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My Story - Living Well with Fibromyalgia and Pulmonary Sarcoidosis

As a pre-teen, I recall always having 'the allergies', and sinus congestion/infection.    The symptoms grew worse with the passing of each birthday.  Picture this, the year was 1994 - I was given the diagnosis of 'Adult onset' Asthma, after repeated asthmatic attacks.  Two years later the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia.  My doctor wasn't 100% sure, but based on my response to the pain points, 14 of the 18, I began my regimen of Prednisone, Naproxen and SSRI's.    I still suffered from nearly daily migraine headaches for over 13 years, despite frequent use of Imitrex, and over the counter medications, and also had chronic Insomnia for nearly 6 years.  

Fast forward to 2004, living in Florida, my 'allergy' symptoms, recurring sinus infections and migraine headaches, happened more frequently and were more severe.  Stronger antibiotics, and pain relievers were no longer working, while my neurologist kept prescribing stronger narcotic medications.  I was skeptical, yet desperate for relief, so despite my great fear of needles, I went to see an acupuncturist in Kissimmee FL.  It was after about 6 sessions when I noticed that I was no longer getting any migraine headaches. I took note.  In June of 2006, after too many hospital stays for a chronic cough, 7months of daily fevers which spiked every night, and drastic weight loss, I received the diagnosis of Pulmonary Sarcoidosis.  I had never heard of the disease, and the information I found online was rather scary.  Predinisone, Methatrexate..  I opted for the more 'benign', prednisone as part of my treatment plan.  Over the course of two years the symptoms were controlled and I seemed to be on the path to recovery.  I returned to the acupuncturist for treatments to alleviate the side effects of prednisone - phobias, anxiety attacks, digestive disorders, insomnia, mood swings, etc., etc.  Hear more at Link

With regular acupuncture treatment sessions, dietary and lifestyle modifications, appropriate supplementation of neutraceuticals and Chinese botanical prescriptions, I live a relatively normal life.  I no longer need to take any prescribed medications.  Asthma and Anxiety resolved, ulcers healed,  various digestive disorders are well managed, sleep is better and overall, despite the vicissitudes of life, my life is good.


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