More Tips (#81-90) for Coping with Fibromyalgia & Insomnia
My name is Dominie Soo Bush. I suffered with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome for many years before finding relief. Below are more helpful tips continued from my previous page.
81. TYPE A PERSONALITY - I have yet to meet a person with fibromyalgia who is not very intelligent, articulate and high-achieving! We tend to be "movers and shakers." We are "doers" who sometimes do too much! Perhaps we manufacture more stress chemicals than our "Type B" friends. We hate sitting around doing nothing. We like to stay busy, achieve our goals and carry a lot of responsibility. Because of this, the disabilities that result from fibromyalgia can be devastating to us! Unlike the "laid-back" personalities who enjoy a respite from work, we thrive on accomplishment and achievement. Learning to pace ourselves and not say "YES" to every opportunity that comes our way is difficult! However, we must try to re-shape our lives into a more relaxed mode and learn that the world will not cave in if we do not participate in everything. It took me years to learn to "slow down and smell the roses." FMS/CFIDS/ME does not get better by "pushing the envelope" of our endurance--in fact, it is a sure way to bring on a flare. I have heard from many newly diagnosed fibromites who tell me, "I'm going to BEAT this thing!!!!" Well, what they find out is that it will beat you, if this is the approach you take. Determination is a wonderful quality, but forcing yourself to keep up a hectic schedule will only make your FMS/CFIDS/ME worse! A new way of looking at life is needed. When FMS/CFIDS disabled me in 1982, I became very depressed. My identity could no longer be in my work and what I was able to achieve. As the years of unrelenting illness continued, I found that I had time to spend on inner healing and issues that I had been too busy to think about in years prior. Now that I lead a normal lifestyle again, I look back on those years of inactivity and suffering and am actually thankful for what I learned. Basically it was this--that my worth is not in what I can do or achieve in life, but rather in who I am as a person.
82. B-COMPLEX - I think it may be helpful for people with FMS/CFIDS to take a good quality, cold-processed B-complex supplement. The B vitamins help maintain the health of the nerves, skin, eyes, liver and hair and also help with healthy muscle tone in the gastrointestinal tract and in proper brain function. The B vitamins can even alleviate depression and anxiety. The B vitamins should always be taken together. Sugar depletes certain B vitamins, as do oral contraceptives, estrogen therapy, antidepressants and other drugs.
83. BRAIN SURGERY - It may sound drastic, but a special kind of brain surgery is now being used to successfully cure chronic fatigue syndrome in some people. Spinal stenosis is where the spinal cord is compressed by surrounding bone (such as a herniated disk). This can cause debilitating neurological symptoms throughout the entire body, including pain and weakness. The surgery was performed by Dr. Tim Johnson.
84. RED BLOOD CELLS - Researchers have noticed irregularities in the shapes of the red blood cells of FMS and CFIDS patients. They are working to develop a standardized blood test that can be used internationally to provide a definitive diagnosis. This will greatly benefit FMS/CFIDS patients who can't get their doctors or others to believe them! Dr. Leslie Simpson of New Zealand and Robert Suhadolnik, Ph.D., a biochemist at Temple School of Medicine, have both been working on a diagnostic blood test. Interestingly, blood tests performed on people taking OPC's for chronic fatigue syndrome have been very revealing! Prior to taking OPC's, their red blood cells were either irregularly shaped or in chain or clump formations. These cells were unable to transport oxygen efficiently to the body. After 30 days of taking OPC's, these patients' red blood cells were round with smooth edges and of similar size. They were able to transport oxygen into body tissue efficiently. This boosted the energy levels of these patients and many were able to go back to work after being disabled. OPC's also help many other health conditions by strengthening the circulatory system, supporting collagen and oxygenating body tissue. The Bible says, "The life is in the blood." If you would like to know the brand of OPC's that I use, please write me at email@example.com. (Not all OPC's are created equal!)
85. IRON - Don't take any nutritional supplements with iron, unless you have had a blood test that shows you are anemic. There's a condition called hemochromotosis caused by excessive iron in the body. The symptoms are very similar to fibromyalgia.
86. SUBSTANCE P
- There is now actual proof of abnormally low levels of blood
flow in the parts of the brain that deal with pain in people with FMS!
Fibromites also have twice the level of a brain chemical called Substance
P, which helps nervous system cells communicate with each other about
painful stimuli. Elevated P levels may actually produce the higher levels of
pain throughout the body. See the pictures for yourself at the ABC news website
OPC's often helps FMS pain and "fibro fog," since they improve oxygenation of body tissue--including brain tissue! OPC's are one of the few substances that can cross the blood brain barrier. They even help many children and adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD).
