Monday, April 22, 2013
The F Word
Fibromyalgia .......what did you think I was gonna say ? :)
On Saturday I attended a talk on Fibromyalgia. It was given by a local chiropractor by the name of Dr Helen E Cox. I found it quite informative & I learned a few things I didn't know. I appreciate that this Dr took time on her Sat. to try & educate the public. It was sad that only 5 people, including me, showed up .
She talked about 7 steps to help us have a better, pain free life. I was diagnosed about 2 yrs ago. I don't have it as bad as alot of people, but I do have interrupted sleep & wide spread pain.
The plan she suggests is quite easy to follow. I also like the fact that she said NOT to do it all at once, but to pick one thing each month to change. I have picked water this month. I am trying to drink at least 6 glasses a day, I've made it to 3 :) Dehydration is something we never think of & most of us are dehydrated. Being dehydrated also raises your blood pressure, I have high blood pressure, big surprise.
Here are the 7 steps, not as in detail like our handouts :
Spending at least an hr before bed winding down, no tv, no cell phone, no computer. This will probably be the last step I work on lol!
2) Healthy Eating Habits
More fruit, cut out breads, rice, pasta, make homemade meals, etc. Eat 6 times a day. Use organic food when possible. Nothing here I didn't know already.
This is where all the water, fibre, fresh food comes in
For pain, a magnesium and malic acid combination, natural anti inflammatories like glucosamine, chondriton, MSM, & flaxseed oil . I do this stuff for my dogs, why don't I do it for myself ???
For Stress & Anxiety, B Vitamins, calcium & magnesium, .
For Fatigue, Co enzyme Q10, Vitamin B12, the magnesium/malic acid combination
We also got a list of natural supplements for various things
Dr Cox did recommend talking to my Dr before starting any supplements as I am on quite a few medications.
5) Body Detoxification and Cleanse
6) Stress Management
Napping if needed !, getting together with family & friends, I find this hard, I want to be home more often then I want to go out, going for a walk, that is my favourite thing to do, just me & my dogs
7) Aerobic Exercise & Conditioning
Sorry, ...aerobics & I broke up years ago when my hips & knees fell apart :)
Dr Cox also has this state of the art machine, the first & only chiropractor in Lethbridge to have it. It analyzes the spine and nervous system without the radiation of an x ray. Computerized sensors measure the motion of each joint and if an adjustment is necessary. The spine & the vertebrae show up in different colours depending on what is out of whack. Then if you chose to address the problem the machine does the adjusting with a computerized intrument using rapid, gentle taps until the computer senses that the joint is moving consistently which is specific to each person & the joint.
I am going for one of these on Wed. Dr Cox offers it for just $20 , not sure if I will have anything done after that. I am actually quite wary of chiropractors so I will have questions but it sounds amazing :)
At any rate I am slowly going to try & do these steps to see if one day I can actually be medication free, that is my goal .
Posted by onecollie at 12:44 PM