I hope all of you had an amazing Christmas/New Year. We had some much needed downtime with family and a fantastic vacation with great friends. It's been a few weeks since I've blogged about my healing journey but I wanted to post that I got some surprise answers (well, sort of) over the holiday break and I've decided to share them here.
If you've been reading my blog, you know I've been suffering with gut issues, chronic pain and fatigue for years and have recently been seeing a Functional Medicine Dr. to try to get some answers. My recent testing came back with a few things but I still didn't feel settled about my results and I knew something else was going on to cause the chronic pain.
I went out for a normal walk on Christmas Day. We had a relaxing Christmas morning opening presents, drinking coffee and relaxing as a family so I decided to take a walk in the afternoon to get some air before packing for our vacation. I was listening to a podcast on autoimmune issues while I was walking and something was mentioned in the podcast that triggered me. It was about a random test done on someone with chronic pain and I wasn't sure if the test had been run on me so I decided to pull up my results from a previous Rheumatologist I had seen a few months ago. I went through my emails to try to find her info and found a random email from her that I'd never opened. In the email, she wrote that a few more tests came back normal but her overwall diagnoses based on a few other tests was...Fibromyalgia. I had to read the email several times to make sure I was reading it right...yep, Fibromyalgia. I immediately started crying in the middle of my walk...I was so happy to finally have a label for my pain. I have been suffering for years and NO ONE could give me an answer. I can't tell you how relieved I was that someone took me seriously and didn't blow me off thinking I was a hypochondriac!
I immediately started Googling Fibromyalgia. I had heard the term many times before and had done some initial research months ago when I was trying to self-diagnose myself but I kind of blew it off because I assumed it had to be pain all over and my pain was predominately in my arms and hands. Upon further reading, Fibromyalgia can be pain anywhere at anytime and is often accompanied by chronic fatigue, sleep disturbances, cognitive difficulties, IBS, and stiffness...THIS IS ME!!! Unfortunately, there is really no explanation as to what causes Fibromyalgia and there is no cure. Some people choose to go on medication but that is not something I'm willing to do. Stress is a huge trigger so I definitely plan to continue my 2018 goal of "Walking, Not Running" and that means throughout life, not just during exercising. A healthy diet, massages, yoga, meditation, getting enough sleep, etc. are all forms of natural treatment. I'm hoping to work closely with my Functional Medicine Dr. to help alleviate flare-ups while continuing to work on my gut issues.
Healing, that is a very complex word...my gut, Fibromyalgia, my addiction to exercise, learning to slow down...I definitely have lots of healing to do. It's a new year and I have many goals to accomplish this year so healing is at the top of my list. I am so relieved to have an answer to the pain and now I can work towards recovery and learning to live with this condition. I'm so blessed to have an amazing family and circle of friends who constantly support me and check on me. I hope all of you have a support system to help you accomplish your goals and if I can help in any way, please ask. We are all in this together and the sky is the limit!!!