Adrienne Beats Fibromyalgia
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at the age of 20. I was told at that time that there wasn’t really much you can do with it, you just have to learn to live with it which basically I thought was what you did, so that was what I did. I would get up in the morning tired, I would do everything that I had to do. When I worked, 2:00 my office door shut and I took a nap at work. Everybody knew that I was going to do it, no matter what. I took a nap from 2:000 to 2:30 at least, and then I would work until I got my work done and go home, make dinner and then crash. I would sit and watch TV, try to relax and go to bed. When I would go to bed, I’d be in so much pain and so uncomfortable that I couldn’t get to sleep.
Now, after workign with Dr. Murphree, I lost weight and I am feeling good, but that’s not the big deal of this whole thing. The weight loss was an added bonus to me. Getting rid of the pain and feeling like I was human again, that was what I was going for. The weight loss (40 lbs.), I’m thrilled to death with that but that was like the icing on the cake for me. If you’re really sick and tired of being sick and tired and you have the means to feel better, you really want to do what is necessary to do to feel better. It’s up to you. It’s up to each individual what they want to do to feel better. Working with Dr. Murphree really has changed my life, a lot!
Adrienne Beats Fibromyalgia
Excerpt From Interview With Adrienne from Mississippi:
Dr. M: Welcome Adrienne from Mississippi, who is here with me today. She’s going to be sharing a little bit about her story and her journey with fibromyalgia. I’m delighted she’s here on the call with me this afternoon. Adrienne, thanks for joining me. Tell me a little bit about your fibromyalgia before we met. What was your health like before we started working together?
Adrienne: I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at the age of 20. I was told at that time that there wasn’t really much you can do with it, you just have to learn to live with it which basically I thought was what you did, so that was what I did. My husband and I have raised 2 children. I’ve stayed busy with them with sports and school and whatever, and I worked. The whole time I was doing this, I was struggling all the time being sick constantly. I just couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong because I was young, I was doing everything I was supposed to be doing and constantly felt lousy. Nobody could help, doctors were just at a standstill with what they could do. I went through the gamut of doctors from rheumatologists to internalists to allergists, and any doctor that you would try to use. They all basically gave up at one time or another. I moved from Arizona to Mississippi and I don’t take change well to begin with. Between the change and retiring and being in what I thought was a foreign country at the time, things got worse. My health got worse, my attitude got worse and I was at a place where it was either do something or just hang it up, stay in the house and watch TV … I couldn’t do anything. My family doctor kept telling me “You need to find a doctor who knows how to take care of fibromyalgia.” She was talking about a rheumatologist. I checked all around the Mississippi-Alabama- Louisiana area and I just couldn’t find one that I thought I could deal with. Then I started reading about your program on Facebook ad started listening to the different people talk about what they went through, what they’re going through now and how things got better. I talked to my husband and said “I need to do something so I want to try this.” He said “You know what? Go ahead. It couldn’t hurt because nothing else has helped.”
When I came to you, I was down to my last straw basically. I wasn’t giving up but I wasn’t going forward on anything. If I did a lot of something one day, I’d pay for it for a week at least with feeling lousy and not being able to move around much. I knew working with you, it was either I was going to do it or at least I tried. That’s where I was the first time I talked to you.
Dr. M: Tell me about your pain. Your pain was all over, tell me a little bit about your pain.
Adrienne: I have all the trigger points where if somebody touched my shoulder to say hello or whatever, I’d cringe because I knew it was going to hurt. I broke my tailbone 3 years ago and was told it was never going to heal, I was always going to be in pain – that pain has now gone. My rib cage was in pain whenever I would sneeze or cough too much. I always had a cold, I always had a sinus infection type of thing going on which I no longer have to deal with that, thank goodness. Everything hurt. My head hurt, from the top of my head to all my toes and hands; toes and fingers were always cold, numb, tingly and in pain. I don’t have that anymore either, which is fantastic. I had TMJ really bad, eating a steak was painful. Now I don’t have that pain anymore.
Dr. M: That’s fantastic.
Adrienne: That was good for me.
