Pain, sleep and healing

Contributed by: Sandy
Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January 2012

Sandy is a wife, mother, and grandmother, now retired, who lives in Ohio.  She is a facilitator for a wellness support group, wellness coach, frog lover, makes chocolate candy, knits for charity ,and loves puzzles, games, singing and poetry.

My experience with Fibromyalgia, Restless Leg Syndrome and Pain and Sleep began more than 15 years ago.  Pain prevented me from falling asleep and staying asleep and having a restful sleep.

Several things contributed to my healing starting with a Doctor that believed in me and specialized in treating Fibromyalgia.  With the help of holistic and homeopathic methods I was able to finally get a restful night’s sleep.

It didn’t happen overnight, but I began to heal when I was able to sleep 8 – 9 hours a night.  Then I was able to begin to exercise.  Water exercises at first and now I am able to do land exercises and Yoga.  I also walk my dog daily and I’m up to a mile.  It took me almost 2 years of walking to get up to a mile. But I never gave up.

Nothing happened overnight.  I changed my eating habits too.  Brown rice instead of white, sweet potatoes instead of red skins, whole grains and no refined sugars or simple carbs and lots of veggies and fresh fruit.  Without sacrificing anything I lost 40 pounds and brought my cholesterol down from 279 to 170 in 5 months.

It’s not about one thing that helps with Chronic Pain.  It’s a combination of things and it’s not the same for everyone.  It’s finding the combination that works for you and it takes time and trial and error.  But you can never give up.

It’s also about realizing that you have a choice.  You can wake up in the morning and decide you are going to have a miserable day and stay in bed, or you can get up in spite of your pain and decide to have a great day, smile, get dressed and get out and move. You will feel better for having made the second choice.  It’s all about attitude.

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