I am a 43 yr old female with fibromyalgia and numerous other dx's attached to my medical records...overweight, depressed, immune deficiency, anxiety, bowel issues, gallbladder issues...blah blah blah.
Back in August of 2010 I was at my high weight (not pregnant) of 166 I am 5'4". It was suggested to me that I try a Gluten free diet and continue with massage therapy and counseling. I must say that this is the best advice that I have been given.
Just by changing the foods that I eat, I feel better, lost 30lbs (without exercise) and feel much better. Did it eliminate my pain? NO unfortunetly not however, I do feel much better than I did. I have also recognized that each month just before my menstrual cycle the pain is increased and my irritation is elevated (ask my boyfriend he will tell you, it is my relationship killer). Anyway, changing to all natural products and staying away from preservative products and any synthetic products is a major reason why I have the problems I have.
I am not able to take any medications at all because I have had just about everything on the list of side effects happen to me, right down to getting arrested and not remembering the details (that stinks).
So with counseling to place the weight of my frustrations on someone who does not have to live with me or befriend me is a bonus and even though you should be able to share your issues with your partner, it can become tasking on them as well. Give them the break you both deserve and leave it with GOD if you are a believer or leave it with your counselor who can walk away from you.
Massage therapy will give the ability to breath the correct way and will give you the appropriate oxygen your body needs, rather than being so tense from the pain. Your massage therapist needs to understand your pain level and should be familiar with fibro that helps, but just make sure they are not the kind that kneeds you like bread....you want long smooth movement where the therapist does not remove their hands from you or is limited in the number of times she/he removes their hands from you. Kneading is more painful and sometimes can be more painful by the end.
NOTE: I do it still and I know that most of you out there do it to yourselves as well. You need to make yourself first so that you can be a better person for your loved ones. It is a major deal if you want some peace
I hope this helps one person atleast and I do realize that each person is different. Commit to making a change in your life and you will be surprised at what a positive outcome it could be.
TRY IT what do you have to lose ...weight...frustration...anxiety...anger...pain (some)...