For the past 6 and a half years I have been dealing with a great number of symptoms. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2011 and nearly every physician’s visit since then, I have come home with a new “condition”. The newest of which was asthma and COPD.
I realized about two years ago that the prescription medications (up to 15) were not helping me but making me worse. I felt incredibly toxic and stopped taking all except for two. I had been taking Cymbalta and Savella after trying Lyrica with no effect. For a time, the combination of Cymbalta and Savella worked. I was less achy and seemed to help my muscular tension and pain. However, they stopped working altogether and was doing nothing for me. So I started reviewing my symptoms and a better way to take care of myself.
After much (and when I say much, I mean massive) researching, reading, messaging, and emailing, I realized just how much the prescription medication was toxic to me. I stopped the Savella, Cymbalta, and everything but two of my prescriptions. I began to learn about the root causes for this hideous illness and my search began with Dr. Roger Murphree of Birmingham, Alabama. Since I have not yet made an appointment to see him, I visited his website and listened to many of his videos, recordings, and free webinars dealing with the root causes of fibromyalgia. I made copious notes and how his information related directly to me and my particular symptoms. Then my search took me to finding the best alternative to prescriptions for me. The Fibro Doctor Your Fibro Doctor
I learned so much about how to supplement what my body is needing and how to read the signals my body is giving out. I learned that my hormones were out of sync, my thyroid was not functioning much at all, and how my degenerative disc disorder was wreaking havoc on my skeletal system from the upper neck down. This information led to finding a great chiropractor to help me with my DDD and other issues. (C4, C5, C6, T6, T7, and T8 mainly)
I then started learning about – Try this word on for size: Methylenetetrahydofolate Reductase. It’s a tough one to say, for sure. Better known as the MTHFR gene, it encodes the protein MTHFR. The job of this gene is to convert folate from one form to another, ultimately converting the “bad” amino acid Homocysteine to Methionine, a “good” amino acid. When the MTHFR gene isn’t functioning properly, homocysteine is not converted to methionine, leaving a high level of homocysteine in the blood plasma. The bottom line is that if the gene is mutated it causes a lack of the enzyme methionine which, in turn, can potentially cause homocysteine levels to rise or fluctuate making the blood clot. It has implications in a variety of multi-faceted ailments and diseases. One such association is FMS (fibromyalgia syndrome). There is a vast amount of information out there on this subject and it is an eye opening experience learning about MTHFR MTHFR and Fibromyalgia.
By all means, do your own research because only YOU know your symptoms and how your body works. Make lots of notes and learn as much as you can about how any prescription medication may be making you sicker. I wanted to share my personal journey in hopes it would help someone else. At this point, I would like to say that I realize there are many conditions and illnesses that require some prescription medication. I still take two of mine. I am not against prescription meds, per se, just the way they made me feel and the fact they were not helping me and actually making my symptoms worse. There are some people who are medication resistant in that it is very difficult to find traditional therapies to help them. I very well could be one of those people.