After three months of waiting for my rheumatologist appointment, the day finally came. It was a fairly uneventful appointment. The doctor poked and prodded me and asked me questions about my pain and fatigue. He ended the appointment by saying, “I agree with your other doctors–I think you have fibromyalgia.” Really? Shocking.
He also was adamant about letting me know that I didn’t need to come back to see him. He didn’t want any part in managing my fibro, and he was content to let my PCP handle it. About that…
Turns out my current PCP just retired. The new PCP that she had me go see refused to change any of my medications or provide me with any refills. Instead, he had me go and see a homeopath. Now, I try to have an open mind about homeopathy. But to be honest, I don’t have a lot of faith in homeopathy remedies. I went to see the homeopath anyway and was thrilled at how much time she spent with me in the office. It was wonderful. But her answer to all of my problems was to discontinue all of my medications (which I refused) and to provide me with a remedy that she said would make me feel “calmer.” Not a remedy to help with pain, fatigue, nausea, or brain fog. Needless to say, I don’t feel any calmer. I also don’t feel any different.
So you could say I’m a little frustrated with my healthcare providers right now. But I’m really determined to be in control of my health.
Because of this, I’m sticking with my current medication regimen and searching high and low for other alternative therapies that I can try on my own. Here’s what I’m doing so far:
- 5,000 IU/day of Vitamin D
- Calcium/Magnesium combo
- DHA supplement
- Melatonin for sleep (helps me fall asleep, but I’m still not getting quality sleep)
- Magnesium gel/lotion
- Vegan diet (Fairly simple: think lots of rice, lentils, fruits, and veggies. Trying to cut down on sugar intake.)
The yoga and walking have definitely helped my overall well-being. When I’m able to move, I feel like I have more energy. I think being able to exercise also gives me a sense of control. Meditation has done wonders for my mental state. I’m trying to focus on keeping my brain as healthy as possible so that I can deal with all of the physical crap.
So, dear readers, any suggestions for alternative therapies? What has worked for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts on alternative therapies as well as homeopathy!
May your day be filled with spoons and the little joys of life.