For years I felt alone. I am not alone. Neither are you.
Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue (FMS/CFS) Syndrome is a hidden disability affecting millions of lives worldwide. Not believed by most of the medical community, grassroots movements around the world are helping patients identify their FMS/CFS, who then share this information with their doctors in order to find relief from the chronic pain and myriad ailments that fall under the umbrella of FMS.
Where my journey began...
In 2003, I knew something was very wrong when I could no longer effectively do my job as a social worker. I was constantly in pain, suffered from severe headaches and migraines on average twice a week, and could not fully concentrate. Desperate to get well, I was spending half of my paycheck on herbs, supplements, massage, hydrotherapy, accupuncture, chiropractic, Rolfing, and Reiki, just to keep going. Nevertheless, I continued getting worse.
In the Spring of 2004, my back and neck spasmed, causing me to fall to the floor. I stayed on hands and knees before being able to crawl to my desk and pull myself up. I do not remember how I drove home, nor did I realize that it signaled the end of my career. The following day, I was diagnosed with FMS/CFS, chronic pain, severe headaches and migraines, light and sound sensitivity, depression, insomnia and anxiety. I have been on permanent disability ever since.
While researching help for my condition, I found it necessary to allow myself to give up sometimes. After trying every new treatment I could find, some working for a little while or not at all, despair would overcome me. I would rest and start researching again when my strength returned. That is what I did for my remaining 8 years in bed.
With nearly all hope gone, an internet search of chronic headache specialists gave me a MIRACLE. Within 2 months of working with this new treatment, I quickly saw an absolutely definitive improvement in body pain, headaches, and migraines. I followed precisely what Dr. R Paul St. Amand, called the Guaifenesin Protocol - an experimental treatment developed through years of intense research. I joined their support group and found such relief in not feeling alone. This is not a cure, but a reversal in symptoms. I have much healing left to do, but I am no longer 80% bed-ridden, and I feel like I'm getting a second chance at life.
My hope is to share my knowledge and journey to help others suffering from Fibromyalgia.
Blessings on your journey,
Lynn lives in the serene foothills of Northern California amongst the oaks and pines. She feels blessed to have such a loving and caring husband, Larry, throughout 12 years of chronic pain and fatigue. She loves spending quality time with her adult daughters, Lauren and Ariel, who have grown into remarkable young women.
Lynn enjoys reading, writing, travel by cruising which is the least exhaustive, and rescuing cats. Her current two are Kasey, a Tuxedo, found on the side of a busy four lane road at 4 weeks old, and Liliana, a Lynx Siamese, found abandoned by previous owners at 9 months old. They are delightful to watch play.