Living With Fibromyalgia and Related Conditions
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Living With Fibromyalgia and Related Conditions

Strategies for Coping with Chronic Pain and Fatigue
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Created by Mary Lucero
Last updated 8/2019
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • An overview of Fibromyalgia and related ailments (ex: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) that includes common symptoms and individual experiences.
  • Reasons why many people who suffer from these ailments either avoid, or give up on medical treatments.
  • What the microbiome is telling us about fibromyalgia.
  • The relationship between fibromyalgia symptoms and exposure to toxic chemicals.
  • Why nutrient deficiencies that can contribute to fibromyalgia and related symptoms may be prevalent.
  • How childhood trauma, PTSD, and dysfunctional family and workplace histories promote chronic fibromyalgia-like symptoms.
  • Attitudes and belief systems that promote pain free, energetic, healthy lifestyles.
  • Guidelines to consider when exercising with fibromyalgia.
  • Financial planing and flexible income generation strategies you and your family can use to stay in the black when fibromyalgia threatens your job.
  • Tools for building a personal conquest strategy that leverages physical, biological, nutritional, social, emotional, and financial solutions so that you feel better.
  • Suggestions for mitigating impacts chronic illness can have on family members.
  • Natural alternatives for pain relief.
  • None.

Why a Course on Living with Fibromyalgia?

Because there is no cure.  Six years ago, my career was derailed by a fibromyalgia flare up so intense it left me bedridden for more than a year.   My physician believed I would never work again, but I was not ready to surrender to a lifetime of pain and I was unwilling to risk getting hooked on pain medications.   So I researched everything I could find about fibromyalgia and the individual symptoms I was experiencing.  I assembled the information, and used what I found to change the way I live.  Today, I am almost pain free.  I sleep better, I awaken with more energy, I am working on my own terms, and remarkably, I am enjoying life more today than I did before my flare up.  With only rare exceptions, I am medication free.

This course will help you understand the complicated spectrum of biological, physical, environmental, nutritional, social, emotional, and  even spiritual factors that  can influence your condition.  While we cannot assume that my approach will work for you,  I am hopeful that by sharing the strategies myself and others use to reduce pain, minimize negative stressors, and keep health care affordable will offer you a smorgasboard of alternative options to consider in conjunction with external advice from health care and financial professionals  as you develop your own unique strategy for living with your chronic condition and embracing a healthier, more symptom free lifestyle.

*The content in this course is not intended to replace medical treatment, nor is it designed to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure disease. Personal health and the factors influencing the success and the affordability of any health care approach  are complex.  The results and testimonies shared herein are unique to individual circumstances.  Because each of our situations is unique, there is no guarantee that you will experience the same results by making any of the changes identified herein. 

Who this course is for:
  • People seeking relief from those fibromyalgia.
  • People seeking relief from fibromyalgia-like conditions, including chronic fatigue syndrome multiple chemical sensitivity, rheumatoid arthritis, and others.
  • Health and wellness professionals seeking alternative approaches for helping clients manage fibromyalgia and related conditions.
  • Family members (spouses, children, etc.) of people who suffer from fibromyalgia or related conditions.
  • Caregivers (professional or otherwise) of people who suffer from fibromyalgia or related conditions.
Course content
Expand all 22 lectures 03:30:57
+ Understanding Fibromyalgia, Its Symptoms, and Related Disorders
6 lectures 43:45

A brief overview of the content that will be covered in Reversing Fibromyalgia, A Guide to Relief for Patients and Caregivers.  Learn 8 ways that people who suffer from fibromyalgia and related conditions, or family members and caregivers can benefit from taking this course.

Preview 04:09

This lecture offers many ways to look at complex health syndromes and the lifestyles that can increase or decrease defining symptoms.   Since no one changes a lifestyle overnight, I discuss the value of choosing  those strategic changes that resonate best with the healthy lifestyle you wish to enjoy. Review your progress from time to time, and implement additional changes as needed.

Preview 05:00

This lecture provides a definition of fibromyalgia, and shares the real life experience of one woman who suffers from the condition. It also provides a list of common symptoms and risk factors associated with fibromyalgia. 

Preview 13:03

This lecture provides a definition of chronic fatigue syndrome, and shares the real life experience of one woman who suffers from the condition. It also provides a list of common symptoms and risk factors associated with chronic fatigue syndrome, and highlights the similarities and differences between symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and symptoms of fibromyalgia.

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)?

This lecture provides a definition of chronic fatigue syndrome, and shares the real life experience of one woman who suffers from the condition. It also provides a list of common symptoms and risk factors associated with chronic fatigue syndrome, and highlights the similarities and differences between symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and symptoms of fibromyalgia.

What is MCS? Definition.Experience.Symptoms.Risk Factors

This lecture describes assessment criteria you can use to determine whether your symptoms are due to fibromyalgia.  The benefits and limitations of self assessment are discussed.

Figuring out What You've Got.
+ Hypothetical, Possible, and Probable Causes of Fibromyalgia
10 lectures 01:46:13
Exploring Probable Causes

The human microbiome is clearly the new frontier in health and wellness.  With new discoveries occurring daily, evidence that dysbiosis (an imbalance in the microbial population that inhabits your gut) is causing symptoms of fibromyalgia and related disorders is mounting.  This lecture explores reasons why pesticides, medications, and industrial food practices may be damaging our microbiome, and explores the hypothesis that symptoms of fibromyalgia stem from a damaged microbiome.

