I’d like to tell you about Cathy, a 38 year old woman who had recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia when she came to see me. She was not happy with the advice of her specialist who told her that he could not help her anymore, and she should just go away and take the medication he prescribed!
So she searched the internet and found me as her closest kinesiologist. I was pleased to meet her as treating pain is my passion. She was pleased to meet me as my treatment options offered the possibility of change and taking charge of her own health.
Her pain story was complex and had developed over many years.
Below are the symptoms that she presented with on the first visit at the end of October.
Initially she had seven weekly appointments, each for an hour. We then reduced to fortnightly appointments and now she comes to see me monthly.
These are the symptoms that she had in March when she came for her appointment after five months of treatment.
(Nausea only occurred if she was late eating her evening meal or went without lunch.)
She has made further remarkable progress and after 14 sessions since the end of October is totally without pain, has earned a promotion at work and is feeling more confident and capable than she has ever felt in her life. So with a suitable therapist and a determination to get better she now has her life back on track.
Treatment was complex but consisted of physical movement, neurological repatterning and emotional release from many challenges in her life. (She has given me permission to talk about her treatment but I will not disclose the emotional issues that she worked through.)
Often I know little of these issues as I perform emotional release without the person talking; simply recalling is enough. I use techniques that allow the release of emotions and stress, so thoughts remain unspoken.
Most weeks saw an improvement but it’s important to understand that sometimes there is a backwards step during treatment. One such occurred in this case.
In January after making great progress and having virtually no symptoms she came to my office one week – the pain was back and she was not feeling good at all! We talked about what was going on and it soon became obvious to me what was happening. It was January and preparations for her children to return to school and to their activities were underway. The thought of driving the children to their activities and spending so much time in the car, working and looking after the house and the rest of the family just blew out her system!
We discussed the need for her to talk to her family, especially her husband who was a fly-in fly-out worker, to make them understand how difficult life was for her. By the next visit, one son had a moped and took himself to activities, the younger son was going to a club closer to home, and chores were being shared out. Her only remaining problem was rather female – accepting a lower standard of tidying and cleaning around the home!!!
But her wellness returned!
Catherine Smith is happy to share her pain story if it can help other people with fibromyalgia. It illustrates the effect of stress on chronic pain. Therefore it’s of paramount importance to acknowledge and treat the emotional cause of stress.
Cathy has a message for anyone diagnosed with fibromyalgia:
- To always be positive
- Never just accept the diagnosis that you have fibromyalgia
- Do everything you can to get better
- Don’t just accept possible negative messages from the specialist