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Oct 2, 2011 · Slipping farther and farther with no grip! Help! in Digestive Health

Hi Alicia,
I have had fibromyalgia for over 30 years. I will be 65 this Jan and I am very active and in control of my pain most of the time. You have to take the whole person approach to getting better: mind, body, eating habits, exercise and meds. Things that make fibromyalgia worse are caffeine, sodas, smoking, and no exercise. Gentle exercise like stretching at first, pool therapy or basic yoga. You will hurt a lot at first but eventually the pain will get better. I am a vegan vegetarian not everyone can handle that but the less you eat meat of any kind the better you will feel. When I was diagnosed I was given 50mg of elevil to be taken at bedtime. I don’t sleep without it and I am still on it. I am also taking neurontin for nerve pain but it helps with the fibro. as well. The less medication you take the better because one of the piggy-back auto-immune syndromes is chronic fatigue, if you take too many pain meds it will make it worse and you are fighting a loosing battle. If you don’t move you hurt worse. I didn’t learn all of these things all at once it has taken me years of research and reading to learn how to control seven different auto-immune syndromes. Unfortunately it is just the way it is and the only way to have a somewhat normal life, whatever that means for you, is to fight it. If you want to know more about me go to my profile. My main purpose here is first to help with my experience and second I need someone to talk to too. Hang in there and don’t give up.
namaste