Fibromyalgia is an autoimmune disease that more and more people – especially women – suffer from. It is not an easy life when you have pain all the time. How can you function and be part of the society when life is hell?
Now, there is hope, with the iTeraCare wand as hundreds of people have finally got their lives back. I am one of those. Here, I will share my story, what it is, and what to do about it!
When I first was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in January 2014, I had been in constant pain for over six months by then, 24/7 of pain, without a second of relief. It was a nightmare. I use to say that I prefer giving birth every day (I have tried that naturally three times)–than to have fibromyalgia. After some research I could see symptoms I had for many years and thought was different diseases, could all be related to fibromyalgia.
My main symptoms were fevers, headaches, chronic joint and muscle pains, oversensitivity to stimuli and nausea.
The doctor’s only suggestion was to take antidepressants (has to do with increasing your serotonin level) and strong pain killers. They told me to eat painkillers until I would develop an ulcer, and we had to take it from there. A study from UK says that many with the diagnosis get addicted to opiates.
Anti-depressants were important because 25% of those who get diagnosis´ like fibromyalgia commit suicide since it is so unbearable to live with and only gets worse over the years. That is not even a joke, that is what they told me! No wonder people give up and loose hope! Research has shown that most antidepressants are no better than a placebo and in some cases can lead to suicidal thoughts and committing suicide.
I had mixed feelings around the diagnosis. From one perspective it felt good to have a diagnosis that related to all my different symptoms, instead of me feeling that I was always getting sick. I once had fever for three months. No one understood why. Doctors said it was impossible. Every time I tried to do anything the fever went up, forcing me back to bed. It was hard to accept my inability to not do anything.
Also, I thought I was going down with stress looking at the symptoms, but it didn’t make sense why I would be stressed. So getting a name to it all was a relief. What wasn’t a relief, was the fact it is a chronic autoimmune disease, which they say will only get worse over the years.
Do your research
I started to read everything I could come across about fibromyalgia; everything from what experts are saying and suggesting to alternative medications, foods, treatments and views on it. Some of the views were that it is part of awakening Kundalini, or that your spirit doesn’t feel safe in your body and therefore leaves. That makes your body interpret itself as the enemy and goes to attack mode.
Some of the diet suggestions are no sugar and carbs (which is what you crave the most), and no dairy products. Best choices are raw vegan food to sum it up.
The word dis-ease means that your body is not at ease (no shit) – put your body and spirit at ease and then the symptoms will disappear. Few write about how your thoughts impact the outcome, or give simple suggestions such as meditate, do yoga etc. But I had done that for years so I guessed that would not work for me. I could feel a lot of resistance reading or hearing that I had created this disease myself. It was like hitting someone who was already down.
It was criticism about my diet, which didn’t make sense, since I used to work as a senior lecturer at the University College for Nutrition and Health-so I knew my diet was “better” than most people, even if it was far from “perfect” (says who?).
Or that it was because I’m so emotionally weak, since I had a depression in the past. It didn’t make me feel better, only worse. “Here we go again; I screw up, I’m not good enough, it is my fault” etc. etc. It didn’t make me feel better to hear that I was doomed as a victim to an incurable disease either.
Act or Suffer?
So, what to do? Our family moved to Costa Rica in April 2014, hoping the warm climate could help, as I had read somewhere that it could. Also, the beach we lived by was magnetic, which is really good for your joints. These were all things that could make the symptoms less intense. Which it did. But the symptoms were still there.
Gift in Disguise
I didn’t know why I had chosen to get fibromyalgia–what the gift was. I knew there was one, and that eventually it would become clear. I chose to see the disease as apart of my journey. I didn’t see it as a permanent disease, but as a gift in disguise. I was not going to try to do a million different things to get rid of it, but more about accepting it was here, listen to what my body was trying to tell me and be with it.
I was so sick and tired of all the doing, trying to change myself for the better. I wanted to feel good about myself as I am, with or without fibromyalgia. Less doing-more being. If I felt inspired to act on something, I did. But I refused to force myself to do things I didn’t feel inspired to change. I’m good as I am. Perfect, just as we all are, as we are.
I was sick and tired of being fixed. I decided no more fixing–because we are not broken. Instead, I wanted to accept and listen to my body. To feel a bit sorry for myself too when needed, just because I wanted to. And a bit because we are not “supposed to” do so.
The more I shifted my perspective of looking at my pain as something to escape and more into an instant healing taking place-that my body was changing and expanding–the less symptoms I experienced. The more I grounded myself and learnt to discern when I was in or out of the body–the less intense were the symptoms. The more I listened to what foods and drinks my body wanted–the healthier it got–automatically and naturally.
The fevers didn’t break out if I listened to my body. If I said “no” to do too many things, the fever stayed away. I see them as a sign to take some “me-time”. My body communicated with me by giving me symptoms saying; “Hey, you, have you forgotten something?” I have learned how to communicate with my body and read its communication to me. That changed everything. I learned that if we don’t identify with a disease and don’t try to fix it–we can use it to expand our consciousness. Everything is a gift.
