Fibromyalgia: Hits and (Mostly) Misses

Pins and Needles
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As I’ve mentioned before, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about 15 years ago. I’ve seen several different doctors and specialists for help and answers. A couple of years ago, I came to the realization that the doctors aren’t much help. Sure, I’ve tried different medications, but most of them either have worked for only a short time, or not worked at all. The most effective medications I’ve taken so far are Gabapentin and Flexeril, but even those aren’t as effective as they used to be.

I’ve spent a lot of time reading books and articles on the internet about Fibromyalgia. I joined Facebook groups specifically for Fibromyalgia sufferers, hoping to learn helpful tips. I have friends who recommend things that will help me feel better. If someone recommends anything to me, I try it. Believe it or not, I’ve spent thousands of dollars chasing remedies and/or anything that will give me relief. As you probably know, one of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia is chronic pain. I have good days and bad days, but most days, I hurt on some level. Suffering from chronic pain has made me desperate, so yes, regardless of cost, if there is something out there that is said to help with pain, you bet I’m going to try it.

I’ve tried an elimination diet, twice. The only thing that did was make me depressed, because I wasn’t allowed to eat things that I love. I hung in there for a few months, but without feeling a change, I stopped that diet. I’ve tried natural remedies, but none of those have worked either. I was told that I would feel a lot better if I used essential oils. After spending hundreds of dollars on oils, and using them religiously for months, I had no changes at all.

I’ve read that CBD oil really helps with pain relief. I have friends who swear that CBD oil works for them, so with an open mind and hopeful expectations, I spent almost $1,000 on what is considered high-grade CBD oils and pills. When I take it, I don’t feel anything at all. I definitely don’t feel better.

Some people have said that hyperbaric oxygen therapy helped them. I went through hyperbaric oxygen therapy several times for a MRSA infection in my foot. Not only did it not help the infection, it did nothing to alleviate my fibromyalgia pain.

Why hasn’t anything worked for me? It’s super frustrating and my husband is tired of me spending money on things that don’t work. I don’t blame him, but I also feel that if there is something out there that can help me, I should try it, regardless of the cost. If I find anything that helps with fibromyalgia pain, I’ll share it! For now, I’m sticking to a traditional low fat high fiber diet for weight loss and increasing my activity levels. More on that soon!

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