Welcome to the second blog in our series about fibromyalgia: What it is and how to heal it.
Possibly the biggest question about fibromyalgia is: What creates it? Although it’s not quite clearly known, and probably different for every person, you definitely have to address it at the physical level. But if you want it fully healed, you need to address the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects involved to truly move towards complete healing. I want you to take on the mindset that this is a temporary situation in your life.
This form of “dis-ease” means that your body is not at ease with something that has happened or is going on, and it has accumulated stressors on the body. These stressors can be a physical stress, like an injury or bogging your system down with too much gluten or dairy; trauma such as the death of a family member or pet or a big geographical move; or emotional stress such as ongoing litigation, stress at work, or worrying about being fired. If you keep adding stressors, like drops of water into a glass of liquid, at some point it becomes full. At this point, any more liquid added to this glass will cause it to spill over or leak.
This is what happens with fibromyalgia. The body has reached the point where it can’t take any further stressors, so the additional stresses, like drops of water, spill over into aches, pains, and other flare-ups. Again, this is just a temporary situation in your life, and not an expression of total health—healing is possible! If a person can figure out what is overtaxing their system at the mental, emotional, physical levels, they will be able to strengthen their immune system and get out of the illness.
When there is “dis-ease”, people can take one of three stances: One, they can accept it and surrender as the illness shrinks their life and activity level; two, they learn to live with it trying to minimize its impact on their life, and thirdly (and the one I hope most fibromyalgia sufferers take!), they don’t take “No” for an answer and search to heal it.
Those who just “accept” the fibromyalgia as a part of their lives may be uneducated about what they can do to help themselves or they are very unconsciously looking for secondary gains—a seduction pattern, like we’ve spoken about in previous blogs. Sometimes people hold on to an illness to seduce other people into giving them good things—admiration, for one, for being so strong; or pity or sympathy; or to get taken care of to eventually get nurtured back to perfect health. Typical seduction pattern: Holding on to painful symptoms in an effort to regain perfect health. Doesn’t make sense when you look at it that way, does it? That’s why seduction patterns can be so dangerous, because they can be so strangely alluring—who doesn’t want perfect health!? As you will recall, there is nothing wrong with wanting admiration or strength (that which does not kill me makes me stronger) or healing…it is just that seduction, such as holding on to an illness, will NEVER ever give people what they want most. This will keep them stuck—even if they are searching for health while unconsciously holding on.
Those that learn to live with something like fibromyalgia learn to manage it. They rest when they have flare-ups or are under a lot of stress; they get aqua or massage therapy; take gentle yoga classes or tai chi; they go for short hikes or walk their dogs—anything that’s not rigorous. Rigorous activities seem to cause flare-ups that can last for days, and should be stringently avoided, which can restrict an active lifestyle. Managing symptoms can feel like a full-time job to fibromyalgia sufferers. I have known people who have quit their jobs and gone on disability, hire someone to help with their children’s care and others who have even decided not to have children because of all the time they have to spend managing their symptoms.
The third group of people is looking for the source of their dis-ease, to get to the root cause of their particular cluster of symptoms that make up their fibromyalgia, and heal them. This is something I really enjoy helping people do, using Healing from the Body Level Up.
Not only have I healed myself of fibromyalgia, Healing from the Body Level Up is very good for getting to the emotional event or trauma that is at the root of these very real, and very painful, symptoms and using the latest in healing methods that really work to heal it.
Are you currently affected by fibromyalgia, or know someone who is? Let me be a member of your healing team. Please call me for a short, initial consultation or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. Remember that HBLU works just as well over the phone. If your family member or friend is in another state or time zone, have them call me for a free initial phone consultation. 949-929-5470
Next week: A list of ideas that really help when you are living with fibromyalgia!* The information provided on this site, including text, graphics, images, is for informational purposes only. It is not to be construed as medical care or medical advice and is not a replacement for medical care given by physicians or trained medical personnel. The Center for Integrative Therapy, LLC nor Amy St. Hilaire do not directly or indirectly practice medicine, nor do they dispense medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or any other medical service as part of this free web site. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider(s) when experiencing symptoms or health problems, or before starting any new treatment. Neither The Center for Integrative Therapy, LLC nor its members are to be held responsible for any inaccuracies, omissions, or editorial errors, or for any consequences resulting from the information provided. By continuing to view this site, visitors indicate acceptance of these terms.