How To Send Fibromyalgia Into Remission?

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Patients who have been suffering from fibromyalgia may have noticed that the pain is not always constant. Its symptoms and pain can come and go in erratic cycles. Many fibro patients find themselves asking the same question: why does the pain in fibromyalgia come and go?




Why Does Fibromyalgia Pain Come and Go?

Unfortunately, neither experts nor doctors can tell us the exact reason why fibromyalgia pain can be inconsistent since the cause of it is still uncertain.

Researchers seem to believe that the pain in fibromyalgia is somewhat connected to your central nervous system. With fibromyalgia, your nerves are oversensitive and overreact to every single thing like sensation on the skin, body movements, food, light etc. They begin to fire off pain signals erroneously resulting in you being in pain most of the time. This make it difficult for you to be able to function normally because even walking can get painful at times.

Changes that you make in your daily lifestyle can affect your fibromyalgia causing its symptoms and pain to come and go. There will be times when you feel that your pain and symptoms are under more control and these periods are called remission. It is during this time that your body stops overreacting to the things going in and around you. Hence, you find yourself dealing with less pain.

What Does Remission Look Like?

So what does it actually feel like when fibromyalgia is in remission? If you go without pain for a certain period of time or when you notice that your symptoms are beginning to decrease. These point to your condition being in remission. During then you will also notice that it is much easier to carry out normal tasks even without any assistance.

Even though your condition is in remission, you will still experience a handful of symptoms. Continue to take your medication if you have one and take the chance to improve your overall well-being. For instance, start doing light exercises, getting more sleep, strengthened your immune system, build your emotional health and avoiding things that cause fibro flares.




How To Send Fibromyalgia Into Remission?

In most cases, patients who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia are stuck with the chronic pain syndrome for decades or life. However, this does not mean you cannot get better. It is about learning to manage your pain, knowing the triggers of your fibro flares and building your physical and emotional health.

Every individual experience fibromyalgia symptoms differently and hence there isn’t one winning method to send your fibromyalgia into remission. However, here are some ways which are reported to have helped fibro patients manage their condition:

  • Changes to your diet e.g. adopting Gluten-free diet, Paleo diet, eliminating processed food, herbal remedies,
  • Treating sleeping disorders
  • Addressing nutrient deficiencies e.g. magnesium, vitamin D
  • Addressing emotional issues such as depression, anxiety, stress and trauma
  • Exercise therapy with low impact, light exercises such as warm water aerobics, walking, yoga, stretching

Keeping a pain journal to track the changes you make to your lifestyle and recording its results, whether positive or negative, can help you derive a way to manage your chronic pain syndrome.

Share your story on how you managed to keep fibromyalgia in control to encourage other fibro warriors. Leave a comment below.

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  • I have been a Care giver to my Wife over 20 yrs now. One thing for sure Most Drs. And The Medical Professionals, Dont Understand This Disease. And They Dont Really Want too. (And This Leads to The Wrong way to Treating a Fribro Patient). I could tell ya a few Hundred Storys and our Experiences.

  • I have been on a two-year journey back to health after 20+ of struggling with fibromyalgia. I have totally changed my eating habits to non-processed, fresh foods, started exercising and am now up to four days a week lifting weights and one to two 5ks a week, and lost 60 pounds. I’m off pain meds and most interestingly enough have just returned to work after having to retire early a number of years ago. Loving how I feel now!

  • I would probably have glazed over this article, if I had seen it 3 years ago. Either in a brain fog haze, or in resentful disbelief that I would EVER feel normal again- EVER. And the word, remission??? I never gave that word a second thought.

    The term “Fibro Warrior” is completely accurate, because we are warriors, fighting our own battles. Because it is an invisible illness, it is difficult to get any sympathy or compassion from anybody, including those who may love us dearly. They just don’t get it- and its not their fault. No, its not just you. It may feel like it, but you are not alone. Please allow yourself this one comfort in knowing this.

    Pharmaceuticals & medicinal marijuana did not work for me. Acupuncture and reiki did not work for me. The horrendous side effects from the medications were not acceptable to me, and I was not willing to suffer for 6-8 weeks at a time, to find out if the drug was going to start working or not. That was just me. But even a naturopath failed me during the weaning process, after telling her that I was having flu-like symptoms and was at the point of not wanting to leave my house. It did not dawn on her that I was nose-diving into a deep suicidal depression. Possibly feeling negligent or embarrassed, or perhaps trying to remain professionally detached, she never acknowledged or expressed any concern or remorse, when I returned to her office after being released from the hospital for my drug overdose. That was hurtful. I almost lost my life, and I still was not being taken seriously.

