HI Alice and welcome to our community.
Coconut oil, what can I say?
To me it is the ultimate Functional Food, a gift from nature
and a life saver!
Getting fibro from a viral infection makes me suspect that there still might be an underlying low grade infectious condition present.
Do a search here for Dr. Garth Nicolson, an expert in mycoplasma infections and co-infections and a part time contributor in MedHelp for more details.
If you want some suggestions to help you deal with fibro please do a search here, under IWILLDOTHIS and it will bring you to a thread which I started a while back, full of suggestions and remedies.
I hope this helps.
Thank you for answering me. I am getting so tired that it is to the point that I think I may have to quit working. I just don't have the energy to teach school...and I'm dreading the beginning of the school year. I think that doctors have given me every drug possible for Fibromyalgia, including cymbalta. I may not have given Cymbalta enough of a chance. I keep hoping that something the doctor suggests might work because ....I used to have faith in doctors until I got sick. The strange thing is that I feel very listless and tired but if I get on my bicycle I actually feel better and sometimes forget that I usually feel so bad.
I just bought a product from a friend who is selling an expensive fruit and veg supplement in capsules. You are supposed to feel more energy from this but I am not feeling more energy.
Earlier this summer I had some bloodwork and at first they told me that I tested positive for Hep C. Then after the second test (a viral load test), they said it was a false positive and that I DIDN'T have hepatitis C.
WHen I was young I had herpes at around age 23.....Sometimes I wonder if the herpes could be partly the cause of my chronic fatigue.
So I am blathering on. I will look at the thread you mentioned. thank you again.
Alice, it is nice to support a friend by purchasing the energy capsules, however, I think that they work much better in theory, than in real life!
In your situation, the first thing I would do is "ditch" all carbs, including artificial sugars and anything containing gluten.
This means that you have to screen your shampoo, your night cream,
your moisturizers, packaged nuts, potato chips etc. It's almost in everything!!
Gluten to my opinion is probably one of the most offensive molecule to the immune system and a suspected factor in many autoimmune diseases.
Another reason I suggest carb avoidance, is because a muscle toxin called tartaric acid is very prevelant in CFS & FMS. It feeds off carbs (indirectly) and it interferes with the Kreb's cycle, a series of eight reactions that occur in the mitochondrion, the energy producing part of the cell.
Tartaric acid is an antagonist to malic acid (vital in metabolism), so supplementation with organic raw ACV -the top source for malic acid-
would help tremendously.
Another reason is that carbs feed fungal/yeast organisms and when there's a yeast overgrowth, fatigue and tiredessness, set in.
The next stage is a candida infection, which may cause numerous unwanted symptoms.
One more thing to rule out is low thyroid function. I find myself repeating this to many members, only because it is approaching epidemic levels
and it continues to be undiagnosed, underdiagnosed or worse: Mis-diagnosed! This consequently leaves great numbers of patients untreated,
undertreated or mistreated, many of which develop very serious conditions, including heart disease!
Should you be interested to have this checked, you can do on your own:
Dr. Barnes Basal Temeprature Test. Just follow the simple online instructions precisely.
What type of herpes did you have at 23?
Thanks for answering - I know ...I think the veg caps are a waste of money ....she sold me these shakes as well. I'm not even sure what the purpose of those would be and they don't taste very good either.
I am taking a lot of drugs now and honestly I don't know if they work. I am glad that I sleep every night but it would be nice to wake up and feel good instead of waking up half dead.
When you say ditch all carbs, do you mean not eating fruit as well?
I have experimented with not eating any wheat, and I get terrible cravings for it.
I have had a lot of tests - for lyme disease, rhumatoid arthritis, but everything comes back negative. I even had a very expensive scan...inside one of those tubes that give other people anxiety attacks (it didn't bother me)
I never had a test for herpes but I had the classic symptoms of the first infection....I had sore thighs and one blister - agenital herpes outbreak. Since then and that was 30 years ago almost exactly, I have had a lot of recurrences of herpes. Initially I had it almost monthly for a year. But after that I have only had it come back a few times in the exact same spot. This is gross to talk about.
Honestly I am worried about the false positive Hep C result...I am wondering if maybe I really do have Hep C but they just failed with their test. I have never taken drugs through needles...I don't have tatoos.. and I'm not a gay man....those are the highest risk factors for Hep C.
Well, again, thanks for your help. Alice
Herpes never goes away, but it remains mostly dormant, with periodic outbreaks , specially when your immune system is suppressed
As for the Hep.C, you don`t fit the profile, specially when the viral load test returned undetectable levels of infection.
