HEALTH & FITNESS
#Sunday, April 17, 2011

Millions of people all over the world have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. If you are one of them I'm sure you have heard doctor's say "you just have to learn to live with the pain", or maybe they prescribed you with painkillers and muscle relaxers like they did for me. Or maybe they even said "it's all in your mind" - that one is the killer, it least it was for me. To be in that much pain and someone tell you it doesn't really exist, that is alot for anyone to take in. I can tell you right now that you can improve dramatically.

It's been over 10 years since I was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, there was a time I couldn't even walk for 5 minutes without being in severe pain. If anyone else has been there you know how depressing this can be and without the support of the medical field you become hopeless. Well there is hope and it is possible to get back to the way you were before the onset of Fibromyalgia. I can now do anything I want and live the life I want to live - I'm no longer a prisoner to Fibromylagia.

Looking back, it's hard to believe that I was told time and again (by 13 different doctors) that I simply had to "live with the pain". Do I have flare-ups from time to time? Yes and I think that is part of the auto-immune condition, and the great thing is within 24-48 hours I can turn it all around. The best thing is knowing that you can do this, that you have control over your own body.

I hope this topic helps those who think there is no hope, because there is hope and you Can get better. My husband, Mark Macdonald, wrote the book Body Confidence (which is a NY Times Best Seller) and my extended story is in the book, and I followed the entire program to get myself back to the way I was before the onset of Fibromyalgia (1999)- and I live by the principles of the book to stay in a place where I can feel great everyday. I hope that those who suffer with Fibromyalgia are soon on the road to recovery.

-Abbi Macdonald