My entire life I was a fairly active person. I in Junior High, I was a ball player, and then in High School, I transitioned to cheerleading. After high school, my ex husband and I were incredibly active. In the spring and summer, we were constantly hiking, fishing, swimming, canoeing, playing volley ball, etc. It wasn’t until after the birth of my daughter that I started having pain in my entire body. About six months after her birth, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.
The months following my diagnoses, I had more good days than bad. I was constantly in pain, but it was manageable. About a year after my diagnoses, the pain became more intense and less manageable. I started having memory problems, I slept less, I constantly felt fatigued, I had tingling throughout my entire body, some days it was hard to stand up straight, and before I knew it I was finding it hard to work. I was put on Lyrica, an antidepressant, a muscle relaxer, and a sleeping aid. I tried physical therapy, but it didn’t work. I basically thought that there was no light at the end of the tunnel. I thought that I would live every single day in pain; because my doctors had done all that they could do for me. I kind of gave up.
I was suddenly thrown into single motherhood, after my divorce, and my daughter needed her mommy to be the best possible. Therefore, I started researching alternative solutions in order to have a better way of life. I went on YouTube and researched yoga for Fibromyalgia and this has been my daily morning routine. I started taking vitamins and supplements like 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan), Magnesium, SAMe, and Vitamin D . I also changed my diet. I eat lots of food with Omega 3 fatty acids, like salmon and walnuts, I cut out all caffeine, and I upped my intake of fruits and vegetables. Lastly, my aunt is big on essential oils and she made me a Fibromyalgia blend which has ginger, juniper, eucalyptus, rosemary, marjoram, cajeput (Tea Tree), lavender, and peppermint oils. I rub this on my back and chest nightly.
With the help of the above, I was finally able to actually feel almost normal again. I still have my bad days, but they are coming less and less. I am actually able to enjoy life again, instead of being confined to the indoors. There is always a solution for everything. Just making small adjustments to my daily life has allowed me to finally feel normal again. You can do it, don’t ever give up!