I have been absent for many days for a variety of reasons. It's been a time of "one thing after another" and other such nonsense.
Did you know that Fibromyalgia affects around 14 million women? I didn't realize the number was so high, nor did I realize that it has been a recognized condition since the 1800's. It, just like Lupus and several other conditions were thought to be caused by inflammation (it was called fibrocistis then) or mental issues. That breaks my heart to think about how many people have suffered with this condition, and they were just shuffled aside or told they were crazy. I can tell you first hand that I have wondered if I was crazy. If this pain was really all in my head. You don't have to be told by too many doctors that ,"your tests all came back ok. I don't think there is really anything wrong with you." or "You are just depressed." to begin to question your sanity. Luckily, I have wonderful people around me that believe in me and believe that this thing called Fibro is real.
I have been hurting a lot these past few months, with little to no relief. No, I require no sympathy! However, I do want you update you as I try some new treatments and see if they work for me. Here are the two things I am going to attempt:
Guaifenesin: An expectorant found in some cough syrups and Mucinex.
It is said that this somehow flushes your body of excess phosphates. Excess phosphates are thought to hinder cellular energy production and other cellular malfunctions.
I've been taking this for a few days now, and although I have seen no benefit yet, I will continue to take it for at least two more weeks. I'll keep you updated.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy: I went in for the consult, sent in my spit test and am going back tomorrow to see what the Doc says. I am hopeful that it will help with some of my mood swings and feeling so down in the dumps. I know that hurting on a continual basis and being so tired is a major cause, but... MAYBE there is hope in a cream that will replenish something my body is deficient in.
I know, I know... There are mixed reviews about this, but at this point, I am willing to try just about anything. Those who don't feel this way have no idea what it's like. I want to assure you that the aches and pains are not mild and it's almost impossible to live and function in a normal way if you have no energy and you have widespread pain. I can honestly attest to saying, "I understand why and how people become addicted to pain killers." I assure you I have done no such thing, but I can see why people turn to that! Dealing with this is indescribable at times. There are days that I can deal with it and move through the day with relative ease. Other days are not as easy, and I find myself constantly fighting back tears. The pain dances over my body and my spirit, and I feel like it has stolen some of the best parts of me. Yet, I keep pressing forward. I am determined to find a remedy of healing! Not just for myself, but for all those who I know are in the same set of shoes I am in. Keep your chins up and your heart and eyes focused on God. I know it's hard, but I keep reminding myself of that scripture...
"...and then He told me, My grace is enough; it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness." I Corinthians 12:9