The Microbiome Hypothesis

This video looks at stress from many angles, including cellular stress, environmental stress, occupational stress, and the stress of toxic relationships.  You will learn the relationship between either acute or chronic stress and trauma, and explore the relationship between stress, trauma, and fibromyalgia or related conditions.

The Stress Hypothesis
Identify the people and activities that help you relieve stress.
People Who Relieve Your Stress for Lecture 9
2 questions

The power of good nutrition as a foundation of all health has been recognized since ancient times.  In this video, we will:

  1. explore malnutrition as a probable factor contributing to fibromyalgia and other chronic health conditions. 

  2. look at reasons why food purchased through modern industrial markets may lack sufficient nutrients to support good health.

  3. discuss the need to combine high quality foods with high quality nutritional supplements. 

  4. learn why complex, whole food supplements are better for restoring depleted nutrients than fractionated, single nutrient formulas.

  5. discuss the value of looking beyond product labels to learn how your supplements are sourced and processed.

  6. explore issues that may interfere with nutrient absorption.

  7. look at strategies for identifying and eliminating foods that may be interfering with nutrient uptake.

  8. examine reasons why added nutrients may temporarily create a detox effect.

The Nutrition Hypothesis

Food sensitivities are difficult to identify, even by medical professionals.  If you think a mild food allergy or food sensitivity might be contributing to your symptoms, these do-it-yourself testing methods can assist in guiding your decision as to whether or not it will be helpful to eliminate a food from your diet. 

Warning:  Do not use this self assessment method to assess foods that might cause a severe allergic reaction.  Talk to your physician about any allergy testing that may be warranted.

Do it Yourself Testing for Food Allergies

It is not difficult to recognize that a person with symptoms of fibromyalgia is experiencing low energy.   In this video, we will look at practices that are directed at balancing cellular energy.

The Energy Hypothesis

Belief is a powerful force that can influence how the body responds.   Whether viewed scientifically, or through the eyes of your own faith, there is powerful evidence that you can alter your beliefs to change your physical health.

The Belief Hypothesis
Build a word cloud that includes all the positive feelings you want more of in your life.
Word Cloud Exercise for Lecture 13
1 question

Human health thrives when we are connected to other people and healthy environments. In this video, you will explore evidence that lack of connectivity can damage your health and reduce your life span.  You will explore the barriers to building strong relationships that fibromyalgia creates.  Finally, you will create a vision of ideal connections to strive for in your life.

The Power of Connectivity
In this exercise you will build a visual illustration of the connections you value most, and reflect on ways to strengthen these connections so that you can recover.
Building a Connectivity Mind Map
3 questions

We are conditioned to believe that a rigorous exercise plan is essential to good health.  However, exercise that is good for a healthy person can be harmful to a person suffering from pain and other issues associated with fibromyalgia.   Learn why you might want to exercise less in this video.

A few Thoughts on Exercise

Electrosensitivity may develop when fibromyalgia symptoms intensify. Here you will look at what electrosensitivity is, and explore strategies to minimize exposure to harmful levels of radiation.

A few Thoughts on Electromagnetic Energy
+ Building Your Personal Conquest Strategy
6 lectures 01:00:59

The physical, neurological, and emotional symptoms of fibromyalgia may require a multifaceted lifestyle change to manage.  This video shows you why making strategic changes in a just a few areas of your life can create ripple effects that catalyze other positive changes.  Focus on efforts that bring scattered domains of your life closer together.

Conquest by Consolidation
In this activity you will reflect on areas of your life that need balancing. You will develop a plan for moving towards a more balanced life.
Reflections for Your Personal Conquest Strategy
3 questions

Living with chronic pain and fatigue effects not only you but everyone around you.  Learning to see your condition from the perspective of others can help you develop the self-care and cooperation skills you will need to navigate relationship more effectively.

Fibromyalgia and the People You Love

Long term use of pain medications can have damaging side effects.  In this video you will explore side effects of common pain medications and look at multiple alternative health approaches for pain management.  With recent trends in legalization of hemp and medical marijuana making these products widely popular, I've included some information about CBD oil and THC, as well as information about herbs that contain similar pain relieving cannabinoids.  A combination of alternative strategies that provide rapid and long term relief can help you feel better without medication.

Getting Past the Pain

The health care expenses of any long term chronic health condition can deplete a person's financial resources.  If symptoms prevent the person from keeping a job, lost income can be financially devastating.  In this video we discuss financial management practices, work options, and passive income earning options that can improve your odds of building financial resources.  Ideas offered are for informational purposes, and are not intended as specific financial advice. 

Health Care You Can Afford

Anger is often a guise for the grief that comes with chronic disease.  Unfortunately, holding on to anger can challege your health.

In this video, I will share an anecdote that illustrates anger as a barrier to recovery.  Then you will explore gratitude as and antidote to the negative emotions that hinder recovery.

From Anger to Gratitude and Good-Bye
Bonus Lecture