II II I wondered what on earth was wrong with me. I had debilitating pain in multiple joints and muscles, severe chronic fatigue, insomnia, brain fog, numbness on the left side, tingling in my face, and escalating depression. At first, I was relieved when the doctor diagnosed fibromyalgia. At least I wasn't going bonkers. I had a real disease with a real name. Then he told me it was a chronic illness with no definitive cause or cure. I was bummed out by the horrifying thought that I would never feel any better.
I spent the next year wallowing in misery and feeling sorry for myself, Eventually, I got so sick and tired of feeling sick and tired that I decided to take action. I was too stubborn to let the teeny tiny fact that this illness has no known cure keep me from looking for ways to feel better. I grabbed my laptop and scoured the internet for clues about what had triggered this disease and what might help moderate the symptoms.There was so much information streaming through cyberspace that it was like trying to complete a five thousand piece jigsaw puzzle without the box top to show me what the finished picture would look like.
I worked on this puzzle by reading everything I could find on fibromyalgia, chronic illness, the immune system, and healthy living, Along the way I discovered that our world is extremely toxic. We are exposed to harmful chemicals in the environment, cleaning products, cosmetics, personal care items, and processed food. I developed strategies for creating a chemical-free life. I exchanged toxic household products for safer ones. stopped eating most processed food, and started eating real food full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.
My symptoms gradually improved with each lifestyle change I made. I didn't recognize that the last piece of the puzzle was in place until a year later when I woke up one sunny morning and realized the severe pain, debilitating fatigue, and other horrors were gone. I have been symptom free for over five years.
If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, or another chronic illness, and have been told that there is no cure, hold on to hope. I was just looking for a way to feel better, I was astonished when I completely recovered.
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