Tempting Providence

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A very clever elephant at Taronga Zoo in Sydney

I should have known better shouldn’t I? One should never tempt providence, but what did I do? I dangled a tasty carrot in front of providence, which it simpy couldn’t ignore. Silly me. Silly, silly me.

There was I, extolling the virtues of turmeric, smug as you like, and what happens? Yes, you’ve guessed it, the Fibro decided to rattle its cage! Grrrrr!

I don’t want to mislead anyone which I want to say, right now, that the rattle wasn’t deafening, although it was bad enough. It wasn’t that I was assailed by pain. On the contrary, it was actually fatigue that was causing the problems this week. Well, it started on Friday of last week, but it has definitely been hanging around for most of this week. It hasn’t been grossly debilitating as I have paced myself and worked around it, tackling tasks whenever I have had a splodge of energy. (I’ve no idea what a ‘splodge’ of energy is, it just felt like exactly the right word to describe the amount of energy available to me when I was doing things.)

This tends to be the way I manage day-to-day living best: by doing things whenever I feel brighter. Sometimes the brightness lasts a few hours, but it can be as little as a few minutes. I’ve lost count of the number of times I have collapsed in a heap after bringing an armful of laundry downstairs and setting it to wash. At least the washing machine takes long enough to go through its cycle, so that I can rest before having to empty it.

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The Wonders Of Modern Science?

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Henry. A very special member of the family.

Oh, dear. Another gap in broadcasting. Oops.

In my last post, I said that, in this subsequent post, I might discuss what I thought may have contributed to the improvement in my Fibro. Amazingly, because I’m not good at following through on comments such as that one, that is what I am going to do!

Several months ago, my Baby Son (all 6′ 12″ of him!) suggested that using Golden Paste might improve my situation regarding the Fibromyalgia. He had been reading about Golden Paste and was giving it to his dogs. He said that many people use it for their own health problems. Following those discussions with him, I read a bit about it and, certainly, much of what I saw was positive. However, there was one problem, the thought of ingesting Golden Paste was distantly unappealing to me. I chatted to Baby Son again and he said that the paste was the best way to take it: the capsules do not work as effectively. The best compromise I could come up with for trying it, was for him to make some for me to try the next time I went to visit him. In the meantime, I noticed a few snippets about turmeric in the media.

Moving on from the discussion about the paste and before my next trip to see him, Baby Son found another miracle remedy. I tried that one during, and after, my next visit to him but it did absolutely nothing for me. A few days after that visit, I happened to overhear someone saying that she “couldn’t manage without [her] turmeric capsules”. Cue Bossymamma’s ears pricking up! This was said by someone whom I knew suffered greatly with arthritis.

At the time of the comment, I was still trialling the ‘new’ wonder cure so filed the information away for future reference.

The wonder cure wasn’t, so a return to the turmeric was scheduled.

I knew that I really didn’t want to try Golden Paste. Having heard confirmation of the efficacy of turmeric capsules, I decided that I would try those. When I was away for a few days with Little Sis, I mentioned that I would like to buy some turmeric capsules. We found a branch of Holland & Barrett, where I bought these **. I have been taking one capsule twice a day for about four weeks and they seem to be helping. The Fibro pain that I was experiencing in my arms has virtually gone and the arthritis pain in my shoulder has eased considerably. The fatigue also appears to have lessened. In fact, I have generally felt much better during the time that I have been taking turmeric, to the point where I had a period of 48 hours where I felt really well. Woohoo! I am still experiencing symptoms of Fibro, but, on the whole, those symptoms are far milder than immediately before I began taking the capsules.

Obviously, it is still early days and this is just my opinion, not a scientific trial, BUT I do feel as though taking turmeric is helping me. I shall continue to take the capsules and monitor the results.

The wonders of modern science? I think not. More a natural remedy that, if you can afford to (as it is quite expensive), is well worth trying.

