I know I’ll be preaching to the choir with some of this but for those new to our elite club of Fibromytes there might be something here that will help. And, yes people, we are elite. We have a peculiar set of symptoms that doctors can’t figure out nor can they treat them successfully. We have a spot in our brains that doesn’t get proper blood flow and that messes up our pain receptors. (See my article on Brain Scans can Detect Fibromyalgia). We are a unique group of people in which “standard” pain control doesn’t always work.
Your physician can give you pain medications that range from Tylenol, ibuprofen, and naproxen to Tramadol (generic for Ultram), or a narcotic pain killer. These all help with your discomfort but after long-term use can have some side effects. Things like liver and kidney damage to seizures have been connected to some of these drugs. I take comfort in something one doctor told me. He said that as long as the narcotic drugs are actually eliminating pain I wouldn’t become addicted. Be that as it may, I didn’t stay on them. I started looking for other ways to eliminate my pain and have come across some interesting things that work.
My chiropractor has helped me as much as my MD has. He does a lot with natural healing as well as adjustments. I like his adjustments because he doesn’t jerk or snap my spine and neck. He has this nifty machine that operates like a very fast and tiny jack hammer that gently nudges the vertebrae back in place. He’s also taught me the power of positive energies. He has a system that puts seven kinds of positive energy into something and that energy is transferred to your body when the item is used.
For instance: He uses Yoga mats or material like that to hold this energy. He has had me using the energized pads for some time. First I put a pad on my diaphragm and breathe deeply in and out for four breaths. While I’m breathing I’m tapping the pad. This centers the energy that flows around your center. Next I sit on a pad and just tap my diaphragm while breathing three times. This centers the energy that flows from the back of your head to your anus. Lastly I place a pad over my mouth and repeat the tapping and breathing three times but this time I tap the pad over my lips instead of my diaphragm. This sounds really weird but it works. I find that if I have a sore muscle somewhere and put the pad over that muscle and do the tapping and breathing it helps the muscle feel better quicker and longer. Using a heating pad with the energized pad on my sore shoulders and neck will help me be comfortable for several hours.
Another technique he’s started using is Earthing. When he first suggested this he told me to go set outside barefoot in the grass or dirt for 30 minutes. OK, that’s fine if the weather’s nice. Right? It also gave me time to read or try to meditate too. Just last week he said he’d found a way to energize rocks to do the same thing. He gave me four to try. This is a very simple procedure and can be done while watching TV or just relaxing. Take off your shoes and socks. Then place two of the stones on the floor. Put your feet on these stones just behind the ball of your foot and just in front of the arch. Hold the other two stones in your hands making sure you’re not touching anything. Hold this position for three minutes – that’s all there is to it. Having the stones in these spots covers all of the reflexology points in the body. This works too.
I’ve found that if I do the routine with the stones and then back it up with a routine with the pads I can be comfortable for up to two or three hours. I combine this with some over the counter pain relief and I’m good to go for up to five hours at times.
My chiropractor is Dr. Philip Haselden. If anyone in the Kissimmee, FL area needs such treatment I’d like to refer you to him. If you are not in the Kissimmee area but would like more information on his methods I’m sure he would be glad to talk to you.
There are many other helpful hints for fibromyalgia pain but I’ve already written about most of them in previous articles.
The thing to remember is that not everything works all the time. Compiling your own list of helpful hits for fibromyalgia pain and lots of trial and error can bring you relief.
Helpful hints for fibromyalgia pain