Archive for February, 2012

No Pain No Gain, Apparently

Posted: February 10, 2012 in Opinion, Other

It’s been almost 8 months since I stood up out of my chair to go to bed & felt more pain than I have ever felt in my life, since then not a day has gone by that I haven’t been in varying degrees of pain & it would just be nice to be able to do things without wondering how much whatever it is, is going to hurt.

Before June 2011 I’d experienced a bit of pain from time to time & I was led to believe by Doctor’s that it was due to having flexible joints & whatever joint had appeared to come out, would work its way back in. 

From Nov 2010 – March 2011 I’d had knee, thumb & elbow trouble & although it was occasionally hard to deal with, it stopped eventually, but only for a short period of time.

After numerous Doctor’s appointments, Physiotherapy sessions & being prescribed painkillers & anti-inflammatories that didn’t work but instead spaced me out, I finally got a diagnosis.

I have Fibromyalgia, this is ‘…is a medical disorder characterized by chronic widespread pain and allodynia, a heightened and painful response to pressure‘ (Source: Wkipedia). There are some associated symptoms, but thankfully I don’t have any of them (Sleep disturbance, stress, depression, fatigue, joint stiffness), I just have the pain & to be honest, that is enough!

I don’t like taking painkillers apart from the odd paracetamol now & again, so rather than take some every single day I’ve decided to try to make a difference using food.

You can really make a difference to your health if you eat the right foods, mango & pineapple contain for example natural antibiotics & anti-inflammatories as well as a whole host of other things, & they are a lot more natural than taking medication that contains chemicals that will probably give you some sort of side effects. I’m not against prescribed medication, in some cases it works wonders, but personally if I can medicate using food, then I would rather do that.

This is what I’m doing:

  • I’ve had to reduce the amount of caffeine in my diet (What?? no caffeine??), ok, so I haven’t completely weened myself off it yet, but I will once the tea bags have run out (I promise). Caffeine can cause inflammation in the joints of those with Fibromyalgia.
  • I’m eating more tomatoes & pineapple because these can help er, somehow – can’t remember how exactly, but I love them anyway so it’s no problem.
  • Green tea is also good, so I’m having a cup a day & as it’s a natural antioxidant too, it might help flush out some toxins.
  • I’ve got to keep up with my exercise routine as this will help to keep my joints flexible & make them stronger – which is fine by me!

I’ve only been using this form of treatment since Wednesday so I cannot say if it’s helped at all, & if it doesn’t I’ll look for something else that I can do.

It’s not exactly pleasant knowing that I’ll probably always be in pain, but I’ve got used to it now & it could always be worse.

Whether it’s a shoulder, elbow, wrist, thumb, knee, ankle or whatever that is giving me grief, I still feel fortunate that it’s just Fibromyalgia & not something worse.

So please excuse me if I ever go a little quiet on you or I’m hesitant to do things, it’s quite likely that I’m in a lot of pain. I’m good at disguising how I really feel & I guess that’s why I’ve been on the stage; trust me, I’m not miserable, I’m just trying to ignore the pain & get on with things.

In the past I’ve added videos to help emphasise what I’ve been saying, & I couldn’t really think of one, so I thought this might do, it’s by my favourite singer Marcy Levy (Marcella Detroit) & I guess thinking about it, the title kind of says it all, to be pain free would ‘Feel Good’, enjoy.

Rachel. x