In the fall of 1986, I was plagued with frequent flu episodes that lasted for months, turning into chronic flu. I had headaches all of the time, a sore throat and my muscles hurt. I digressed to the point where I couldn’t even get out of bed.
At that time, my husband took me to the Mayo Clinic. For one week, they put me through all kinds of tests to find out what I had, but couldn’t find anything. After one week, I left in the same condition without a diagnosis. Yet, I had to continue to spend more and more time in bed. This was at a time in my life where I had little ones to take care, but just breathing came hard. Finally I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
For the next 5-6 years, I spent 90% of my time in bed and 10% up, which was just awful. I felt like I was living in a body that was already dead. I went to several clinics in Massachusetts, Ohio and Florida. I tried organic foods and vitamins fed into me intravenously. In all, I had 75 treatments. This helped some. I would say that by doing this I was about 50% well; now I spent only half of my time in bed and half of my time up. But I never felt normal or good.
During this time, I developed fibromyalgia. Some of my symptoms were chronic pain in muscles, brain fog, and inflamed joint pain. I always had a sore abdomen because my liver and spleen were in pain. At one point my liver would not function. The muscle pain was as bad as the fatigue.
One of the things I learned about fibromyalgia was that my food didn’t metabolize correctly, and therefore, it was hard for my system to absorb all the vitamins. I could even feel the pills moving through me, and a lot of them passed right through me. I also learned not to push my body too much, because that would send me back to bed quickly.
I was introduced to Shaklee products in the summer of ‘99. I was already looking for some answers, so when I was approached, I was happy to try anything that would make a difference. I started with the Optiflora capsule for the first couple of weeks just to build up my immune system and help me absorb the vitamins better.
To my amazement, I could tell a difference within 2-3 days. I had had morning nausea for 14 years, and after 3 days on the Optiflora, I had no more nausea!! The second week I started with 1 Vita-Lea, 1 Sustained ReleaseC and 1 Vita-E Complex. At night I would take 3 Calcium Magnesium because I had chronic sleep difficulties. It was not unusual for me to wake up 13 or 14 times a night. I also chewed on Vita-Cal during the day to help relieve the muscle pain. (Note: We now have OsteoMatrix for Calcium and Chewable Calcium-Magnesium)
At the end of one month, I could see a significant difference and could all ready feel my health improving! I had heard on a Shaklee tape that the sports drink, Performance, would help break up the lactic acid that causes the muscle pain. Usually people with fibromyalgia cannot tolerate exercise. I found out that if you double and triple dilute the Performance, and sip on it during the day (and after exercise). It would reduce my muscle pain and flush out the lactic acid! I could now walk for 20-30 minutes at night and be pain free the next morning!
I then started adding other products. Next came the EnergizingSoy Protein. I started with 1 scant teaspoon, and was surprised to find that my body immediately assimilated it. Within 20 minutes after taking it, I could already feel more energized. I kept adding more and continued to see weekly progress. I was worried about the B-Complex, because all other B’s had left me nauseated. I was surprised to find that I didn’t feel nauseated at all.
I went from working 3-4 hours a week to 5-6 hours a week, and then in the winter, started working 7 hours a week. I also learned from one of the tapes that if I took the B’s at night with a little bit of the protein, it would give me more energy in the morning.
Mornings had always been a terrible time for me. So I started taking 2 B’s at night and a glass of juice with the protein mixed in, and found I had more energy in the morning! Now my regular regime includes the full amount of soy in the morning and a soy drink at night.
Last winter I also started adding in Liver DTX, because it helped detoxify the liver. I started with one every other day. I also added GentleSleep Complex at night to help me sleep better. I was able to wean myself off all of my medications; the antibiotics, the anti-seizure and the antidepressants. I also started on Menopause Balancing Complex and weaned myself off hormone replacement therapy. I take nothing but Shaklee now!
For 14 years, I had no answers. Now because of Shaklee, I have seen a vast improvement in my health in the last 7-8 months. I would encourage anyone with fibromyalgia to try this program, but please start slowly. I now take daily:
4-6 B Complex
A lot of Calcium - 6 at bedtime (the magnesium helps me tremendously) (Note: Replace with less of OsteoMatix)
And chew on Vita-Cal during the day Note: Replace with Chewable Calcium-Magnesium)
I hope this helps you and you find health again through Shaklee!
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