I get this question a lot on my webinars and teleconferences.
A lot of people say “I can take the pain if I just had more energy.”
If you have fibromyalgia, there are several things that you can do to increase your energy.
The first thing you’ve got to do to help your energy is you’ve got to get deep, restorative sleep each night. If you don’t do that, you’re going to suffer from low energy. That’s just the way it is. I go into detail on how to get deep restorative sleep on a consistent basis in my boo Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia www.getfibrobooks.com . If you struggle with deep restorative sleep you might want learn more about how I help my patients consistently get a good night’s sleep, night after night. Poor sleep not only leads to low energy but also contributes to weight gain, chronic pain, low moods, IBS, RLS, and poor immune function. Correcting any sleep issues is the first priority for overcoming fibromyalgia. If you can get a good night sleep, night after night, without drugs, you’ll find your fibro symptoms will be drastically improved.
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The second thing is once you do that, you’ve got to find out, and if you do, you’ve got to fix adrenal fatigue issues. Your adrenal glands are your stress coping glands. If you have adrenal fatigue, you’ve been under stress for a number of years, as most people with fibromyalgia have, you’re going to find that stress is magnified. A little stress goes a long way … changes in the weather, going to the grocery store, driving in the car, loud noises, crowds, things that that used to be no big deal are magnified. If you don’t fix your adrenal glands, then stress takes it out of you, you’re always exhausted.
Many people will have a good day or two, maybe a week, but they find that if they overdo it, whether that’s going to the grocery store, cleaning the house or doing an extra task, they find that the next day they crash. It’s because they don’t have the stamina, the resiliency to stress they once had. Therefor fixing adrenal fatigue is the next thing. If not, then you’ll have good days and bad days, ups and downs. Restore deep sleep, then fix any underlying adrenal issues. You can learn more about finding and fixing adrenal fatigue issues in my book www.getfibrobooks.com or on Amazon
The third thing for increasing your energy is to build up norepinephrine levels. Norepinephrine is a brain chemical and a hormone that comes from the adrenal glands and gives you both mental and physical energy. I like to use S-adenosine methionine or SAM-e because that makes norepinephrine. SAM-e helps with mental energy, physical energy and it’s a potent pain blocker. You’ve got to be careful because SAM-e is stimulating and you need to take it first thing in the morning. Also if you’ve got any underlying anxiety issues, you don’t want to be taking SAM-e until you get those calmed down. You can calm a lot of those issues once you start getting deep, restorative sleep on a consistent basis. I recommend you learn more about that in the book. Most of my patients take 5-HTP for that very reason.
Number 4, you need to look for any missed or mistreated thyroid issues. I find that probably 60% of my patients with fibromyalgia have something wrong with their thyroid, but oftentimes doctors never caught it because they weren’t doing the right testing. Because of that, patients have all the symptoms of low thyroid including low energy and they never feel good.
Many of my patients are taking thyroid medication, but it’s either not strong enough, it’s the wrong dose or it’s the wrong medication. They go back to their doctor every 6 months and the doctor runs the lab. The thing is, they’re doing real basic lab work, that’s why most patients have their thyroid disorder missed in the first place. That’s also why most patients who are on thyroid medications are not being properly treated, because their doctor is doing basic blood work and they’re missing the opportunity to actually get the patient to feel better, by either putting them on the right medication or increasing their thyroid medication. You’ve definitely got to find and fix any thyroid issues. You should have a thorough thyroid blood test done, one that includes free and total T4 and T3, thyroid antibodies, RT3, and T3 uptake. You can learn more about thyroid disorders, testing and over the counter remedies in my book Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia www.getfibrobooks.com or at Amazon.
Number 5, if you’re carrying 40 or more pounds, even 20 extra pounds, you need to lose that weight. That’s impossible if you’re not getting these other steps right. You have to do these first, before you ever have an opportunity to lose weight because your metabolism is so low. Your fibromyalgia is not due to being overweight, but many people are overweight due to their fibromyalgia. They have a low metabolism, which is contributing to their fibromyalgia, contributing to their symptoms of low energy. The low energy creates a low metabolism, which causes the weight gain. Medications like Gabapentin, Lyrica, some antidepressants, Elavil, Nerontin, can all cause weight gain.
Yes, losing any extra weight can really help your energy. If you’re carrying around 20 or more extra pounds, that’s a lot of energy the body has to use to support that extra 20 pounds. The heart has to pump blood through an additional 10 miles of arteries, veins and capillaries for every one pound of fat, that’s a lot of work. You should also know you store inflammatory chemicals in any excess fat cells. This causes more pain.
Patients who work with me in my Fibromyalgia Get Healthy Program, do just that, they get healthy. Many lose 20, 40, some over 100 pounds, to get down to their healthy weight. By losing their extra weight they see their energy go dramatically up and their pain go drastically down. You can learn more my Fibromyalgia Get Healthy Program by scheduling a phone or in clinic consult www.fibroconsults.com