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by Ellen Landauer
Fibromyalgia tender points were not a concept until a medical doctor explained them to me. Back then (2001), I was not at all familiar with this condition with which I had just been diagnosed.
What I WAS familiar with was widespread joint and muscle pain that was sometimes worse, sometimes better - but NEVER went away. Normally, sitting or lying down eases such pain in most people. But it was very distressing that sometimes I was MORE in pain when I was trying to rest. Even lying down, fatigued, I often could not easily fall asleep.
I find disagreement in various articles on medical websites on how meaningful fibromyalgia tender points are in a diagnosis of this condition.
Some say that there must be at least 11 sore spots out of the designated 18 that qualify a person for a fibro diagnosis.
Others say that even if there are far less, say 4 or 5 - that if many other symptoms such as chronic fatigue, insomnia, hormonal imbalances, metabolic syndrome, yeast and mold sensitivity, hypothyroidism and irritability are present, fibro can still be diagnosed.
Worked out with weights 5 days per week at the gym. For the most part, I felt better while weight training.
Afterward, hot sauna for an hour (taking frequent breaks for cold shower). Sauna was one of my favorite therapies back then - afterward I usually had some hours of relief from fibromyalgia tender points pain. Sauna was also for heavy metal detox, since mercury and other toxic metals will exit through sweating. NOTE: When taking sauna for metal detox, it is VERY important to wipe sweat off while still in warm sauna - otherwise it will get pulled back into skin when you step out into cool air.
Workouts at home included lots of stretching. (Never mind that chronic fatigue was so bad, I would sometimes fall asleep with one arm still up in the air - when I awoke, sometimes 40 minutes later, I would just resume where I left off ;-)
I hiked in the woods and did snowshoeing in winter. Sometimes my joints were so painful I could barely walk across a perfectly flat floor. I would still get out and hike in the hills next day.
Fibromyalgia tender points were almost worse for me lying down, because I had the expectation of comfort and restful sleep. Most nights my sleep was the sleep of the tormented, complete with toxic dreams.
Here is a list of what eventually helped me to feel great!
1 - Serious detox from heavy metals with EDTA chelation suppositories.
2 - Chlorella and Cilantro detox.
3 - LOTS of colon cleansing.
4 - Coffee enemas - daily!
5 - Maintaining nutrient levels with the best vitamin, mineral and amino acids supplements.
6 - Paleo Diet
7 - Boosting my immune system with the very best Beta Glucan.
8 - Emotional healing, being more honest with myself and getting out of denial.
All of this is simply food for thought. The choices and decisions you make are your responsibility. I have shared what helped in my own recovery to let you know that it is possible to recover, even from conditions said to have no 'cure.' I wish you the best on your path...
Ellen Landauer is Certified as an Advanced Pactitioner of Structural Integration body therapy - otherwise known as Rolfing. This hands-on therapy is the deepest, most comprehensive body alignment therapy.
Ellen has over 40 years in-depth study and experience of the safe and effective use of nutritional supplements, botanical extracts and detoxification methods.
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