of Suzanne., but I do know she has done her research.

I have decided to try an experiment. I am going to go off of all refined sugar and start taking the probiotics(good bacteria) to boost up my immune system. Apparently part of the problem with all these toxins we take in every day is that they begin to eat the lining of the stomach and this causes "leaky gut syndrome", which in turn allows the toxins to flood our bodies. It also attacks the good bacteria that we need for a healthy body so the probiotics helps to put them back in.

This can get a bit expensive but I figure I have a large deductible a year for my doctor so I may as well use some of it for a preventative and maybe I won't have to go as much. Truthfully I only go when I haven't any other choice such as when I get a sinus infection, but even those are becoming more chronic.

I also plan to use Dr. Natura's colon cleansing system. It's 2 pills in the morning followed by a fiber drink then a night time tea that's included. After researching online it appears to be the one with the best reviews. One of the first things to a healthier immune system is to have your colon, liver and pancreas working properly and not bogged down so this cleanse should help.
I have also been reading a book called "Toxic Relief" that show how to detoxify your body by fasting with fresh juices but I don't want to spend the money for a juicer right now.

What I am doing instead is taking Super Food tablets with each meal. This is one of the recommendations from the book. Super Food is the equivalent of eating 5-9 servings of vegetables and fruits in addition to some added herbs that are too numerous to list.  This does not mean I am not going to continue to eat fruits and veggies.  It just means I am getting more of the nutrients from these capsules than I might from the vegetables from the local grocery store.

I have highlighted a few things just for your own research. I am by no means recommending any of these products for you to use.

I will keep you posted on my progress.

Until Next Time :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Will This Year Be Better?

It's hard to believe we are living in 2011.  I can remember watching science fictions shows as a kid and 2011 seemed like it would never really happen.  It was just too far into the future and I couldn't imagine people being able to talk on their phones and actually see the other person; or having phones that weren't attached to the wall in some way.  Of course, I also expected people to be hovering around in space vehicles similar to what you might have seen in the cartoon "The Jetsons".

I have to say I am expecting great things this year as I certainly had my share of difficult times in 2010. The fibromyalgia was a big part of it but certainly not all.

I recently figured something out that amazes me a bit and I am sure when I mention it to my doctor she will look at me like I have 3 heads, but I am positive my depression periods as well as my lack of focus and lethargy come more from sinus infections rather than the fibromyalgia.

When you have a chronic illness that have symptoms such as lethargy, foggy headiness, and depression you begin to play detective to figure out what is going on when you just don't feel well.

I have to say I haven't felt "well" much at all over the last 12 months or so.  I can just about count the days that I woke up focused, alert and ready to tackle something.  Most days I wake up and grab my pain pills and wait for them to take affect before doing anything.  After that I usually get on my computer and check my online stores and try to promote a little bit.  I may get some laundry done or manage to get to the grocery store, but by the time that's all over I am tired and uninterested in doing much else.

At this very moment I am on "Amoxicillin" for a sinus infection and I feel great; alert, upbeat,  focused and have no need for the regular afternoon nap.  Now why is that? Hmmm... have to play detective again as I am pretty sure my doctor won't have the answers.

What I have discovered is that something takes place in my brain that alters the way I think when I have severe allergies or am coming down with a sinus infection.  I don't know if the chemicals change or possible the inflammation puts pressure in the wrong places, I am convinced it plays a heavy role in my overall health.

Just about 4 weeks ago I could feel my head getting stuffy and foggy (not unusual). Then I started losing my focus on my mosaics, which is my business.  When I say "lose my focus" I mean that I lack interest, creativity and passion for anything.  Eventually I feel depressed because it's a scary place to feel like nothing matters or that you just don't care about anything. Not suicidal, mind you, just removed from normal thinking.

After a few weeks of this I started to get migraine headaches and slight fevers so I knew I had a full blown sinus infection and headed to the doctor.  Two days into the meds mind cleared and I feel like a human again.  It's like day and night. I still have the aches and pains of the fibro, but my mind feels normal. That's huge for me.

So, my conclusion is that a severe allergic reaction to substances that ultimately cause a sinus infection has a huge impact on the brain and how you think.  I am beginning to realize that the powders produced from the dish tiles I cut for my mosaics are contributing to having this chronic problem and now I wear a mask all the time when working.  I hope this will help as I have no desire to stop making my mosaics.

I hope for each of you a healthy, happy and less painful New Year.

God bless