As we are in October I thought this would be the perfect time to go over where I was 10 years ago to where I’m now. If you have listened to episode #2 “The Pit ” …My Story don’t worry this episode will be different from that episode . If you have not listened to that episode I would . It is one of my most popular podcast episodes . The link will be in the show notes. 

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So let’s get into today’s episode “Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 10 years ago ! 

I totally believe your past could make you a stronger person.I also believe that many people diagnosed with fibromyalgia  think it is the end of their life and I’m here to tell you that it is not. Look at me I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at the age of 20 years old about 6 weeks before my 21 st birthday.  It’s what you do with the diagnosis that makes you a stronger person. 

Growing up I was constantly going to the doctor for infections and would run really high temperatures every 4 to 6 weeks. I was sick constantly and maybe that is how I got it or maybe it was traumatic events in my childhood. Who knows ? I do recall there was a bad flu in 2009 that I had.  I don’t question it because that is a scary place to stay in if you do.  I do believe that Fibromaygia can be a combination of stress, lifestyle , traumatic event , immune issues , environment , and food choices which I can help you with. 

So let’s skip to 10 months before I was diagnosed so this was January of 2010 I was completely wiped out all the time no matter what I did . I was constantly in  pain. Just before that exhaustion I completed a 500 hour certification program to be a personal trainer in 6 months. I turned 20 a few weeks after that program. I couldn’t go to the gym without coming home and taking a couple hours of nap. Eventually I stopped going at all.  

So when I was diagnosed in the fall like many of you think when you first get diagnosed you feel a quick sense of relief then your next thoughts are ok what is next . You have never heard of the word Fibromyalgia but you have the trust in mostly likely the rheumatologist who diagnosed you that he knows all the answers. Were you raising your hand when I said that ?

You might get a pamphlet explaining it . I actually keep mine all these years and have it somewhere. You get told this medication Cymbalt or lyrica is the answer. Then you are told to do physical therapy. As you are listening to this I know you can relate because I’ve heard it from so many people. 

You think now that this is it ! I will take the medications and do the physical therapy and I will feel better.  For me I left the room at some point and the rheumatologist told my grandma while I think she is depressed. I’m going to be brutaley honest with you all That is so stupid to me that the doctor would say that . I’m sure you all have something like that happen with your fibromyalgia journey. Of course I was  depressed when I couldn’t get out of the house and was in so much pain that I was crying all the time.

Let’s just say that is supposed to be one of the top rheumatology places in the country . Recently I did a phone call just to know and was  told they don’t even take fibromyalgia people anymore. Not that it would help people . 

I did cymbalta for a few days but was so nauseated that I was like no thanks. I  didn’t want to be on medication the rest of my life . 

I went to physical therapy, did swimming and weight training . Which I think was crazy. I had just completed a personal training program almost a year before that. I do remember enjoying the warm towel that they put over at the end of the session but of course that doesn’t last . I do remember coming out crying because of course it was not working. As you are listening, are you shaking your head because you can relate. 

Right next door was a pain management place. I asked the rheumatologist If that would be a good idea and the doctor said yes. I did two appointments where they would touch my back that was bare and mark it up .I would get the wheel into the room where they shoot  a huge needle into all those dots. By the way I was awake when they were shooting the needle into my back.  Afterward you had to sit still for a while and drink juice and cookies because your blood sugar would drop.  I would get into the car and would cry so hard . You were supposed to take it easy for 24 hours.  I hope you have never done this . There are places across the country. 

Side note it is personally crazy to me that we put so much trust into doctors with them knowing so little knowledge on how nutrition plays a big part in fibromyalgia . That they aren’t going to say much if at all about nutrition. Mostly likely they have no idea that nutrition can help us with fibromyalgia. They will just recommend the physical therapy and medications. Which is what they were taught . It might be different if you see naturopathy. 

I’m sure many of you can relate to what I’m going to say next . You can go from different doctors seeking the answers. Or you are referred to one doctor after another. You are stuck in this vicious cycle . Thinking this time you are going to get the answers you so desperately seek . I can totally relate to you. I went to so many different doctors in my 20’s.

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Eventually my grandma saw an ad in the newspaper sharing that a wellness chiropractor that I talked about in episode  22.  Luckily he was only 10 minute away in southern arizona. 

This started my journey of healing because I was willing to do anything the  wellness chiropractor told me to do. I did 8 months with that chiropractor going to the adjustments following his supplement and elimination plan. I did stool testing , slavia testing. Gradually over the next few months as I began to feel improvement in my overall  health for the first time in 22 years. 

This journey of mine awakened within me  a desire to learn as much as I could about wellness  through nutrition. Around this same time I took a one year course from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Compelled to deepen my knowledge I decided to enroll in the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition  because their protocol teaches the connections between client Symptoms and the affected body Systems. For example,  if you have  frequent sinus infections , then there  is a connection between that infection and the Digestive and Immune systems .

 Four years later I earned my diploma to become a registered holistic nutritionist. This was over 3 years ago.   I am also certified as an Eating psychology coach from the Institute of Psychology of Eating.

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So you are probably wondering how I’m doing today with my health ? 

I will be totally honest with you. So the good things first I’m not stuck on the couch in pain, fatigue, headaches, and not living a life. I’m able to run my nutrition business helping others with fibromyalgia. I’m able to focus on the relationships in my life. I’m able to go hiking and go out to run errands and go to church. I remember going out to have such a struggle and it would whip me out 10 years ago. I am able to cook and clean those activities that people with fibro struggle to do. I do struggle with my immune system and hormones but my life is 100 percent better than it was 10 years ago. I want you to know that I continue to work on myself so that I can give you the best food recommendations and supplements when you work with me. So you don’t have to do the research. I’m all about working with those ones on one so you can get an individualized plan based on your health concerns. 
If you are listening to this episode when it came out just think we only have 9 weeks left of 2020. Why wait until the new year to see if a holistic nutritionist can improve your Fibromyalgia go to www.amandaeliselove.com where you can schedule a complimentary 45-minute call to explore your options.

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During this call, we will discuss your fibromyalgia journey, what your needs and challenges are and we will also talk about your next step. Thank you for tuning in today and join us next time as we explore ways to build up your immune system before the holidays.

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