16 Dec 2009
While not vitamins , there are three herbal remedies that I use for my fibro. and TMJ related chronic pain. Ginseng, Valarian, and Marijianna. I take store brand ginseng capsules, valarian tea, and use Pot butter in many different recipes. Not exactly sure how or why the ginseng works, but it seems to give me energy and keeps my mood swings to a minimum. I have a pot of tea in the evening which relaxes me and allows me to get to sleep. For breakfast i usually have one or two tea biscuits or scones, depending on how I feel, maybe another on my afternoon coffe break if I need it and some pasta or my favourite, buttered chicken, for supper. If its a late night or the weekend, I sometimes treat myself to a piece of fudge or brownie. I do my baking for the week on Sundays, which I also use as my "me" time, reading my book or watching a movie. I have had a medicinal license for three years now ( though I have been using it for five ...
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Shhh ) I prefer to eat it rather than smoke it because it works on the body without muddling my head, and I am beating the munchies to the punch! Also I have fun trying new recipes and experimenting with my cooking. I was able to stop being an opiod zombie and over the last five years I have begun to live again. I still have my bad days, but that's all they are, "Bad Days".
I hope you live in a compassionate, civilized State. If not, you can still find community groups and organizations that are willing to stand up to injustice and help those who are suffering. Aids, Cancer, Chronic Pain & Epilipsy groups, should be able to help or at least point youu in the right direction. Believe it or not, several Churches have started programs across the country in recent years. Primarily those which are most active with respect to Social Justice, namely the Episcopalian and Catholic Churches. The Quakers have also recently joined the struggle. When Obama gets his 2nd term I am certain we will see changes to federal drug laws. One more thing, avoid any herbal products made in China. There is little to no regulation of the multi billion dollar herbal exportation industry. Cases of death and injury abound, from mislabeled products to fatally poisionous roots and herbs supplied by negligent, unquilified, "Herbalists". Thats not to say that you shouldn't use Chinese medicines or healers, after all eastern medicine predate that of the west by at least 5000 years. The Chinese were performing complicated surgeries and healing diseases while we were living in caves following herds of wild beasts. So just make sure any local chinese medical practioneer is well respected, and any store bought herbal remedies come from established pharmacautical companies; obviously having rigourous quality and saftey protocols in place.
Don't give up hope . Keep looking for what works for you. Stay positve. Don't let anyone tell you fibromyalgia is bullshit and that it's all in your head! Draw on the love and support of family and friends without guilt or embarassment. Know that you are not alone and your life is waiting for you when you find the key managing your pain. If you have to take opiates to have a better quality of life Do It! Do it without fear of addiction or dependence. If you are diabetic, you're not addicted to insulin you dependant on it for your health, if you're near-sighted, you aren't addicted to glasses, you are dependant on them to see. Its the same thing with pain. Your Fibromyalgia isn't going to go away, you just have live with it and find the best way to return your quality of life. If that means taking morphine or fentenyl for the rest of your life, so be it. Christ, if it means injecting heroin three times a day, so fucking be it! Life is to short to be sitting on the sidelines in misery. You have to much to offer the world and the people living on it. You don't just owe it to yourself, you owe it to the folks who love and care about you. Knowing the burden of suffering, it is your obligation to help those who also suffer.
My prayers are with you and yours for the holidays, and wish you peace, happiness and Health in the new year.