When I was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, my initial attitude was that I was going to beat it. I was, admittedly, very naive and new to Fibromyalgia at that point!
However, as time went on I kept hold of the hope of recovering from Fibromyalgia. This was despite my health declining significantly and being told by my own GP that there was no more he could do for me.
Over the following years, I took my health into my own hands and did a lot of research. Mainly asking the question, “does Fibromyalgia get better over time?”
What I found was a lot of negativity and people stating that Fibromyalgia cannot be cured. While this may be true, I wanted to know if it was possible to regain some of my lost health.
Why I Believe Recovery From Fibromyalgia Is Possible
I can’t tell you how refreshing and inspiring it was to find people who had recovered their health and were living the life they wanted to. If it was possible for them, maybe it would be possible for me?
Reading recovery stories reignited the fight in me to overcome my personal health struggles. I knew it wouldn’t be easy but I set my mind on recovering from Fibromyalgia.
The Definitions of Cure And Recovery & How They are Different
Before I go any further though, I want to chat a little about the definitions of cure and recovery. Though it may be a case of semantics, to me, they have separate meanings.
Let’s take a look at the actual definitions for the words cure and recovery, as defined in the Oxford dictionary:
From these definitions, it is easy to see why the two words are used interchangeably by many people. They sound like the exact same thing.
There is a key difference to me though.
What Being Cured Involves
In my mind, to cure yourself involves taking a medical treatment that eliminates your disease/illness. It’s then gone forever and you never have to consider it ever again.
If you are cured of an illness, you are able to resume your life as you left it. You can return to work and live the busy, hectic life that chronic illness forced you to leave behind.
It will be as though you were never ill in the first place. Your illness will become a mere blip in your life’s journey.
How Recovery Differs From THis
Whereas recovery is about more than medical intervention. It involves mind, body and soul and is a gradual return to a better state of health.
With recovery, there are strategies that will get you there that may need to stay in place to keep you well. In my mind, recovery is essentially undoing all that’s went wrong in the body.
It’s going beyond the diagnosis to piece together what will help to minimise or eliminate symptoms.
However, if you were to put yourself back into the position you were in when you got sick there is a possibility of a relapse.
You may disagree with me on these points and that’s perfectly fine. I am simply sharing my own opinion and how I view recovery.
I encourage you to share your own thoughts in the comments.
What Will recovery From Fibromyalgia look like?
For me, I see recovery as a slow, gradual process (though some may strike lucky and recover quickly). It may involve discovering underlying causes to your Fibromyalgia or finding out additional diagnoses that lead you to helpful treatments.
It will probably involve many setbacks along the way and it will be incredibly challenging. I imagine it will involve a complete lifestyle overhaul and your life will look quite different to the one you lived before you were ill.
Perhaps it will mean life has to be taken at a slower pace with minimal stress. If you return to work, it may look different to before.
Most importantly, symptoms will be completely eliminated or minimised to the point they don’t impact on daily living. To maintain this, though, I believe that it will be important to stay in tune with your body and keep doing the things that helped you during your recovery.
Flare ups may still occur and that’s okay if they do. I believe they won’t be as severe and will be easier to overcome. They will essentially serve as a reminder to slow down and look after yourself better.
What About People Who claim they are able to cure fibro?
I have come across people who claim they can cure me of my Fibromyalgia. However, I’ve found these people to be very closed about their methods.
Every time I have inquired further, I am sent some very positive and encouraging sounding copy or sent to a very professional looking website. However, my questions about how I will be cured are unanswered.
It always turns out that it all boils down to money. I won’t specifically find out what is involved until I have parted with my cash.
I have to sign up to X amount of Y that costs $$$$. I can’t help but suspect that the people who do sign up will be left feeling disappointed.
I just wanted to mention this to warn others as there are people who prey on the vulnerable.
How do people who claim to have recovered from fibro differ from this?
As I mentioned, I have read about many (and even spoken to some) people who talk about recovery from Fibromyalgia. First and foremost, there is no secrecy.
People who consider themselves recovered are generally very open about the steps they took to achieve recovery. Some even write about their recovery to try and help others.
Sure some of them will be selling books or services. Remember what I said above about work possibly having to look different in recovery?
Typically, though, they also offer some great free resources. And, when it comes to paid products, they are very upfront and honest about what is included. It is then it is up to you to decide if you want to part with your money.
You feel informed about what you are buying. That’s the big difference.
I guess what it comes down to is honesty and realistic expectations. If it sounds too good to be true it usually is.
What Is Helping Me In My Recovery From Fibromyalgia
The road to recovery will not the same for everyone. The fundamentals will be similar but there will, of course, be variances between individuals.
However, I thought it may be helpful to share what has helped me. Personally, I have found herbal therapies to be invaluable.
Specifically, the Vital Plan Restore Program created by Dr Bill Rawls who himself recovered from Fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme Disease.
The Vital Plan Restore Program
The Vital Plan Restore Program includes four herbal preparations, a 6-month e-mail course with step-by-step guidance, a diet plan and ongoing support from Dr Rawls and the team at Vital Plan.
Before following the Vital Plan Restore Program I felt as though I had tried everything. I had spent a lot of money and hadn’t really progressed anywhere.
In fact, I was in a worse state health-wise than I had ever been! I had been told time and time again that there was nothing that could be done to help me.
Thankfully, I discovered Dr Rawls and Vital Plan. I admit that I was initially sceptical and I also found some of my symptoms worsened initially after starting herbal therapies (this is known as a herx reaction and is a temporary worsening of symptoms).
However, I then started to improve and I credit Vital Plan with setting the foundations of my recovery. Herbs have played a very important role in my recovery and I’m so glad I invested in the Restore Program.
Recovery From Fibromyalgia Takes Hard Work & Patience
Patient persistence is the answer. You work at it every day and expect gradual change over months and years. – Dr. Bill Rawls.
If you are looking for a quick fix then you are not going to find one. I know that it will take me months, if not years to reach a point where I would consider myself recovered.
At this point, I have no idea what my life will look like then. It will be a case of figuring out what works for me along the way with probably quite a few setbacks!
What I do know is that my health will be my number one priority and the decisions that I make will ultimately be the ones that work best for me.
What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.
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