Dr. M: That’s great. People listening to this, they’ll think it can’t be true. I get that a lot. That’s the main reason why I do these interviews with my patients, because as you said you were told that you just have to learn to live with it, and that’s not true. If you’re willing to be proactive just like you were, you can feel better. Not that everybody is going to get the results that you have and some people are not, but if you just buy into that mentality of learn to live with it you’ve already given up. They will be amazed, but you’re a real person. We’ve spoken together numerous times over the last 6 months and worked together, gotten to know each other and you are very much a real person. Tell me about your energy. You worked and you did all these things, but your energy was really low. You just had to make yourself do these things. Prior to us working together, tell me how your energy affected your life.
Adrienne: I would get up in the morning tired, I would do everything that I had to do. When I worked, 2:00 my office door shut and I took a nap at work. Everybody knew that I was going to do it, no matter what. I took a nap from 2:000 to 2:30 at least, and then I would work until I got my work done and go home, make dinner and then crash. I would sit and watch TV, try to relax and go to bed. When I would go to bed, I’d be in so much pain and so uncomfortable that I couldn’t get to sleep. If I did, then I’d be off and on all night long anyway. My sleep really wasn’t there for me for quite a few years.
Dr. M: Prior to us working together, how long did it take you to fall asleep?
Adrienne: Before we started working together, the shortest amount of time was normally 2 hours. Sometimes I didn’t go to sleep at all, I would just lay there and try to relax, and at least close my eyes so that I could be able to read and do things the next day.
Dr. M: So people when they see you now that hadn’t seen you maybe in a while, and they see you out on the street or out at a social event, what do they tell you? Do they tell you that you look different? What do they say?
Adrienne: Oh yeah. The doctor that I was telling you about, I went to her and she said “Have you been sick?”I said no. Just the opposite, I feel good. “You look great” she said. Most people don’t look great when they’re not feeling good. I said, well this person isn’t. I lost weight and I am feeling good, but that’s not the big deal of this whole thing. The weight loss was an added bonus to me. Getting rid of the pain and feeling like I was human again, that was what I was going for. The weight loss, I’m thrilled to death with that but that was like the icing on the cake for me.
Dr. M: Sure, how much weight did you lose over the 6 month period?
Adrienne: I lost just over 40 pounds.
Dr. M: That’s’ amazing. You’re right, I want to make sure that people who are listening to this realize that that was a means to an end. The end is to get healthy and the diet is only a means for that. By losing that weight, what you saw is that your inflammation went way down, your metabolism went way up and then you started seeing that your blood sugars, your cholesterol, some of the things that had given you some problems in the past were all now going to be in good shape from losing that weight. You didn’t have to worry about that anymore.
Adrienne: That was a big deal, especially the blood sugar. That scared me a little bit. The doctor that I had gone to, she wasn’t really concerned about it but it was high.
Dr. M: Yeah, it’s a wake-up call. Your hemoglobin A1c was at 6.4; anything above 5.7 starts to put you in Type 2 diabetes territory. On the diet, you were able to drop it down to 5.6 and that’s fantastic. It’s great. is there anything that you would like to share about us working together? I think a lot of people are interested how is the phone consult, what that whole process is like. Did you find that a hindrance in any way, that we worked together by phone and not personally face to face?
Adrienne: No, actually by phone has been great for me. My husband still thinks it’s a little odd, but by phone has been great for me. Honestly working with you and your office staff has been fantastic. I wish more doctors had staff like you do, that are as concerned about patients as you are … most of them aren’t. It’s been great, I’ve really appreciated it.
Dr. M: What would you like to share in kind of a closing thought? Anything you’d like to share with those folks that right now are learning to live with it? Anything you’d like to share with them that may give them some motivation to do something different?
Adrienne: Actually the biggest thing I’d like to share with them is if you’re really sick and tired of being sick and tired and you have the means to feel better, you really want to do what is necessary to do to feel better. It’s up to you. It’s up to each individual what they want to do to feel better. If they want to put the work in, they’re going to be able to feel better but they have to put the work in.
Dr. M: Absolutely, that’s so true. I want to thank you for joining me today. I really appreciate you taking time to do that and you’re such a wonderful person. I’m so happy that you’re doing so well. It just makes me happy here in how happy you are, it’s great.
Adrienne: Thank you. What you have done for me has really improved my life a lot, and I do appreciate you for that.
Dr. M: Thanks so much. Have a great rest of the day, I look forward to talking to you soon.
Adrienne: You take care, thank you very much.
Dr. M: You’re welcome, bye-bye.
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