“By the time I contacted you, I was rock bottom. I could barely put one foot in front of the other, could barely function through a day and had been that way for some 25 years. Life was not good.
I just wish I had found Dr Muphree 25 years ago, but I am so grateful I have found him now. If you’re having doubt as to what to do, which way to go, I can only wholeheartedly encourage one to call Dr Murphree’s office. If he can’t help you, he will tell you so. If he thinks he can, he’s the best life coach I’ve had as far as the encouragement, the good advice, the practicality of his approach.”
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Excerpt From December Teleconference With Elecca From Oklahoma
Dr. M: Hi good evening this is Dr Rodger Murphree, TheFibroDoctor.com, author of Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Thank you for joining me for my Tuesday night Treating and Beating teleconference. The medical profession as a whole has given up on fibromyalgia. That’s not to say that the drug companies aren’t trying to come up with more and more drugs that will be developed for fibromyalgia. They see it as a very lucrative industry because they see that fibromyalgia is a chronic illness, one that you never get over. For them, they consider it a goldmine because it is an illness where the conventional medicine now is telling you that you just have to learn to live with it. We’ll give you some drugs to manage your symptoms, but you’re just going to have to learn to live with it. The problem with conventional medicine is they’re trying to treat the symptoms and make you more comfortable with the symptoms. Before you know it, you’re on half a dozen to a dozen drugs because there are just so many symptoms associated with fibromyalgia: poor sleep, diffuse achy muscle pain, low energy, anxiety, depression, irritable bowel, restless leg syndrome. The list can go on and on.
I really think the only way to get your life back is you’ve got to get healthy. You can call it beating fibromyalgia, you can call it curing fibromyalgia, call it going in remission, call it managing fibromyalgia … it really doesn’t matter. My patients don’t care what we call it. All they care about is if they’re able to do the things that they used to do before fibromyalgia came along. With working with me, they’ve gotten healthy and that allows them to do things that they couldn’t do before. Now some can go back to work, some can now go to their grandson’s ball game, sit in the bleachers for 2 hours and watch a game; some can socialize again, some of them are able to clean their house, some want to be able to cook dinner again. It doesn’t matter what it is or what we call it, they really don’t care what we call it. All they care about is they finally feel good again and they’ve got their life back.
That’s what I’ve learned the hard way over the last almost 20 years, is that if you just treat the symptoms – whether you’re treating the symptoms with drugs or with supplements and you never get to the root causes of the problem, then you’re not going to be very successful with fibromyalgia.
That means different things to different people. To some people, that means changing their diet. To some people, it’s uncovering where they’re actually broken down. They may have a low thyroid condition, adrenal fatigue, yeast overgrowth … all these issues that are not being uncovered in traditional medical testing.
All they’re doing is once you get the diagnosis of fibromyalgia, they put a rubber stamp on your forehead and they tell you, you’ve got fibromyalgia. From then on out, any time you complain of any kind of symptom … you tell them that you’re tired, they tell you that’s because you’ve got fibromyalgia. You tell them you can’t sleep, they tell you that’s because you’ve got fibromyalgia; sweeping all your symptoms underneath the fibromyalgia rug. They’re ignoring the fact that really all these symptoms are warning signs. It’s your body telling you that something is wrong. Fibromyalgia doesn’t cause anything. Fibromyalgia doesn’t cause you to be tired.
What you want to know is, why can’t you get out of bed in the morning? Why do you have low energy? Why do you crash around 2:00 after eating lunch? It could be that you have a low thyroid condition and they’re not testing properly, so they miss it. It could be that you have an adrenal fatigue issue, other your stress coping glands are not getting out the hormones that you need to be able to get through the day, or you have no stamina or resiliency to stress. It could be that you’ve got a bacterial overgrowth that zapping your energy. There’s all different kinds of reasons that can zap your energy; poor sleep is a big one. Just saying that you’re tired because of fibromyalgia, that doesn’t do any good and certainly putting you on Adderral, Ritalin or some of the other stimulant medications, that actually can make things worse.
Elecca From Oklahoma Beats Fibromyalgia
Can you tell me a little bit about where you were previously before we started working together? How was your health?
By the time I contacted you, I was rock bottom. I could barely put one foot in front of the other, could barely function through a day and had been that way for some 25 years. Life was not good.
I always use the scale on pain, sleep, energy and some of these things. From 0 to 5 with 5 being the best, you said your energy was a 1 and yet, you’ve got a very demanding job. Your energy was very, very low. Tell me about that.
I learned early on with my tiredness and inability to sleep properly and all that, I’d have to prioritize and really stay focused just to do the necessary things. The fibro fog was to me the worst part of it, because you really didn’t know what was going on around you. You just knew it wasn’t right. I was trying to still work couple of days a week, because at the time while I was working I was more functional actually doing a massage on someone than I was any other part of my day. Whether it was the interchange of energy or the fact that I was outside of my own problems and dealing with someone else’s, more than likely is what gave me the strength to continue to do that. It definitely was not of my own power because I had none.
Tell me what a typical day was like for you. What was a typical day when you were so low?
