Originally Posted by isowish
yeah, tracking my problems will be good for my muddled mind.
thanks gillibean & Ahimsa for making me think of this, sorry for hijacking your thread!
I agree with Gillibean, you didn't hijack the thread at all! Please do track your symptoms, along with what you were eating, how you were sleeping, what activities you were doing so you may be able to see a pattern. Sometimes (not just with FM) eliminating the triggers of a symptom helps a lot!
It's sad to see so many who have this condition but its nice to be able to find some who can relate too. Bittersweet.
So, here are some of the things that have helped me. I am really big on tracking as mentioned above and being mindful on what causes a "flare" in YOU. What works for me may not work for you and all that jazz.Diet.
Eating a whole foods, vegan diet with little added salt and sugar. High raw is really good too, but not too high or 100% for extended periods of time or I get too cold, can't sleep at all and have some IBS issues.Yoga.
Yoga, Yoga, Yoga!
I cannot stress how important being consistent with my Yoga practice is and the difference is has made for me. Gentle Hatha or Restorative is best for managing these symptoms, I have found.
I DO tend to be an anxious, hyper aware person who is ultra sensitive.
Hey, I know who I am.
Yoga has helped me relax, feel peaceful in my body and be pain free, even if it is only for the 10 minute shivasana (quiet relaxation period) after the physical part of the class. I also sleep much better on the days I have yoga.
In a perfect world, I would do an hour of yoga and an hour of cardio (including swimming) every day. It helps that much!Massage and Bodywork.
Being able to receive nurturing bodywork and feel non-stimulating pleasure in my body is such a relief! Sometimes there is pain and swelling, followed by stiffness after bodywork, but if I follow the appropriate protocol, I am fine.MSM/Vitamin C.
These work together synergistically to reduce inflammation, helping to alleviate soreness and stiffness.B-12, B-Complex and Folic Acid injections.
These seem to help with my energy and circulation, amongst other things.Spices.
Turmeric and cayenne help to reduce pain and inflammation. I have used these on occasion and like to eat curry as much as possible too.Herbs.
Passion flower, valerian, skullcap and hops teas or tinctures relax muscles, are calming and have pain relieving properties. I make a tincture with those plus peppermint and chamomile. It is quite relaxing.Homeopathy.
Capsicum and arnical topical gels or creams are helpful for my painful areas. Bryonia and Hypericum are useful too.Complementary medicine and Healing.
Acupuncture, Chiropractic, energetic healing and as many "complementary" and healing therapies as possible are all good ideas as well.
Those are just some of the tools I use to help feel better. There's more (like not overextending myself) but this is a good start.