My personal experience with fibromyalgia began in November of 1990. I had been a person who seldom became sick, but that year I became very ill with flu-like symptoms that caused my body to ache to the point where I thought I would have to be rushed to the emergency room at the local hospital. My body ran a fever for two days, varying between 101 and 102 degrees. It took almost two weeks before I recovered fully from this virus.
I spent one spring day in 1991, outdoors doing yard work-not an unusual task for me. But when I awoke the next morning, I felt as if I had moved furniture for three days. My thought was that I had probably just overdone it the day before, but little did I realize that this was only the beginning of uncomfortable feelings.
The next problem I encountered was the sleep disorder. Although I tried a number of solutions, such as Tylenol PM, less coffee, and warm milk; nothing seemed to help. I continued to struggle with erratic sleep patterns for the next four years. I also experienced confusion, memory loss, and visual disturbances during this period of time. It wasn't long after I became aware of the joint pain, knots in my shoulders, headaches, and a sore throat. The joint pain and the knots in my shoulders were more apparent in the morning hours; the sore throat and mild headaches were a constant problem. I realized something very serious was affecting the quality of my health.
When I began waking each morning with stiffness, I knew it was time to seek medical help. At this point, I was getting only three to four hours of sleep at night, and those few hours were not restful. It seemed as if my nerves were frayed, and every little noise and action irritated them.
The medication Dr. Strand gave me enabled my sleeping pattern to change somewhat, but after using the medication for a year I started to develop side effects. This particular medication caused my heart to race and gave me extreme mood swings and horrid nightmares. I was convinced the medication was doing more harm than good, so I decided to stop taking it.
It was time for a checkup with Dr. Strand, and I was feeling uncomfortable telling him I threw away his medicine and was trying vitamin therapy. He always told me if we ate properly we could get all the nutrients we needed. To my surprise, he had recently become involved in studies concerning the effects of antioxidants in the healing process. He placed me on an aggressive nutritional supplement program.
In September of 1995, I started this program of nutritional supplements. The effects were amazing! Within three weeks I noticed a significant energy surge. No longer did I have to go to bed at 8:30 in order to make it through another day. Shortly after feeling more energy, I became aware that the painful knots in my shoulder blades disappeared. By November, the joint and muscle aches started to subside.
In December I had some minor surgery. Some of the symptoms returned shortly afterward. I increased my antioxidant intake and within two weeks, the symptoms were no longer a problem. In March of 1996, I slept my first eight hours, and I noticed my sleep pattern was once again the normal deep sleep I had previously enjoyed. My nerves were no longer frayed, and I felt a pervasive sense of wellness returning. Confusion cleared, and my thinking process began to improve.
It has been two years now and I am still doing well.