Hi, I’m Patti and I have lived with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia for approximately 30 years and am always in pursuit of natural solutions.
Some researchers believe CFS and FMS are two different disorders whose symptoms overlap, while others say they are one and the same dis-ease.
I was a young wife and mother of three small children when my journey began.
I was tired, but thought it was just normal with trying to run a busy household. Even though I lived with the overwhelming fatigue, I enrolled in nursing school full-time, taking advantage of the free daycare that was offered to me.
I was filled with a constant anxiety, mentally and physically exhausted. With no choice but to drop out, I accepted the title of Certified Nursing Assistant and began to work in a nearby nursing home, taking care of resident’s needs, lifting and carrying for an eight hour shift, still in the role of caregiver.
When the dizziness first appeared, I shrugged it off as “just being tired.”
Eventually, I transferred to a less hectic position at a nearby personal care home, which I enjoyed. I actually had time to sit down with the residents in between my duties.
Being borderline anemic most of my life and having the blood sugar tests done regularly at my doctors, I thought this would be the reason for feeling forever tired.
I made another attempt at school; this time as a medical assistant……the pain I experienced in my neck was unbearable. My legs felt like I was carrying weights, the heaviness I experienced was in all of my muscles accompanied by a chronic sore throat.
I accepted that I was dying and cried myself to sleep most nights, feeling alone, journaling my pain.
Finally, a diagnosis – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, with a viral onset of mononucleosis, which, I was told, should be gone within six weeks……it wasn’t. I was happy it had a name, but angry and disappointed there was no cure.
As the months and years passed by, I started to hear the term Fibromyalgia at my doctor visits. I found out that Fibromyalgia settles in old injury sites. As Arthritis is to the bone, FMS affects the connective tissues: tendons, ligaments, nerves and muscles, which would also explain the digestive problems sufferers’ experience, since the digestive tract is muscle.
I had not been aware that I was not sleeping well.
The doctor explained it is like having one foot out of the bed at night, never completely in that deep sleep for the body to be fully rested. The sleep disorder is usually addressed first with a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia.
I started out with a low dose anti-depressant, taken before bed, but I was not happy with the side effects, such as weight gain and not being able to eat certain foods with the medication.
My Life was changed!
In 1993, I was introduced to a powerful, organic food that is harvested in the wild from a lake in Oregon. It’s a one of a kind whole food that is loaded with nutrition and has been available for about 30 years and has helped several hundred thousand people.
***It is earth’s first food and has adapted over millions of years to be earth’s most perfect food! So many testimonies of its’ beneficial qualities! It was probably food for the dinosaurs!
I was told how science has shown the blue-green algae’s anti-viral qualities and since some researchers believe that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a virus, I was very excited to give it a try!
***I learned that approximately 80% of the immune system is located in our digestive tract. It’s all about keeping the digestive system healthy, which strengthens the immune system, enabling the body to heal itself.
My latest blood work has shown that my magnesium and vitamin b12 were in perfect range. This superfood is also high in the Omega 3’s, which my doctor also prescribed for pain. My doctor told me to extend my well visits to three years, not the annual visits I have been doing. He felt he did not need to see me as much anymore….very good news!
I have become stronger!
My muscles that had been atrophying started to get toned, my thinking became clearer and I was able to go back to work in direct care. I even started school part-time and earned the degree I had always wanted!
I enjoy what I am doing today!
This journey living with CFS and FMS has been filled with many challenges, yet so rewarding. I do not work outside the home anymore, but have found a way to do what I love to do! My passion has always been the wellness field and I love to write and I love meeting new people. Each day presents new opportunities, new connections.
When my grandson, who is seven, had entered Kindergarten, I needed to fill the void. He had been my constant companion, as I was his full-time caregiver.
I am more involved now with several community organizations, especially animal welfare, and I love spreading the word of the afa blue-green algae.
You can contact me at IamBlueGreen@verizon.net. I would love to hear from you!
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