My 37 years as a nurse began in 1948. Some of those years were spent as a hospital nurse and others as an office nurse. I came in contact with many people and many health problems.
In the early-1990s, I began hearing the world "fibromyalgia." The word just kept cropping up. This ailment was completely new to me. Finally, someone gave me this definition: "soft tissue arthritis." I don’t know if this is correct or not, but the definition fits, so I’ll go with it.
Recently I met Scott Blair, a young man who has had a severe case of fibromyalgia. This is his story.
In the mid-90s, at the age of 30, Scott began to experience lower back pain. From this beginning, he developed more severe joint and muscle pain. Even to touch his skin was painful. During this period, he continued to maintain a healthy appearance.
His lower back pain was the beginning of many years of agony. His discomfort went from bad to worse. His toddler son would jump on him – as toddlers do. An act, which should be joyful, was sheer torture for Scott. His flexibility was low. His back muscles were drawing. He had bulging discs. Knots formed throughout his body. His posture went from normal to distorted.
Through all this, Scott saw a variety of health professionals including his family doctor, a chiropractor and a rheumatologist. He endured much therapy. All these health professionals tried to help him. They did give a degree of short-time relief. Their failure was not from lack of trying. Evidently their education simply had not prepared them to treat Scott’s health problems.
By 2009, Scott was considering retirement, disability and even suicide. For a long time, he had only slept for very short intervals. He was always in pain.
Finally, he was referred to a specialist who ran more blood tests. These were not the same tests as previously done. These tests showed a deficiency in hormones, amino acids and neurotransmitters.
Following this discovery, he was started on a very targeted regimen of supplements which provided some improvement. However, there were still days of struggle. This program continued for about 1½ years. Then a friend gave him a mixture of skullcap, Korean white ginseng and Chinese immortality herb. By taking this herbal mixture, he experienced a full eight hours of sleep. This was his first full night’s sleep in 12 years. Probiotics and a mixture of six medicinal mushrooms were added to his daily intake of natural supplements. Four weeks later, the knots in his body had disappeared. He could stand completely vertical. He now wakes each morning free of pain.
In February 2011, he began a vigorous exercise program to rebuild his strength. He has now reached a stage he refers to as "just a regular guy." He plans to continue the natural products and exercise in order to maintain normal health.
Again, I advise checking with your doctor before taking any herbal product.