Suffering and having people tell me I'm making up the symptoms to get out of something (like work). Especially, when in reality, I'm pushing it trying to do my best (which use to include serving the very people who pointed the finger and they weren't doing much to be accountable for themselves).
My husband had our children convinced I was lazy and using them as servants before he let me know he no longer wanted me in his life. Didn't take long to find out he was dating a younger woman. But eventually, our children realized Mom wasn't faking it. They are adults now. Most with children of their own.
Eventually, after the divorce, less stress, for the most part, improved my health.
Now, a decade later, I'm loosing ground. Some co-workers are supportive, others aren't. I work at a trade school, where students have caught me trying to do physical work and can obviously tell I'm in pain. They have scolded me and jumped in to help.
I'm grateful I have some people who are supportive, including a family who decided to come to my place to turn the soil while I was at work, so that I can still have a garden (a few tomato plants, zucchini, cucumbers and beans).View Thread
I am a 59 year old female who is hypothyroid and has been dealing with fibromyalgia since 1998.
For whatever reason, I have adverse effects to many pharmaceuticals, thus the reason I take the holistic approach.
Presently, I'm on a great multi-vitamin and other natural things for blood sugar (cinnamon bark capsules), cholesterol (Kal red yeast rice with guggul) and at night take Calcium/Magnesium, Inositol, Vervain and Passion Flower to sleep. Most pain killers cause problems for my stomach (hiatus hernia that is fully under control at this time - no GERD), thus I take White Willow Bark (which does not cause stomach problems for me).
I found a couple of years ago, when I was 20 pounds lighter and removed refined sugars from my diet, I was nearly without problems with fibro pain, even when the barometric pressure suddenly dropped as storms were coming in. HOWEVER, I was still dealing with depression and wanted to try something natural. That something is reported to stimulate the thyroid and my readings were .54 - thus I talked my doctor into reducing my prescription so that I could take the natural product (and it worked - 23 years of ongoing depression came to a halt, as long as I take the product daily). Problem is, it didn't affect the thyroid hormone production as reported, resulting in not enough hormone and I gained weight. Present TSH is above 5.00.
Let's just say my body is acting up in a huge way.
I'm interested in learning if others are using the holistic approach. What are you taking? What affect does it have for you? Have you tried other products? Why did you choose one over the other?
Also, for those who are around my age, what affects is aging having on you? I was doing pretty good with the fibro, then found out from my doctor that people my age really shouldn't be doing the repetitive and impact I was doing last spring in working in my yard. The reason for swelling in my ankles & legs. It took three months to get the swelling to completely go away, then I made it flare when shoveling snow. Thyroid levels off, stress creating symptoms of elevated cortisol... is affecting the inflammation
I'm also using holistic foods and herbs to reduce inflammation (can't take the pharmaceuticals, they immediately throw me into GERD, even when I take the product with food).
Oh, past the menopausal challenges. Had surgery over 10 years ago (including ovaries because of family history of cancer of female parts)View Thread
Thank you for taking the time and energy to provide this information.
I don't think Vit D deficiency is involved in the weight gain. I believe that is due to changing my synthroid so that I could take L-Tyrosine. However, I've looked up Vit D deficiency and need to look into it for other reasons.
I've read Fibro Response has worked well for others. Although Malic Acid isn't supposed to set off GERD, it did in me. My body doesn't "follow the rules".
My magnesium isn't malate. I need to look into this closer. It could be the type of magnesium I'm taking needs to be changed.
I take omegas and B complex. I'm taking extra B12 as sublingual methylcobalamin.
To reduce the amount of cortisol released, I'm taking rhodiola.
A student, who comes from the American Virgin Islands, saw I was tired and I explained I'm struggling with insomnia. He called home and had them send some leaves from the graviola tree. He gave them to me tonight. Unfortunately, it should not be taken if taking CoQ10. He said it's excellent for insomnia. I see it's also good for reducing blood pressure and hypertension. Also reported better for fighting cancer than anything used in the U.S.
My tub is presently filling up with extra warm water and I'll be putting in a bath salts that has lavendar in it. I'll also be taking the herbs I use to relax muscles (such as the vervain).
I think I'll be adding White Willow Bark tonight. Been hurting more than usual today in the muscles above my elbows.
To relax muscles, I've found it helps to add 1-2 cups apple cider vinegar to the bath.
I'm guessing you are taking glucosamine & chondroitin View Thread