The information I am about to share is new to me based on what I can remember learning in the past. I've been reminded that Fibro Fog is a symptom of Fibromyalgia which I sometimes prefer to forget I deal with, especially during times when I experience a lot of energy! I've been experiencing a major energy dive and with the dive of energy came an increase in physical discomfort. Nevertheless, I am intrigued with the synchronicities that have been showing up in the way of books, magazines, internet articles, and Facebook posts.
I received the September issue of Pain-Free Living Magazine. Inside are three articles, all of which are relevant to me--and maybe to you as well.
1) Putting the Pieces Back Together: Trauma is often a source of chronic pain. Here are eight ways to deal with it.
I've been very aware for some time that multiple traumas, beginning in childhood, are known to contribute to chronic pain. We have amazing brains that are wired to protect us in three ways: Fight, Flight, or Freeze.
"In the wild, animals are exposed to trauma almost every day, threatened by predators and competitors. Yet they don't develop PTSD because they have inborn ways to release the trauma when the threat has passed. They shake, they tremble, they run around, they yowl, and they rest. Then they can go on with their lives. Humans have forgotten or suppressed those instincts, but we also face potential trauma throughout our lives."
- eliminating foods that may be contributing to your brain being on fire.
- meditation which is anti-inflammatory
- get at least seven to eight hours of continuous sleep at night (so much for getting up to go pee)
- get away from taking pills to fix things
- read his book Total Recovery: A Revolutionary New Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Pain and Depression... a book I will add to my Amazon wish list.
- Is there anything you avoid now because of memories of a past trauma that you can't seem to shake? (often)
- Have you been exposed to mold, toxins, or heavy metals? (all three)
- Do you regularly encounter stressful situations such as being bullied? (not so regularly anymore but have dealt with this often in the past)
- Have you suffered from difficult or emotionally abusive relationships? (many)
- Do you struggle to get restful sleep? (often--between waking up to adjust my CPAP machine and to go pee)
- Were you diagnosed with Lyme disease, Epstein-Barr virus, gluten intolerance, or Celiac disease? (EBV and gluten intolerance--refer to my next comments on grains)
- Do you have a thyroid imbalance that may be caused by medications like opioids? (not sure, but unfortunately I took opioids for 12 years)