At this point, I’ve read a lot of the research and books by doctors with Fibromyalgia, what really perks my ears up is a book written by a fellow fibro fighter.
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It has a pretty and inspiring cover:
In the introduction, Nurse shares how she was diagnosed – after years and years of being fobbed off by doctors (sounds familiar).
The chapters are broken into: Challenges, Diet, Recipes, Medication and Supplements, Lifestyle, Meaningful Living with a summary at the end.
In challenges Nurse presents some of the key issues we face.
“Each of us battles our demon symptom, the one symptom that is king above all else. For me, that’s the chronic exhaustion. But my GP says there is nothing she can recommend for me except exercise.”
I can relate to this, my demon symptom is my neck and doctors have been generally unhelpful.
Other challenges include: the people who disbelieve us. The impact of stress. The invisibility of our illness.
In Diet, Nurse outlines how she (step by step) implemented dietary changes. She provides a list of healthy foods.
The recipe section includes some nourishing teas to try and some delicious, nutritious foods.
In the medicines and supplements chapter she discussed an important point around medicines:
“When I consider how fibromyalgia steals our dreams and lives, I staunchly decided that I would have some quality of life on medication than have a longer life in a worse off position.”
I want to thank Alisha for this piece of honesty with which I wholeheartedly concur.
In Lifestyle, Nurse lists some good, practical tips for living well with fibromyalgia. Including eating well, Epsom salt baths, exercise, pacing, managing stress.
Meaningful Living – help others, have empathy and faith.
“Have faith, believe and work without ceasing.”
In this compact handbook, Nurse provides you with some of the things that have helped her. Hopefully you can find something here to help you on your journey.
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Find my book, which is everything I know and do to fight Fibromyalgia: