Everyone feels stressed out at some point in their lives. But, for many of us stress/anxiety/worry becomes a way of life. I love it when I’m told “Just don’t worry about it” or, “Think about something else”. Is it a choice of the will? I know some who think it is, but I’m not so sure.
An overstimulated nervous system is the main culprit of FMS. It is a dysfunction of the automatic nervous system. This nervous system regulates your ‘fight or flight’ response to real or perceived threats. It stands to reason that if that function is in a perpetual state of stimulation, you’re going to have problems. Problems like anxiety, excessive fear, exaggerated startle responses, and a propensity for worrying. That doesn’t make us ‘weak minded’ or ‘pathetic’. I went through years of feeling shame at not being able to ‘stop worrying’, as if it were a light switch I should be able to turn on and off at will. Now, that does not mean I don’t have the responsibility to manage my worry. I have to be vigilant to sift through my thoughts and replace any disproportionate fears with truth.
So let us now approach the ‘delicate subject’. Stress wrecks havoc on the digestive system. IBS affects around 50% of those with FMS. No small wonder considering the over stimulated nervous system we have is directly involved in digestion. The complications of IBS can take the form of chronic diarrhea or constipation. The latter has been my symptom of choice since I was in my early teens, when I believe my Fibromyalgia began. Treatment for IBS can include diet, exercise, and medication.
I have a very good friend who was dying of liver cancer 15 years ago. He was told there was nothing else the mainstream medical community could do for him and he should just go home, make himself as comfortable as possible, and wait for the end. He started to research alternative forms of treatment and found the Gerson Institute. He was completely cancer free in 1 year and is still here today. There are many procedures in Gerson that can be used to treat medical conditions beyond cancer. One of those that I have found beneficial for years in treating my IBS is the coffee enema. Yes, I understand your reaction. I felt the same way when I heard of it. I am not advocating that everyone should do this, I am simply telling you what has helped me over the years. Here is a link that explains the benefits and reasons for coffee enemas *LINK*. It may or may not be for you, but if you are interested there are many resources for instructions and supplies online.
Whole Wheat Walnut Waffles w/Fresh Strawberry Compote