On the other hand, the terrible cravings when avoiding wheat, is usually
a tell-tale sign of Candida. These fungal infectious organisms are messing with your brain and create these cravings, so they can grow and spread further into your body , causing disturbances of all sorts.
Sorry for the graphic explanation.
You may do a `Saliva Test for Candida`on your own. Just look it up online-simple and fast. It is not diagnostic, but it is very indicative of Candida,
specially when the saliva is fairly stringy and thick.
Fruit contains ample amounts of sugar, so on a CF regimen it is definitely out.
(Dairy would be out too, as it contains carbs as well)
I realize, I`m offering you a lot of information you really don`t want to hear.
The upside of this though is, that it could potentially help you feel much better.
I appreciate your suggestions. I have tried low carb before...maybe 12 years ago with great weight loss very quickly....but I found it very difficult to sustain. I would miss the fruit a lot at this point. I guess the point is you have to eat more vegetables. If I felt better I would try it.
But will consider...... I thought that with candida it would be easy to know if you had that because I thought it was like a yeast infection.
Many people have suggested that I pursue a Lyme disease test from an independent lab. My family doctor just rolled his eyes and said that he had already given me the Mayo clinic's best test. I know there is a great divide between traditional docs and the LLMD's. How do you know whether you are going to a reputable doctor? I think it is tricky to find that out. I live in a rural area and I am far away from any major city.
But I am definitely sick of being sick and tired! I see that you are a Reiki practitioner. I would like to know more about that.
hope you had a good weekend. Alice
Alice, I'm off to Europe early in the morning, so I'll touch base with you in a few days, after I'm settled in.
Candida has a thousand faces and it's diagnosis is not active actively pursued by most conventional doctors. You are likely referring to thrush or localized yeast infections.
When Candida becomes a systemic infection it can weaken your intestinal lining, compromise your immune system and if left untreated, lead to more serious conditions, like CFS, FMS and others.
Lyme Disease is notoriously difficult to diagnose and to treat.
It's recommended to consult with an LLMD and get testing done by IGENEX Labs, however, best approach is to rule out first suspected conditions which are simpler to investigate, than Lyme's Disease.
Reiki info-->. next post. Have to catch some ZZZs!
Niko - have a great trip to Europe. In the meantime I am trying to go to a low carb diet without any wheat.
I'll let you know how that goes.
I have debilitating fibromyalgia. The key for me was drinking lots of water, no soda, ibuprofen as needed for inflammation, and combining Cymbalta with Lyrica. Without that combo, I literally could not get out of bed! :)
Reiki is a form of hands on ancient healing art based on energy transfer.
It is holistic and it works on the body-mind-spirit
by stimulating or our healing abilities.
Rei means Universal and Ki is the energy/vitality that gives
life to all living beings and things.
Many cultures have used healing techniques which stimulate the
flow of Ki, however, Reiki is a profound discipline which works
by opening and re-balancing the chakras (energy centers) and
facilitate the flow of Universal energy throughout the body
(when a full treatment is done).
The immune system and the body's own healing abilities get stimulated
and I find that the results are phenomenal after 4-5 treatments within one week, where the body receives a significant boost of Reiki energy flow.
My daughter is a Reiki Master and I'm at level 2. Hopefully this fall, I will receive my training and attunement for Reiki Master level.
Now, we're all settled down here (Crete) well and thank god for a/c and the sea-lol! -as there's a heat wave which seems to be easing-off a bit.
I hope your diet helps you feel better, which may take time to show results, (some people though may experience improvement within days) but you need to stay strong, to stick with it.
Thanks for writing. Crete sounds wonderful. I have only seen Greece through movies. I hope you have a great time there.
I have been trying to eat better...
I am feeling somewhat better lately probably because I have been riding my bicycle every day for fun, distraction, and exercise. I really love it. But tomorrow I have to go back to full time work and that is daunting.
I want to keep working without feeling overwhelmed.
Interesting about the Reiki. Where did you study to learn about that?
Hey Alice, cycling is one of my fav. forms of exercise, however, I wouldn't
consider cycling down here in Crete. You gotta have nerves of steel and a
heightened sense of adventure to ride a bike, in this... insane island traffic!
I was always drawn to energy modalities and Reiki appealed to me tremendously.
When it was offered at the college where my daughter studied Holistic Health, I signed up immediately.
It was a great complement to the other therapies I had studied and one of the few, where the person who facilitates/channels it, receives as much benefit as the client/patient.
BTW low dose Naltrexone has worked well for 2 people who I personally know, who both suffer from MS and both experienced total remission.
Now, I don't think this is typical, but it's worth a try.
The challenge is to find a willing doctor to sign the script, as it is off label
AND it must come from a compounding pharmacy ( because of the low dose).
Hang in there, Alice. My thoughts are with you.