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Fibromyalgia- How Do I Know If I Have It?

Fibromyalgia is a mysterious and misunderstood disorder.  It’s often thought that the people who suffer from these symptoms must just be imagining things.   There are no laboratory tests to confirm its existence, and no treatments to cure it’s symptoms.  The condition typically supports chronic, widespread joint and muscle pain, without inflammation.




Test Yourself


To find out if you might be one of the 10 million Americans who have Fibromyalgia, ask yourself the following questions:


1.  Is the pain you feel confined to one area of your body? If you answered yes,  you most likely do not have Fibromyalgia.

2.  Has your pain lasted consistently for three months or more?  People with Fibromyalgia suffer with a consistent level of pain daily, and it comes from the four quadrants of the body consistently for at least three months.

3.  Are you having trouble sleeping?  Sleep disturbances and exhaustion are common complaints among Fibromyalgia sufferers.  Some days, the fatigue is so severe, you might just go back to bed, even though you slept through the night.

4.  Do you suffer from headaches?   More than 50% of Fibromyalgia sufferers have recurring tension headaches and migraine pain.

5.  Do you have trouble in the bathroom?  Irritable bowel syndrome, such as diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, bloating, and nausea are all symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

Most literature indicates that the cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown.  However, based on clinical experiences, some believe that major causes of Fibromyalgia include yeast and parasitic infections, poor dietary habits, lack of exercise, the perception of being un-loved, emotional and physical trauma, and stress.


The Good News


The good news is that Fibromyalgia is believed to be treatable, if you seek help and take action, which is difficult to do when you’re suffering; However, if you’re willing to work towards a healthier tomorrow, get started on recovery today.


1.  Changing to a yeast free diet without sugars, dairy, wheat, yeasts, and caffeine, can help.  These foods feed the yeasts and parasites in your body.  When they are well fed, toxic waste is deposited in your body, which is a major cause of widespread pain.  Smoking and drinking also contribute to yeast.  Finding an anti yeast cookbook can help you create a diet that can help you on your way to recovery.

2.  Herbal therapies, like herbal detoxification and body cleansing teas, seem to be highly effective in removing yeasts and parasites from the body. Once you stop the overgrowth of yeasts and parasites, it is believed that the widespread pain and symptoms of sleep disturbances and headaches will dissipate.

3.  Good blood circulation can stop or reduce yeast and parasite overgrowth.  Daily exercise is the best way to improve your blood circulation.  Low impact exercise like slow walking and jogging in place can help improve your blood circulation.  Heavy exercise can be too much for people with Fibromyalgia, making matters worse.

4.  Loving yourself, believe it or not, is usually at the onset of Fibromyalgia.  It’s important to love yourself enough to pamper yourself every now and then.  Massages or activities you find relaxing and enjoyable are important.  Only YOU can do this for yourself, and we all need to protect ourselves from our own thoughts and actions.  You are the guardian of your outer and inner body…So act like it!

5.  Learn to manage stress.  Let it go already.  Haven’t you done enough damage to yourself worrying and worrying?  I’ve personally found that worry seems to serve no useful purpose, other than to tear yourself apart.  Let the bad stuff go and focus on the positive things that you can do to reduce stress in your life.


Finding The Right Care For You


Finding a Doctor that understands your pain, and sometimes that specializes in Fibromyalgia can help.  Prepare for your first appointment, by documenting the pains you are feeling, how long it’s been happening, and make them aware that you are wanting to take steps to overcome your illness.  Finding a group of people that are having the same issues can help also.  Knowing what caused your symptoms and how to deal with them can make you feel more normal again, and knowing what you are dealing with is the first step in working on recovery.


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