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7/4/13 7:46 A

I read Dr. Mercola's web site, and I follow Roby Mitchell M.D./PhD on YouTube, who is DrFitt as I found them when my son had Testicular Cancer. Dr. Mitchell had Advanced Prostrate Cancer and he cured himself with diet and exercise.
Dr. Mercola has a lot of information on how our gut bacteria effects our health. Fibro is a big issue on his web site and he has articles about how many people have it from taking in artificial sweetners or other toxins into their bodies. I've learned so much from his site and recommend it. He says Aspartame is in 6,000 products.
I've read THE DIABETES SOLUTION by Richard Bernstein MD, and I recommend his lectures on YouTube. He says ALL obese people are Insulin Resistant and I know I do.

Edited by: JIBBIE49 at: 7/4/2013 (07:48)

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7/4/13 7:16 A

I just read this article in It may help you; I'll include the link at the bottom. Essentially it says that over time moderate daily exercise really does help dealing with the pain and fatigue. I totally get what you are saying about flare ups; I've had to deal with that myself just like many other people here. The key is to do what you can. I know that sounds kind of lame, but I really find that I have to stop myself from being like, "ok, today I'm going to work out as hard as everyone else, no excuses!" But they are not excuses, if you over do it you just end up hurting more and suffering more and that's not what doing exercise should be about. Don't punish your body.

Also, I've found most classes are horrible things to do (except for perhaps things like yoga, water aerobics, and tai chi). Aerobic classes and spinning classes, although they are good for encouraging you to go to the gym the are probably less helpful because you are more likely to over do it and try to keep up with everyone else. Don't fall into the trap! I've definitely learned my lesson.

Here's that article:
And here's another one about yoga:

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4/10/13 8:53 P

I do what I can.. when I can.
I take arthritis strength tylenol as needed and try to keep moving. That's important.
One reason it's crucial that I lose weight. Excess weight can make fibro worse.

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4/10/13 7:02 P

I will be 59 in late June and I am on my way to losing weight. As of this past Monday, I've lost a total of 23 lbs since Oct. 2012 for which I am very proud and grateful. My problem is staying motivated when the flair-ups of fibro hit or the pain meds fail to do their job. Does anyone have any solutions? I just found this site yesterday and joined, thanks to the Wellness Group Leader at work. Thanks for any suggestions you might have. All are welcomed.

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Edited by: RJCOATNEY at: 4/10/2013 (19:03)

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