87. GLUTEN INTOLERANCE - This is also known as celiac disease. People with this condition cannot eat any grains. Some people who thought they had fibromyalgia actually found out they have celiac disease!
88. RACING THOUGHTS - Do you ever have a song going through your head that you can't get rid of--or do you have racing thoughts? If this is a problem, try supplementing with potassium. I heard that potassium malate is the best for this. Interestingly, signs of potassium deficiency include depression, nervousness, glucose intolerance, insomnia, muscle fatigue and weakness and headaches. As a church pianist/organist, I found that songs I practiced during rehearsals were constantly going through my head and I couldn't turn them off! They were there when I woke up in the middle of the night and also during the day. Interestingly this problem disappeared after I began taking a unique immune-balancing product. (What a relief!) Would be glad to share info on the immune balancer - email firstname.lastname@example.org.
89. DHEA -- Some people have found help for FMS by supplementing with DHEA, "the mother of all hormones." Our endocrine (hormonal) system is dependent on adequate levels of DHEA, but these decrease as we age. DHEA raises all hormone levels. I found DHEA helpful for relief of my "peri-menopausal" symptoms--particularly tearfulness and "feelings of unreality." I also have some menopausal friends who experience the same relief of moodiness with DHEA.
90. MYCOPLASMAS - A newsletter reader sent me a fascinating article about THE ROLE OF MYCOPLASMAS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF FIBROMYALGIA, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME, ETC. It is from the Consumer Health Organization of Canada and may explain why FMS/CFIDS/ME is so prevalent today. The article states that mycoplasmas were a government experiment as part of biowarfare research. This disease agent is not a bacteria nor a virus, but was made from brucellosis bacteria. You can read the entire article: "The Linking Pathogen in Neuro-Systemic Diseases: Chronic Fatigue, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Multiple Sclerosis." According to this article and others I have read recently, these mycoplasmas destroy areas of the brain! My sister-in-law, who has a Ph.D. in virology, told me many years ago that she thought all of my FMS problems appear to be hypothalamus related! Interestingly, FMS researchers are now focusing attention on the hypothalamus, the gland in the brain that controls many functions of the body. Visit my homepage at www.fms-help.com and look in the yellow box for links about mycoplasmas, hypothalamus, etc.
To read more of my 100 tips, click on these links:
Tips #1-10 - Reduce Stress, Get Plenty of Sunlight, Computers, Sleep, Mental Relaxation, Rest, Cold, Heat, Immune System, Exercise
Tips #11-20 - Massage, Excitotoxins, Mattress, Anti-oxidants, Soft Drinks, Doctors, Depression, Nightshade Vegetables, Repetitive Activity, Magnesium
Tips #21-30 - Noise, Calming Herbs, Yeast, Vitamin E, Fasting, Dark/Light, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Pain Relieving Gels, Brain, Parasites
Tips #31-40 - "Be Happy," Smoking, Junk Food, Nutritional Supplements, Research, Raw Foods, CO-Q-10, Low-Fat, Anti-inflammatories, Pillows
Tips #41-50 - Sleep Meds, Milk, Chiropractic, Sunglasses, Coral Calcium Water, Posture, Tension Myositis Syndrome, Epsom Salts, 5-HTP, Malabsorption
Tips #51-60 - Progesterone Cream, Neck Injuries, Hormone Instability, Carbohydrates, Prayer, Aspartame (Nutrasweet) and MSG, Guaifenesin, Ions, Colds and Viruses, Sleep Anxiety
Tips #61-70 - Magnets, Fructose (Sugar) Intolerance, MSM, Electromagnetic Fields, "Leaky Gut" (Intestinal Permeability), Migraines, Cytomegalo Virus, Books, Overactive Bladder, Shoes
Tips #71-80 - Methylcobalamin, Mercury Poisoning, Soy and Food Allergies, Thyroid, Marital Stress, Lyme Disease, Breathing, Ativan, Soluble Fiber, Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS)
Tips #81-90 Type A Personality, B-Complex, Brain Surgery, Red Blood Cells, Iron, Substance P, Gluten Intolerance, Racing Thoughts, DHEA, Mycoplasmas
Tips #91-100 - Relaxin, Warm Water Exercise, Essential Oils, Blood Volume, Acidosis, Oxidative Damage, Hyperbaric Oxygen, Bedding, Histamine Intolerance, Blood Thickness
Before saying goodbye to this web page, be sure to read the rest of my 100 tips. You just might find something that will help! Click on the convenient links located right after Tip #90 above.
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DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical doctor. I am a fibromyalgia / chronic fatigue syndrome survivor. The purpose of this website is not to diagnose or cure any disease or malady, but is presented as food for thought. This information cannot take the place of professional medical advice. Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should come under the direction of a physician. No guarantees are made regarding any of the information in this website.