Back in 2008, I had a very rough year.
My condo foreclosed, I moved back in with my parents, I got a temporary job in a new field, I was hired and let go of in the span of 6 months, and my body began to break down on me.
I began to experience muscle pain in my entire body. Sometimes, this pain traveled. It would start in my leg, and then I would feel it in my back, and then it would migrate to my shoulder. The traveling pain was isolated and unpredictable. There was no distinguishable pattern, so there was no way for me to know what part of my body was going to hurt next, or for how long.
Other times, this pain consumed me, and I felt as if I’d been thrown off of a bridge. Every part of my body would hurt.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, I later began to wake up with debilitating migraines. I would wake up at 6 or 7 in the morning, but I was back in bed by 11 AM or 12 PM. The migraines operated like clockwork. I always woke up knowing that I would have five to six hours to get things done before these migraines came back.
Living this way was awful because I wasn’t living. I wasn’t even surviving. I was existing.
Eventually, I went to visit a doctor who ordered a lot of tests, but they all came back negative. Even my blood work looked good. Unsure of what to do, my doctor told me that she believed I had Fibromyalgia, but she didn’t want to diagnose me with that disease because I was so young. “If I put this diagnosis on your medical file, your insurance rates will go up. Every time you go to a doctor, they’ll just blame your Fibromyalgia for everything, and you won’t get real tests, medicine or procedures when you need them.”
Then, she said something I didn’t expect. “You are so young, and I do not want to diagnose you with this. I can prescribe some pills to you. That will help with the pain, but it won’t fix the problem.”
My doctor knew that I was HEAVILY against taking prescription drugs because I had seen how they had affected my entire family. I was an ibprofin and aspirin kinda girl. I stayed away from anything stronger than that.
“I suggest trying a holistic approach. See if you can find herbal medicine or another way to deal with this. Right now, the medical community doesn’t have any answers for you.”
I was frustrated by the diagnosis but I appreciated her honesty. Based on her suggestion, I dove into the ‘holistic approach, and eventually, I was cured. I don’t know if I really had Fibromyalgia, but I do know that I was sick, and the holistic lifestyle that I adopted healed my body from the inside out.
Here is what I did to nurse my body back to health:
Organic Diet – I was fortunate to live in an area where there were plenty of Farmer’s Markets within a 15 mile radius of where I lived. Instead of purchasing organic fruits and vegetables from grocery stores, I bought them at Farmer’s Markets for two reasons.
1. It was cheaper and
2. To support local farmers in my area.
It was a win/win! I purchased fresh fruits and vegetables that were in season, and if something was about to go out of season (like strawberries), I’d buy an abundance of them so I could freeze them and use them sparingly throughout the winter.
My smoothies mostly consisted of:
– 1 Cup of Blueberries
– 1 Cup of Strawberries
– 1 shot of Monavie OR 1 scoop of *Sambazon Freeze Dried Acai (I started off with Monavie but eventually used Sambazon instead, because it was cheaper, easier to get, and easier to store. Overall, I like Sambazon better.)
– 1 to 2 Tablespoons of Raw, Organic, Local Honey
– Orange Juice
I always added one additional fruit too, like a banana, peaches, pineapple, or other berries. It allowed for some variety and changed the flavor just enough so I didn’t get sick of smoothies.
To find a local Farmer’s Market near you, check out this website: https://www.localharvest.org
For lunch, I would have homemade sandwiches with soup or salad. I used both whole grain bread and nitrate-free sandwich meats. For dinner, I ate anything I wanted and tried to get a huge portion of vegetables in with every meal.
Guided Meditation – At this point in my life, I had already experienced the magic of meditation, and had seen the evidence of its fruits in my own life. It only made sense to incorporate meditation on my journey to heal my body. I meditated twice a day, every day using two different meditations. In the morning, I used the *Soul Of Healing Meditations by Deepak Chopra, and at night when I was sleeping, I used the *Universal Mind Meditation created by Kelly Howell.
Chiropractic Care – I initially began going to the chiropractor because my back was killing me. All throughout my twenties, I had a history of bad back problems. Specifically, lower back pain. The chiropractor took x-rays and showed me the areas in which my spine was compressed. Consistent chiropractic care helped to heal my spine, and eventually, the back pain was gone.
Acupuncture – When the rest of my body was feeling better, I still struggled with terrible migraines. I had them every day. Sometimes, they weren’t as bad. Other days, they were terrible. Acupuncture was the only thing that got rid of my migraines.
I used both traditional acupuncture and electroacupuncture. I hated the electroacupuncture.
With natural needles, I actually felt the energy moving in my body, and I felt different areas begin to pulsate. I could feel my body moving back into harmony with the Universe. It was a beautiful, emotional and relaxing feeling. Everything felt sacred during that session.
The electroacupuncture worked to relieve the migraines, but it didn’t have the same relaxing feeling of syncing into resonance with the Universe like the traditional acupuncture did.
Within a few weeks of combining all of these techniques, the pain went away, and my illness – whatever it was – seems to have been cured.
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