You have been very helpful Autumsun! I am in Madison, AL, so I can easily check out the Huntsville Pain Center. Do you need a referral to go there? I have an appointment with a new doctor in April, but I don't know where he stands on fibromyalgia. He's fairly young (41), so perhaps he will be more in tune with modern medicine than my current doc. I notice that the Mayo Clinic recognizes fibromyalgia as a real disorder...not "all in your head" as so many people (including doctors!!!) believe.
Thanks so much. Trudy
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Oh also, it took forever for me to find a doctor in my area too. They didn't believe I suffered from anything because I was so young when I sought out help (I was 20 at the time). I don't know your location but I will tell you I finally found help from the Alabama Pain center in Huntsville. They had free orientation explaining what Fibro is and how the center can help.. that's how I got started. But since I didn't have great insurance I couldnt afford to stay there long. But I got an essential plan on exercise diet control and physical therapy and I do it all at home. It's help a lot and a couple years later we had a new doctor to come into my town of Scottsboro who started my pain medication treatment. She's an amazingly understanding person. And with help help and advice about going vegan and exercise I no longer need my medicine. It might take a while for you to find your "miracle doctor" like I did (took me 5 years) but I'm finally getting my disorders into order lol. Don't give up hope. Your time will come. Be patient, you can't rush good health.
Edited by: AUTUMSUN at: 3/2/2014 (14:44)
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Hi beespajamas, My names Melinda and I'm also an Alabama who suffers from fibro. I can tell you I went vegan three years ago because of a stomach condition I have called gastroparesis. Basically my stomach is paralyzed. It gave me stomach tumors because it went so long undiagnosed. That's when I new I had to change my diet. I started by cutting out dairy then meat. I no longer had problems with my stomach and I felt better pain wise too. After the three years though I decided to get into body building because exercise can elevate the pain from fibro. It's a slow go but I've already lost 11 lbs this year alone and I'm feeling better then ever. The only regular food I eat now is chicken or turkey but that's still only rarely because I want to make sure I get enough protein for my body building. The paleo diet can make a difference, so try it for at least two weeks and see if it in proves you pain. Sometimes it can take a while to get into things but let me tell you it will all be worth it in the end. I'm no longer on my pain medicine anymore because of the changes I've made. But keep in mind everyone is different so take it one day at a time. Good luck with your journey.
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