Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia :
I could tell you exactly where I was when I felt the first inkling that something was very wrong. I was 20 years old and I was standing at the corner bus stop waiting for my bus to take me into Manhattan where I was employed. A feeling I didn’t recognize, nor did I have a name for, came over me. FATIGUE. Only people who have or have had chronic fatigue can understand this next part. It’s an odd feeling of such deep exhaustion that you barely have enough energy for even the most menial tasks (like standing and waiting for a bus). I can remember a time when even speaking required more energy than what I felt I had.
Prior to this foreign feeling of absolute loss of all energy, I had been fighting a sinus infection ever since moving into my new apartment in Brooklyn one year earlier. By this time I had been on round after round of antibiotics trying to fight the infection, and to the bewilderment of even Manhattans best ear, nose and throat doctors, it wasn’t clearing up. What should have been such an exciting time in a young woman’s life, after-all I did have the most exciting city at my fingertips! Instead, my health was about to take an unexpected nosedive, and if I thought the chronic fatigue and sinus infections were suffering enough, fibromyalgia was about to enter the picture to prove me wrong. Dragging me further and further into this hole where there was seemingly no escape. This marked the beginning of a new journey for me, not a journey to set out and explore an exciting city filled with new experiences, but a journey of running from doctor to doctor trying desperately to find out what was single handedly trying to steal my life out from under me. Little did I know I had a long road ahead of me as it would take almost 18 years to find out the cause and finally start to regain my health.
If you are diagnosed today with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, you may consider yourself better off than those suffering 20 years ago. Today the internet provides us with a wealth of information on the subject, when years ago there was no where to turn. Also, twenty years ago this disease was not something doctor’s necessarily even believed existed. These days, although they say they still don’t know the cause or the cure, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia are taken seriously and there is even medication commonly prescribed that is helping some people. But read on as there are many other routes you can take that may just lead you to the root cause!
Now let’s talk about potential causes. Did you know there are very strong links between fungus and chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia? Did you also know that one of the symptoms of fibromyalgia besides pain is sinus infections and heart palpitations? I had grown up in a house that had mold issues which caused me first to develop asthma and allergies. Then, at 19, I moved into an apartment that had visible mold. Back in the 90’s not too many people were talking about the health effects of mold. It was unsightly and a bit gross but you cleaned it with some bleach and you forgot about it. This mold exposure unknowingly caused me to develop a FUNGAL sinus infection. And as we know, bacteria are opportunistic, so to doctors treating me, it looked as if bacteria were the only culprit, which is where the endless rounds of antibiotics come in. Antibiotics are mycotoxins so they only fuel fungal infections making them worse. (For information on Mayo Clinic findings from 1999 stating fungus is responsible for over 90% of all sinus infections click here). For someone with a fungal infection I was doing everything wrong. I was exposing myself daily to mold in my environment, I was taking endless courses of antibiotics, and I was eating a horrendous diet of sugar and carbs, the very foods which help fungus thrive! I was the perfect host. Never underestimate the power of fungus and the havoc it can wreak in your body.
Not sure if your chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia could be fungal related? There are a few ways to tell.
Test your environment for mold– you can buy mold plates for a little over $5 each and test your house, car, furniture, etc.
Have you taken more than a few courses of antibiotics in your lifetime? Antibiotics are mycotoxins. They leave you susceptible to fungal/candida infections. If so, you will need to get busy healing your gut. 80% of our immune system lies in our gut and as we know now antibiotics deplete our good bacteria letting fungal infections take hold. A good probiotic, colostrum (sovereign laboratories is the one I use), and natural anti-fungals such as oil of oregano can go a long way!
How is your diet? Do you crave sugar and carbs? It was not until I changed my diet, and started anti-fungals did those health issues dissolve. For more information on the fungal link to fibromyalgia check out this clip from Doug Kaufmann at Know the Cause. Adhere to his suggestions and phase 1 diet and you may just be shocked at how much better you feel.
I’ll end by saying don’t believe any doctor who tells you once you have this disease you will have it for life. I am proof this is not true. Never lose hope. Proverbs 13:12 – Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is the tree of life!
Disclaimer – I am not a doctor, I can not recommend any supplement or treatment plan, I can only share what works for me. Also, I was not compensated in any way for this post. My opinions are all my own. Check with your doctor before starting any new diet or supplement. I was not compensated for this post, but there are affiliate links in which I get a percentage on sales. Opinions are all my own, and I would never recommend any supplement or brand I didn’t personally love and benefit from.