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Inner Healing with Fibromyalgia



Copyright 2010

"I would have lost heart, unless I had believed." - Psalm 27:13

Years ago, I suffered with fibromyalgia, which is widespread muscular pain and an auto-immune deficiency. I had this deficiency over 80% of my body; however, there are others who experience a deeper debilitation of a higher percentage. I didn't have to have any surgery, even though I had a Lunbar-5 spinal bulged disc and soft tissue damage to my neck. This damage all occurred after a car wreck, from which it took me three years to heal. Then two years later, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

The Gift Revealed

Once the wreck happened, I sought medical attention from a doctor. My sciatic nerve, which is the longest nerve in the body and runs from the lumbar of the spine to the heel, was damaged. I was given medicine for the pain and ordered to physical therapy three times a week. Despite this treatment plan, the pain was still horrific. The medicine caused me to crave sugar, and, feeling lifeless, I ate lots of carbohydrates and gained weight. The doctor then ordered me to join a gym and take water aerobics and yoga classes.

I was not getting any relief so I took a "personal responsibility." I sought a deep tissue massage therapist that would work the trigger points related to the pain from my accident. This therapist also had knowledge about herbs and vitamins. She advised me to take 1500 mg of calcium and magnesium at night for my nerves, tendons, blood, and muscles. She suggested that I take the herb yucca, which works like a natural steroid to move muscle and ease pain. I also implemented the healing art of visualization: I would sit and see my nerves and spine healed and working properly.

The therapist practiced bodywork called reflexology, which activates the nerve endings of the foot to increase the blood supply to the nerves. There are 7, 200 nerve endings in each foot that correspond with the entire body. After I applied all of these healing suggestions, including water exercise and yoga classes, I finally found relief.

The Spiritual Solution

To every challenge in life there is a "spiritual answer." My answer came seven years after the end of my marriage, at which time I welcomed the insights from God. It was time for Carol to step into her destiny: To make myself over and change my inner thought patterns. Time to apply the "gift of forgiveness" to myself and all whom I thought hindered my dreams. Before this time, I thought my ex-husband and my mother stopped my progression into a fashion and creative writing career. No one did it but me.

I took "personal responsibility," then attacked my fibromyalgia and lost the physical weight and emotional toxins that I was carrying. I entered modeling school at age 50 to recapture my childhood dreams. Afterwards, I received a modeling contract from an agency outside of Nashville. Then I went on to write my second book, titled In Due Season. I moved to Georgia to pursue my dreams in modeling and wrote my third book, Poise for the Runway of Your Life. I now have a fourth book forthcoming in august 2010: What's Cooking in Your Soul.

What gift is in your life that you can't yet see? Are you ready to move forward?

"I would have lost heart, unless I had believed." - Psalm 27:13

Years ago, I suffered with fibromyalgia, which is widespread muscular pain and an auto-immune deficiency. I had this deficiency over 80% of my body; however, there are others who experience a deeper debilitation of a higher percentage. I didn't have to have any surgery, even though I had a Lunbar-5 spinal bulged disc and soft tissue damage to my neck. This damage all occurred after a car wreck, from which it took me three years to heal. Then two years later, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

Receiving the Message

During this period, my 20-year marriage was failing. My husband had never wanted me to work outside the home, so, without any work experience; I wondered how I could support myself. The health challenges I faced were easing up, although I was still in pain from time to time. Our home was filled with suppressed and outright anger and verbal, physical, mental, and emotional abuse. Often, I was my husband's target; then he turned on my children. I never defended my rights, I just suppressed my emotions.

When I was a child, I dreamt of careers in modeling and creative writing, neither of which was encouraged by my mother. Once I was out of high school, I received a Fashion and Merchandising degree at 21 and then married my husband at 22. Once I said "I do," he said, "You don't have to work; let's start a family." After six months of staying home, I received a retail job in the mall, which I loved! My husband told me five months later that I loved my job "too much." I didn't understand why he would say that, however, I quit, came home, and stayed there. Suppression of my dreams started then.

The reason I call this article "The Gift" is because what often seems like a tragic accident or mishap is often a blessing in disguise. The marriage was over and I didn't have a career. I prayed to God in secret for a job that I could do and enjoy for the rest of my life. As I sat in the refexologist's chair, it came to me that I could do massage and reflexology. Even though I was suffering pain in my body, I had to apply my faith in God and myself that I could go to school and be able to do bodywork. And I did have the inner fortitude, resilience, and determination to become a licensed massage therapist in spite of my physical, emotional, and mental challenges. The marriage ended and was finalized seven months after I finished school - Thank you, God!

One must have a "Plan in Place" for all things before starting a new dream or goal.

Author:. Author and Metaphysical Minister Carol S. Batey, has authored 5 books.  She is a model and writer who wants to share her talents witht he world.  Go Deeper | Website

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