FM came up occasionally in some threads and I was wondering what are people's experiences.
My FM wasn't very severe, my main issue was constant fatigue, lack of energy, non restful sleep, waves of unspecified muscle pains (similar to very strong soreness after overtraining), oversensitivity to touch/pain. I also had bad joint pains (esp. knees) which made exercising hell. I've tried multiple medicine, nothing helped.
After switching to Paleo I was surprised how my fatigue disappeared, I suddenly had energy after work (so I could cook, earlier on I had only energy to nuke something in the microwave) and wanted to do "stuff" instead of just vegging in front of the computer.
Other result was, that the random "all over pains" just ceased to appear. I started to exercise again, and my knees didn't hurt at all! I am much stronger, can do push ups and simple strength training.
I still am sensitive to touch/pain and have trigger points (no neck rub for me!).
Is my reaction typical? Are there other people who got healed from most (or all) FM symptoms? What about chronic fatigue? What was your doctor's reaction? Mine was shocked when I told him what I eat :) I will soon go again for a check up to again confirm my diet is the medicine.
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on April 18, 2011
at 02:38 PM
I suggest you read one of Dr. John Sarno's books: 'The Mindbody Prescription', 'The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders',or 'Healing Back Pain - the mind-body connection'. He mentions Fybromyalgia and chronic fatigue as what he describes as TMS = Tension Myoneural Syndrome. It is worth exploring to see if it fits for you.
The books are probably in your local library or available on Amazon - new or used. There are some YouTube video interviews with him online.
on April 19, 2011
at 01:38 AM
Ok... I am so glad to hear you are having success!!!
I have FM and (re) started Paleo again about two months ago. For the most part, my brain-fog is gone, I've been able to exercise fairly well, though I have to rest a lot more than I'd like, despite the fact that I'm trying not to over-do it. But I am tired. Very, very fatigued. I'm not in as much pain, and I don't have as much of that fluey feeling, but I am just so freaking tired. The fatigue is the same reason I have fallen off the wagon before. I keep hoping it will eventually go away, that it's just part of the healing process. But I've also noticed my moods are a little lower... Sometimes I get that way when I cycle with the fibro, and I can't get as much done. It just seems like I should be doing better.
Am I missing something?
on April 18, 2011
at 02:22 PM
This is a staple of my practice but it very hard for patients to overcome because there are too few docs who understand how to treat it and patients are overwhelmed with the changes they need to make. Paleo style dieting strict guidelines is one. Managing leptin however is of supreme importance then reversing their fatty liver occurs. Requires a lot of supplements and about 18-24 months of intense treatment but very rewarding for the patient and doc.