    That year, I turned 50, and my husband treated our family of 9 to a trip to Hawai’i. I didn’t even want to go. You know something is really wrong when you have no desire to go to Hawai’i. I did go, but stayed in bed, and watched senior retirees jog along the beach, through the sliding glass window of our lanai. What was wrong with this picture?

    However, the “Warrior in Me” did not give up. To get back on track, I returned to anti-depressants and went on another trial of whatever Fibromyalgia medications my insurance company would cover. With Fibromyalgia, you live and learn… constantly. That is all you can do. However, by then, I knew what I was willing to tolerate. The same skin crawling, zombie-inducing effects began to happen again. So I carefully weaned myself off of the Fibro meds only. I learned the hard way, that bad things happen when I do not take Wellbutrin.

    It took an entire year to slowly taper off of one medication at a time (including Ambien, which they allowed me to take for four years! This medication is meant for short-term use only!) And then, it took another year AFTER weaning, for the chemicals to completely run its course out of my system. (Patience, young grasshopper…) The “final purge” took place for about three days. I was as sick as a dog, vertigo, nausea- the works. Some refer to this as a “healing crisis”, but it was more like a Linda Blair scene from “The Exorcist”. But then “poof”…”it” was gone.

    The Red Sea parted and I was finally free from “feeling like poop” all the time. Not to say that I was pain-free; that part is manageable. I cannot emphasize enough, how the mental and emotional stresses are our worst enemy. That really is more than half of the battle. You have to be in the right state of mind to realistically deal with Fibromyalgia. Its like putting on your own oxygen mask before assisting others, except its putting on your own oxygen mask in order to help yourself. But you can’t be drugged up and expect to be a force to reckon with.

    I finally stopped desperately looking for a cure, in a “dizzying frenzy” (which I would think is completely normal when your life is out of control, your life is turned upside down, you are unable to function or even recognize the person in the mirror). Once I accepted the fact that chronic means long-term (in other words, “Gotta learn to live with it, Baby”), I finally adopted the “Bring it on” attitude. That’s The Warrior.

    It really does take a village to manage Fibromyalgia, and it may take a while to find your tribe. But you eventually will. Do your research, be open to recommendations to certain specialists. I now have an excellent talk therapist, chiropractor, physical therapist, yoga therapist , rheumatologist, and chiropractic kinesiologist.

    My health improved enough to have the motivation and drive to become a certified yoga teacher, myself. (Now I don’t have to pay for yoga classes!) A daily, gentle yoga and meditation practice, combined with clean eating (I didn’t say perfectly clean… but clean enough) has brought me a long way. I have been able to reduce my Wellbutrin dosage by two-thirds!

    I experiment with different natural supplements and herbs (under the supervision of my doctors) and I am slowly figuring out which ones are noticeably improving in my digestion, sleep, energy, inflammation and pain levels. This is “side-effect-free” trial and error! It is also up to you to find the right combination of herbs and supplements that you can afford, long-term. I had started a regimen of about 50 pills a day. Expensive? Yes. Realistic to maintain? No. Again, live and learn.

    I own a brace for every joint of my body. I have tried every ergonomic pillow on the market; and I have ointments that can clear the sinuses of every member of our household. If you haven’t noticed, you MUST have a good sense of humor.

    Having an attitude of gratitude, to me, is the golden rule. We may feel miserable at times (or a lot of the time), but let’s face it: We are not going to die of Fibromyalgia. This is a reality check and a major change of perspective. Every ounce of effort that you make, all of the knowledge that you gain from your experience, research, or trials and tribulations, will be a valuable gift to someone whom you will help (or are meant to help) one day, in the future.

    Maybe we can think of Fibromyalgia as the weather. There’s a 50/50 chance of anything and, “What you see is what you get.” Dress in layers… be ready for anything.

    • Fibro sheild maiden, thankyou so much for this fantastic article! I wish I could’ve read this many years ago at the start of my battle with fibro?

      You write with such empathy, humour & charisma & I’m sure this article has helped many sufferers & their loved ones understand fibro a lot more especially the emotional & mentally issues?

      I’m so happy that you’re managing so well & wish you all the best for the future, take special care of yourself, gentle hugs cathy, liverpool UK x

  • I found a book called Fibromyalgia for dummies at the library. It told you step by step home to apply for disability. It worked and I’m now on disability. I also have Interstitial Cystitis which ties into having fibromyalgia. I’m greatful for the book and I know won it.

  • Thank you so much for your comforting story. Like you say, Fibro doesn’t show and it is so nice to recognize ourselves in other Fibromyalgia patients. My worst flares are in the autumn so I’ve been in bed for 6 weeks but starting a new exercise regimen today. I agree with you that laughter is the best remedy & am willing to fight to get through another northern winter! Thank you & the best to you 😉

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