Live the Impossible
Looking back, I’m so grateful for this experience. We have the power to heal, expand and change, when we stop thinking that we need to…Loving all parts of us-is really the key to everything. Everything is possible–even the impossible…
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”
It has been a long journey for me, creating a lifestyle that works for the whole family–that is flexible, holistic, non-judgmental and balanced. It is about feeling good. When we feel good about ourselves and the choices we make we are in the flow. A Good Life is for me a way of living where we are inspired to listen to our bodies, experiment and play with nurturing healing methods, thought patterns, food and our habits, to support our own journey to be the one we came here to be.
You cannot get it wrong. If you feel you are stuck, or going against the flow–there is a gift in that too. So all is well. Healthy living is not a quick fix–it is a process. So instead of judging yourself for eating junk food or candy, give yourself a hug and say: “All is well”.
Don’t be so hard on yourself. Allow yourself to make unhealthy choices too. It’s all good. It is more important to listen to our bodies and start communicating with it. When we start asking what we want–we automatically make healthier and more conscious choices. It’s about respecting ourselves and the planet–since it is all connected. Keywords are: Communicate, respect, play, have fun and laugh–and you’ll have an empowered miraculous lifestyle..
What do we know about fibromyalgia? What is the acknowledged information?
What is it?
Fibromyalgia comes from:
- fibra (Latin for family ties)
- mio (Greek for muscles)
- algia (Greek for pain)
Who gets it?
- In Sweden, with about 9 million inhabitants there are 250 000 diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
- In Denmark, with about 5 million inhabitants, there are 100 000 diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
- Nine out of ten of these people are women.
- It often shows itself around the age of 40-50, but can be activated at any age.
Why do we get it?
No one knows why we get it. Theories are that there is an imbalance in the nervous system, where the pain signal process is hyperactive and oversensitive. It could be related to hormonal system too. Or maybe is it the gut? Or all of it? The scientists can’t really agree….
What I have experienced and what makes sense to me is that it is related to the nervous system and often gets activated due to trauma or stress. Something triggers it, such death of a family member, car accident, abuse or sudden pain.
New German Medicine perspective
From New German Medicine perspective there are psychic roots to all disease. Fibromyalgia is related to blockages around family relations. There is a push – pull relation of wanting to be part of a loving family, yet feeling stuck and trapped from living ones own life. It becomes a dual obligation, devaluation and conflict in direction. Being pulled between the different worlds.
To heal the fibromyalgia, we need to heal and cut the cords to family members who have damaged us, consciously choose how we want our relations to be like and let go of our identities. The fear of death of the identify of being supportive and responsible and listen to one own needs instead. We must dare to say no, stop pleasing others and create boundaries.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms can come and go, be more or less intense, shift over time and be different for different people.
Common symptoms are:
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Sleep issues
- Focus issues
- Vision problems
- Weight gain
- Cold symptoms etc.
What are the treatments?
If you ask some regular doctors, they would probably just tell you to have cognitive therapy, workout, pop some pills etc.
But, there are also scientific studies suggesting that heat therapy, terahertz therapy and vegan diet is good. These are something I can get behind. The iTeraCare provide both the heat and the terahertz therapy in one go.
What can we do about it ourselves?
From all the information I have gathered over the years these things have helped me:
- Vegan diet – or at least less meat and dairy
- Less sugar and wheat
- Listen to my body
- Move my body
- Boundaries – dare to say no
- Use the power of the mind – to think that when in pain, healing occurs.
- Practice self-love and nurturing
- Drink structured water
My new life after iTeraCare
The biggest change I have ever had – where I have taken quantum leaps are with the use of iTeraCare.
These are some of the changes I have noticed:
- The fibromyalgia pains vanished within two days after I started using the iTeraCare wand. So far, they have not returned.
- I can now travel by bus, train, be at events and places where they have Wi-Fi and use phones, which I have not been able to without thick layers of anti-radiation fabrics around me. I am of course still mindful and conscious about the dangers of that type of radiation, but at least I am not as isolated and can join social events and travel again.
- The hormonal system is getting rebalanced, I have started to lose the weight I put on in 2022, which was a lot….
- My skin looks more vibrant, my haircolor is coming back, less wrinkels, cracks on my heels gone etc.
- I have so much energy, and yet I sleep like a baby, and can keep on going like a Duracell bunny… 😉
For those of you who know Danish and are interested to hear a little presentation I did about my fibromyalgia journey, can enjoy it here…
May the wand be with you!!
Susanna, House of Silverhøj, is a Multi-passionate Life Designer, visionary, author, speaker and former Senior Lecturer at Nutrition and Health at Copenhagen University College. She is the co-host of the successful podcast Live the Impossible Show who sees the true potential and genius in people and can help reactivate that potential.
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