Improve Fibromyalgia Now: How I Learnt the Tools to Halve My Fibromyalgia Symptoms

What is the best way that exists to improve fibromyalgia? In this post, I share the best information that exists right now. I am keeping an eye on the research being done by Dr Jarred Younger and the Neuroinflammation, Pain and Fatigue Laboratory and I encourage you to as well. They are at the forefront of the research on fibromyalgia.

I believe that everybody can improve their quality of life. Whether you are suffering from chronic pain, chronic fatigue, insomnia, myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia – I believe there are steps we can take to improve our symptoms. I am not sure about complete recovery, yet, but I have personally halved my pain and fatigue levels. I have also dramatically improved my sleep – I no longer spend hours trying to get to sleep, sleep in one hour blocks or spend hours awake in pain in the night. It is just far and away better than before.

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How did I achieve this?

By following the advice of the authors in the following two books. And by working away at lots of little steps every single day.

I also believe if we gave these books to people as soon as they were diagnosed and their doctors were willing to work with them through them, then they would not decline as far and would begin to improve sooner.

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The FibroManual by Dr Liptan

This book was written by a doctor who has fibromyalgia herself and has dedicated her career to treating it. In a recent interview I saw with her, she said she believes herself to be around 80% better to what she was (following her own advice) and even works full time as a practicing doctor in addition to a lot of advocacy work and blogging etc. She also believes we may have the tools for complete recovery available in the next ten years!

This book is also designed to take the back portion to see your doctor and help them treat you. Especially the sleep section.

From Fatigued to Fantastic by Dr Teitelbaum

Another doctor who has fibromyalgia and who has dedicated his career to helping patients with it. A holistic protocol that begins with sleep. If you Google his name, you will find a multitude of resources, including videos and interviews and an entire website.

Both of these books are multi-pronged attacks and deal with more than just band aids for pain and fatigue.

Even if you only found one nugget in these books, you would improve your quality of life. These books are packed full of useful things to enact.

If you are able to follow instructions and try things yourself – then you will surely see results.

Dr Liptan also gives further detail about nutritional changes in The Fibro Food Formula book – so check that out!

All of these areas take time and trial and error. If you want to DIY it, write out a big list of goals or things to try from these books and slowly working through it

If you want support, then you can get some coaching (with me or another health coach). They can help you break it down into manageable chunks.

My Hypothesis

I believe if I was handed one or both of these books at the beginning (and had a doctor who would help me with their parts) then I wouldn’t have gotten so sick and it wouldn’t have taken so long to get better. The cascade of physiological flow on effects wouldn’t have occurred.

To Do List

  • Read one or both of these books
  • Write out the main list of areas (sleep, pain, nutrition etc.)
  • Fill in ideas to try under each area, including what you need to ask your doctor for help with
  • Work on each part slowly
  • If you can, engage a coach to help you with this work – it’s complex and there’s a lot to it
  • You might like to look at my Fibromyalgia Framework Series for a quick start DIY guide
  • If you want to start your own small, sustainable steps join us in Yoga and Meditation for the Chronic Life virtual mindful movement studio, here we take mindful movement, breathing, meditation and turn them into tools for daily symptom management.

Do you think you can improve your quality of life? Have you done it? Followed one of these books, or another protocol? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Do you agree with my hypothesis? That we can improve fibromyalgia now by following one or both of these two books?

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My Favourite Five Books About Fighting Fibromyalgia

At this point in my journey, it’s rather hard for content I read to contain new information. However, these are my top five books for anyone with Fibromyalgia, whether you are starting out or a veteran. Often I will re-read these and glean new threads to follow up on to take me further into my healing journey.

My Five Favourite Books About Fighting Fibromyalgia

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1. The FibroManual: A Complete Treatment Guide to

Fibromyalgia for You and Your Doctor by Dr Ginerva Liptan

Dr Liptan is a doctor who has Fibromyalgia. She developed it while in medical school, with little recognition of it among those in the mainstream medical field at the time. Through research, trial and error, she has managed to recover from (not cure) Fibromyalgia.

Her book The Fibro Manual: A complete Fibromyalgia Treatment Guide for You and Your Doctor (2016) is a revelation. Not in that it has entirely new ideas for me, but her research coupled with her experience (personal and professional) has produced conclusions that resonate with me.

