“Well, I really was at the end of my rope. I had irritable bowel syndrome my entire life, which absolutely anyone who has it knows how your whole life is turned upside down. I was tired, I had chronic sinus, I had gas, bloating … every single thing that was on this questionnaire just showed me how really sick I was. I didn’t even have any energy. If I got up every morning and I ate breakfast, then I would go back to sleep for another couple of hours … I really couldn’t do anything.It seemed to me that I had come to a brick wall, and if Dr. Murphree would be able to help me I would be willing to do whatever he said. That’s when we started working together. It’s been a year now and I have to tell you and I’ll let my husband tell you too, that I’m really 95% better now. I may still have some arthritis pain, but that happens when you get to be my age. I don’t have any of the really difficult symptoms anymore. I just tell everybody about Dr. Murphree and the miraculous change that I’ve experienced.”
“I’m Garrett Kohn, I’m Myrna’s husband. I heard most of what she said on another phone,her experience with Dr. Murphree has been extraordinarily successful from my standpoint, because her health has improved backwards, in the sense that she has now returned to 90% of what she was probably 15-20 years ago before she became wrapped in this fibromyalgia response. All I can say is, I’m really vocal when there comes a chance to talk to anybody who has some similar issues, that Dr. Murphree’s program has been very, very successful for Myrna and for both of us to be able to change our lifestyle dramatically. “
In 2003 the first edition of my book, Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is first came out in print. It’s now in its 5th edition and available in most bookstores throughout North America, including Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com and most libraries. www.getfibrobooks.com or visit Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Treating-Beating-Fibromyalgia-Chronic-Syndrome/dp/0972893873
For the last 7 years, my practice has evolved to where I primarily work with patients by phone. I would say probably at this point 99% of my practice is working with patients by phone, patients throughout North America and overseas.
Unfortunately once you get the diagnosis most doctors will tell you that you just have to learn to live with it. I’m on a mission to change that because I really feel like that is a disservice that’s being done in the fibromyalgia community. The reason why doctors in the conventional world tell you that once you have fibromyalgia you just have to learn to live with it, is because they have nothing for you. That’s just the way it is. Traditional medicine, drug therapy alone is a dead end for fibromyalgia … That’s why after the last 20 years of trying to do it that way, doctors have come to the conclusion that once you get fibromyalgia, you can never feel good again. There’s nothing further from the truth. You can feel good again, but you have do it with a different approach other than just using conventional drug therapy.
In fact, the only way you can feel good and stay feeling good is you have to get healthy. That means different things for different people. It sounds simple but it’s actually very complicated. That’s why my book is 564 pages. There’s a lot to it that has to happen, to allow someone with a multitude of different conditions and illnesses that we call a syndrome called fibromyalgia … we have to find the root causes of these symptoms, because symptoms are nothing more than warning signs.
Yes, you have chronic, diffuse, achy, sometimes debilitating pain but what’s causing that pain? It’s not fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is just a name, it doesn’t cause anything. You have fatigue; many of my patients can’t get out of bed each day. I have patients that I’ve worked with, many of whom have shared their stories on this conference call and on my website who were bedridden for months, some patients for years before they started working with me and were able to uncover the root causes of that low energy and fix those causes … not just saying that they have fibromyalgia and that’s why they’re tired.
The challenge with having fibromyalgia is you have to find a doctor who number 1 believes in fibromyalgia; unfortunately there are still many doctors who don’t. Number 2, you have to find a doctor who’s going to do more than try to treat your symptoms with medications, or with over the counter supplements. You have to find a doctor who’s actually going to do the detective work, find out where you’re broken down and then work with you to help you not only feel good but to stay that way; to feel good and to get healthy so you stay that way.
Myrna From Wisconsin, Working With Dr. Murphree Personally, Beats Fibromyalgia
Dr. M: Myrna Kohn from Wisconsin, soon to be Florida I guess, is going to join me this evening. Myrna, if you and your husband are on the call tonight, if you can it star 6 that’ll bring you on the call. We’ll give Myrna a second here and see if she can get on the call with us.
Myrna: Hello, I was already on the call.
Dr. M: Welcome, thanks for joining me. Myrna, tell us a little about your journey. Can I share a little bit about your history? Is that okay real quick?
Myrna: Yes, please do.
Dr. M: Okay, let me share a little bit about Myrna. First of all, you just had a birthday a couple of months ago. Is that right?
Myrna: Not quite. We don’t want to add on to my numbers.
Dr. M: Myrna is 78 years young, is that right? Did I do my math right?
Dr. M: 77, and you would never know it when you talk to her. What I admire about her is her tenacity. Myrna is dear to my heart because she’s an artist like my daughter and she does some beautiful work. I want you to check out her website … when we wrap things up, I’m going to let her share that. She has some beautiful work, but she’s really been through it. Back in 1995, she was diagnosed with Lyme’s disease. She was sick for 2 years, she shared, and she had heart problems, thyroid, she got really run down and had some low moods. Then the fibro was diagnosed about 4 years later, I think 1999 from my notes here. You had all kinds of problems with the fibro, the chronic fatigue, IBS, anxiety, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis where your body’s attacking your thyroid, so you’ve really been through it. By the time we met by phone, tell me where you were. You’d been sick for a while. Tell me where you were before we stared working with each other.
Myrna: Well, I really was at the end of my rope. My husband and I had taken a vacation in Florida, this was in March of 2015. We thought it would be very restful for me, some sunshine and water, but as it turns out, I really was sleeping all the time; very, very depressed and sleeping. I went out and did a small walk, and I’d get exhausted by the time I got back. I really didn’t know what I was going to do. I realized I had just finished skimming Dr. Murphree’s newest book. I had been keeping the book and thinking about it, so I wrote a letter to him in Birmingham and said we would drive from Florida and come to see him if I could possibly get an appointment. After I was told yes I could come and Dr. Murphree would see me, then I had to fill out an assessment chart. When I started filling out the assessment chart, it really became extremely clear to me how sick I had been and for how long; probably even as a child because I remember some issues with sinus and vision problems when I was very, very small. I remember always having things wrong with me.
