How to End Fibromyalgia (even if you’ve tried everything!)

Ways to overcome this debilitating condition, my personal experiences and recovery from fibromyalgia.

I have decided to write about fibromyalgia at the start of winter, as anyone with this condition will be feeling its effects more strongly and have more difficulty coping.  There are currently adverse environmental conditions including cold, damp and shorter days, with less sunlight hours. This on its own contributes to less serotonin being released for the’ feel good factor’, possible vitamin D deficiency, with symptoms appearing towards the end of the winter and in spring, with too little exposure to the sun. SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is also another condition all on its own that will start to appear as the days shorten.

Definition of fibromyalgia: From the Latin fibro – fibrous tissue, from the Greek myo – muscle and algia – pain.  A condition with specific diagnostic criteria as defined by The American College of Rheumatology 2010

General symptoms include fatigue, chronic widespread pain, specific tender points, sleep disturbance joint stiffness, brain fog. There are many more symptoms, unique to the individual. You may just be recovering from one of the symptoms and start to think you are conquering it, then another one will pop up!

Recovery from fibromyalgia is possible, using a combination of strategies!

My recovery from fibromyalgia – I have personal experience of fibromyalgia, having suffered from this condition myself.  This led me to explore and research complementary medicine to assist my recovery. I used herbal and nutritional medicine and this led me to studying herbal medicine at the University of East London, The Open University and nutrition at the College of Natural Nutrition to become a complementary medicine practitioner in nutritional therapy today at Body-Balance nutrition, Taunton and Neal’s Yard Remedies, Bath.

Recovery is gradual and a combination of strategies is the best way to achieve wellness. My road to recovery started with realising that some of the foods I was eating were holding me back. A food intolerance test helped me to modify my diet. I also took herbal medicine, vitamin and mineral supplements. I built up my exercise levels gradually as too much exercise can take you back to the beginning again.

I recovered gradually and achieved a huge awareness of fibromyalgia recovery strategies. I now use this experience to help my clients to improved health and wellbeing, through nutrition, by optimising their diets, lifestyle, exercise levels and recommending vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements. A food intolerance test is usually a good way to start with an emphasis on whole and fresh foods. I offer food intolerance blood tests with results at the consultation in one hour at both Taunton and Bath clinics. This is followed with ongoing support at follow up appointments and recommendations on diet, exercise and positive ways forward. Specific strategies are unique for each individual to overcome this debilitating condition.

Get in touch for a consultation to optimise your health and implement your fibromyalgia recovery plan – Liz Bray nutritional therapist MBANT and CNHC registered practitioner at Body-Balance nutrition, Taunton or Neal’s Yard Remedies, Bath. Tel: 07980 60167

References :The American College of Rheumatology 2010 fibromyalgia definition