For example, she believes sleep to be a vital factor in treatment:
“Sleep studies show that Fibromyalgia subjects show abnormal “awake-type” brain waves all night long, with reduced and interrupted deep sleep and frequent “mini-awakenings” (Brandi 1994; Kooh 2003). This deep-sleep deprivation leads to pain, fatigue, and poor brain function (Lerma 2011; Moldofsky 2008; Harding 1998). Treatment focused on increasing deep sleep is the key to improving all these symptoms.” The Fibro Manual: A complete Fibromyalgia Treatment Guide for You and Your Doctor (2016) Dr Ginevra Liptan p25.

She has chapters dedicated to helping us achieve a whole night’s sleep. This includes a table of medicines that can help the different parts of the brain with sleep disturbances. (I always look up medicines online to check potential side effects etc.)

Once sleep is tackled, she explains how to approach the rest – food intolerances, nutritional imbalances, pain, fatigue and fibro fog.

The structure is such that it is designed for us to gain an understanding of our illness and the ways forward (vital as we are often our own advocates) and also to share the information with our doctors (who, as a profession, like evidence-based treatment).

There is a handy appendix with a useful treatment plan that you can show your doctor. Liptan also provides tips for how to effectively work with your primary physician (who sees many patients a day in 15 minute slots and doesn’t necessarily have time to read all the research on Fibromyalgia) including to break up your issues (ie. fatigue, then pain, then other) and how to approach treatment ideas.

I’d wholly recommend reading this book, whether you are newly diagnosed or a veteran needing a tune up.

2. From Fatigued to Fantastic! by Dr Jacob Teitelbaum

Dr Jacob Teitelbaum is one of a few prominent physicians who treat Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He wrote From Fatigued to Fantastic! And has developed the SHINE protocol to help manage the illnesses. An important part of the SHINE protocol is nutrition. Based on research Dr T found that people with Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome tend to be short on some key nutrients, including the B complex, vitamin C and D and magnesium.

I’m a real fan of Dr Teitelbaum, he has so much information freely available online. He has a real wealth of information on his website. I’ve slowly come back to each letter of his SHINE protocol as I’m ready to tackle it. Currently I’m working on H – Hormones. This is where the adrenals and thyroid come into play. My thyroid results are considered optimal. But I am taking an adrenal supplement – a completely natural one made only from herbs. I have read his books multiple times. Each time I glean new understanding. There is an entire checklist section at the back for you to work through.

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3. Take Back Your Life: Find Hope and Freedom From Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Pain by Tami Stackelhouse

I enjoyed this book. This woman has achieved a lot. In addition to this book, she has set up the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute to train fibro coaches – these people work with and advocate for people with Fibromyalgia. I read this book on Amazon Kindle and have dozens of bookmarks and highlights all throughout. She talks about managing pain, increasing energy, improving sleep, how to work with your doctor, how to help yourself heal, and bring more joy into your life. She talks about her own journey which I feel is really important, and she is real. She is proud (and rightly so) or working her way in her chosen career (helping others with Fibromyalgia) by putting in workable boundaries – she takes regular breaks, has Wednesdays off for recovery and works to her body clock starting and finishing later than the usual expectations.

4. The Fibro Fix: Get to the Root of Your Fibromyalgia and Start Reversing Your Chronic Pain and Fatigue in 21 Days  by Dr David Brady

Dr Brady’s big thing is that a lot of Fibromyalgia patients are misdiagnosed, that there are not as many people with classic Fibromyalgia as those diagnosed as Fibromyalgia – simply because the doctors give up. After reading the first part of his book, I confirmed that I probably am a “classic” Fibromyalgia patient – my thyroid levels are considered optimal (not just “normal” as most doctors look at), I don’t have candida etc. He prefers natural treatments over pharmaceutical and puts emphasis on diet. His 21 day plan involves detoxification, diet and movement. I don’t necessarily believe that the body cannot properly detox on its own. Nor that a special diet will “cure” us. But there are a lot of useful nuggets in this book.

5. Suffered Long Enough: A Physician’s Journey of

Overcoming Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and Lyme by Dr Bill Rawls

Another physician who has tackled the fibro beast themselves, and Lyme – his protocol focuses on rooting out the infection that causes Lyme. He sells a vitamin package that I have read positive reviews about. However, it doesn’t cure these people, it is an addition to what they already do. I wouldn’t purchase the whole set as a lot of the ingredients I have already come across and/or tried. It is also expensive to ship these things to New Zealand. There’s a lot of good, natural information here.

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I have shared my personal journey and research as I have taken myself from miserable to thriving in Melissa vs Fibromyalgia. I have also shared my journey and research through pregnancy with chronic pain and fatigue.

I’d love to hear your favourite books about chronic pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia. You may also like to check out my Reading Corner with even more books.