I have fibromyalgia. Doctors estimate that it started when I was 2; I was diagnosed at 26. I am 44. Exercise is always difficult to start after I have had a break. The first 2 weeks always make me feel like I was in a horrible car crash. After the first 2 weeks, it gets easier and then I slowly increase the length and difficulty of my work outs.
Life has been so much better since I began eating better and exercising. I longer take any meds for pain or sleeping. I still have difficulty sleeping and endure pain, but it is somewhat manageable. Currently I go to the gym to do Zumba on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, do yoga on Monday and Wednesday, take salsa dancing lessons on Tuesday and Friday (sometimes on Sunday too), and swim on Thursday and Saturday. I occasionally go hiking or bike riding too. I avoid all white sugar and flour completely and eat a pescatarian diet that is nearly vegetarian. (I eat fish a few times a week.)
It has taken me years to get to this place! I've been on SP since 2008, when I made the choice to take myself off of all of the meds. I was on 2 meds for fibro (1 for sleep and 1 for pain) and 3 to 4 more for side effects. I discussed this decision with my doctors and they encouraged me to do so as long as I was eating healthy and exercising. I found SP and some other online resources that helped me too. Now the only meds I take are for asthma and allergies. I have not returned to the doctor for fibro since 2008.
“Peace is to be found only within, and unless one finds it there he will never find it at all. Peace lies not in the external world. It lies within one's own soul.” Ralph W. Trine
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