I had a post all written out yesterday, but didn’t quite like it and never got around to fixing it and publishing it. So I’m trying again. This first little bit might sound like I’m complaining or whining. I’m not really. Just trying to get what I can out there for the rest of my post to make sense.
So let’s start sort of at the beginning. The beginning of my awesome health issues. It has been just over 12 years since I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Even had a nice ole goiter with it. My levels were off the charts and I was glad to finally know why I felt like I did. Still trying to get a handle on it. Fast forward 5 years. I start having severe pain in my hands, figured it was RA because everyone who has an autoimmune disorder has more than one. Went to a specialist. Nope, turns out it is Fibromyalgia. Awesome. Never know when it is going to hit, it just does. Now fast forward to last February. I met with a new doctor. This happens frequently because doctors don’t really listen. New doc says that if you have Hashimoto’s you shouldn’t eat gluten, but to be safe on that assumption we’ll test you with the blood test they use to determine Celiacs. He tells me to eat nothing but Gluten for 3 days. Yeah I made it 2 ½ and thought I was going to die. Went to do the blood test. My levels were quite where they would be if I had full blown celiacs but it was high enough for me to say yeah not going there. So there you have it I have all sorts of fun stuff going on.
Which brings me to what I wanted to post about. I saw a quote yesterday on this website http://www.projecthappiness.org/happiness-challenge-day-20/ it said: “Your body’s ability to heal is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe.” I believe this quote whole heartedly. Probably why I change doctors so frequently. They just want to give me a medication and say, “there that’s all you need.” But I never feel better, I feel the same or worse. And that seems pointless. Even the new doc has helped a little and put me on supplements instead of stuff to just mask the problem, but I’m still not 100%. I hate it. This week has been a bad one and I guess that’s why it’s on my mind. The Fibro has flared up this week and anymore the only thing I can contribute the flare ups to, are the weather and over exerting myself. You see when I wake up in the mornings I feel like I just ran 2 full marathons (and I can’t even run a mile) and then did and an extensive weight lifting regimen. How do you do all the things you’re supposed to when you feel like that? I still haven’t figured it out and so these are my least productive days even though I have a lot to get done.
So how does one go about healing their body? Not sure yet. But I think a lot of it has to do with food and what substances we take in to our bodies, and what we choose to expose ourselves to. I’m well aware that sugar and soda are so not good for me, but I have yet to figure out how to get off of them again. There was a point in my life where I hardly ate or drank any of that, but lately that isn’t the case and I don’t really have the will power to quit. Apparently that should be my first goal. Then of course there are the types of food we eat. My husband did a lot of research when I was first diagnosed with Fibro and found that a lot of people with Fibro did better when they went off of MSG. So we gave it a go. Processed foods rarely get eaten in this house just to avoid any form of MSG. That helped out a ton. My flare ups totally went down. But I can still do better and eat more whole foods, more veggies, and more fruits. You know the stuff your body really needs to survive. As I’ve done research I’ve noticed that there are a lot of people out there saying, “Eat this way, take this supplement every day, follow this diet, or do this.” I don’t believe there is really only one way to help your body heal itself. I really think that it might be a combination of a bunch, but it really just depends on your body. If I’m listening close enough mine seriously tells me what I need. It’s usually just based off of what I’m craving other than sugar. For instance, right now I really want things with protein in them, which tells me I must be lacking in protein and it’s what my body needs. I have to be careful with this though because I don’t really exercise a whole lot and this could turn into a really bad thing if I overdo it with the protein. My other goal should be more exercise I know, but it’s hard when overexertion ends in another flare up.
I love researching new things, but sometimes it can be a challenge when there are so many opinions out there and not very many things that are tried and tested. I have become my own guinea pig. 🙂 Our bodies are amazing and can heal themselves we just have to take the time to listen and figure it out.