This is my first post so forgive me if I ramble but I would like to share my experiences.
I have been suffering for 6 years now chronic pain which started in my left shoulder so severe I stopped swimming. The pain and stiffness gradually worsened over the years moving to my legs to point where I couldn't walk in a morning and had to get downstairs on my bum, but as the day progressed it eased, so I put off going to the doctors putting it down to stress at work & not going to the gym. I did notice that my pain threshold was very low, a stub of the toe would be excruciating & last for ages, so I gave in & went to the GP.
In the meantime I have spent a fortune (literally thousands) on private treatment ie. chiropractor, physiotherapy, hot stone massage, Reflexology, holistic therapy, etc, etc. all gave a little immediate relief but was very short lived.
The GP referred me to a consultant rheumatologist (who explained my foot pain as gout!!!!!!!!!!!) I’ve have had countless blood tests, scans, MRI's, exploratory examinations, my Doctor has been very thorough so I can’t criticise at all. After18 months of exploration and no answers, I was prescribed amitriptyline, which I must say did help with my restless leg, and twitching stabbing leg pains.
Then 12 months ago I found a book on the internet , called “Fibromyalgia Cured Forever” by Marcus Bloom, cost me about $35 for an E-book. Basically he stated with his research that Fibromyalgia is caused by food intolerance to “DAIRY “ and by cutting out all “Dairy” would sort the condition.
So I gave it a go, I stopped eating /drinking, milk, butter cheese Chocolate yoghurt etc, (you wouldn’t believe the amount of milk & milk powder is in food)
Gradually over several months my condition did get better, my leg pain, twitching, stiffness improved dramatically. I had by this point stopped taking my amitriptyline & currently don’t take any prescribed drugs.
I have never been completely pain free in the last 6 years but its manageable with pain killers when needed, but recently my left arm has become unbearably painful, whether this is because Ive lapsed with the dairy or not im not sure, Im quite stressed at moment as mum has ben diagnosed with terminal cancer so im spending a lot of time with her & grabbing anything I can to eat.
I don’t know whether the exclusion of Dairy is a help, whether its psychological, or just my body fighting back, all I know is I’m better than I was. I did explain this to my GP who wrote to the allergy clinic. They responded by saying they couldn’t see why it would attribute to my Fibromyalgia symptoms, hey ho, who knows its helped me, it may give relief to others.
It wont do harm if you tackle it sensibly, and you can cope with out Chocolate!!!!!!!! I would point out that I do take calcium supplements & have visited a nutritionist. I have also discovered sweetened almond milk which I really love.
I’m going to get back on track & be more strict in cutting Dairy out again to see if I can beat this, I will keep you posted. Best wishes to all sufferers. BevF