I have received several emails today since my newsletter went out. These are from people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, or think they may have fibromyalgia but have not been diagnosed yet.
Everyone is wanting to know what my diet is that has helped me so much….
First of all, I need to make it clear that I am not any sort of medical professional, and whenever you make any changes, you need to check with your Dr. first. The response of my hometown Doctor is: “I don’t understand what all you’re doing, but keep it up – it works.”
About three to four years ago, I was going downhill very fast. I truly believe that if I had continued on the path I was on, I would be in a wheelchair by now. I could not stand at all to make a wreath, I could only walk several steps at a time and then had to stop to take a break. I was depressed, but so sensitive to medicine, that I could hardly take any. I was also VERY environmentally and chemically sensitive. I was in severe pain all of the time. Needless to say, I was Miserable!
I heard about a Doctor, an endocrinologist, in Atlanta, Ga. His name is Dr. Harry Delcher. He had really helped someone else from my hometown. Even though that is only a 2 hour drive from here, I knew I could not make the trip. I called his office and asked if I could set up a phone consultation, and they did.
The very first thing he said to me was, “You have Celiac Disease and need to go on the Celiac diet – because 90% of my fibromyalgia patients improve greatly on this diet even if they have not been diagnosed with Celiac Disease.” That wasn’t what I wanted to hear – I wanted vitamins, minerals, even medicine that I could tolerate to make me better. So, we tried that route first. He has fibro himself and knew what I was going through. After about 6 months of trying everything he and I could think of, I finally said: “OK, tell me what not to eat.” His response was – “it will be easier if I tell you what you can eat”. I thought, oh no, I’m in trouble.