Getting a diagnosis of fibromyalgia feels like a punch in the stomach. It’s not a good feeling, it’s not one of relief or power, it’s essentially a dead end. Or at least that’s how it feels. The doctor will usually suggest medication to treat it, and that’s it, you are sent on your way with the hope that maybe things will work themselves out. Maybe medication will be enough to treat the chronic pain.
Except it isn’t.
I can honestly say that medication is rarely the answer and that’s the reality you are faced with. Sure, it might help take the edge off a little, but for most it won’t completely eliminate the symptoms. So what do you do? How do you cope with chronic pain without it turning your thoughts into negatives? How do you find the motivation to get up in the morning and go to work?
Fibromyalgia is an awful diagnosis. Simply put. You have this unexplained pain day in and day out and there’s nothing you can do to abolish it. You have to just live with it.
But I can’t.
I refuse to simply accept the diagnosis and come to terms with the fact that I’ll never get to the bottom of it. Because I need answers. Everyone needs answers. I’d go insane if I never found the cause to my pain.
Even though I’m straying away from the idea that medication will be a cure or a band-aid solution, I’m not giving up hope altogether. I’m determined to get to a place where my pain doesn’t bother me so much on a day-to-day basis and more importantly I want to get to the root cause of the problem.
There are various ideas on what causes fibromylagia but we are yet to discover a cure. Personally, I believe that every single person who is diagnosed with the condition is unique, and therefore, there is more than one cause. I don’t think its a simple cause where a simple treatment can be made, though. I think it’s something a bit more complicated. Like I said, no two people are the same, and they will often present with different symptoms which are triggered by specific things.
I think with fibromyalgia it’s about stripping back the basics and trying to get to the root cause. I recently spoke to a yoga instructor who believed that the condition is best treated holistically. In the past, I probably would have laughed at that suggestion. I mean, if all it took to heal chronic pain was a diet change and some meditation then we would all be cured by now, right?
Well, maybe we aren’t thinking about it carefully enough. Is there not some truth in the fact that food can act as a medicine? And does yoga, swimming and meditation not alleviate some stress and tension in the muscles? It’s common knowledge that poor diet, lack of exercise, chronic stress and depression can all lead to various problems within the body, so taking what might appear to be simple steps, could potentially make a significant difference.
If you’re like me and you feel like you’re reached a dead end and you no longer see medication as the only answer, then keep reading this blog series. I’ll be trying various things and sharing what helps my pain levels and what doesn’t.
Leave a comment if you have fibromyalgia as I’d love to know your thoughts.