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” Tender Is The Night….” and The Morning, and The Afternoon, and… ~The Advantage Of Having A FMS Sympathetic Doctor

May 19

I am one of the lucky ones.  I have an excellent doctor who spent 2 1/2 hours with me on my first appointment with him.  The first 2 hours were spent asking a myriad of questions of which only a fraction had to do with the actual symptoms I was experiencing.  You see he was taking a holistic approach and gathering information that had to do with me as a ‘whole’ person rather than as a walking file with a template of ‘one size fits all’ criteria for diagnosis.

I do not fit the standard test for Fibromyalgia.  Until recently, it consisted mostly of finding 11 or more ‘tender points’ on the patient.  In other words, there were 11 points on the body that had to experience pain from touch.  Well, I like many other people with FMS have places on my body it hurts to have touched, but not ALL the time.  More often than not, the pain I have is more on the inside of my muscles and bones, not necessarily on the surface.  Also, as anyone with FMS knows, your points of pain and symptoms can change daily, even within the same hour. Thankfully my doctor understood this and spent the time to gather all of my information before coming to a conclusion (There was also a battery of blood tests to rule any other possibilities out).  I fit many parts of the profile for developing FMS; 1) I’m a woman 2) Tested positive for Epstein Barr 3)Experienced abuse in childhood 4)Experienced years of extreme stress.  Now, these are not the only things that contribute to the development of FMS, nor does everyone who experiences these things develop this or any other disease. These just happen to be the ones that pertain to me.

The advantages of a sympathetic FMS physician

 There are many doctors who think this is ‘only in the mind of the patient’ (its okay to wish a permanent allergic reaction to bacon on these people). Thankfully the thinking towards FMS is changing.  With increased awareness of Fibromyalgia and a rising number of people coming forward, the criteria for diagnosis is changing. Here is an excellent article from Pain Medicine News titled, “Fibromyalgia Diagnosis: Moving Beyond The Tender Points” (click here) 

As always, a healthy diet is a key component in managing FMS symptoms.  Here is one of my favorite non-refined sugar treats:

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Mixed Berries with Cream and Homemade Granola

~2 cups steel cut oats

~1/2 cup raw organic coconut

~1/2 cup raisins

~1/2 cup slivered or chopped almonds

~1/4 cup ground flax seed

~1/3 cup coconut oil (refined or unrefined depending on your taste preference)

~1/2 cup raw organic honey

Preheat oven to 325.  Mix all ingredients together and spread on baking sheet.  Bake stirring often 15-20 min (this can burn quickly, so keep an eye on it – or two).

~Combine with berries of choice and cream

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20 Comments

  • Reply Random Musings May 20 at 4:44 am

    Sounds like a very good doctor. I hate doctors that say something is “all in your mind” because they don’t have the answers. Wouldn’t it be nice if this were true – just stop thinking you’re in pain and suddenly hey presto you’re not! #sharewithme
    Debbie
    http://www.myrandommusings.blogspot.com

  • Reply kristine May 20 at 9:44 am

    Very true Debbie! As if most people actually ‘choose’ to be ill. Ridiculous! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Reply Alexandra - dontcallmestepmummy May 20 at 1:25 pm

    Sounds you like you have a great doctor. Loving the recipes, great touch. Glad I found your blog #sharewithme

  • Reply kristine May 20 at 2:12 pm

    Thank you Alexandra! Glad to hear you like the recipes, I love coming across new ways to make easy, healthy, and great tasting food. So happy you’re enjoying 🙂

  • Reply Jessica Joy at The Fit Switch May 21 at 8:59 am

    I am SOOO happy you have an amazing doctor. Wow, a good doctor can change your whole life!!!! And, I am sorry you have to go through all this, but I so impressed and inspired that you choose and fight for being your best self anyway! #fitfamlove and hugs!

  • Reply kristine May 21 at 11:00 am

    Thanks Jessica! Yes, a good doctor helps 🙂

  • Reply Lee Good May 23 at 3:15 pm

    Love this song – what a blast from my past – interesting how a song brings back all the people and places from the time. So pleased you are happy with your doctor. This recipe looks and sounds delicious… now I wonder if i will get around to making it? Having a lazy Sunday here and hope you have a good one. Thanks for linking up at Fibro Friday at Fibro Blogger Directory again.

  • Reply Red May 23 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Lee! I know, right? Songs from the 70’s do that to me also. Or, Foreigner’s ‘I’ve Been Waiting For A Girl Like You’ from when I was a freshman in High School! Whooo Boy! I’m getting old! Thanks for the ‘Thanks’ 🙂

  • Reply Katherines Corner May 24 at 12:01 pm

    I’m happy you found a doctor who is helpful and really listens. Love the music too. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

    • Reply Red May 24 at 12:34 pm

      Thank you Katherine! Glad you enjoyed 🙂

  • Reply Brandi Clevinger May 24 at 12:07 pm

    I am dreading my doctor appointments this summer because my current physician is leaving and being replaced by a new physician. I do not know how the new one will be, but I was fortunate to have the one I did. She accepted and recognized fibromyalgia and she was very supportive of my all natural treatment regiment. She not only encouraged it, but researched and suggested other ways that may help me with pain.

    My favorite snack is homemade granola. thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply Red May 24 at 12:35 pm

      Wow, how fortunate to have a doctor who ‘gets it’. Hope this new one is on board as well. Thank you so much Brandi 🙂

  • Reply Tina Muir May 25 at 11:16 am

    ooooh kristine, this sounds lovely! I really enjoy breakfasts like this, and I love how creamy this is! Thanks so much for linking up with us for meatless monday. Thanks for teaching me a little more about FMS, never really understood, but starting to now!

  • Reply Red May 25 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Tina! It is a wonderful breakfast and snack, hits the spot when sweet cravings arise! 🙂 😉

  • Reply Deborah Brooks May 25 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing your granola recipe with us today & linking up for Meatless Monday. It sounds like you really have a handle on how your diet can help you manage your symptoms.

  • Reply Red May 25 at 5:14 pm

    Thank you Deborah, diet is a key component 🙂

  • Reply Deborah Davis May 26 at 10:23 am

    This is healthy creamy comfort food to me! I also love mixing berries and granola with yogurt! Thank you for sharing Mixed Berries with Cream and Homemade Granola with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party! I am pinning and sharing!

    • Reply Red May 26 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you Deborah! Yogurt would be good 😉

  • Reply Jenny May 26 at 12:01 pm

    I love your posts so full of information, positiveness and gives me hope my sister can live a more positive healthy lifestyle someday. I have been sharing them with her each week. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round #sharewithme

  • Reply Red May 26 at 1:53 pm

    Wow, that’s awesome Jenny! Thank you so much! So much is about perspective, that’s what has helped me many times before 🙂

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