Posted 7/1/2013 8:41 PM (GMT -7)
Hello All, what a wonderful forum! I wish I had found this when I was diagnosed 2012 with fibromyalgia, early onset osteo, depression, anxiety, 2 herniated discs in lower sacrum due to osteo. Yes the pain has been excrutiating at times. Dizziness, nausea, sweats, numb legs and feet, thirsty, weight gain, skin itchy and numb to touch in places and the list goes on. The nightmare of mornings, you know when you open your eyes how your day is going to be. Sometimes my eyes are stuck together and this in itself is frightening, let alone the pain to fold yourself out of bed. The medication is sometimes worse than the symptoms. The pain killers (tramadol) makes me sleepy and nauseas.
Recently I couldn't stand the thought of not being able to join in with my children, I was missing out on so much life, I wasn't living, just existing! My eldest daughter had given me a flyer for Bikram Yoga and said "If all else fails mama give this a go". Well I checked with my GP and I went, and oh my goodness, I really didn't know what I was in for. It was tough, I wanted to crawl from the hot room BUT after 90min it eased the pain, the fog, the anxiety ever so slightly! I've been back everyday since and I can't believe the change in quality of life. Working with my GP we have reduced prescribed meds, to be medication free and let the yoga and hot room be my medication. I have faith and trust that this will happen. I have come this far, the clicking and cracking in the joints, the pain stretching into poses, every morning I now wake to feel the slight aches (not severe pain) but I don't kid myself. The yoga and hot room is now my medication holding back the tide, I have to be there everyday, on bad days twice a day. I remind myself everyday of the pain of arthritis and this is motivation, 'cause it's not easy to know that this is what I have to do now for movement, to stretch, to breath properly, it is a small price. Even if there is just one person that reads this and gives Bikram Yoga a go and it helps relieve your symptoms a little, then sharing is so worth it. Take care, happy smiling faces :)