I recently relocated to a new area and I'm STILL having a hard time with flare ups from fibromyalgia. Is there anything I can do to stop these?
As with most chronic conditions, fibromyalgia is kind of the diagnosis that is given when you have a set of symptoms. The diagnosis helps doctors to categorize a person with the symptoms (which is part their job: to diagnose), but it doesn't help the person see any light at the end of the tunnel. For conventional medicine these diseases don't have a drug specific to them so the doctor's job becomes managing symptoms the person presents with.
Nutritional Therapy supports the whole person and their entire body from the parts of the cells to entire organ systems to whole person lifestyle changes. To impact and support these conditions involves removing environmental stressors including food allergies/sensitivities, toxic exposure, managing emotional stress, etc. It also involves supporting digestion and including nutrient dense whole foods in the diet. When you remove the stressors and provide the body with the nutrients it needs PLUS support the digestion and assimilation of those nutrients then the body shifts from "fight or flight" sympathetic mode into "rest and digest" parasympathetic mode. The body only does repair, maintenance, and healing in the parasympathetic mode. Much of the repair happens during sleep, so optimizing your sleep is vital in addition to reducing all the various stressors and improving digestion.
A lot of times when you move to a different geographic location you get flare ups because of different environmental stressors (chemicals, EMFs, air, different pesticides, different brands of foods, etc.). Your body has to adjust to these new/different stressors and regulate your hormones to deal with them. This can happen especially when traveling. Sometimes it's not pretty.
In my practice I've found that when you eliminate those stressors mentioned above that cause inflammation WHILE supporting digestion and organ function in a personalized protocol that includes a functional evaluation, amazing things happen! The body yearns to heal but often is in defense mode and unable to shift out of it. You are stuck. You are in pain. You try new supplements or nutrients and they don't seem to help. It's because the resources are not bioavailable to help your body do maintenance/repair due to poor digestion and assimilation. As a practitioner who really wants to get at the root of these conditions, it is my job to help you facilitate your body to shift out of the defense/stress mode and into a healing and repairing mode.
Whatever you do just know that you are not alone and there are options out there to see that light at the end of the tunnel. Don't give up because you are worth it and so is your family! Please find someone to help shift your body into that parasympathetic and healing mode!