We drove to Alabama and I started telling Dr. Murphree my whole situation, which was that every bone in my body was aching. I couldn’t sleep, I was irritable, I was depressed, I didn’t have any energy. I must say I did meditate and I’ve always meditated, and I did find that that would give me some relief. I had irritable bowel syndrome my entire life, which absolutely anyone who has it knows how your whole life is turned upside down. I was tired, I had chronic sinus, I had gas, bloating … every single thing that was on this questionnaire just showed me how really sick I was, but I was always I guess a do-gooder. I had a lot of energy when I was younger and even when I didn’t have energy, I was involved in my work which was as an organizational development consultant. I traveled all over the country in terrible, terrible pain to give my talks and to do whatever I had to do at the time.
It seemed to me that I had come to a brick wall, and if Dr. Murphree would be able to help me I would be willing to do whatever he said. That’s when we started working together. It’s been a year now and I have to tell you and I’ll let my husband tell you too, that I’m really 95% better now. I may still have some arthritis pain, but that happens when you get to be my age. I don’t have any of the really difficult symptoms anymore. If I do have anything, my thyroid seems to be bouncing around a little but mostly I sleep well, I have more energy. I still have some anxiety but that’s who I am. I am not taking any pills from the doctor. I’m just taking supplements, which I think are healthy and are changing the whole interior of my body. I still feel that I could do anything I want to do. I just tell everybody about Dr. Murphree and the miraculous change that I’ve experienced, so that’s what I’d say. I know that my husband wants to say something. Just shortly if you could in a few words, about how wonderful I turned out.
Garrett: I’m Garrett Kohn, I’m Myrna’s husband. I heard most of what she said on another phone, which caused some of that noise and feedback I guess. Anyway, her experience with Dr. Murphree has been extraordinarily successful from my standpoint, because her health has improved backwards, in the sense that she has now returned to 90% of what she was probably 15-20 years ago before she became wrapped in this fibromyalgia response. All I can say is, I’m really vociferous when there comes a chance to talk to anybody who has some similar issues, that Dr. Murphree’s program has been very, very successful for Myrna and for both of us to change our lifestyle dramatically. I don’t know what else I can tell you here.
Dr. M: That’s great, I appreciate you sharing that. I tell you it’s always great to know that you’ve got a supportive spouse. That is such a treasure. When you’re battling a chronic illness, sometimes it doesn’t turn out that way. Tell me a little bit more about how low your energy was, and then where it is now … where you were and where you are now as far as your energy.
Myrna: I didn’t even have any energy. If I got up every morning and I ate breakfast, then I would go back to sleep for another couple of hours … I really couldn’t do anything. I tried to do my yoga classes as often as I could, but at the time that I met you I was in Florida and I was not doing my yoga. The tiredness, this overwhelming tiredness, the depression also … it was a terrible, terrible feeling. I didn’t know if I would follow through, you know. When I filled out all those forms and I saw all the things that I recognized, I couldn’t believe that I had that many things going on with me at the same time, which were so invasive that my life had changed. Literally I stayed home, I didn’t want to go out, I didn’t want to talk to people and that’s how it was.
Dr. M: Tell me about now, how are things now?
Myrna: Now I actually feel very, very good. As I said before, I do have some osteoarthritis but I’ve had that for a long, long time and have resisted surgery when doctors insisted. I’m absolutely fine. I never take painkillers, except I might take a Tylenol every now and then. I don’t have high cholesterol. I seem able to do mostly anything I want to do. I go to exercise classes. Sleeping is great, that’s the other thing. I’m really enjoying the fact that I can have a good night’s sleep. Occasionally I still crave carbohydrates, but I haven’t had sugar anyway at least 20 years. As I said, the relief of not having the irritable bowel syndrome is very, very helpful.
Dr. M: You have made such a dramatic turnaround, and a big part of that is you were willing to do what you needed to do. It was a lot of work. There was a lot of trial and error that we had, and probably one of the most difficult things was just actually deciding to trust somebody to help you. I think it’s hard when you don’t feel good, you had never met me … I think that shows a lot of fortitude and a lot of just being proactive, but you were willing to do that. Again like with all my patients, it sometimes starts off a little slow. There are some things we had to iron out and you were willing to hang in there whatever it was. You just kept doing whatever I asked you to do. If you had a problem and it wasn’t working, we’d get back on the phone. Your success is as much you as it is me guiding you. I think you’re a wonderful person and you deserve to feel good, and I’m so happy you feel good.
Myrna: Thank you very much. I’m sure that my grown-up daughter would thank you also. Right now we’ve been living in Wisconsin for 14 years, but as of the end of the month we are going back to the suburbs of Chicago. We have 2 married daughters out there and some grown grandchildren, so I think that will be good for me too because it’s getting to be too cold all the time here in Wisconsin, and the political situation is not great either.
Dr. M: You’re about to make this big move, that’s great. Is there anything you’d like to share in your closing thoughts? Anything you’d like to leave us with?
Myrna: Yes. I think a person needs to keep believing in themselves, not give up and say I’m going to bed and I’m never coming up. I’ve known people who do that. There are people who just say, well this is just beyond me so I’ll eat whatever I want and that’s just the way it is. You must educate yourself and you must be willing to pay the price, financially too. It goes a long way.
Dr. M: That’s true. Yeah, it’s an investment. Thank you, Myrna.
Myrna: It’s my pleasure. Thank you very much, talk to you soon.
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