 

** This is not an affiliate link. I have included the link simply to show the exact product that I have been trying.

Another Lesson Learned

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Singapore, 2015

I am pleased to say that this week hasn’t been too bad. Yes, there’s been fatigue, but it has simply been a nuisance rather than dragging me way down. Also, pain has been minimal. I should add, at this point, that I began taking the turmeric capsules last weekend. Consequently, I cannot be sure whether it is the Fibro that has been better this week, or whether the turmeric is a wonder product that began annihilating it as soon as I popped the first capsule in my mouth! I think it more likely to be coincidence.

What I have learned this week is that the Fibro is very reactive to environment and stress, even in the very short term.

Peter and I were busy working on a particular task, one day this week. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond the control of either of us, things were not going as well as we had hoped – you know the sort of thing: one step forward, two steps back. I began to feel frustrated which led to feelings of agitation, then on to tiredness, verging on exhaustion, plus a general feeling of not being well. I said I was having a break and went to sit down. After 10 or 15 minutes, all of those feelings I had been experiencing were calming down and I felt able to face the task again. It had been an odd sensation, one which I wasn’t aware of having felt previously. Understandably, Peter had misread the signs I was apparently giving off. He thought that I was feeling too unwell to continue and was, I think, quite concerned for my wellbeing.

I think that what had happened was that I had been stressed and overwhelmed by the situation, which had led to me suffering several Fibro symptoms, albeit for a  very short time. Once I had taken myself out of the situation and had some “time out”, I quickly recovered my equilibrium.

The experience was a valuable lesson about how stress can bring on a sort of ‘mini’ Fibro attack and, also, how taking “time out” for just a short while can alleviate those symptoms.

 

Rubber Balls R Us

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Sydney Opera House from The Rocks

Well, given the title of this post, you won’t be surprised to hear that the Fibro has been up and down this week. Monday was mainly up then Tuesday was down. Move on to Wednesday and the Fibro was behaving itself pretty well.

Peter and I spent most of Wednesday at his mother’s home, after having delivered a car-load of charity donations en route. RB (Peter’s nickname for his mother) has asked me to help her with sorting and disposing of some of the things in her home. Her health has been fragile recently and it has given her plenty of time to fret over all sorts of things – something that I and, probably, many people with a chronic condition can identify with! Although I have far less energy than before the Fibro, decluttering is one of my favourite hobbies – especially when it is someone else’s clutter! The advantage of helping RB is that, in her current state of health, she needs to be careful not to overdo things, which means that I also get to rest.

RB was so concerned about things that she had convinced herself the room we were planning to sort was in a terrible state. In fact, it was far better than I had anticipated. Most of the chaos was superficial, meaning that very little energy was needed to make a huge difference. I was glad about that because, although I felt considerably better than I had the previous day, I could feel the fatigue waiting to pounce. However, I took things carefully and managed to last the day.

Cue, Thursday and abysmal energy levels. I spent most of the day in my armchair, doing easy tasks. Whenever I moved from the chair, the pain in the thoracic area of my back (my particular alarm bell for impending extreme fatigue) came on almost immediately. Moving around also made me feel unwell, due to the lack of energy.

My goodness, those rubber balls have been busy bouncing up and down this week, haven’t they?

Friday came and, with it, an increase in my ability to do things. I was still fatigued and struggled to do things but I did manage to do a full grocery shop in the morning, which was just as well as the cupboards were bare.

In the afternoon, I was due to see my GP, Dr. Azeer. I have to give him bonus points for not letting his welcoming smile slip when I told him I had a list. It was a successful visit during which we discussed the use of turmeric to ease pain. I wanted to check that taking turmeric capsules would not interfere with any of my medication and he confirmed that to be the case. I told him I had tried cannabis oil and it had not helped but that I thought it worth trying turmeric, especially having heard good things about it from several sources. I began taking the turmeric on Friday evening so, watch this space for news of if or how it affects my pain levels.