When I did wake up, I definitely did not want to move because moving was painful. I had reached a point where sleeping was painful too. Early on when I first realized I had fibromyalgia, I could sleep for days without a problem … other than I didn’t feel good when I got up, but at least I could sleep. As the disease waxed and waned and went through the years, I eventually got to where when I slept, I would wake up hurting worse than when I would go to bed. Consequently, I would be awake and yet not wanting to get up because I was hurting all over.
Moving hurt, not moving hurt worse and just the energy to be motivated, to get up and accomplish anything … I live on a farm, we have around 200 cows, we have horses and other animals. Just to get up and go see the animals on any day was out of the question. I was no help to my husband at all in doing those things. It was just a struggle to keep the house where you could stand it, provide meals once or twice a day for the family … it was tough. I was really depressed, more so as time went on because there didn’t seem to be an end to it. As a physical therapist working with a chiropractor, I had chosen early on to do the homeopathic route. Even though I had some relatively good choices as to not using drugs for my pain or to help me sleep, I still was not managing my symptoms to where you could call them managed. When I found Dr Murphree on Facebook and it popped up ‘Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?’, yeah I’ve been that way for 20-odd years. I followed the link and was thrilled to see, wow somebody is on the same page here to some of the things I actually had come to believe as far as fibromyalgia was concerned. Yet I was clueless about what to do next, because I had tried everything there is to try … maybe for not long enough. I tried to do everything for at least 90 days, if I was able to. Some things made me so sick that I didn’t try them but a day or two. I was so grateful to find someone that cared and someone that can coach me in the right direction to go, because I had exhausted all my resources.
Yes, you were pretty low. One of the things that’s really interesting is, they had you on a very low dose of T3 so thyroid medication, but you had all the symptoms of low thyroid among other things. We did your testing and actually found out that you had an elevated reverse T3, so your thyroid really was not working very well. once we got you on the thyroid and then of course getting you to sleep – your sleep was pretty bad, you’ve just done great. You sent me an email not too long ago that you’ve been out in the mountains and you’re out riding your horses again. There was a period of time you wouldn’t even go out and interact with them, because you felt guilty and bad about that, didn’t you?
Absolutely. I have a 4 year old granddaughter that has been wanting to learn to ride since she was born almost. To be able to go saddle a horse and put her up there with me and know that my body is going to cooperate, in the event the horse is going to spook … my natural reflexes are getting back to working again. Before, he could be 3 jumps gone before I’d be on the ground, not knowing which way he went because the body did not function in a way that I could even try to ride. It was something that was very much a part of my life, all my life. To be given that back and to be able to share it with this child is extremely exciting. Yes we’ve been camping, we’ve been building fences which wasn’t on my bucket list, necessary farm chores … I’m just so grateful that I can be a participant in what goes on in the ranch now.
The amazing thing too is you’ve undergone 2 surgeries since we started working together. Is that correct, a knee surgery in the very beginning?
A total knee replacement, yes.
You’ve had the shoulder injury and you’ve been working on your shoulder, but in spite of that you’ve worked so hard. You did the diet, you lost quite a bit of weight on the anti-inflammatory diet. How much weight did you lose?
About 63 pounds.
Wow, and you’ve kept that off. Of course what’s important is to get healthy and then stay healthy, that’s what it’s all about. What in the past have doctors told you? Some of them you shared with me, told you it was all in your head. You had given up on doctors I think, hadn’t you?
Pretty much. I even did a trip to Scott & White and had a total evaluation. That’s been 30 years ago now, and virtually was told that whatever it is, you’re just going to have to live with it because we really can’t find anything wrong with you. Of course I did a sleep study immediately after that, that said I had all this interrupted REM sleep. Fortunately, I had a good psychologist tell me that it’s not all in your head, you can do this. Of course, they wanted to put me on all kinds of drugs to make me sleep. I tried 2-3 and the symptoms were worse than what I was trying to fix at that point. I was also during those years taking care of my grandfather’s sister who was in her 90s at the time, I had her living in my home. When you can’t keep up with the old folks, it’s really a downer. As she went the medial route for some of her ailments, I did see that sometimes they can definitely make you worse, there are worse things. I did pretty much slid off the doctors and went 4 months shy of her 100th birthday with homeopathic intervention … I’m not going the medical route, unless it’s definitely wanted which my knee replacement has been a godsend. It is very functional and I’m pleased that I had that done.
Tell me what would you share with those listeners tonight or those who may listen to the replay? Given where you were, what you went through working with me in a get healthy program, what would you share with them about your experience?
I just wish I had found Dr Muphree 25 years ago, but I am so grateful I have found him now. If you’re having doubt as to what to do, which way to go, I can only wholeheartedly encourage one to call Dr Murphree’s office. If he can’t help you, he will tell you so. If he thinks he can, he’s the best life coach I’ve had as far as the encouragement, the good advice, the practicality of his approach. I tell everybody I meet when they say, “What are you doing?” “I found this great chiropractic doctor that is really on his game, he’s coached me through my weight loss and I’m just feeling like a human again. Thank you very much for asking.”
You’re such a wonderful person and I was so excited you’re back out enjoying the ranch and the farm. I know your horses miss you and I’m sure your granddaughter is thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to spend that time with you, learning how to ride. It’s wonderful to hear that. I want to wish you Merry Christmas. I know we’ll be talking soon and I look forward to talking to you soon.
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